As Indiana's reserves dwindle toward zero and federal stimulus money disappears, trying to keep political debate friendly
and the budget in the black will be quite a challenge. Half a year before they must craft the next state budget, Democrats
and Republicans already are squabbling.
If Mayor Greg Ballard successfully closes the $1.9 billion sale of the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy,
some of the proceeds will be used to bulldoze or rehabilitate 2,000 to 4,500 abandoned, unsafe homes during the next two years.
Locally based consultancy LeadJen had 20 employees in January. Halfway through the year, the company already has hired 20
more, and President Jenny
Vance expects to add another 20 over the next six months.
Mayor Greg Ballard,a former Marine, has made some progress in the two years since he pledged his administration would purchase
3 percent of all city goods and services from veteran-owned businesses, but he remains far from his goal.
The former executive director of IEDC's predecessor agency argues that regular headcount disclosure is a key part of the economic
process once incentive deals have been struck with companies.
Using U.S. Census data, the Indiana Business Research Center finds Indianapolis' population grew by 6,854 residents last year
while Fishers, Noblesville, Carmel and Greenwood saw less-than-average gains.
A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago finds a strong correlation between pre-mortgage credit counseling and loan
comparing Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership clients with other low-income Marion County borrowers.