The Community Innovation Awards celebrate and publicize our community’s business successes. Our accomplishments are amplified and encouraged when acknowledged before our colleagues and friends.
The Best Places to Work Awards recognize the area’s best employers and provide organizations with valuable employee feedback.
The Fast 15 Awards recognize the MVP employees who drive innovation at our companies.
The FUSE Business Innovation Awards recognize the accomplishments of companies and individuals in Bloomington’s thriving tech scene.
The Community Innovation Awards reception will kick off The Mill’s Innovation Week in one festive evening in October. The Mill, the Herald-Times, and BEDC will announce the 2021 winners of the FUSE Business Innovation Awards, the Fast 15 Awards, and Best Places to Work. Join us to celebrate this incredible community and our bright future!
Nominate online at https://communityinnovationawards.com
Parks and Recreation Staff to Recommend Re-Opening Road Through Lower Cascades Park to Vehicle Traffic Following Road Improvements
The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, after a 15-month pilot study that converted .6 miles of the two-lane road through the park to a pedestrian- and bicycle-only trail, will recommend to the Board of Park Commissioners at the regular Park Board meeting on June 22 that the road be re-opened to vehicle traffic.
According to Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Administrator Paula McDevitt, community feedback regarding the pilot road closure and the results of online "experience" and "impact" surveys from park users received significant consideration during the decision-making process. More information about the pilot project, and results of the surveys are available here or at https://bloomington.in.gov/parks/lower-cascades-road.
CenterPoint Energy Foundation and Hoosiers Read award $250,000 grant to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Monroe County
All local children ages birth to five are eligible for this FREE book gifting program that mails high-quality, age-appropriate books every month directly to their homes
In partnership with CenterPoint Energy Foundation and Hoosiers Read, the Community Foundation of Bloomington of Monroe County, along with its Monroe Smart Start program, is excited to announce that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is coming to Monroe County.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, regardless of family income. Monroe County families with children younger than five years old can enroll in the book program by visiting www.hoosiersread.org. Multiple children can be enrolled in the same household. Each child will receive a free, new book each month up to their fifth birthday.
This effort is being funded through a $1 million grant by the CenterPoint Energy Foundation to expand Hoosiers Read into Madison, Monroe, Vigo, and Vanderburgh Counties. Hoosiers Read was born out of the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation (MDLF). Each year, Mitch Daniels Leadership Fellows pitch influential state leaders on ideas to improve Indiana, and 2019-2020 Fellow Ben Battaglia’s proposal to enhance literacy by mailing free books to young children struck a chord, and Hoosiers Read was formed.
John Bethell Title Company, an established real estate title and closing operation in Bloomington, Indiana, is excited to announce that one of its longtime team members, Kara Oltman, has become a partner in the company.
Oltman has been the company’s executive vice president since 2012. Owner John Bethell said he has long identified her as a potential partner and felt like now was the right time to make it a done deal.
“I’ve worked with Kara for 15 years and trust her as highly as anyone who I’ve ever worked with during my career,” Bethell said. “I’ve relied on Kara and her advice for a lot of years, but it’s nice to have this partnership official. She has talents that are different from mine, and I appreciate how we have complemented each other.”
Ivy Tech Community College Providing New Tuition Model and Free Textbooks for Students in 2021-2022 Academic Year
Tuition held flat for the next two years
The Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees recently approved a new tuition model for the Community College. The new approach, Ivy+, is focused on making college more affordable, ensuring students have equitable access, transparency of cost, on-time completion, and a seamless experience.
Ivy Tech becomes one of the first schools in Indiana and first community colleges in the country to adopt this new tuition model. Ivy+ transforms the tuition structure by including the cost of textbooks as a regularly assessed fee. Ivy+ will also charge the same tuition rate for full-time students enrolled in 12 or more credits. If a student takes 12 credits, 15, or even 24 credits in a given term, the cost of tuition will be the same for the student. Part-time students will see their tuition frozen for the next two years and will continue to pay per credit hour.
Longtime Bloomington, IN law firm, Bunger & Robertson, recently opened the doors to their newly renovated building located at 211 South College Avenue in Bloomington, Indiana. Bunger & Robertson has been operating in Bloomington since 1949, serving the community for over 60 years. Renovations on the long-time Bloomington building started early this year after the building was purchased from German American. The move will allow the Bunger & Robertson team to continue to be a downtown fixture and continue to serve as Bloomington’s hometown partner. Stay tuned for more information about an upcoming Open House planned for the Fall!
Live or work near the north side of campus, and looking for a new place to grab a bite? Try the restaurant inside the George L. Thomas Clubhouse at Indiana University Bloomington's new Pfau Golf Course.
Run by Upland Brewing Co., the restaurant serves a limited menu of favorites from the main restaurant on 11th Street, including smash burgers, soft pretzels with cheese and pulled pork sandwiches.
But the restaurant offers a few specialty items as well: a Cuban sandwich, a hot dog topped with pulled pork, bacon, shallots and cheese known as the "Hoosier Dog," and cold cuts sandwiches for folks who might be in a rush.
The menu includes the course's official beer, Champagne Velvet, as well as Upland's new Naked Barrell Hard Seltzer and the tried-and-true standard Upland Wheat, as well as domestic beers.
ProBleu invites all of Bloomington to celebrate Katrina Boruff’s dedication and importance to our community as we celebrate 10 years together. Over the years, she’s been an excellent and attentive link between our customers and the services we provide. For almost 25-years Katrina has been providing technology solutions and support to Bloomington and the surrounding region. We hope you will join us in congratulating Katrina on her many years of outstanding service to ProBleu and the region.
Stations Receive 22 SPJ Awards, 6 Regional Emmys, 18 Telly Awards, and 2 Regional Murrows
WFIU Public Radio and WTIU Public Television earned a combined total of 48 awards in regional and national contests this May and June.
Together, WFIU and WTIU were honored with 22 awards at the Indiana Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Best in Indiana Journalism Contest on June 14. The WFIU-WTIU News team took home 17 awards, with first place awards for television investigative reporting, television medical/science reporting, best online multimedia, and radio continuing coverage. WTIU earned four awards, including a first place in environmental reporting and second place in features news videography for its TV series Journey Indiana and a respective first and second place in the television documentary category for Amen! Music of the Black Church and Feel of Vision. The WFIU-WTIU Digital team also won a third-place online award for the indianapublicmedia.org website. (A complete list of WFIU and WTIU’s SPJ awards is available on pages 2-4 of this release.)
Catholic Charities Bloomington Counseling Services (CCB) announced today that Clinical Director O’Connell Case will retire effective July 15, 2021, after seven years of serving thousands of clients that rely on CCB for hope and healing.
Michael Stribling, current Associate Clinical Director at CCB, will succeed Case as Clinical Director upon her retirement.
Case has served in her current role since 2015, and prior to that was a therapist at Catholic Charities Bloomington. During her time as Clinical Director, Case has played a critical role in helping the agency increase its presence in the community and serve more people in need of mental health care. During her tenure the number of therapy sessions provided annually has increased by nearly 60%. Case led the agency during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped transition all services to virtual in a matter of days. She is known as a mentor and has helped many CCB interns’ transitions into fulltime positions at the agency.
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