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September 25, 2013
Indy Gears Up For Unique Beer Fest
Event Highlights 'Canning Renaissance'
Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewing Co. says this weekend's inaugural CANvitational on Georgia Street is another sign of validation for the state's growing craft brewing industry. The Saturday event, billed as the Midwest's first-ever canned craft beer festival, will feature 30 craft breweries representing 16 states, including California and Hawaii. Sun King Vice President of Sales Matt Clapesattle says it will be a chance to experience what he terms a "canning renaissance" in the craft brew industry.
Longtime Company Could Close Its Doors
CMW International Inc. says if a buyer is not found, it intends to close its Indianapolis plant. In a notice to the state, the specialty metals company says the potential move would affect 100 employees.
Feds Announce Health Insurance Exchange Rates
The federal government has set insurance exchange rates for Indiana residents. The weighted average premiums for some of the lower cost plans range from roughly $300 to slightly more than $400. The enrollment period for the federal exchanges begins next week.
RDA Exploring Potential Medical Facilities
The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority is seeking Requests for Proposals to study the feasibility of two major medical operations in the region. They involve a new regional trauma center and an academic medical center.
Pacers Make George Extension Official
Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird says the team is "all in" with its top players after reaching an agreement on a multi-year contract extension with Paul George. The NBA's 2012-2013 Most Improved Player was set to become a free agent after the upcoming season. Bird will be a guest on this week's edition of Inside INdiana Business Television.
Notre Dame Touts New Telescope
The University of Notre Dame says its newly-installed telescope will create a "cutting-edge" research experience. The school says the Sarah L. Krizmanich Telescope is one of the largest in the state.
Indiana Housing Market Continues to Climb
The Indiana Association of Realtors says the number of closed home sales in the state has risen again. The group is reporting a 13 percent increase in August, compared to the same period last year.
Grants to Fund Airport Improvements
Fort Wayne International Airport has received nearly $3 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration. The funding will support a new access road and the purchase of mowing and snow removal equipment.
New Technology Aims to Help First Responders
Purdue University researchers have developed technology they say will help prepare first responders by analyzing high-volume crime and disaster areas. The developers say the Visual Analytics Law Enforcement Toolkit will allow organizations to more effectively allocate resources.
Midwest Fashion Week Canceled
Organizers of Midwest Fashion Week in Indianapolis say this year's edition has been canceled. Founder Berny Martin says the next event is still scheduled for March 2014.
Volunteer Organization Names CEO
Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc. has named William Raihl chief executive officer. He currently serves as chief advancement officer for Volunteers of America Western Washington. Raihl will oversee more than a dozen social service programs throughout the state.
INside Edge Stories
Protect All Your Assets
By: Zach Ziliak - Vice President, STAR Insurance
As a small business owner, have you protected yourself, business and family from financial risk? With the challenges and rewards that come along with owning a new or growing business, life insurance might not even be on your radar. September is Life Insurance Awareness month, and it's the right time to evaluate the financial risk your business might be facing without the proper coverage.
STOCKS: On Wall Street
Market Indexes at 11:35
TV: Next on 'Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick'
News From WTHR, Indiana's News Leader
The Heritage Foundation says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its bounds last week in releasing new rules for greenhouse gas emissions. This commentary notes that Congress could - and should - step in and do its job before it is too late. If not, economic growth and individual prosperity are the victims.
State governments are quick to be dramatically opposed to mandates from Washington, particularly those that come without funding. But, as this Governing column emphasizes, some states are quick to impose themselves into local government matters in much the same fashion.
While internet technology has opened up many possibilities, it also poses new challenges. One of the most prevalent is covered in a new Indiana Chamber seminar. Take part in the half-day program on October 9 titled Protecting Your Brand Online: Defend Against Online Defamation and False and Negative Reviews.
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