economic development

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Some questions for Purdue's leader this month:

There was a lot of talk at the GE Aviation groundbreaking this week that Purdue grads might have something of an inside track to jobs there, since they’ll likely be high-skill positions. Can the university develop some kind of a pipeline there for those students who might qualify?

The trustees last week approved the merger of the Calumet and North Central campuses into Purdue Northwest. What kinds of savings might that reap for the school’s overall bottom line?

Harsh Winter Sapping State's Wine Grape Crops

May 14, 2014
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Indiana Vineyards are losing as much as 75-percent of their grape yields this year because of last winter's deep freeze.

Winemakers like David Simmons, co-owner of Simmons Winery near Columbus, knew they were going to take a hit, but are just now discovering exactly how much they’ve lost as their grape vines begin to bud.

"It's been a very difficult winter, we've had a lot of bud damage on the vines," Simmons says.

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Governor Pence made the rounds with business leaders in New York City Tuesday to recruit investment to Indiana. But many believe he was also recruiting opinions as to whether to make a run for the presidency.

Throughout the morning, the governor‘s official Twitter account and that of Katelyn Hancock from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation tweeted pictures and videos from the trip. But IPFW political scientist Andy Downs says the governor’s message has political undertones.

A multi-million dollar development is in the works for the former Home Hospital site. An assisted living facility will be built on the site, costing roughly $14 million.

Officials with developer Mainstreet Property Group say the project could be completed as soon as next summer.

Director of development Doug Pedersen says amenities at the building will make it more like a hotel and less like a hospital.

Frankfort's economic development plan progressing

Mar 13, 2013

Economic development efforts in Frankfort will take on a more focused approach soon. The city is completing a document for strengthening current businesses and industries, and encouraging more to set-up shop.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says job creation is one goal, but so is providing a stable environment for the downtown and neighborhoods.

Frankfort creating economic development plan

Jan 24, 2013

A $40,000 grant is helping Frankfort map its future. The money from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will finance the city’s Economic Development Plan.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says input from residents is needed to create the document and set the foundation for a healthy financial outlook.

"That will enhance our city's competitiveness in strengthening existing industries, attracting new product-lines to our city, and creating not only jobs for our citizens, but careers."

IN Farm Bureau hires retail ag business specialist

Dec 27, 2012

A new member of the Indiana Farm Bureau staff hopes to help small farms and those focused on specialty crops. Bob White was hired as IFB’s retail agriculture business specialist.

He has a background in agricultural finance and natural resources, as well as economic and policy development. However, White says he needs to hear from members who want help.

Alcoa is expanding its footprint in Lafayette

Jan 25, 2012

Alcoa  is locating its new full-production aluminum lithium casting facility here.

The $90 million investment will bring 75 new jobs. The new facility will be adjacent to Alcoa’s existing plant at U.S. 52 and Main Street.

The city and Tippecanoe County government will provide training funds for the new employees. Alcoa already employs more than 700 workers.

The company’s long history with the Lafayette area began in 1937.