economy en July's Leading Index Suggests Growing Economic Momentum <p>New analysis from Indiana University suggests the Hoosier economy is heading in the right direction.</p><p><a href="">The Leading Index for Indiana</a> – which uses national-level economic data to make predictions about the state’s economy – rose slightly in July. That’s the second monthly increase in a row.</p><p></p><p>According to Timothy Slaper at the IU Kelley School of Business, the increase comes in part because of a jump in homebuilder sentiment, what he calls the “exhuberant stock market,” and a strong outlook in transportation and logistics.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:32:53 +0000 Sean Bueter 33499 at July's Leading Index Suggests Growing Economic Momentum Hoosier Unemployment Rate Holds Steady in May <p>Indiana’s unemployment rate in May failed to drop for the first time in nine months, holding steady at 5.7 percent.</p><p>Indiana’s private sector added 4,800 jobs last month, yet the unemployment rate remained unchanged.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:16:52 +0000 Brandon Smith 32094 at Hoosier Unemployment Rate Holds Steady in May Pence, Coats Look for Growth in Medical Device Industry <p></p><p>Indiana leaders at both the federal and state level are exploring ways to encourage more growth in the state’s medical device industry.</p><p>Later this summer, the Indiana legislature will devote a study committee to investigating ways the state can help medical device manufacturers.</p><p>Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Dan Coats sat down with leaders from the industry in northern Indiana.&nbsp; He says he came away with two avenues for helping the sector, including getting the Food and Drug Administration to ease some of the lengthy restrictions on approving new technology.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:31:57 +0000 Brandon Smith 31148 at Pence, Coats Look for Growth in Medical Device Industry St. Joe Hospital CEO Looper Leaving for Texas <p>The CEO of Fort Wayne’s oldest hospital is stepping down.</p><p></p><p>Lutheran Health Network representatives has confirmed to&nbsp;WBOI&nbsp;News that Eric Looper, who has led Saint Joseph Hospital since 2010, has accepted a position in Texas to be closer to family.</p><p></p><p>He made the announcement Wednesday in an email to staff.</p><p></p><p>Looper is leaving to become a regional CEO for Baylor, Scott, and White – the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:14:48 +0000 Sean Bueter 31083 at Report Finds Indiana Among Worst States for Black Youth <p></p><p>A <a href="">new study released Tuesday</a> finds Indiana among the ten worst states for black children, highlighting the disparity in opportunity between African-American youth and their peers.</p><p>The policy report&nbsp;from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, titled "<a href="{5B863B11-62C7-41EC-9F7F-6D12125C4DC2}">Race for Results</a>," measures 12 factors in an effort to chart child progression nationwide. Those include everything from reading proficiency to graduation rates to the number of children living near or below the federal poverty level.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:43:02 +0000 Sean Bueter 28519 at Report Finds Indiana Among Worst States for Black Youth Mixed News As Indiana Unemployment Rate Drops <p>Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in five and a half years, now lower than the national rate, even as the state’s private sector lost jobs in January.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Indiana unemployment rate fell nearly half a percent in January, its largest one-month drop in 20 years.&nbsp; Its rate of 6.4 percent is the lowest since September 2008 and the first time the state’s rate has been below the national average in nearly two years.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:15:33 +0000 Brandon Smith 27837 at New Works Councils Face Tight Deadline <p>Indiana&rsquo;s new Regional Works Councils have a deadline fast approaching &ndash; but only one of the 11 councils has met.</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:42:06 +0000 Brandon Smith 21316 at New Works Councils Face Tight Deadline New Tech Middle School Opens in Fort Wayne <p>The New Tech Network works with schools throughout the country to design academic programs that focus on project-based learning and student empowerment. One of only a handful of New Tech middle schools opened in Fort Wayne this year. Towles Middle School is one of many New Techs in Northeast Indiana. The region has one of the highest concentrations of the program in the country. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:05:15 +0000 Virginia Alvino 20382 at New Tech Middle School Opens in Fort Wayne Leading Index Shows Mixed Signals for Indiana Economy <p>An Indiana University economist says the Leading Index for Indiana – an economic predictor for the state – is sending mixed messages about the health of the Hoosier economy.</p><p>The Leading Index is at its highest point in four months, backed by positive reports from home builders and strong automotive sales.&nbsp; But Indiana Business Research Center Economic Analysis Director Timothy Slaper says small business optimism is down and rising mortgage rates are dampening enthusiasm.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:05:09 +0000 Brandon Smith 17948 at Leading Index Shows Mixed Signals for Indiana Economy Pence Applauds State Prison-to-Work Program <p>Governor Mike Pence is encouraging more companies to take part in HIRE, a state program that helps former convicts reenter the workforce. Pence says the program generated $8 million last year for the state.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of the more than 20,000 people released from Indiana prisons each year, the Department of Corrections reports 36 percent return to prison within three years.&nbsp; The recidivism rate climbs to 60 percent if the person is unemployed.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:45:13 +0000 Brandon Smith 15751 at Pence Applauds State Prison-to-Work Program