First Financial Bank (Nasdaq: FFBC) has increased its minimum wage for all associates to $18/hour, effective March 18, 2022, in a step that builds on its associate compensation and development efforts and further positions the bank as an employer of choice in the local communities it serves.
“Investing in our people is a winning strategy, and our updated compensation plan helps us to stand out as a highly desirable place to work,” said Archie Brown, president and CEO of First Financial Bank. “We want our associates to have more of their best days at work with us, supported by competitive wages and a workplace that prioritizes wellbeing and encourages engagement and development.”
The increase applies to all current and future First Financial associates throughout the entire four-state footprint of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.
In honor of Stone Belt's Chief Executive Officer Leslie Green's retirement, Mayor John Hamilton has proclaimed April 1 as Leslie Green Day in Bloomington. "It is with admiration and gratitude that we thank Leslie for her nearly 43 years of work with Stone Belt and wish her the very best as she transitions into retirement," said Mayor Hamilton.
Green began her Stone Belt career in 1979 as a recreation therapist and due to her committed work ethic and outstanding leadership, became the agency's third Chief Executive Officer in 2001. Her visionary leadership over the past four decades has led to transformative social change in which all individuals with disabilities are fully included and integrated into the community.
As CEO, Green managed 15 service locations across south-central Indiana, allowing Stone Belt to support 1,300 clients each year through its lifelong learning, residential, and workforce development programs and clinical services.
Century 21 Scheetz will be hosting a Sellers Brunch on Saturday, April 9th from 10:00 am – 12:00pm at their office located at 1155 S. College Mall Road. Industry professionals will be on hand at this casual, informative brunch to help Sellers prepare their home for the Spring Market. Contact Tracy J. Young with questions 812-340-2688.
On Friday April 29th, @10 AM-12 PM, LIFEDesigns will be hosting a ribbon cutting in conjunction with The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the dedication of their new neighborhood garden that was funded by a 2021 Tri-Kappa Bloomington Grant. This grant was to help LIFEDesigns build a garden for the neighborhood of Housing Options off Covey Ln. In Bloomington. Housing Options is a low-income housing neighborhood owned and operated by LIFEDesigns near the YMCA in Bloomington, IN. Area residents will be able to use the garden to work on their gardening skills and promote a sense of community.
LIFEDesigns would like to give special thanks to Garrett and Casey Mangum for helping to design and build the garden. Casey is a member of the LIFEDesigns sponsored ALL Abilities Choir and is a testament to not limiting people and their abilities.
Matrix Integration, a strategic IT solutions and managed services provider that has been in business for more than 40 years, is once again hosting TechKNOW. This highly regarded networking and education event is FREE for qualified leading business decision makers and IT influencers and brings together leading national technology companies and key members of more than 100 Indiana and Kentucky businesses to collaborate, innovate and learn from each other.
A high-impact agenda includes both business and strategy executive sessions, as well as technical sessions hosted by Matrix Integration’s strategic partners including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Aruba, Cisco, Veeam, and Barracuda discussing the newest technology solutions.
The City invites residents to apply for an upcoming vacancy on the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission (RDC). The RDC oversees housing and neighborhood development, investigates opportunities for economic development and redevelopment in the city of Bloomington, and creates economic development areas, areas needing redevelopment, and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts.
The RDC meets twice a month on Mondays at 5 p.m. in City Hall. RDC members must reside within the City limits during the entire term and be at least 18 years of age. Service requires an estimated commitment of four to five hours per month. Members receive no compensation for serving on the RDC.
More information about the commission is available at https://bton.in/uS5RG.
Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has named Daniel O’Neill, assistant professor of anatomy & physiology, the recipient of the 2022 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. He was selected as the winner among 40 full-time faculty nominees.
“It is such a tremendous honor to have my teaching recognized with this campus President’s award,” O’Neill said. “I’m both humbled and privileged to be part of such an amazing faculty team at Ivy Tech, whose support for students and for each other makes us all better at what we do.”
O’Neill’s student nominations revealed that his methods have positively impacted learning outcomes for college-level anatomy & physiology (A&P) students at Ivy Tech.
In one nomination, a student shared that they experienced personal and academic growth by taking his course. “While this course is hard, I have learned a lot about the subject matter, as well as myself as a student,” as written in the nomination. “Dan O’Neill is an excellent instructor and I am a better student after attending his course.”
Bloomington Blooms and Lisa's Green Cleaning is now located in Winslow Plaza at 315 Winslow. You can learn more about this business at lisasgreencealning.com or call 812.340.1552.
Mayor at the Market is a community outreach program that invites Market-goers to interact with the mayor and various department heads from the City of Bloomington government. Most Saturday mornings, either Mayor Hamilton, Deputy Mayor Don Griffin, or one of nineteen department heads will be at the Farmers' Market to answer resident questions and discuss issues of interest in the city. From the arts to potholes - any city-related topic you are interested in is up for discussion. This is a great opportunity to have an informal conversation and connect with the city leaders working for the residents of Bloomington. So pull up a lawn chair, take a little break from your shopping, and spend some time chatting about the city you call home.
The Bloomington Community Farmers' Market opens for the 2022 season on Saturday, April 2 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Showers Common, 401 N. Morton Street next to Bloomington's City Hall. Mayor John Hamilton and Deputy Mayor Don Griffin will both be at the first market of the season, ready to greet and chat with the Bloomington community. Find them by looking for the Mayor at the Market signage on the north end of the market next to the Parks Department tent.
Throughout the market season, times and featured guests vary and will be announced in advance of each event. Like and follow the Farmers' Market on Facebook at https://bton.in/CrZ6a, or subscribe to the Market's weekly e-newsletter at https://bton.in/nwTuu, to see which city official will be at the Market while you’re doing your weekly market shopping. See you at the Market!
CDFI Friendly Bloomington hopes you will join them for a two-part event, on Thursday, April 14th. It will begin with an informational session from 3:30-5:30 PM featuring the benefits of working with CDFI Friendly Bloomington. The CDFI partners will be attending the event to meet local partners and share their resources. They encourage you to come learn how your organization or small business may benefit from their services.
Following, they will host a reception from 5:30-7:30 PM with appetizers, mingling, and a short program where they can say "thank you" to all of the incredible supporters who have paved the way for their success.
They look forward to being together & to celebrating CDFI Friendly Bloomington's work in the region.
You can learn more about what they do at their website: cdfifriendlybtown.org. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you have any questions.
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