Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wineries, Roller Coasters, Basketball, Libraries, Art and the best places to live in Indiana

Indiana Communities Rank Among Best Places to Live
Two Hamilton County communities have made the top 15 in this year's Money Magazine Best Places to Live list. The Town of Fishers is ranked eighth, while the city of Carmel is 14th. Lafayette ranks second in the publication's 2010 list of communities with the most affordable homes.

iPhone App Promotes Hoosier Wineries

Users can now learn more about Hoosier wineries at the touch of a button. The Indiana Wine Grape Council enlisted Indianapolis-based Mobiltopia to develop and launch the free "Indiana Winery Guide" iPhone app to promote the state's growing wine industry. Users will be able to map local wineries and get directions, view photos and details about the wineries’ amenities and travel along a "wine trail."

Indy to Host Synchronised Swimming Championships
Athletes from around the globe will be in central Indiana next month as Indianapolis hosts the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships. The competition is expected to bring 300 athletes, coaches and officials to the city.

Wildebeest Named One of The World's Wildest Water Slides
Holiday World and Splashin' Safari's (In Santa Claus, IN)  Wildebeest has landed on Popular Mechanics' list of the world's wildest water slides. The magazine says the ride stands out because it's the world's longest water coaster and uses linear-induction motors, which are commonly featured in steel roller coasters.

New Art to be Installed Along The White River
The Indianapolis Museum of Art has revealed that New York-based artist Mary Miss will create a series of water installations along a six-mile stretch of the White River. FLOW (Can You See the River?) will show the importance and unique elements of the water system at several stopping points along the river and canal. The project will premiere in September 2011 and is the first new work to be commissioned for 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park since the Park’s opening last month.

CIB Approves Pacers (Basketball) Deal
The president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment says the deal to secure loans from the city of Indianapolis is a big step forward for the small market National Basketball Association team. Jim Morris makes the comments amid the Capital Improvement Board's approval of a $33.5 million agreement announced this week. The deal includes $30 million in loans to help the Indiana Pacers operate Conseco Fieldhouse.

Library to Keep Branches Open
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library says it will not close any of its branches in 2011. The IMCPL Board of Trustees is considering a plan that would cut expenses by more than $2.5 million by reducing service hours, the books and materials budget and administrative changes. The board will present its budget August 19.

Water Transfer Plan Moves Forward
The City-County Council Utility Transfer Oversight Committee has approved an agreement that would transfer Indianapolis' water services to Citizens Energy Group. The deal is expected to fund more than $425 million in infrastructure improvements. It now goes to the full City-County Council. If approved, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission would have final review, which could take several months.

Stories taken from Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick

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