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  • Hendricks County Community Foundation Grants Over $39,000 to Local Charitable Organizations

    December 11, 2015 No comments

    hccf_logo_topHendricks County-Over $39,000 was awarded by the Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF) during its second round of Deedee Daniel Opportunity Fund grants for the year. In 2015, HCCF funded programs in all areas including providing health coverage and basic needs to those who need it most; improving parks in Brownsburg, Danville, North Salem and Pittsboro; and offering high quality arts programming through the Hendricks Civic Theater’s production of “The King and I” as well as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s 317 Series at Avon High School to name a few. Unrestricted funds at HCCF, like the Deedee Daniel Opportunity Fund, are currently eligible for a $1:$1 match through the Lilly GIFT VI initiative. Unrestricted funds are available for the Community Foundation to continue funding organizations that serve Hendricks County and make it a great place to live, work and play.

    “In 2015, unrestricted funds at HCCF made over $90,000 in grants to nonprofits in and programs supporting Hendricks County and our residents,” says William A. Rhodehamel, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “It is an honor to be able to support the work that these organizations are doing for our community. Grants from HCCF are just part of the full funding of these programs; I would encourage our community to join us in celebrating and supporting these worthwhile organizations particularly those which HCCF has offered matching grant opportunities like the Danville Little House, Family Promise of Hendricks County and the Hendricks County Honor Guard.” This cycle’s recipients and funded projects are:   *    Family Promise of Hendricks County – $5,000  MATCHING GRANT: New, larger van *    Hendricks County Educational Media Corporation – WYRZ Radio – $1,410 Tower fencing and server *    Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition – $1, 000  Hendricks County Resource Toolbox *    Hendricks County Honor Guard, Inc. – $720 (up to $1,440 match) MATCHING GRANT: Equipment maintenance and clothing procurement *    Hendricks County Senior Services – $5,555 Cyber Seniors *    Hope Healthcare Services- $2,500 Medical home for those without insurance *    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra – $10,000  317 Series: Hendricks County *    Meals on Wheels of Hendricks County – $1,000  Extras for Meals on Wheels Clients; Shelf Stable Meals & Ice Packs *    Miracles for Melanoma- $2,000 Operation Melanoma Roadshow *    Parks Foundation of Hendricks County- $10,000 The Arboretum at McCloud Nature Park *    Pittsboro Parks Department- $4,500 Pittsboro Parks improvements Phase I: ADA Compliance

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    The Hendricks County Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in Hendricks County by helping donors match their passion with community needs, awarding grants to nonprofit organizations and projects, and collaborating to address community issues. The Community Foundation manages assets of over $11 million in a collection of funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations for charitable purposes. In 2014, the Community Foundation gave over $748,000 in grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to local students. Currently the Hendricks County Community Foundation is in a matching gift program with Lilly Endowment GIFT VI. Even small gifts become large gifts when you give to an unrestricted endowment fund at HCCF. Because of the GIFT VI grant, all gifts to these funds are matched $1 for $1 until March.

  • Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Crash on I-70

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    use this oneHendricks Co., Indiana State Police troopers are working a personal injury crash that seriously injured a Morgan County man.

    Early this morning, December 10th, at approximately 6:40 a.m., Indiana State troopers were notified of a serious personal injury crash on I-70 EB at the 62.6mm involving a motorcyclist.

    Preliminary investigation revealed that James Jones, 58, of Monrovia, IN was operating a 2005 BMW motorcycle that had become disabled. Jones was sitting on the disabled motorcycle on the left side of I-70 on the pavement near the yellow line. The motorcycle reportedly did not have any lights in operation. Ronald Thomas, 48, of Monrovia, IN was operating a 2013 dump truck in the left lane and did not observe the motorcycle until it was struck by the left front of the dump truck.

    Jones suffered a severe leg injury and was transported to Eskenazi Hospital. Thomas was not injured.

    During the cleanup of the wreckage, medics were summoned to return to the crash scene to attend to an employee of Zores wrecker service that was injured while hooking up to the dump truck. Chad Nickle, 38, of Indianapolis, was working under the front of the dump truck hooking up to the wrecker when the dump truck fell off of wooden blocks that had been placed under the left front wheel. Trooper John Myers and Trooper Jessie Schmidt pulled Nickle out from under the dump truck and summoned medical assistance. Nickle was alert and conscious and was transported to Methodist Hospital to be treated for a complaint of back pain.

