INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS:

2013-11-13T12:12:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS:Gerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
November 13, 2013 12:12 pm  • 

Group Continues to Battle Skills Gap 'Crisis'

The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Project Lead The Way says Indiana must "develop our own" to fill an expected increase in science, technology, engineering and math-related job openings over the next five years. Vince Bertram says the skills gap is "a crisis that's growing" and teaching students STEM-related skills is imperative for a vibrant economy. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, he says a $6 million partnership with Chevron Corp. and a planned elementary program will provide a "major boost."

Board Of Education Approves School Grade Outline

The Indiana Board of Education has approved a new school grading outline. Our partners at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis report members voted this morning to adopt recommendations of a bipartisan panel. Details on exactly how school grades will be determined are expected to be established next year.

Hoosier Companies Among 'Fast 500'

Two Indiana companies are on this year's Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list. The rankings highlight employers for technological innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid growth. Deloitte selects winners based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth.

Walton Family Foundation Gives to New Charter School

Christel House Academy West in Indianapolis has secured a $250,000 grant from The Walton Family Foundation. Funding from the Arkansas-based organization will help cover costs involved in launching the school including furniture, equipment and administrative salaries. The charter school will open in August.

Fort Wayne Approves Riverfront Study

Fort Wayne is moving forward with a study on riverfront development possibilities. The city has approved a nearly $500,000 contract with SWA Group to study areas including infrastructure investment, connectivity and environmental issues.

Pacer Among IUPUI Hall of Fame Class

Indiana Pacers Guard George Hill is among the 2014 IUPUI Hall of Fame class. He is the only member of the school's basketball program to have ever been drafted into the NBA. The honorees also include the IUPUI's former trainer and a softball standout.

Dozens of Nonprofits to Receive Glick Fund Grants

The Glick Fund has selected recipients of grants that total more than $4 million. The money will support initiatives of 50 central Indiana nonprofits that focus on arts, education and job skills.

Startup Weekend Set For Bloomington

The fifth Startup Weekend Bloomington will begin Friday night and run through Sunday. Entrepreneurs will convert business concepts from an initial pitch to a viable company over a 54 hour period. The event will include high school students for the first time.

Catholic Youth Conference to Hit Indy

The National Catholic Youth Conference is coming to Indianapolis next week and is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees to the city. Organizers say the three-day biennial event is the largest gathering of its kind in the country.

Notre Dame to Work With NASA

A new NASA organization will include a team from the University of Notre Dame. The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute includes six universities and will study asteroids that affect the earth and the moon.

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