2013-06-28T12:56:00Z 2013-06-28T17:43:11Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS:Gerry Dick Inside Indiana Business
June 28, 2013 12:56 pm  • 

Porter County Assessing Sports Tourism

A northwest Indiana group is looking to determine if amateur sports can be a boon for the region's tourism industry. The Porter County Sports Cabinet is working with Texas-based Conventions, Sports & Leisure International to study which sports and amenities would be ideal. The cabinet was launched in April and hopes to have a final report within three-to-four months. Read More Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer tells Inside INdiana Business the organization hopes to get a clear direction from the analysis.


Study: Rail Corridor Could Boost Region Economy

A new business plan suggests a proposed passenger rail corridor could pay major dividends for cities along the route, including Fort Wayne and Warsaw. The Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association Inc.-commissioned study estimates the corridor reaching from Columbus, Ohio to Chicago could result in nearly 27,000 jobs over 30 years. The organization says the 300-mile route could cost more than $1 billion. Read More Geoff Paddock with the association believes northeast Indiana residents have a "great deal of interest" in a passenger rail system.


Expanded School Voucher Law to Take Effect

The state's expanded school voucher law goes into effect Monday. The legislation also expands a tax credit scholarship program and maintains a tax deduction for children who are home-schooled or already enrolled in a private school.


Ball Brothers Foundation Announces Millions in Grants

The Muncie-based Ball Brothers Foundation has announced more than $6 million in grants. The funding includes $1 million for Ball State University's efforts to upgrade athletic facilities.


High School Sports Network to Debut

The Indianapolis-based National Federation of State High School Associations is planning to launch an all-digital media network dedicated to high school sports and performing arts activities. The NFHS Network, a partnership with Georgia-based PlayOn! Sports, is expected to be live at the end of next month.


Pence Names Deputy Chief of Staff

Gov. Mike Pence has promoted Marilee Springer to deputy chief of staff. She has been serving as senior policy director. Springer was a partner at Ice Miller LLP before joining the Pence administration.


Ivy Tech Muncie Shatters Fundraising Goal

Ivy Tech Community College says it has completed the most successful regional campus fundraising effort in school history. The Star Press reports officials with the campus in Muncie say the campaign raised more than $10 million, surpassing the goal of $6.8 million.


Marian Receives Grant For Green Efforts

Marian University has received a $216,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The funding will allow the school's Institute for Green and Sustainable Science summer program to continue for at least two more years.


Bag Manufacturer Looking For New Leader

Fort Wayne-based cinda b USA LLC is searching for a new president. The handbag manufacturer says current President Art Mandelbaum is leaving for a similar position with a Florida business.


Pence Announces Student Trustees

Governor Mike Pence has selected three students to serve on the boards of trustees for their respective universities. The students will represent Ball State University, the University of Southern Indiana and Vincennes University.


Finish Line Profit Drops

Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. is reporting a lower fiscal first quarter profit. The company says net income dropped to $5.1 million from $12.3 million for the same period a year earlier.


Emmis Swings to Profit

Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. is reporting a fiscal first quarter profit of $3.7 million, compared to a loss of $5 million for the same period a year earlier. The company says it usually evaluates performance based on station operating income, which increased 55 percent.


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