Rachel Blakeman Weighs in on Income Rate in Northeast Indiana and Economic Outlook for State

Rachel Blakeman“These numbers demonstrate the effectiveness of community leaders, working together through efforts of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, to increase per capita income to improve the economic vitality of the region,” said Rachel Blakeman, director at the Community Research Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Read the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Article

Eight of nine northeast Indiana counties saw per capita personal income increases last year as compared with 2015, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Rachel Blakeman, director of IPFW’s Community Research Institute, participated in Indiana University’s economic outlook panel Friday. She noted that northeast Indiana is seeing lower unemployment rates than the state and national averages. Read The Journal Gazette Article

If you like this year’s economy, you’ll like next year’s too. Fort Wayne’s metropolitan statistical area is expected to match the state’s economic performance, Rachel Blakeman said. She’s the director of IPFW’s Community Research Institute. Blakeman expects the region will also mirror the state’s economic growth rate. Read The Journal Gazette Article

Bryan Wilcox Co-Founds Combination Oven Company

Bryan Wilcox“We did our homework and then turned that into something that could sit on a customer’s countertop,” says Tovala co-founder and CTO Bryan Wilcox, 34, an Indiana native who studied engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and earned a doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Tovala oven, in fact, is about the size of a typical microwave and weighs 33 pounds. Read the Crain’s Chicago Business Article

Susan Cornejo Named CEO of Sacred Heart Health System

Susan CornejoSacred Heart Health System announced Thursday the selection of Susan Cornejo as the new chief operating officer for Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola and Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama, both members of the nonprofit health system Ascension. Cornejo is a certified public accountant who earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University-Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Read the Pensacola News Journal Article

Rhyen Staley Named Head Volleyball Coach

Concordia University Chicago, which recently announced the addition of men’s volleyball as its 19th intercollegiate sport to begin play in the spring of 2019, has announced Rhyen Staley as the head coach for the program. A native of Joliet, IL, Staley’s first taste of college coaching came at his alma mater of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2004 as an assistant men’s coach and recruiting coordinator. Read the Concordia University Chicago Article

Andrew Downs Offers Political Expertise in Two Articles

Andrew DownsAndy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne. said Braun “has got to find a way to translate all of that personal contribution into other measures of support.” Read the Indianapolis Business Journal Article

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Ft. Wayne, says the DCCC’s decision to target the 9th district shows Hollingsworth is vulnerable. Read the Indiana Public Media Article