ChrisKatterjohn

IBJ columnist
Publisher, Indianapolis Business Journal
President, IBJ Media Corp.

Katterjohn has been with Indianapolis Business Journal since the newspaper started in May 1980. He also hosts the “Inside IBJ” radio program on Saturday and Sunday mornings on WZPL-FM, WNTR-FM and WXNT-AM. Katterjohn is  vice chairman of the board of Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, is a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee for the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, and serves on the community advisory board for the Junior League of Indianapolis. He is a past board member and former president of the Alliance of Area Business Publications, a Los Angeles-based trade group representing 75 local business weeklies and monthlies across the United States. In his free time, Katterjohn plays lots of music. He is bass player for The Meatball Band and a member of the KRS Trio. An Indianapolis native, Katterjohn graduated in 1968 from Park School, Indianapolis, and in 1972 from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He has two daughters.

Recent Articles

KATTERJOHN: Closing the book on 30 years

February 27, 2010
It’s a tall order to write a farewell column after 30 years.
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KATTERJOHN: Local businesses kick in for Haiti

February 13, 2010
Hoosier businesses have stepped up for the citizens of Haiti, the island nation that was literally shaken to pieces by a massive earthquake Jan. 12.
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KATTERJOHN: Stupid Bowl not so stupid anymore

January 30, 2010
In recent years, my two brothers have been fond of referring to the Super Bowl as The Stupid Bowl. Disgusted by the crass commercialism that has overtaken professional sports, they view The Stupid Bowl as the zenith of hype.
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KATTERJOHN: Rise to the challenge in 2010

January 2, 2010
Multiple challenges remain, no doubt. But I feel a whole lot better about our prospects than I did a year ago at this time.
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KATTERJOHN: My Top 11 personalities of 2009

December 19, 2009
I saw where Barbara Walters did her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 shtick on television recently. So with a nod to the venerable newswoman, here’s my list of locals who got my attention this year.
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KATTERJOHN: Indiana Achievement Awards live on

December 5, 2009
en years ago, Dodson Group CEO Jim Dodson came to IBJ with an idea to launch a program that would recognize best practices in the not-for-profit community and reward organizations that practiced them. And not just with a pat on the back—with hard cash.
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KATTERJOHN: Health care issues decades old

November 21, 2009
The unsustainable system of health care that we now find ourselves participating in has been decades in the making. What makes us think we can fix it—really fix it—overnight?
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KATTERJOHN: Indianapolis is a 21st century schizoid town

November 7, 2009
With apologies to the rock group King Crimson, who recorded a song in the late ’60s called “21st Century Schizoid Man,” I’d like to draw attention to our city’s split personality. Good Indianapolis. Bad Indianapolis.
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KATTERJOHN: Get out and vote for Wishard

October 24, 2009
You know, there’s an election on Nov. 3, right? We’re not voting for president, governor, mayor, or even dog catcher. We’re voting for a critical piece of the health care delivery system in central Indiana: whether to allow Marion County Health & Hospital Corp. to sell bonds to build a new Wishard Hospital.
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KATTERJOHN: Newspapers still deliver - for YOU

October 10, 2009
The Hoosier State Press Association, a trade group representing 175 paid-circulation Hoosier newspapers, including IBJ, has launched a campaign designed to remind the public of the important role newspapers play in our democracy. So this week, I’m ceding my space to David Stamps, executive director of the HSPA
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KATTERJOHN: Buy some underwear, men

September 26, 2009
It turns out the purchase of men’s underwear is an esoteric economic indicator for economists all over the world. Alan Greenspan himself apparently considers it important. That was news to me.
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KATTERJOHN: Role model leading College Mentors

August 29, 2009
Erin Slater might be considered an over-achiever. The 32-year-old CEO of College Mentors for Kids boasts a laundry list of accomplishments in her relatively short life.
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KATTERJOHN: Where's Mr. Wizard? We need him

August 3, 2009
We don’t have enough kids interested in science and math who will grow into the kind of skilled employees Indiana will need in the future.
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KATTERJOHN: Climbing mountains for Parkinson's

July 20, 2009
What is it about mountains? People climb them because they’re there. People climb them because the experience is humbling and rewarding. People climb them because they represent a physical and mental challenge that, once met, is deeply satisfying.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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