Business briefs: Outlet retailer coming to city

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GREENFIELD — Burkes Outlet, which sells brand-name apparel and accessories at discounted prices, is opening a store in Brandywine Crossing next month.

The company did not return a request for comment, but reports on its website that the grand opening is slated for Sept. 16.

Consortium CRE, an Indianapolis-based commercial real estate firm, posted on its Facebook page that the retailer is moving into the 15,666-square-foot building at 1659 N. State St., between Dollar Tree and Tractor Supply Co. The site formerly housed a Gordmans, whose parent company filed for bankruptcy in 2020.

Home sales, prices increase across county

HANCOCK COUNTY — Home sales and prices increased in the county in July, according to statistics from an area real estate firm.

Last month, Hancock County saw a 16% increase in home sales compared to July 2020, F.C. Tucker Company reports. Home sale prices also increased — up 15.4% to an average sale price of $272,405. Housing inventory continued to decrease, down 40.5% compared to this time last year.

Applications accepted for broadband grants

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced the third round of Indiana’s Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program is open for applications.

The grant program seeks to bridge the digital divide by bringing high-quality, reliable broadband to un-served and under-served parts of Indiana. The latest round will provide a maximum of $5 million per grant to fund projects by telecommunications providers and utility cooperatives. Service providers must provide a minimum 20% match of the total allowable project costs.

Applications and more information can be found at ocra.in.gov/nlc. Letters of intent must be submitted by 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 24, 2021.

Nominees sought for diversity award

INDIANAPOLIS — A new statewide honor, the Jackson Lewis Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion Award, will recognize an organization making ardent strides to become a more equitable workplace.

Judges will evaluate how nominees developed, promoted and executed DE & I — and how it has made a difference for their organizations and beyond.

The winner will be recognized at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Elevate Indiana: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion conference on Oct. 14, which focuses on best practices for business and industry.

Award nominations are due Sept. 10 and can be submitted at indianachamber.com/DEIaward.