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Tuesday, June 23 2009

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) has established what it believes is a unique partnership with Brown University. EVSC Superintendent Vince Bertram says 38 individuals will take part in the corporation's Learning Leadership Cadre (LLC), which includes sessions at the Rhode Island-based university. Brown officials will also visit Evansville throughout the year to conduct seminars for teachers enrolled in the LLC. The university says the program is the only one of its kind in Indiana.

Evansville Schools Partnering With Brown University
Thirty-eight individuals have been selected to participate in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Learning Leadership Cadre (LLC), a program designed by the EVSC to increase classroom, building and district leadership capacity. It’s most unique feature is a partnership with Brown University’s Department of Education, which Brown officials believe is a one-of-a-kind offering in the state.
This program will educate teachers and administrators in the LLC, so that they can lead the district in increasing and accelerating student success. “Effective leadership is essential to improving student achievement,” said EVSC Superintendent Vince Bertram. “This initiative is important to developing entrepreneurial school leaders with the capacity to improve our schools.”
The EVSC and Brown believe that highly trained, collaborative individuals, who share their knowledge, focus and skills, are essential to fostering engagement and achieving student success. Kenneth Wong, chair of the Department of Education and director of the Urban Education Policy Program at Brown University, said he believes the Learning Leadership Cadre will be a model for Indiana and the nation. The program will be funded through state and federal grants.
Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett lauded the school corporation for its forward thinking and no excuses mentality. “That’s something I really appreciate about the EVSC,” Bennett said. “You don’t hear them saying, ‘No, but….,” you hear a lot of ‘Yes, if’s…” Bennett said the Indiana Department of Education is looking for corporations that are also looking for solutions for student success during this unprecedented era of accountability. The Indiana Department of Education has specifically allocated $100,000 for this partnership.
There are educator and administrator strands in the LLC. The selection process, following a one-week application window, fielded applications from nearly 90 highly qualified educators in the EVSC. Roughly half of those individuals participated in detailed interviews.
“The work the EVSC is doing and the challenges we are facing mean we need high quality leaders at all levels —classroom, school, and district — with diverse skill sets and growth potential. Our ultimate goal is to maximize opportunities for our students by providing a world class educational experience with world class results,” said David Dimmett, chief academic officer for the EVSC.
The LLC is an intensive two-year program which will highlight and support exceptional teaching practices and develop effective change leaders within the district. Those individuals selected will still participate in their regular EVSC assignment or a new position within the EVSC, but will also participate in this program and its initiatives, sharing what they learn with their peers. The EVSC believes those who participate in the program have the capability to significantly impact student achievement. Through the application of research-based theory, LLC participants will determine needs within the EVSC and develop action research and change projects. Leaders in the administrators’ strand will participate in two, one-week institutes at Brown University during the two years of the program, and Brown faculty will visit the EVSC throughout the school year to conduct eight weekend seminars for participants in both the administrator and educator strands.
This year, a total of 21 educators and 17 administrators have been selected. In the second year of the program, the EVSC can add up to 10 teachers and 5 administrators. The initiative is expected to have a systemic impact across the district as members of the LLC flow into key leadership positions. Administrators completing two years in the cadre will continue to move achievement in their own buildings, or be assigned to lead the transformation effort at a chronically underperforming school. Members of the educator strand will continue to be considered for administrative roles, hired for academic coaching positions, or continue to be exemplary models in their classrooms. This will increase building-level and district capacity to support the learning leadership needs of EVSC’s teachers and administrators.
The LLC will focus on four cornerstones: Leadership, Collaboration, Engagement, and Data. Emphasis will be placed on highlighting and strengthening high-yield instructional practices for classroom and building leadership.
Source: Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation & Inside INdiana Business
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Monday, June 22 2009