    The left lane of I-70 EB at the 62.6 mm was closed for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage cleared.

    Investigating Officers: Trooper John Myers and Trooper Jesse Schmidt, Indiana State Police.

    Assisting Agencies: Indiana Department of Transportation, Zores Wrecker Service, Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department, EMS Fire and Rescue.

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  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education Approves Ivy Tech Report Recommendations

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    indiana-commissionTen years after Ivy Tech Community College was named Indiana’s statewide community college system, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education today approved recommendations to strengthen Ivy Tech’s student support services and ensure that Ivy Tech degrees and certificates lead to employment.

     

    “Ivy Tech is well positioned to build upon the success of its first decade, and the Commission is confident the recommendations outlined in this report create a strong path forward for Ivy Tech and Indiana’s workforce,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “These recommendations were developed in collaboration with Ivy Tech, and we look forward to continuing that partnership as these strategies are implemented across all Ivy Tech campuses.”

     

    This year the Indiana General Assembly charged the Commission to review Ivy Tech programs with low graduation rates and granted the Commission the authority to eliminate or restructure program offerings based on other successful models. In response, the Commission evaluated Ivy Tech’s existing programs and researched best practices at community colleges nationwide. Based on those findings, the Commission presented seven recommendations focused on improving Ivy Tech’s programs and expanding its successful student support efforts.

     

    The report makes the following recommendations to improve Ivy Tech’s educational programs:

     

    • Perform annual program evaluations based on benchmarks for student demand, labor market demand, and effectiveness as measured by program completion.
    • Discontinue, develop improvement plans, or provide justification for programs that fail to meet benchmarks.
    • Provide predictable schedules and structured pathways for students.
    • Target student interventions and advising to ensure completion.
    • Smooth the transition from Ivy Tech to four-year colleges.
    • Improve Ivy Tech’s data system capabilities.
    • Better reflect Ivy Tech’s diverse mission in public reporting and performance funding.

     

    In December, the Ivy Tech Board of Trustees approved a resolution in support of collaboration between the Commission and Ivy Tech and requesting that the college’s leadership review, address and if appropriate implement new recommendations while continuing current best practices.

     

    “We are pleased to see the Commission reinforce and recognize many of the success efforts and the improvements Ivy Tech has been making,” Ivy Tech Board of Trustees Chair Paula Hughes said. “After our first decade we recognize our unique mission here in Indiana and how we can continue to improve in the areas of completion, transfer, job placement and workforce training.”

     

    The recommendations were developed based on the Commission’s evaluation of Ivy Tech programs, which found the following:

     

    • At most Ivy Tech’s regional campuses, one-third or more programs enroll 30 students or less, though in some cases this is due to capacity limitations, recruitment challenges, or differences in regional workforce demand.
    • After six years, more students are still enrolled at Ivy Tech (41 percent) than have graduated (24 percent).
    • Of those students who transfer from Ivy Tech to four-year colleges, about one-quarter earn bachelor’s degrees within six years.
    • Like most Indiana colleges, Ivy Tech lacks the data systems and resources necessary to track labor market and job placement outcomes comprehensively.

     

    The Commission’s research on best practices found that successful community college programs are highly structured with proactive advising practices that keep students on track for completion and success after graduation. Successful programs also meet student and workforce demand, which makes improving Ivy Tech’s data systems a key recommendation in the Commission’s report.

     

    “Ivy Tech is critically important to Indiana’s workforce. The recommendation that Ivy Tech use labor market data to help drive current and future academic offerings is exactly what our economy needs,” Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steve Braun said.

     

    Following today’s approval, Ivy Tech will review its programs and report back to the Commission with a plan to discontinue, restructure or improve programs that fail to meet benchmarks. Ivy Tech will also report annually on progress made to restructure student supports by the target date of 2018. In the next three years, the Commission will expand both its performance funding incentives and its public data reports to include shorter-term workforce credentials and labor market outcomes.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor Pence Endorses Local Road Funding Legislation

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    imagesMSVK9BTELegislation filed today by Senator Brandt Hershman to be part of Governor’s 2016 agenda

     

    Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today announced support for legislation filed by Senator Brandt Hershman to immediately provide $418 million to local governments to fund local transportation infrastructure projects.

