State to boost local agriculture
A new law aims to raise the profile of the state's agricultural sector. The measure establishes a commission within the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to develop marketing, branding and promotions strategies for the Indiana Grown Initiative. ISDA Director Ted McKinney says the program will be a "signature" way to help take agribusiness to new heights. He envisions the initiative helping farmers, artisans and retailers in the state add value to everything from fruits and vegetables to agritourism.
Indiana reports population growth
Indiana's population growth rate has increased for the first time in six years. U.S. Census Bureau estimates, analyzed by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, show Hamilton and Boone counties had the highest growth rates in 2013.
Conexus announces new logistics council
Conexus Indiana and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership have launched the Central Regional Logistics Council. Plainfield-based Integrated Distribution Services Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark DeFabis will lead the effort to boost the region's logistics sector.
Former treasury secretary donates to IU
The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs has announced the largest private donation in its history. Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neil has given $3 million to the school. He earned a master's degree from the forerunner of SPEA in 1966.
Ignition park proposal moving forward
The final agreement on a proposed $18 million multi-tenant development will be presented today in South Bend. Plans call for Great Lakes Capital to construct three office buildings at Ignition Park, which will aim to attract high-tech businesses. The properties will be located on a former Studebaker plant site.
Nursing home warns of possible closure
A nursing care facility in Delaware County could be shut down in May. In a notice to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indianapolis-based Hickory Creek Healthcare Foundation Inc. says more than 90 workers in Gaston could lose their jobs if regulatory concerns brought up by the state cannot be resolved.
Purdue sets innovation fundraising goal
Purdue University has set a goal to raise $5 million each year for its Emerging Innovations Fund. The initiative has invested more than $400,000 in six companies based on Purdue innovations over the past three years.
Life sciences company lands funding
Indianapolis-based FAST Biomedical has received a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Health. The funding will support the company's research on technology designed to help manage patients with kidney disease or injury.
Researchers start renewable energy company
A biomass renewable energy company is being launched in the Purdue Research Park. Spero Energy Inc. will focus on converting dry plant matter to biofuels and bio-based chemicals. The company is a spinoff of the Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels at Purdue.
IU Health adding La Porte nursing cCenter
Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital has announced an agreement with Warsaw-based Miller's Health Systems Inc. to operate a new skilled nursing care facility. The $10 million center is expected to open next year.
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