Any of the proposed changes below would be to the advantage of first time buyers and home owners who have a mortgage. We will continue to monitor this proposal and get back to you as soon as we have an update.
Home Buyer Tax Credit Could Expand
A first-time home buyer tax credit of up to $8,000 has helped to move housing inventory during an otherwise sluggish real estate cycle. Now both legislators and the business community are hoping to build on the incentive's success by expanding it.
A number of bills have been introduced in the House and the Senate that lobby for an expansion of the measure. Among the proposed changes:
Setting a new cap of $15,000.
Extending the tax break into mid-2010.
Making the benefit available to all home buyers, not just first-timers.
Offering a separate tax credit to $3,000 for borrowers who refinance.
Source: USA Today, Stephanie Armour (06/22/09)
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Wednesday, June 17 2009
Evansville-based Atlas World Group has established a new unit that has purchased Smart Move Inc. in Denver. The company offers container-based household relocation services in more than 60 areas. Atlas says its new entity, Accel Transportation LLC, will be renamed Smart Move Transportation LLC.
EVANSVILLE, Ind.--In a move that will expand Atlas World Group's scope of relocation solutions, the company has announced the formation of a new subsidiary that has acquired the assets of Smart Move, Inc. Denver-based Smart Move offered container-based household relocation services in more than 60 markets. The new entity, Accel Transportation, L.L.C., will be renamed Smart Move Transportation, L.L.C and will build upon the full-service solution currently offered by the Atlas Accel program.
Container-based relocation is often a more timely and convenient solution for customers with small shipments, because shipments don't need to be consolidated to fit on a large truck. The addition of Smart Move will allow Atlas to provide this type of service not only to its corporate clients, but to individual residential customers as well.
"Historically, the relocation industry has struggled with small shipments--a lot of van lines turn them away," said Glen Dunkerson, Atlas World Group chairman & CEO. "We don't want to turn down anyone who needs help with a move. Smart Move now allows Atlas to offer a solution to transport small shipments safely and quickly."
Smart Move's service is designed around transportable vaults that customers pack and unload themselves. This provides quick, secure and convenient relocations that can shave up to a week or longer off standard delivery schedules. This leads to savings in temporary housing costs and, for corporate customers, helps relocated employees settle into their new positions more quickly.
Atlas was attracted to the SmartVault™ technology, which has become the industry standard for safe, secure and easy relocation. Because Smart Move is part of the Atlas family, Smart Move customers can elect to have Atlas agents handle all aspects of the move, including packing, loading and unloading their belongings.
"A lot of times people select container-based services under the impression they can handle everything themselves, but what if your family or friends don't show up to help you load the container?" Dunkerson said. "With this service, Atlas will be there to help with any unexpected needs."
As part of the nation's second-largest relocation company, Smart Move will have access to a network of more than 500 agents and will benefit from the superior quality, stability and service that have made Atlas a leading relocation partner for thousands of American households and businesses.
"We've always known a container option was going to be important to Atlas' growth, and with the SmartVault™ design and technology, we saw an option that would be extremely efficient and effective for our customers," said Greg Hoover, Atlas World Group president & COO. "We're proud to have our new subsidiary, Smart Move, as part of the Atlas family and are confident our customers will appreciate the convenience and speed of this service."
For more information on Smart Move, go to
Atlas World Group is an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted revenues of $908 million in 2008 and employs more than 700 people throughout North America. Visit for more information on the company and Atlas agents.
Source: Atlas World Group & Inside INdiana Business
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Monday, June 15 2009
Here we have a list of 10 most likely cities to bounce back quickly. Most of the cities are in the Midwest and the Soutwest.
10 Cities Most Likely to Bounce Back Quickly
Some cities are likely to recover more quickly from the housing downturn than others.Forbes magazine has identified the top 10 cities that it believes are poised for recovery by examining unemployment figures, projected gross domestic product from Moody’s, and housing affordability data from the National Association of Home Builders.
Overall, cities most likely to recover first are those with strong technology capabilities.
Here is Forbes’ top 10:
Austin-Roundrock, Texas
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
Boulder, Colo.
Huntsville, Ala.
San Antonio, Texas
Mobile, Ala.
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va.
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.
Source: Forbes, Joshua Zumbrun (6/10/09)
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Sunday, June 14 2009

Getting a mortgage isn't easy these days, particularly since many banks have tightened crediting, which is ultimately keeping some buyers out.