     

    This local road funding legislation complements the 21st Century Crossroads plan Governor Pence outlined in October, which will make $1 billion in new road funding available over the next four years. Both proposals bring forward new infrastructure funding without raising taxes.

     

    “I strongly support Senator Hershman’s plan to help communities fund infrastructure improvements, and I commend his leadership,” said Governor Pence. “Our teams have been working closely on this plan to provide funding at the local level without raising taxes. I will be including this initiative as part of my legislative agenda for the upcoming session and look forward to its passage along with the 21st Century Crossroads plan that Senator Yoder will be authoring. Hoosiers know that roads mean jobs at the state and local level. I couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Senators Hershman, Yoder and Kenley to ensure that Indiana remains the Crossroads of America, and this administration will continue to work with members of the Indiana General Assembly to aggressively fund our infrastructure in a responsible manner.”

     

    This week Governor Pence announced major infrastructure investments on I-65 in Lake County, I-69 in Greene and Monroe counties and the modernization of State Road 37 in Hamilton County. Last Sunday, Governor Pence joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark completion of the Abraham Lincoln Bridge in Clark County.

     

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  • Governor Pence Proclaims Tomorrow Statehood Day in Indiana

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    Mike-Pence130327Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence has signed a proclamation declaring tomorrow Statehood Day in the state of Indiana.

     

    “This Statehood Day, we will reflect on the remarkable progress Hoosiers have charted over our 199 years of history,” said Governor Pence. “In commemorating this special birthday, we usher in a historic, year-long bicentennial celebration of the enduring Hoosier spirit and the future that lies before us.”

     

    To mark the 199th anniversary of Indiana becoming the nineteenth state in the Union, the Governor and First Lady Karen Pence will welcome Hoosier fourth graders to stations in the Statehouse Rotunda on Friday, December 11 as part of the annual Statehood Day events.

     

    Students who visit the Governor’s booth will have the opportunity to depict what they would try to accomplish if they were governor. They will also be able to learn some interesting facts about Indiana through an interactive display that showcases what the state has to offer.

     

    Fourth graders who visit the First Lady’s booth will be greeted by Pence family pets Marlon Bundo, a rabbit, and Saphira, a snake. Both family pets will remain in their respective cage and aquarium throughout the duration of the event.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Firestone To Serve as Presenting Sponsor of

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    1Speedway Indoor Karting will open in April 2016 on 1067 Main St. in Speedway, Indiana.

    New Karting Facility To Feature Firestone Building Products 

    SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Dec. 9, 2015) – Firestone, a brand of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO), will serve as a presenting sponsor of Speedway Indoor Karting (SIK), a state-of-the-art indoor karting center and restaurant scheduled to open in April 2016 in the heart of Speedway, Indiana.

     

    The multi-level karting center and restaurant is a privately owned investment by Verizon IndyCar® Series team owner and Indianapolis 500® veteran Sarah Fisher and her husband, Andy O’Gara.

     

    “I’ve enjoyed a dynamic relationship with Firestone for more than 15 years through both my roles as an Indy car driver and team owner, so it’s a pleasure and a privilege to work with them in this capacity,” Fisher said. “Drivers and teams have relied on Firestone’s combination of performance and innovation for more than 100 years, and we’re happy to associate Speedway Indoor Karting with the Firestone brand’s legacy of winning.”

     

    In addition to the iconic tire brand’s sponsorship, commercial roofing products manufactured by Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, an Indianapolis-based subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM), will be used in the construction of the 62,000 square-foot facility located on 1067 Main Street in Speedway.

     

    “The Firestone brand is engrained in the Indianapolis community through our involvement with Indy car racing and through the work of our colleagues at Firestone Building Products,” said Lisa Boggs, Director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. “We are proud to continue to share our brand’s heritage with the community through our involvement with Speedway Indoor Karting.”

