Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

July 12, 2013

Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick


Greensburg Daily News

---- — Vincennes tailors program for agribusiness

Vincennes University has unveiled a new concentration focusing on agribusiness. The program is geared toward graduates with an associate’s degree, who are looking to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Fort Wayne seeks public input on youth sports

The city of Fort Wayne hopes to collect public input on youth sports in the community. A public meeting this month is part of a study on the community’s youth sports marketing efforts and potential for growth.

Competition includes hoosier attraction, foods

Some Indiana favorites are among the nominees being considered for three national lists. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Harry & Izzy’s restaurant at the Indianapolis International Airport and the pork tenderloin sandwich are nominees for different USA Today reader’s choice polls.

Cassidy Turley, Texas company partner on buildings

Cassidy Turley says it will manage three Indianapolis-area buildings for Texas-based USAA Real Estate Co. The companies say they hope to position the properties as some of the city’s “top business addresses.”

Riley Hospital launches physicians network

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has announced a new network aimed at providing more health care providers with its resources and expertise. The health system says the “Riley Physicians” program will begin in Indianapolis, with the goal of extending it throughout the state.

Hundreds of jobs coming to Southern Indiana

An Illinois-based pharmacy benefit management company has announced plans to build a $19 million facility in the River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville. Catamaran Corp. (Nasdaq: CTRX) says it will add up to 205 jobs by 2015. River Ridge Marketing Director Paul Wheatley says inquiries from businesses about the park have been on a “high incline” over the past six months. He says progress on the Ohio River Bridges Project has been a major factor in that growth.

Purdue to host program for Russian students

A group of Russian students will begin an entrepreneurship program next week at Purdue University. As part of the initiative, the students will develop and present business plans and discuss potential research collaborations with school researchers.

Allison names CIO

Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) has named Dean Ranalli chief information officer. He has worked at Allison since 2011, and has served as acting CIO for about one year.

Bridge demolition details emerge

Indiana and Kentucky transportation officials are releasing details for next week’s planned demolition of the old Milton-Madison Bridge. Exploding the approximately 2,400-foot-long structure will occur in three stages and require closing the new bridge temporarily, creating a no-fly zone and cutting off traffic on the Ohio River.

Health group partners with Minnesota company

The Indiana Health Industry Forum has signed agreements with Minnesota-based Merrill Corp. to serve as a preferred provider for its members. The partnership gives eligible companies discounts and benefits on some of Merrill’s online security and translation services.

Illinois consulting firm acquires Indy company

Indianapolis-based The Anson Group LLC has merged with a Chicago company. As part of the deal, former Anson Group Chief Executive Officer Colleen Hittle has become a managing director for Navigant Consulting Inc. (NYSE: NCI).

Grants to support programs for the elderly

The Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Senior Fund has awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to six organizations. The funding will support programs designed to boost quality of life for the elderly in central Indiana.

Verge names new leader

An organization to support Indiana startups is under new leadership. Verge has named Alec Synnestvedt executive director. He previously served as product marketing manager at Indianapolis-based T2 Systems and is a former Orr Fellow.

Purdue, corn groups team for biofuels study

Two corn farming organizations are partnering with Purdue University on a study about aviation biofuels. The Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Iowa Corn Promotion Board are funding the research examining the potential economic impact of the industry in the Midwest.

Shoe Carnival opening new stores

Evansville-based Shoe Carnival Inc. (Nasdaq: SCVL) is planning to hold grand opening events at a dozen stores this month. The new locations are in states including Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

School district sheds unused admin building

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. has approved the sale of a former administration building for more than $700,000. Superintendent David Smith says 12 buildings have been sold, leased or repurposed in the last three and a half years.

Marion to host youth conference

More than 2,000 people are expected for a faith-based event next week in Marion. The Momentum Youth Conference will include service projects throughout the community.

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Wellness Group Planning Hundreds of Carmel Jobs

A California-based health services management company confirms it plans to open an office in Carmel and hire approximately 300 employees. A spokeswoman with American Specialty Health Inc. says the company could hold a grand opening ceremony for the new center in March.

Fort Wayne Arts Effort Moves Forward

Organizers of the Fort Wayne Cultural District have unveiled a drafted “Platform for Action” designed to spur economic development and quality of life through public art and other creative endeavors. The city says it will enact the finalized plan over the next three to five years.

Manufacturer to Break Ground on Columbus Facilities

An automotive parts manufacturer is set to begin construction Friday on a nearly $35 million Bartholomew County development. Sunright America Inc. plans to build two facilities and add more than 100 jobs in Columbus by 2016.

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