More borrowers are turning online to shop for a mortgage, in which they can shop anonymously and still get accurate rates.

According to a recent article on, here are three Web sites that will get mortgage-shoppers started (these sites act as a referral source and borrowers will still need to close with a bank or mortgage broker).

  • The best thing about this site is the ability to read reports of other people's experiences with a lender.
  • This site updates mortgage rates in real time, so it's a good place to find deals.
  • This site matches a potential borrower with four lenders who will offer their best rates. The downside is that lenders will pull credit scores, which could hurt a borrower's credit.

    Regardless on what bank or mortgage broker borrowers use for their mortgage, they should expect to pay an average of $3,118 in fees, according to the article.

    Source:, Beth Braverman (06/09/2009)

    You can also call me at 812-499-9234 for the names and contact information of local lending institutions.

    Rolando Trentini

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    Thursday, June 11 2009
    The Greater Evansville Susan G. Komen Foundation announced Wednesday morning the annual race is moving downtown.
    The move has been in the works for the last two years. The race is traditionally held on Evansville's eastside near Eastland Mall, but event coordinators hope the switch downtown will attract more people.
    The race is also moving to Saturday. In years past a Sunday date was chosen to interfere as little as possible with Eastside traffic.
    The theme of this year’s race, "Pink Goes Green"-- coordinators looking for clever ways to make the race eco-friendly. For instance walk, bike or carpool to the event. Also, sign up online to save paper.

    For more about the foundation and this year's race:

