Inside INdiana Business

2014-03-30T00:00:00Z Inside INdiana BusinessGerry Dick Times Columnist
March 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Cooperation key in landing GE

The mayor of West Lafayette believes GE Aviation's decision to locate a jet engine plant in Tippecanoe County is a strong example of bipartisan cooperation. John Dennis, who is a Republican, says the facility will be a huge positive for his city even though it will be built in Lafayette, which has a Democrat mayor. Dennis also says the announcement enhances the economic value of Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County, while giving Purdue University graduates more opportunities to stay in the area. GE Aviation has confirmed it will build a $100 million manufacturing operation with plans to hire 200 workers by 2020.

Potential for Cummins in Indy 'off the charts'

Plans by Columbus-based Cummins Inc. to locate a division headquarters in Indianapolis could be the final piece of the Market Square Arena site puzzle. The building, expected to open in 2016, will leave the former high-profile site fully developed. Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Deron Kintner says the potential long-term benefits of the project are "off the charts." Cummins plans to house 400 workers in the new development. Kintner says Indianapolis won a competitive bidding process.

Pence allows energy program to expire

A statewide energy-efficiency program will end following a decision by Gov. Mike Pence. He is allowing a bill that would eliminate the Energizing Indiana initiative to become law without signing the legislation. Pence says he won't provide his signature because lawmakers have not offered a "viable alternative." He is also refusing to veto the bill saying such a move would increase energy costs and make the state less competitive.

'Stillinnoyed' campaign targets Chicago

The state is placing a focus on Chicago businesses that are thinking about moving. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has launched the "Stillinnoyed" marketing campaign in the Chicago area. It will run for eight weeks and highlight what officials describe as Indiana's more stable business environment.

Pacers going to the 'Glass'

The Indiana Pacers will use Google Glass during the next five home games to enhance the arena experience. The team is partnering with San Francisco-based CrowdOptic on the effort. The Pacers debuted the feature during last week's game against the Miami Heat. Vice President of Marketing Rob Laycock says fan response will determine whether the team keeps using Google Glass. The technology shows first-person views from personalities including Boomer, the Pacemates and the public address announcer on Bankers Life Fieldhouse's massive video screen.

Zionsville Details Massive Corporate Park Plans

The Town of Zionsville Redevelopment Commission has unveiled conceptual plans for the 66-acre Creekside Corporate Park at Zionsville. They include more than a dozen parcels of office, retail and restaurant space. In January, LIDS Sports Group announced plans to pump nearly $22 million into a new headquarters in the Boone County development.

Southwest to offer new Indy service

Southwest Airlines Co. has announced additional flights out of a major East Coast hub, which will include more service to Indianapolis. A nonstop flight between Reagan Washington National Airport and Indianapolis International Airport is set to begin in November.

Ignition Park proposal moving forward

The final agreement on a proposed $18 million multi-tenant development has been presented 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.

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