A proposed rezone for part of the former Aretz Airport in Lafayette is moving forward with approval from Tippecanoe County officials.
The Area Plan Commission approved a request to rezone the western half the property as General Business. The nearly 11 acre site northeast of the State Road 25 and Interstate 65 intersection is currently zoned Residential and Agricultural.
APC Executive Director Sallie Fahey says the General Business designation is closer to what her staff would like to see at the airfield.
Crowd funding is allowing an entrepreneur from the Lafayette area to sell his invention.
Sean Connell created “A Tool of Multipurpose” (ATOM). He used the crowd funding website Kickstarter for people to pre-order it. That money will allow him to produce the key-shaped tool.
Connell has surpassed his goal by more than $30,000. He says the website he used does have some restrictions, but the screening is done by potential funders who read about the investment or product and the project’s creator.
Purdue’s next vice president for physical facilities is coming from state government.
The university is hiring Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Cline. He graduated from Purdue in 1988 with a degree in civil engineering.
Cline has been with INDOT since 2006. When Purdue President Mitch Daniels was governor, he appointed Cline as commissioner in 2010. Governor Mike Pence reappointed him to the position earlier this year.
A multi-million dollar project in White County has begun. Minnesota-based Magnetation is building a $350 million plant in Reynolds that will recycle iron waste to produce iron ore concentrate. The company is working with AK Steel, which will use the iron pellets produced there.
Magnetation CEO Larry Lehtinen says the facility will use the latest technology to make it one of the most efficient plants of its kind.
Indiana’s unemployment declined 0.2% in April. The Department of Workforce Development reports that was the largest one month decline in more than a year and happened even though there were fewer manufacturing and construction jobs available. Indiana’s unemployment is 8.5%, which is close to what it was in April, 2012.
The unemployment rate in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties fell in April – in most cases, more than a full point.