     

    SIK will include a 14-turn road course with multiple elevation changes and a banked oval that will be sunk into the floor to enable viewing for spectators on both floors of the facility. Each of the kart tracks will operate independently and will feature state-of-the-art karts for all skill levels. A competitive league for junior karters will provide an ideal, affordable introduction into motorsports for aspiring racers.

     

    SIK will also include the 1911 Grill, featuring American cuisine and named after the year of the first Indianapolis 500. The restaurant will offer family dining, multiple bar and entertainment areas and covered outdoor seating on both levels of the facility. Indoor seating will include exceptional views of both kart tracks for patrons wishing to take in the exciting action.

     

    SIK will provide a superb racing experience for the everyday person and the diehard race fan, as well as the aspiring driver. The company also will maintain its focus with clear objectives and can cater to the many businesses that search for a fresh corporate hospitality and entertainment venue. SIK will offer multiple corporate hospitality and entertainment rooms outside of the 1911 Grill.

     

    SIK and 1911 Grill are scheduled to open in April 2016, a month before activities start for the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The businesses are expected to bring 35 to 40 new jobs to Speedway.

     

    To stay up to date on the latest news and information about Speedway Indoor Karting and 1911 Grill, follow @SIKarting and @1911Grill on Twitter and Instagram and like Speedway Indoor Karting and 1911 Grill on Facebook.

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  • ROKITA’S LANDMARK EDUCATION BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    untitledWashington, D.C. – Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-04), issued the following statement after the President signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, legislation that contains conservative education reforms that Rep. Rokita led to the President’s desk today:

     

    “This bill is a win for our nation’s children and will revolutionize how we educate the next generation.  It empowers states and ends federally-mandated, unproductive, high stakes testing, the core of ‘No Child Left Behind.’  I am proud to have led this bill out of the Subcommittee and onto the President’s desk.  This bill gives power back to the people.  It gets Washington out of our classrooms and lets the states take control of how they educate their children.

     

    “I thank my colleagues and fellow conferees for helping to get this bill signed into law.  Today is a first step toward transforming our education system and this time we will make sure no child is actually left behind,” said Rep. Rokita.

     

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    The reauthorization bill originated in Rep. Rokita’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, as H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, a bill Rep. Rokita co-authored and led to passage in July.  Rep. Rokita was later appointed to the Conference negotiating team to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Education Bill that the President signed today.

     

    For more information about the bill visit: http://rokita.house.gov/press-release/rokita-bill-largest-transfer-federal-authority-states-and-localities-25-years

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  • University of Indianapolis Counseling Center Recognized as a Top Workplace in Indiana

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    APA-award-logoIndianapolis, IN, December 10, 2015 The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award was established by the American Psychological Association (APA) to recognize organizations that understand the link between employee health and well-being and organizational performance through implementation of workplace practices that create a culture of health and wellness. Each applicant in the evaluation process is judged on criteria including: employee involvement; health and safety; employee growth and development; work-life balance; and employee recognition. Statewide winners are eligible for a national award through APA.  

     

    Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is proud to announce that Indiana’s 2015 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winner is the University of Indianapolis Counseling Center. The University of Indianapolis Counseling Center focuses not only on improving the mental health and well-being of their college students through individual and group counseling programs, but also through campus outreach.  A primary focus of the Counseling Center is to foster the health and well-being of employees and students working at the center. The day-to-day work environment emphasizes an open-door policy to process cases, discuss difficult aspects of being a therapist, and listen to and regularly adhere to feedback. The director of the Counseling Center, Dr. Kelly Miller, tailors responsibilities and duties of counselors by capitalizing on strengths and empowering employees to meet their potential through regular support by senior psychologists. Those employed at the Counseling Center are encouraged to engage in self-care by taking advantage of university exercise and health endeavors, having flexible schedules, and taking a lunch break daily.  

     

    Polly Shepard Westcott, PsyD, is the Indiana Representative for APA’s Psychology in the Workplace Network, directing the Indiana Psychologically Healthy Work Place Award committee. Dr. Shepard Westcott was extremely impressed with the overall wellness initiative of the Counseling Center and the myriad of programs offered to employees with a prominent focus on self-care. Additionally, the University of Indianapolis Counseling Center has taken their wellness initiative into the community by integrating education and programs outside of the center and into the university.

