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Hamilton County officials to state: Fix school funding

February 12, 2014
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Elected officials throughout Hamilton County are putting aside their jurisdictional differences to ask state lawmakers for help with school-funding issues they say are jeopardizing the county’s public education—and possibly its economic development efforts.
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Westfield weighing rules of the road for food trucks

February 11, 2014
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Mere months from opening day at its massive Grand Park Sports Campus, Westfield is drafting rules intended to protect nearby businesses from crowd-hungry food trucks.
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Election battles brewing in GOP-heavy Hamilton County

February 10, 2014
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Fishers’ upcoming city election is generating most of the buzz in the circles I navigate north of 96th Street, but voters throughout Hamilton County have decisions to make at the polls this year. What races are you paying the most attention to this year?
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New owners working on plan for well-located Fishers land

February 7, 2014
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Development firm Thompson Thrift is expanding its reach in fast-growing Fishers, working with partners to buy 70 acres of high-potential property near a planned Interstate 69 interchange.
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Roundup: Tex-Mex and ice cream in Zionsville, plus pastry shops come and go

February 6, 2014
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The owner of the popular Noah Grant’s Grill House & Oyster Bar in Zionsville is targeting an April opening for a second restaurant flanking the town’s brick Main Street. Plus: the latest retail roundup.
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Project updates: Fishers mixed use, Carmel hotel and Zionsville's new HQ

February 4, 2014
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Elected officials north of 96th Street advanced a bevy of public-private projects Monday during what I like to call their monthly meetingpalooza. Here’s a rundown on where things stand:
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Developer eyes spring groundbreaking for 10-story Drury Plaza Hotel

January 31, 2014
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St. Louis-based Drury Hotels is proposing to build a 10-story, 304-room hotel and stand-alone restaurant on undeveloped property at the northeast corner of Meridian and 96th streets in Carmel. Construction could begin this spring.
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Carmel's FatAtom moving from Main Street to Monon

January 30, 2014
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Carmel ad shop FatAtom Marketing has signed a letter of intent to lease a first-floor storefront in the under-construction Mezz on the Monon building in Carmel City Center. CEO Todd Muffley is targeting a June 1 move-in date.
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Boomerang gets OK to let Noblesville housing project fly

January 29, 2014
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Fishers-based Boomerang Development LLC got the go-ahead Tuesday to proceed with its plans for Noble East of Noblesville, a $150 million master-planned community near Klipsch Music Center.
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Planned microbreweries to tap into Westfield's railroad heritage

January 24, 2014
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Two microbreweries are in the works in Westfield: Grand Junction Brewing Co. is expected to open downtown this spring, and Four Day Ray Brewing is targeting a fall opening in an industrial park west of U.S. 31.
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Launch Fishers to host entrepreneurial mentoring program

January 22, 2014
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The Indiana Small Business Development Center is working with serial entrepreneur John Wechsler to establish a statewide mentoring program for founders of high-potential startups based out of the Wechsler-run Launch Fishers coworking space.
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Noblesville set to buy repair shop land for downtown park

January 17, 2014
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Noblesville’s Dave Mason Auto Outlet will close its repair shop on busy State Road 32 next year after almost two decades to make way for a planned riverfront park.
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Construction firm planning new Noblesville facility

January 15, 2014
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Out of space at its Noblesville offices, Elkhart-based LeMaster Steel Erectors plans to invest nearly $1.2 million to accommodate its growing Hamilton County operation.
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Microbrewery eyeing spot at Carmel Farmers Market

January 10, 2014
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Opening days is still months away, but organizers of the popular Carmel Farmers Market already are lining up vendors for the summer celebration of Indiana agriculture. Will craft breweries be able to join the fun?
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UPDATE: Fishers OKs retention deal for OfficeWorks

January 8, 2014
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Drawing new jobs remains a priority for economic development leaders in fast-growing Fishers, but existing businesses are getting some love, too.
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Storm fallout shuts down suburban government

January 6, 2014
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Sunday’s winter storm shut down most government offices in Hamilton and Boone counties, forcing a bevy of public meetings scheduled for Monday to be postponed.
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Westfield residents help set vision for neighborhood retail

January 3, 2014
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It’s been a decade since neighbors lost a hard-fought battle to keep retail development away from the northeast corner of Spring Mill Road and 161st Street. Now they’re working with Westfield planners to create a vision for the area that will guide future growth.
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Geico could double Carmel work force by year's end

January 2, 2014
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Insurance giant Geico is ahead of schedule when it comes to staffing its Carmel customer-service center, reaching the 400-employee mark in December.
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Fishers council gives up on food-and-beverage tax

December 30, 2013
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Legislators set a Dec. 31 deadline for the Fishers Town Council to pass a food-and-beverage tax, the revenue from which could only be used to lower property taxes or support economic development efforts. The measure will die without a vote.
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Luxury apartments going up just outside Zionsville

December 27, 2013
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Dubbed The Villas by Watermark, the 24-building complex will have 266 living units—a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments—plus the expected pool and clubhouse, walking trails and a more unusual amenity: a private dog park and heated dog wash.
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Time running out for Noblesville residents to weigh in

December 23, 2013
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Results of the Noblesville Citizens Survey—administered by Colorado-based National Research Center Inc.—are used to improve city services, helping to guide budget and policy decisions.
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Former Shapiro's in Carmel hits market with $2.1M price

December 20, 2013
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The Carmel Redevelopment Commission has engaged Colliers International to market and sell the former Shapiro’s Delicatessen building in growing Carmel City Center.
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Tourism has big impact in Hamilton County

December 19, 2013
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Visitors spent an estimated $375 million in Hamilton County last year, according to local results released Wednesday in connection with a broader report on the economic impact of tourism in Indiana
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Roundup: Blow-dry bar, burger bar, Hot Mama

December 13, 2013
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A new salon concept is blowing into Carmel next week. Dubbed do-tique, the dedicated blow-dry bar will offer shampoos and styling. Plus: A pop-up shop adds to its Twelve Days, and The Pint Room's plans.
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Economic distress doesn't recognize county lines

December 12, 2013
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Hamilton and Boone counties are home to upscale communities, but the suburbs are not immune to problems like unemployment, homelessness and food insecurity.
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