Local News Headlines: February 1, 2023

Indiana Uplands READI Steering Committee & Regional Opportunity Initiatives Invest $1.9 million
Bloomington will receive $1.9 million in grant funding through the state’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) program. The investment, which affects innovative infrastructure, was reviewed and approved by the Indiana Uplands READI Steering Committee and Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The Indiana Uplands is an 11-county region encompassing Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, and Washington counties.

These funds are designated for an Infrastructure Project with City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU), that will benefit not only Monroe, but Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, and Owen Counties. CBU will use READI funding to replace 1,570 feet of clay sewer pipe, improving flow from South Patterson and downstream along an arterial corridor. This improvement creates increased manufacturing opportunities, including expansion at Catalent, which is advantageous to employers looking to expand and create job opportunities. 

About the READI in the Indiana Uplands:

In May 2021, Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) launched the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI), a transformational initiative with $500 million in state appropriations to promote strategic investments to make Indiana a magnet for talent and economic growth. Seventeen regions, including the Indiana Uplands, developed plans that outline strategies focused on improving the quality of place, quality of life, and quality of opportunity. The Indiana Uplands plan, entitled “A Region on the Rise,” can be accessed on the ROI website at: regionalopportunityinc.org/readi

Visit IndianaUnclaimed.gov for National Unclaimed Property Day  
Attorney General Todd Rokita invites Hoosiers to visit IndianaUnclaimed.gov or text CLAIM to 46220 to see what types of treasures await you on National Unclaimed Property Day. Indiana is the only state where the attorney general oversees unclaimed property. Last year, Attorney General Rokita’s Unclaimed Property Division returned over $61 million to Hoosiers. Here are the types of property that might go unclaimed: 

  • Unclaimed wages or commissions 
  • Money orders 
  • Safety deposit box contents 
  • Savings and checking accounts 
  • Refunds 
  • Overpayments such as:  Credit card balances, Cell phone bills, DMV payments 

Individuals and/or businesses have 25 years in which to claim money once it is reported to the Unclaimed Property Division. All you must do is supply proof of rightful ownership. Money isn’t the only thing waiting for you in the Unclaimed Property Division. There are some tangible items received from dormant safe deposit boxes. After three years, the division typically liquidates those items through such means as eBay auctions. 

Check IndianaUnclaimed.gov or text CLAIM to 46220 to search your name, family, or business. 

The Latest Edition of the Indiana State Police Road Show
This week’s show features Indiana Capitol Police Officer Shane Lamartz who joins the show to talk about the Capitol Police Hiring Process. The radio program was titled “Signal-10” in the early 1960’s when it was first started by two troopers in northern Indiana. The name was later changed to the “Indiana State Police Road Show” and is the longest continuously aired state police public service program in Indiana.

This Week in Hoosier History

Shout! Factory TV To Stream GENE AUTRY’S FILM AND TV ARCHIVE Beginning ...

1953 – Gene Autry, famed singing cowboy of radio and movies, entertained a crowd of 14,000 youngsters at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum. The three-hour show included Autry’s popular sidekick Pat Buttram and, of course, the “Wonder Horse, Champion.”  Musical acts included the Hoosier Hotshots.  

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