Dan Hasler

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Dignitaries cutting the ribbon Thursday at a new Rolls-Royce research facility at Purdue University say increased defense spending proposed in President Trump’s budget could enable growth of the school’s fledgling aerospace park.

“You know, if the defense budget goes up, I certainly hope and expect that Rolls-Royce technology will be right there with it – going up," says Rolls-Royce North America CEO Marion Blakey. "Because we do expect that we could do work right here, in West Lafayette. We could do it right here at this facility.”

The fundraising arm of Purdue is moving to the Purdue Research Foundation.

The Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee approved the transfer Friday afternoon.

Administrators say it will provide more flexibility and allow both the University Development Office and P.R.F. to better serve donors.

Foundation President Dan Hasler says both have similar functions, so combining the two makes sense.

After already breaking the state’s record for job commitments in 2012, nine more companies have pledged to create more than 2,500 jobs over the new few years in locations around Indiana.

A recent New York Times report, cited by Indiana Economic Development Corporation CEO Dan Hasler during Tuesday’s announcement, showed Indiana offering the lowest economic and tax incentives to incoming businesses compared to neighboring states.  Hasler says Indiana wants to focus more on improving its overall business climate.

With a month still to go this year, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) announced 2012 will set a record for commitments from companies to locate or expand operations in the state. Still, IEDC CEO Dan Hasler says he’d still like to see more the commitments turn into actual jobs.

The corporation reports 220 companies have made commitments to it this year to expand or establish new operations in Indiana, translating to around $3.6 billion in investments and more than 20,000 jobs.

IEDC updates lawmakers on 2012 plans

Aug 21, 2012

Indiana’s secretary of commerce says the state is on course to help create 25,000 new jobs this year.

Dan Hasler told members of a study committee on economic development 14,500 already have been created.

But he admits meeting the goal won’t be easy and will require an intense marketing effort.

"It's a numbers game. The best way to double our jobs and careers in Indiana, is to double our opportunities to compete for business. They can't find us unless we are bright, bold and somewhat brash. That's what good branding is."