    If you would like to register online but are experiencing problems, please contact the affiliate office at 812-962-2202, 888-KOMEN20 or email
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    Wednesday, June 10 2009
    We congratulate Signature School in this distinguished award to be included as one of the best schools in the Nation. There is much to learn from this accomplishment. We wish Signature School all the best for the future.
    Signature School named to Newsweek's top schools list
    An Evansville charter high school has been included in a list of the top 100 high schools in the nation.
    Signature School is ranked No. 26 on Newsweek's annual list, according to a news release. It is the only Indiana high school represented.
    "This award is a tribute to the hard work and commitment to academics on the part of our students and staff," Signature School Principal Vicki Snyder said in the release. "It also brings well deserved recognition to the Evansville community."
    The rankings are based on a ratio of the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken by students last year divided by the number of graduating seniors.
    Signature School opened in 2002 as Indiana's first public charter high school.
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    Tuesday, June 09 2009
    Duke Energy moves to roll out 'smart grid' in Indiana
    Even though most utility customers can’t see it, the price of electricity rises and falls throughout the day. With a way of monitoring those fluctuations, they could turn on a clothes dryer or other appliance only at times when both electricity demand and cost are at their lowest. Under a proposal put forth by Duke Energy, residents of Southwestern Indiana may be able to do just that.
    Duke has announced plans to install 800,000 so-called “smart meters” throughout its Indiana service area, which includes all or parts of Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Pike and Warrick counties in Southwestern Indiana. The devices can tell customers how much electricity they use every day and how much they pay for it. Such information can be found now only on monthly reports.
    The hope is that customers who know more about their electricity use will be more likely to wait for times of low energy demand before turning on appliances. Lew Middleton, a Duke spokesman, said that a peak in demand usually comes in the evening hours, when most residents have gone home from work.
    “But by 10 (p.m.) people go to bed,” he said. “Demand falls off, so the price is cheaper.”
    The meters will be incorporated into a number of other improvements leading to the creation of a smart electrical grid, or “energy Internet.” Some day the devices may be able to send messages to appliances, automatically turning them on when electricity is cheapest. The system also promises benefits for users of alternative energy sources, like wind and sunlight, and owners of electric cars.
    Vectren Energy is looking at a similar system for Vanderburgh and other counties it serves in Southwestern Indiana. Chase Kelley, a Vectren spokeswoman, said the company has enlisted the help of consultants.
    Duke is also working with outside companies. On Tuesday, it announced an agreement with Cisco Systems, Inc., which will provide much of the equipment and software needed for the smart grid.
    But before the plans can move forward, they must first be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Middleton said Duke has asked that a hearing on the matter be set for later this month.
    Duke arrived at its plan through negotiations with a number of interested parties. They included the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Inc. and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor.
    A chief concern was to prevent the cost of improving the grid — estimated to be about $445 million in Indiana — from falling too heavily on ratepayers. In fact, bills will fall during the initial six months of the project.
    Middleton said the average utility customer, who uses about 1,000 kilowatts a month, will at first pay about 59 cents less on a monthly electricity bill.
    The drop will stem from Duke Energy’s having obtained the right to write off the cost of the meters from its income taxes over the course of two years. Those savings will be passed onto customers, he said. After six months, the costs will start to rising. By 2015 or so, when most of the of the meters will have been installed, the project will have caused bills to be about $5.35 higher than otherwise.
    Middleton said Duke plans to start by installing 500 meters within six months from the time that utility regulators approve its plan. The company doesn’t know where the first phase of the project will occur, he said.
    If it is successful, Duke will begin installing more meters. The company has already won an approval to install nearly 700,000 electric smart meters in Ohio and is looking to undertake similar projects in North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky.
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    Monday, June 08 2009
    EVANSVILLE - Vandalism to the Evansville's historic Greyhound bus station has the city making changes. City leaders are making it a priority to find a buyer who will renovate the space. We ask officials about their plan to sell.   
    "It's in pretty sad shape, but it's such a landmark, we gotta save it!" says Pam Hight as she drives by the old station.
    Sixty years ago this station was bustling--a downtown transportation hub. Today the Greyhound building is abandoned. It shows: the ceiling's falling in, graffiti's splashed across the walls, and rust eats the outside.
    NEWS 25 asks Evansville's Director of Metropolitan Planning: the longer the station sits there, won't it become more and more dilapidated?
    "It could," says Tom Barnett. "Except for what we're doing."
    Since our first story aired about the bus station's vandalism on Tuesday, the city boarded up most of the back windows to prevent future problems. It's a temporary fix until they can find a contractor to renovate the place.
    "We're going to be advertising the property locally, regionally, and nationally," Barnett says.
    Until that buyer steps forward, the city is figuring out how to stabilize the station--make quick fixes. Patching the roof is one of the top priorities.
    "In about 60 days we're going to have a plan and hopefully we'll figure out how to fund the pieces that have to be funded right now," Barnett says.
    He says it could be up to four more years before someone buys the building. The buyer is responsible for major renovations---not the city.
