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The root of Indiana's myriad problems

November 22, 2010
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Longtime economist Morton Marcus says the objective truth is that Indiana is in decline. He also insists the solution is a change in the culture, not just job creation.
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Did Lilly get preferential treatment on a disputable billboard ad?

November 4, 2010
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Billboard companies spiked the cancer ad. But Citizens Gas or WellPoint might have gotten a different result.
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Indiana bombs in rankings of 'new economy' states

August 25, 2010
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State has a dire future if Business Facilities' latest lists are any indication.
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Do manufacturers ever get to rest? (No.)

August 23, 2010
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Manufacturers continue to wring more from less. But have the gains been worth the human cost?
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Hyundai hole in Indiana

August 9, 2010
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The rising Korean industrial giant is building another plant in the U.S., but not in Indiana.
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An ode to utility workers

July 13, 2010
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They're some of the most stable people in the state, a new study shows.
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Is alternative energy sustainable in Indiana?

July 7, 2010
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An economic development observer questions what will happen after the feds turn off the tap.
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Recession poster child bouncing back

June 9, 2010
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The Elkhart area—used as a backdrop three times by Barack Obama to talk up his economic policies—is making a comeback.
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Indiana's place in a globalized economy

April 20, 2010
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How will the state stand up against booming—and highly innovative—emerging nations?
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Another sign of economic spring

April 15, 2010
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Temp workers are coming back. But are they respected?
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Carbon Motors, the anti carmaker

April 6, 2010
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The upstart cop car manufacturer is doing lots of things differently, including the way they track your car.
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What universities can learn from a steel mill

March 12, 2010
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Steel Dynamics is highly competitive partly because employees are compensated on how much money they save. Should Purdue and other universities take notice?
 
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Light in the gloom

February 12, 2010
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More industrial construction is going on in Indiana than in any nearby state.
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Education by statistics

February 10, 2010
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Inconceivable as it might sound, will the increasing focus on academic performance in public schools give private schools a run for their money? It wouldn't be the first time statistics upset an apple cart.
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Too much, too soon in Elkhart?

January 6, 2010
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Embattled workers might lose motivation to go back to school, thus putting them in an even worse position in the long run.
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Don't confuse Toyota for GM

November 25, 2009
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Toyota isn't about to grow complacent like GM did in the '60s, an analyst says.
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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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Wal-Mart gets into the casket business

November 6, 2009
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Batesville Casket Co., the world's largest manufacturer, says it's watching, but isn't worried.
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Rolls-Royce and health care reform

October 5, 2009
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Rolls-Royce, the British jet engine maker, isn't taking a position on health care reform, but let's drag them into it, anyway, because Rolls-Royce's business model might interest the crowd advocating for reform via market forces.
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Another view of Indiana manufacturing

September 29, 2009
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A Milken Institute study shows Indiana isn't the only state writhing with angst about the future of manufacturing. The study frames Indiana in a somewhat positive light.
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Chrysler sticks it to Kokomo

August 21, 2009
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Officials in Kokomo and Howard County are in a tough spot. The “new” Chrysler created after its bankruptcy sale to Fiat contends it‘s no longer on the hook for $12.9 million it owes various local taxing bodies this year and $12.3 million it will owe next year.

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More than Harley-Davidson

August 20, 2009
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Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson isn't the only company scouting for places to plunk new operations, a long-time economic development expert says.
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Alleys of devastation

July 2, 2009
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Plenty of stories have been published and aired in recent days about migration...
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GM's looming bankruptcy

May 29, 2009
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So, three decades of decline has come to this for General Motors: a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition expected to be filed Monday. Lots of problems contributed to its downfall, but now the carmaker faces an extremely steep climb. The bankruptcy...
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Indiana-made vehicles unsafe?

November 25, 2008
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More than half the cars, vans, pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles assembled in Indiana failed to make the Insurance Institute for Highway Safetyâ??s latest list of safest vehicles. Making the list are the Subaru Legacy and Tribeca, assembled in...
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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