Economy Blog Posts

Indiana's shape is relative

January 21, 2010
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Indiana is good financial condition. Sort of.
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Real estate commissions

December 30, 2009
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Realtor incomes went down this year despite a miniscule increase in commission rates.
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'Most accurate' forecaster predicts surge

December 28, 2009
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A rising stock market will prompt consumers to start spending again, says Barclays economist Dean Maki.
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Even Bentley sales are down

December 16, 2009
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A Zionsville dealer says the economy is influencing its wealthy buyers, but things would be worse under Rolls-Royce.
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Lilly Endowment's two-fer

December 15, 2009
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Its education focus just might make the endowment more of a jobs engine than the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
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Lights out (crime up?) in Muncie

December 11, 2009
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Muncie plans to turn out most of its street lights to keep from going broke. But what about the social consequences?
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Keeping wage figures secret

December 8, 2009
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IBJ isn't the only news organization wondering whether the Indiana Economic Development Corp. is getting good bang for the buck.
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Marsh, then and now

December 7, 2009
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Now that Marsh Supermarkets is being run like a real business, has the shopping experience changed?
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Carp, shipping and a lawsuit

December 3, 2009
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A lawsuit aimed at stopping invasive carp from reaching Lake Michigan could bring some forms of shipping to a grinding halt.
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Rich flocking to real estate

November 30, 2009
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A survey shows wealthy investors are targeting real estate. But what about Indianapolis?
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Analyst: No trucking U-turn till late 2010

November 18, 2009
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FTR Associates analyst Jon Starks says truck manufacturers won't feel an improved economy until at least late 2010.
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Daniels and entrepreneurship

November 16, 2009
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Does Gov. Mitch Daniels' economic development strategy emphasize job attraction at the expense of entrepreneurship?
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Is China a 'paper dragon'?

November 11, 2009
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For various reasons, more experts are doubting China's underlying strength.
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Holding steady on Wawasee

November 10, 2009
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Lake Wawasee, the popular northern Indiana getaway for some of the wealthiest people in the Indianapolis area, is doing fairly well despite the real estate bust.
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Layoff euphemisms

November 9, 2009
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Corporations simply don't like direct language, a Butler University professor says.
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Saturn's loss, Byrider's gain

November 3, 2009
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J.D. Byrider, the Indianapolis chain of used-car lots, is courting Saturn dealers to come into the fold as Byrider franchisees.
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A harrowing tale of decline

October 20, 2009
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Telling a story about a company and a union that both feared the future, and fought to a bitter draw.
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Another year of bank migration?

October 16, 2009
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More than a year a year after the financial crisis began, businesses are still looking for new bank relationships.
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Assessing the stimulus in Indiana

October 15, 2009
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The preliminary numbers are out on the effect of the $787 billion federal stimulus on Indiana.
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Taking Ostrom to Indiana forests

October 13, 2009
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How rich that Elinor Ostrom, the Indiana University professor who won a Nobel prize for economics yesterday, got her nails dirty researching how people in pockets of forests in undeveloped nations allocate their natural resources.
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Federal workers dodging layoffs

October 9, 2009
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One of the best places to have waited out this recession was in federal government. Federal workers have pretty much gotten a bye on pink slips at a time private sector employees have taken it on the chin.
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Noblesville sacks economic development director

October 2, 2009
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Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear has fired the city's economic development director, Kevin Kelly, after Kelly had been on the job for about two years.

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Indy housing market getting some traction

September 30, 2009
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The grueling years of the housing downturn in the Indianapolis area appear to be over, a real estate veteran says, but a full recovery is one to two years away.
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A beachhead in Warsaw

September 16, 2009
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The launch of the orthopedics not-for-profit OrthoWorx is quite an accomplishment in Warsaw, where some of the world's biggest companies fight tooth-and-nail.
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Recession likely over in Indiana

September 10, 2009
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More evidence arrived yesterday that the recession in Indiana has finally bottomed. But little of that evidence suggests a quick recovery.
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