Inside INdiana Business

2014-01-03T14:27:00Z 2014-01-03T15:55:06Z Inside INdiana BusinessGerry Dick Times Columnist
January 03, 2014 2:27 pm  • 

'Proven' CEO to lead St. Vincent Health

St. Vincent Health Executive Chairman of the Board Vince Caponi says the 22-hospital system's new chief executive officer will help usher in a "transformation of our business." Jonathan Nalli will begin in the new role next month after serving more than six years as the head of Valparaiso-based Porter Health System.

Carmel insurer makes acquisition

Carmel-based Shepherd Insurance & Financial Services has acquired a Noblesville agency. Fisher & Associates Insurance Agency operate under the Shepherd name.

IPFW names chief fundraiser

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has named Wendy Kobler vice chancellor for advancement. She most recently served in a similar role at Alabama A&M University.

Manufacturer looks to fill positions

Northeast Indiana Works will hold a hiring event next week for a South Whitley-based building manufacturer. Whitley Manufacturing is looking to fill 20 positions including electricians, plumbers and welders.

Retailer's purchase removes Colts blackout

The Indianapolis Colts opening round playoff game will air in Indiana. The team has announced Michigan-based Meijer Stores LP purchased 1,200 tickets to the showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs, ending a potential local television blackout that would have been imposed by the National Football League if the game did not sell out. Meijer will donate the tickets to local military families. The retailer is one of the team's corporate partners and it operates more than two dozen Indiana stores.

Daniels details new college ranking plans

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is discussing further details of the school's partnership with Gallup Inc. He says the effort will result in a new and more accurate measurement of colleges and universities based on graduate career engagement, earnings and performance. The Gallup-Purdue Index would allow schools to decide if they want to participate, and would not rank them against each other. The rankings will also take factors such as student loan debt and entrepreneurship into account.

Former auto titans look to rebound

An economic development plan funded by a federal grant could serve as a catalyst for an additional $20 million to revive three once-booming auto cities. The East Central Indiana Regional Planning District recently landed $150,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to examine new uses for abandoned automotive sites in Anderson, Muncie and New Castle. Planning District Project Manager Brad Bookout says the grant puts the communities in position to compete for millions of dollars to implement a vision. During a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, he says the need to improve the sector is "huge," as the region has lost 40,000 auto manufacturing jobs.

Amazon tax collection underway

Hoosiers making purchases through Inc. are now being charged state sales tax. The collections began Wednesday under a 2012 deal struck with former Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Ford highlights Hoosier company

An Indianapolis-based company is being honored by one of the world's largest manufacturers for hybrid transmission technology. Magnetic Instrumentation Inc. has received the 2013 Henry Ford Technology Award from the Ford Motor Co.

IU Health, UnitedHealthcare continue talks

Indiana University Health says it will treat UnitedHealthcare patients as "in-network" even though a contract between the two organizations expired Tuesday. IU Health says the decision is part of a commitment to ensure patients have access to care. The system also says talks on a new agreement will continue.

Atlas releases migration study

A new report from Evansville-based Atlas Van Lines Inc. show an increase in relocations throughout the country, compared to 2012. Chief Operating Officer Jack Griffin says results of the 2013 Migration Patterns study suggests an "improving" economy. The results show Indiana is once again considered an outbound state.

GEICO ahead of hiring pace

Executives with the new GEICO corporate center in Carmel say the insurer has reached a major hiring milestone ahead of schedule. The company has hired 400 workers since opening the office in July and still expects to employ 1,600 by 2016. The company announced the major central Indiana expansion in March of last year.

Westfield strategy beginning to pay off

Westfield Mayor Andy Cook says the city's $45 million investment in the new Grand Park Sports Campus is starting to pay dividends. The city announced yesterday the 400-acre facility will host more than 5,000 baseball games between April and October. Cook says multiple tournaments are expected to draw dozens of teams from 15 states and two countries. The complex is part of a plan to boost its economy through tourism. Cook says Grand Park will help diversify the tax base, which the city "badly" needs.

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