     

  • ISP Investigating Serious Crash on I-65 in Johnson County

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    Indiana-State-Police-ISP-logoJohnson County – The Indiana State Police are investigating a four vehicle personal injury crash on I-65 southbound at the 84 mile marker. The right lane on the southbound side is currently closed for cleanup.

    After preliminary investigation, it appears traffic had come to a stop in the construction zone for an unknown reason. A southbound dump truck was not able to get stopped before hitting a passenger car that was stopped in the traffic. That car then struck another passenger car that was stopped in the traffic as well. The debris from the crash caused damage to a fourth vehicle in the area.

    The two southbound lanes in this area are split with a grass median due to construction. This crash occurred in the single southbound lane on the west side of the median.

    The driver of the passenger car struck by the dump truck was flown from the scene by a medical helicopter, the status of that driver’s injuries are unknown at this time. No other people were injured in the crash.

    This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.

     

    Investigating Officer: Trooper Shane Cunningham, Indiana State Police

    Assisting Agencies: Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, Amity Fire Department, Indiana Department of Transportation, Rieth Riley Construction and Recovery One Towing Company

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor Pence Announces Plans to Modernize State Road 37 in Hamilton County

    December 10, 2015 No comments

    imagesMSVK9BTEIndianapolis – Governor Mike Pence joined state and local officials today to announce plans to invest $124 million in infrastructure improvements to State Road 37 in Hamilton County between 126th Street and 146th Street. The announcement, held at the Delaware Township Community Center, detailed the agreement between the state of Indiana, Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear and Hamilton County commissioners which commits the state to providing $100 million of the necessary funding for the improvements and commits the City of Fishers to managing the project, maintaining SR 37 during construction, and providing $12 million in funding. Hamilton County is providing an additional $12 million in funding.

     

    “Modern infrastructure is key to building the types of communities that invite investment and job growth,” said Governor Mike Pence. “As communities like Fishers and Noblesville continue to grow and expand, it is critical that we implement collaborative and innovative solutions like updating State Road 37 to ensure these areas remain desirable places for companies to add jobs and Hoosiers to live and raise a family.”

     

    Tens of thousands of people use the SR 37 corridor daily causing heavy congestion and long backups at several key intersections. To address these challenges, initial plans call for SR 37 to be converted to a free-flow parkway with roundabout-style interchanges at 126th Street, 131st Street, 141st Street, and 146th Street. Other planned improvements include removing the traffic signal and converting 135th Street to a right turn only intersection with SR 37.

     

    “The agreement forged today marks an extraordinary investment in our community that will benefit Hamilton County and the entire region,” said Mayor Fadness. “The leadership of Governor Pence and the collaboration with INDOT and local governments ensures an innovative and comprehensive project that will solve congestion challenges in the corridor while improving economic opportunities, quality of life for business and residents, and increased public safety for travelers.”  

        

    In 2014, Hamilton County had three of the top five fastest-growing communities in the state among Indiana’s larger communities – Fishers, Noblesville, and Carmel. In just 25 years, Fishers has grown from a town of 7,187 residents to a city with an estimated 88,000 residents. This exponential growth is expected to continue, and infrastructure upgrades and improvements are necessary for continued growth and resident safety.

     

    During the project, INDOT will transfer control and maintenance responsibilities for SR 37 to the City of Fishers. The City of Fishers will lead the design and construction process for the planned improvements to ensure streamlined coordination between designers, construction teams, local businesses, residents, and community stakeholders. Upon completion, INDOT will reassume control of SR 37 and will be responsible for long-term maintenance of the road.

     

    “INDOT is committed to working with communities in every corner of Indiana to make needed investments in infrastructure,” INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson said. “In addition to the more than $250 million INDOT allocates to Hoosier communities each year for local projects we’ll continue to seek out partnerships like the one we’re announcing today so that we can leverage state and local dollars to maximize our impact and achieve the best value for taxpayers.”

     

    Construction on the planned improvements to SR 37 will be completed in phases to minimize impacts to motorists, residents, and area businesses. The first phase of the project is anticipated to begin in 2018.

     

    “The cooperation between Governor Pence and the local governmental entities has made this a truly unique project that will serve all members of the region well,” said Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt.

     

    Posted by in Statewide News

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