    "Make it into a club, a fitness center, something, instead of just sitting there," says Debra Lara as she walks by the big blue building."The longer it sits empty, the worse it's gonna get," Hight chimes in.
    NEWS 25 wanted to get a look inside the station, but the city told us letting us in would be a safety hazard. NEWS 25 will keep you updated on the renovation.
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    Sunday, June 07 2009
    Mead Johnson starts getting power from landfill gas
    On Wednesday, the company announced the completion of a pipeline which takes methane gas from Laubscher Meadows landfill and conveys it five miles to three boilers in a building set back from the corner of the Lloyd Expressway and Ray Becker Drive. The project will let Mead Johnson come close to eliminating its need to burn natural gas at the site.
    Jeff Jobe, Mead Johnson senior vice president of global supply chain, said most of the energy generated from the landfill methane will power manufacturing equipment. Any excess may be used for heating, cleaning machines or other purposes.
    Estimates are the methane will generate enough energy to power 3,300 homes a year, Jobe said. And since Mead Johnson will burn less natural gas, its releases of carbon dioxide will be reduced by nearly 24,000 metric tons a year, an important prospect at a time that the federal government is thinking of charging companies for such emissions.
    Construction on the project began in April 2008. The pipeline was taken from the landfill site on Evansville’s North side and burrowed a number of city streets, including St. Joseph Avenue, Maryland Street and Indiana Street.
    “The technology has come a long way,” Jobe said. “To see them going under some of the streets was amazing.”
    In similar projects, landfill gas is often taken to a power plant and burned to generate electricity. That is good, but even better is to send it directly to a user like Mead Johnson, said Michael T. Bakas, vice president of Ameresco, the company which designed the project.
    The arrangement has the double benefit of preventing releases of landfill gases and reducing the user’s need to burn a fossil fuel. Bakas said Ameresco has been involved in about 35 landfill-gas projects. Mead Johnson’s is one of the few in which the use has been so direct.
    “I’ve never seen one go so smooth,” he said.
    The project didn’t come without substantial costs, though. Mead Johnson spent millions to modify its boilers so they could burn the landfill methane, which contains about half the energy of natural gas.
    Also needed was equipment used to remove impurities from the methane, not to mention the five miles of pipeline. Many local contractors were hired for that work, and Evansville’s economy has been benefited in turn, Bakas said.
    The project comes about a decade after Mead Johnson built its boiler building, an addition which enabled the company to switch from burning coal to natural gas. The result was a 75 percent reduction in the Mead Johnson’s releases of sulfur dioxide.
    Jobe said the latest project was meant mainly to protect the environment. But the economics of the deal also made sense. He declined to say what Mead Johnson is paying for the landfill gas. Having it, he said, will give the company a hedge against the price of natural gas, which has fluctuated greatly in recent times.
    “It is definitely a financially viable project versus natural gas,” Jobe said.
    The Laubscher Meadows landfill, northeast of Evansville, is run by Republic Services Inc., which completed a merger with Allied Waste in December. Todd Chamberlain, a division sales manager with the company, said the landfill won’t reach its capacity for another 20 years at its current rate of taking in trash.
    The amount of methane culled from that source will hit a peak in about 15 years, after which it will begin to dwindle. If faced with shortfalls, Mead Johnson can still buy natural gas from Vectren Corp.
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    Saturday, June 06 2009
    EVANSVILLE - If you're buying or selling a home, mortgage rates could be a make or breaker. And recent spike in mortgages rates are leaving many analysts to say it's enough to discourage potential homebuyers.
    Mortgage rates recently hit 5.5%, a far cry from when they were just over 4.5% earlier this year. This increase could potentially add hundreds of dollars onto a monthly payment.
    Even with these higher rates, F.C. Tucker sales manager, John Briscoe still describes the Tri-State housing market as being strong.
    "I still think rates historically are very low, and I still think people are definitely pretty confident," Briscoe said.
    He says he's seeing all kinds of buyers right now. Anywhere from first time homebuyers to what he calls "the move-up buyer" who are looking well within the $300,000 range.
    "People are just now confident," explains Briscoe. "Prices have corrected and I think everyone has realized it's a great time to buy."
    Many sellers like John Briscoe believe this mortgage rate increase could get a lot of homebuyers off the fence. They can either buy now, or take the chance of paying an even higher mortgage rate in the future.
    But Briscoe tells NEWS25 no one is in the clear. He predicts interest rates could go as high as 6.5% sometime soon.
    "If we get over 7.5% to 8%, that would make me a little bit nervous," Briscoe said.
    Scott Hyatt with Summit Real Estate Services not only buys properties, but also sells. He thinks the higher the rate, the "less of a house someone is going to be able to buy".
    "It makes a very nice market to invest into," Hyatt said. "Ask your parents what their rate was when they bought a house 25-30 years ago. It's probably the same thing."
    He tells NEWS25 even with the rate increase, he considers the Tri-State market a "lagging economy" - never too high, never too low.
    "We'll probably go back to levels where we were in 2003, 2004," Briscoe predicts. "I don't know if we'll see in the foreseeable future another spike up like we did in 2006".
    Before this week's increase, mortgage rates so far this year had not gone over the average of 5.25%.
    Many analysts say as the government issues more debt the higher the mortgage rates are likely to go.
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    Friday, June 05 2009
    A semi-annual survey of 5,000 home owners about their remodeling plans shows a 20 percent decline in the number of permits issued compared to the first quarter of 2008.

