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It may be do or die for Indianapolis charter school

November 6, 2010
Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) College Preparatory School faces its seventh—and final—review this year, one that could determine its survival.

New grads struggle to put education to work

October 2, 2010
In May, only one-quarter of 2010 college graduates who applied for a job actually received one, compared with more than half in 2007. About as many college graduates of all ages also are plagued by underemployment, working jobs below their skill level—including Butler grad Tom Otero.

Science, creativity key ingredients for Sun King brewer

September 11, 2010
Watch VideoSince its first tapping about 13 months ago, Indianapolis- based Sun King Brewing Co. has generated a noticeable buzz—pun intended—in the craft beer community.

Funeral company in 129th year keeps fresh perspective

August 28, 2010
Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers sometimes stretches the definition of “funeral” to stay relevant after nearly 130 years. The family-owned business began downtown and has grown northward along with the city’s population. Today, it has 14 funeral centers and conducted 2,200 funerals last year.

Shuttered school finding new life as community center

August 10, 2010
Two years after Indianapolis Public Schools closed School 37, a multimillion-dollar redevelopment project is set to breath new life into a building that served the Martindale-Brightwood community for 81 years.

Summer is key time for those who raise Christmas trees

August 7, 2010
Christmas and July harmonize like a blizzard on Independence Day, but the summer months are perhaps the most vital for Tom Dull and his wife, Kerry, who raise 23,000 Christmas trees on their peaceful farm in Thorntown.

Logistics teams compete on public stage

August 6, 2010
About 400 people and nine teams convened at a vacant 96th Street distribution center Thursday for the inaugural Indianapolis LogistXGames.

Home medical supply firm grows as industry boom approaches

July 10, 2010

David Hartley pulled $85,000 from his savings six years ago to buy Home Health Depot Inc. Nearly six years later, Hartley has reinvented the Indianapolis-based home medical equipment supplier, growing from a single office in Greenwood to 12 locations in Indiana and Illinois—and increasing annual revenue from $300,000 to more than $6.7 million.


Website aims to help grads with life after college

June 19, 2010
Partners Cate McLaughlin and Kyle Falk started the website last July to help recent graduates deal with the trials and tribulations of life after college. Their potential audience is huge.

Bloomington candy store eyeing ambitious expansion

June 5, 2010
After a great first few months in Bloomington, Campus Candy's co-owners hope to replicate that success, rolling out a plan that calls for opening 50 college-town stores across the country in the next 18 months and a total of 125 within five years.

UPDATE: City's Super Bowl preparation on track

June 4, 2010
Indianapolis is making progress on the way to its debut as a Super Bowl city, NFL executive Frank Supovitz said Friday afternoon.
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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.