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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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Noblesville's riverfront park taking shape

December 6, 2013
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Planning for a riverfront park in downtown Noblesville is almost complete, but next comes the hard part—figuring out how much of its wish list the city can afford to bring to life.
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Fraternity moving headquarters to Carmel

December 5, 2013
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Indianapolis-based Theta Chi Fraternity will move its headquarters from College Park to Carmel early next year.
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Council delays decision on fate of Fishers tax

December 3, 2013
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Fishers’ Town Council postponed a decision on a proposed 1-percent food-and-beverage tax Monday night, tabling the measure without comment rather than carry out an expected vote. It also OK'd an incentive deal for construction firm Meyer Najem.
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Noblesville to join Fishers in ranks of second-class cities

November 27, 2013
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Noblesville Common Council members voted 5-2 Tuesday to elevate the city to second-class status effective Jan. 1, 2016, after the next municipal election.
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Mass Ave retailers about to pop up in Carmel

November 25, 2013
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A band of Mass Ave merrymakers are heading north for the holidays, opening a pop-up shop in downtown Carmel.
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Retail taking shape near Westfield sports park

November 22, 2013
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Construction is expected to begin this spring on the first retail building in Grand Park Village, the commercial hub planned for just south of Westfield’s massive youth-sports megaplex.
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Buckingham still tweaking plans for Zionsville project

November 20, 2013
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Zionsville leaders have seen “very general” architectural renderings of a mixed-use project Buckingham Cos. is planning in the heart of downtown, but a development proposal isn’t expected until early 2014.
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Councilor: $100M deal hanging on Fishers tax hike

November 19, 2013
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A private company is weighing a $100 million investment in Fishers, Town Council member Scott Faultless said Monday, but the project depends on adopting a 1-percent food-and-beverage tax that’s still the subject of heated debate.
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Developer wants Fishers to take over Saxony Beach

November 15, 2013
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Foundation work is under way for the next phase of Republic Development Corp.’s Saxony Village project, which includes a lakefront community building that it wants to turn over to the town of Fishers along with Saxony Beach.
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County to expand government center in Noblesville

November 13, 2013
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Hamilton County commissioners plan to expand the Judicial & Government Center in downtown Noblesville, easing a space crunch and keeping county offices on the courthouse square.
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Development starts long before dirt starts moving

November 11, 2013
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The growth of Carmel’s Meridian Street office corridor wasn’t a happy accident. It was city planning. Last month's Hamilton County Leadership Academy session provided an up-close look at planning and development in the fast-growing suburbs.
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Carmel eatery expanding to Westfield

November 8, 2013
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Veteran restaurateur John Perazzo is preparing to open a second location of his popular Italian eatery J. Razzo’s, on State Road 32 in Westfield.
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