As it approaches its third anniversary, Indiana Grown has hit a major milestone. The statewide agriculture initiative, which helps consumers find products grown, raised, produced and processed in Indiana, has reached 1,000 members. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch says the program has members in almost every county. She says the initiative is looking to beef up marketing efforts to make more producers aware of the resource and help connect them with retailers, wholesalers and consumers.
Angie's List campus re-imagined as creative 'playground': A group of investors, many with previous ties to Angie's List, has closed on the acquisition of the company's former corporate campus. The backers that make up the Fred Abel LLC investment group are led by former Angie's List Chief Executive Officer Bill Oesterle and include participants in Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York and Ohio. Boston-based Aquent CEO John Chuang is an investor and says the vision is to "create something far more than office space."
$2.5B coal-to-diesel plant proposed in Dale: An energy company is proposing a $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel facility in Spencer County. Riverview Energy Corp., which is based in Delaware and has a presence in New York, says the operation would eventually produce 4.8 million barrels of diesel fuel and 2.5 million barrels of naphtha, a liquid used as a solvent, a fuel and in plastics. President Gregory Merle says the facility would be the only one of its kind in the U.S. and is the company's most ambitious project yet. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Merle said Riverview Energy is still in the early stages of the planning and permitting process.
Indiana 'well-postured' in advanced energy: The acting president of the Battery Innovation Center in Greene County says the operation's presence is truly worldwide. Ben Wrightsman says only a handful of the approximately 100 firms that work with the BIC are based in Indiana and the majority are global. The center will mark its fifth anniversary in August, and he says the BIC's focus is what makes it stand out. "Rather than having technology that just kind of stays in an incubator or stays in that R&D loop," he said in a Studio(i) interview, the center is "actually putting it out into production, getting it into products, making connections."
DePauw launches 'Gold Commitment': DePauw University is so confident its graduates will find jobs, it is backing it up with the "Gold Commitment." DePauw will allow any student without an "entry-level professional position" or graduate school acceptance within six months of graduation, to return for a tuition-free semester or its employer partners will give them a full-time position.
Southwest launches first Indy international flight: Southwest Airlines has launched its first international flight from Indianapolis International Airport. The service to Cancun, Mexico, will run Saturdays through the summer.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse sponsorship to expire: The company that has held the naming rights of the home of the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever will not extend beyond the end of the contract. Carmel-based CNO Financial Group Inc. and Pacers Sports & Entertainment say the 20-year Bankers Life Fieldhouse contract will conclude June 30, 2019.
Sports Legends Experience to debut: A massive outdoor addition to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis will open Saturday. Work on the $38.5 million Sports Legends Experience, which is located on 7.5 acres next to the main building, officially started a year-and-a-half ago. Officials have pegged its overall economic impact, including construction, at $130 million over five years.
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