    But, which conducted the survey, also reports a bright spot: the number of home owners who will probably remodel in the next 12 months rose 5 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

    Even though the cost to remodel has fallen an estimated 20 percent in the last year, 82 percent of respondents said price is their biggest concern and 89 percent of respondents are changing their remodeling plans because of the recession.

    Source: (06/02/2009)
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    Thursday, June 04 2009
    May was a great month for real estate closings. Last month was the first time that our market had a higher dollar volume of real estate closings than the corresponding month in the previous year since late 2007. This had to happen sooner or later since May was our fourth consecutive month of increased sales. As sales continue to increase, there is a constant need to attract new listings. The number of active listings in our market has remained remarkably constant throughout this calendar year. We have not had listings at this relatively low level since 2006. As sales increase and listings stay constant the month’s supply of available homes continues to decline. In January we had over 15 month’s supply of homes on the market. That number has declined to 8.3 month’s supply as of May. If you are considering putting your house on the market keep in mind that we had 75% more buyers in May than we did in January. Homes are more likely to sell now than they were then.
    Speaking of buying homes we enhanced our web site again this month. You can now get a “street view” of virtually every listing on our web site. This allows you to see your new home as well as look up and down the street. You can see the neighborhood anywhere in our area without leaving your seat. This technology is significantly better than any other local real estate web site. You can also sign up for new listing or open house alerts on our web site. Just go to and register so you get notifications automatically.
    Enjoy your Summer and I’ll update you again next month on our Real Estate market.
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    Thursday, June 04 2009
    Fourth 'Operation LST' D-Day re-enactment set for weekend
    The fourth "Operation LST" D-Day re-enactment will be held this weekend in Evansville on the field near where the World War II-era ship is docked.
    A ceremony is planned at 4:30 p.m. Saturday to honor shipyard workers and soldiers who served in the war.
    Battles will be staged at 1 p.m. Saturday and again at 3 p.m. The Sunday re-enactment will take place at 1 p.m.
    There is no admission charge.
    Weather permitting, two restored World War II planes will stage a flyover before the first battle on Saturday.
    "This year marks the 65th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, landing in Europe," said James Goodall, coordinator of the event.
    "We expect to have around 100 re-enactors from as far away as New York City and Florida."
    Military vehicles from the time period will be on display Saturday.
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    Wednesday, June 03 2009
    The Evansville Redevelopment Commission has placed two potential sites for a Downtown arena, the D-Patrick Ford property on Walnut Street and the Executive Inn, on an acquisition list.
    The commission approved a resolution adding the parcels to the list Tuesday without any discussion. After the meeting, arena manager John J. Kish said the resolution is the first step that must be taken to buy the properties. Kish said he is still negotiating with the O’Daniel family, which owns D-Patrick Ford, and the owners of the Executive Inn. “I think we’re closer to reaching an agreement,” Kish said, declining to elaborate.
    Kish said he is still weighing two other sites, the Civic Center parking lot and the Greyhound bus station site, which is bound by Court, Sycamore, Second and Third streets. The commission scheduled a June 11 executive session to discuss land acquisition strategies. How quickly city leaders pick a site after the meeting “depends on whether they (the commission) like our strategy,” Kish said.
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    Tuesday, June 02 2009
