Business & Economy

New Chamber Exec Named

Feb 8, 2018
SW Indiana Chamber

A woman who led the merger of several chamber organizations and a regional development group in the Quad Cities area was named Thursday as the new President and CEO of the Southwest Indiana Chamber.

A release from the chamber board of directors says that Tara Barney served as CEO  for the Quad Cities Chamber from 2010 through the middle of last year. 

An Immigration Center proposed to be built in Elkhart, Indiana, a city big on agriculture, mainly built on manufacturing and close to big areas with large Latino populations, represented a clear threat to Latinos in the area. Many protests halted the proposed center from coming along but people are still nervous about the possible outcome.

Indiana’s unemployment rate went down in December, the second consecutive month it’s fallen.

The rate fell to 3.4 percent last month. That represents a drop of half of a percent since October.

Helping that drop in December: the private sector added 6,000 jobs, led by the manufacturing industry.

Indiana To Fight Another Food Production Law

Dec 12, 2017

Indiana is leading 13 states in a lawsuit against Massachusetts over new food regulations. The law requires eggs, pork and veal sold in the Bay State to come from animals raised with room to lie down and turn around without touching an enclosure— it’s the second such lawsuit involving Indiana that’s been filed in the last two weeks.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says the Massachusetts law— scheduled to go into effect in 2022— will cost farmers and raise consumer prices.