    Crews will continue to unload giant wind turbine components today at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor for a large wind farm under construction in northwest Indiana. The shipment from Europe consists of 30 power generators and 30 turbine hubs, which connect the 120-foot-long blades scheduled to arrive at the port later this month. The pieces will be used in phase one of the Meadow Lake Wind Farm in White and Benton counties.
    PORTAGE, Ind. (June 1, 2009) – Giant wind turbine components are being unloaded today and tomorrow at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor for one of the world’s largest wind farms under construction in northwestern Indiana.
    The components, brought from Europe on the ship BBC Amazon, will be used in Phase I of the Meadow Lake Wind Farm, a 26,000 acre “clean energy” project in White and Benton counties that at full build-out could have 600 turbines powering more than 250,000 homes. This shipment included 30 power generators and 30 turbine hubs, which connect the 120-foot-long blades scheduled to arrive at the port on a second ship in mid-June.
    The BBC Amazon, operated by Baltship out of Denmark, is being unloaded by port stevedore Federal Marine Terminals with dockworkers from the International Longshoremen’s Assoc. Local 1969 and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. The 60 components, totaling more than 2,000 tons, will be unloaded in less than two days.
    The turbines were built by Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world, which has installed 38,000 turbines in over 60 countries since 1979. The Meadow Lake Wind Farm is owned by the Houston-based Horizon Wind Energy, which operates more than 15 wind farms across the country.
    Source: Port of Indiana & Inside INdiana Business
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    Tuesday, June 02 2009
    Hank Azaria buys home in Bel-Air for $10 million
    The 'Simpsons' voice artist's 9,000-square-foot traditional features seven bedrooms, a dance studio and a library. Outside, there's a gazebo, a spacious lawn and a pool.
    It's a far cry from Springfield, but comedic actor and "Simpsons" voice artist Hank Azaria recently purchased a home in Bel-Air for $10 million.
    The gated traditional has seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in about 9,000 square feet of living space, according to the Multiple Listing Service. It sits on nearly three-quarters of an acre.
    The two-story view home, built in 1932, has four fireplaces, a dance studio, an art studio, a den and a library. The living room opens out onto a backyard patio, a spacious lawn, a gazebo with an additional outdoor fireplace and a swimming pool. Public records show the house previously sold in 2004 for $6.25 million.
    Azaria, 45, plays the villainous Pharaoh Kahmunrah (as well as the statues of Abe Lincoln and Rodin's "The Thinker") in the 20th Century Fox comedy-adventure sequel "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian." He will appear as Abraham in the June release biblical satire "Year One," starring Jack Black. On television, he portrayed the midlife crisis-facing psychiatrist Craig Huffstodt on Showtime's "Huff" (2004-06).
    The Emmy-winning Azaria has voiced a score of characters on "The Simpsons" since the show started in 1989, including regulars Moe Szyslak the bartender, Chief Clancy Wiggum, Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and Comic Book Guy, among others.
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    Monday, June 01 2009
    Tri-State Manufacturers’ Alliance
    The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana is forming the Tri-State Manufacturers’ Alliance, a membership organization comprised of local manufacturers and their support network.
    Dave Conner, chief financial officer for Anchor Industries and chairman of the Alliance, said the group will focus on providing resources and the latest information about manufacturing practices to its members through quarterly sessions, best-practices visits, local peer groups and exploring topics of national and regional interest.
    The alliance’s executive committee includes chamber corporate members from Alcoa, Anchor Industries, Toyota, Wabash Plastics, Evansville ARC, QTR, Industrial Contractors, Custom Resins, and support organizations including Harding Shymanski & Co., the Southwestern Indiana Small Business Development Center, the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, GAGE and Purdue University.
    For more information, contact Debbie Albin at (812) 425-7232 or at
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