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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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Privatized economic development still controversial

October 11, 2010
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Indiana's system collects mixed reviews as candidates for governor in other states criticize their public agencies.
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Mayors: Time to kick the unemployed in the keister

September 24, 2010
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Marion's Wayne Seybold and Greenfield's Brad DeReamer say too many people would rather collect unemployment than look for work.
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Indiana is a bigger Amish state than you think

September 10, 2010
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How much longer until even Pennsylvania is eclipsed?
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New venture capital firm off to blazingly fast start

September 9, 2010
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Cultivian Ventures began investing in a no-man's land just as the financial crisis ramped up, and now it's already considering a second fund.
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Indiana GOP candidates for U.S. House unanimously pledge to repeal health reform

September 8, 2010
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All nine Republicans—count 'em—have signed a pledge. What is that telling us?
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Dreaded Asian carp headed toward Indy

August 19, 2010
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Invasive species that decimates food chains and riles boaters is swimming up the White River, expert says.
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Market losses hammer Indiana colleges

August 16, 2010
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Three institutions flagged by U.S. Department of Education financial responsibility test.
 
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U.S. effectively bankrupt, economist says

August 12, 2010
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Boston University’s Kotlikoff warns the U.S. is actually in worse shape than Greece.
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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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DePauw's tricky decision

August 3, 2010
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Was spurning Carmel hazing suspect the right call?
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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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A peer remembers Will Koch

June 14, 2010
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An admiring amusement park operator says nobody managed better than the late CEO of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
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Bloomington chamber steps into Arizona boycott debate

June 11, 2010
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The real hurt is being felt right in Bloomington, the biz group complains.
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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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Nipping estate feuds in the bud

June 7, 2010
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A lawyer says too many parents withhold information about estate from heirs and unwittingly set up the heirs for a battle.
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Regulators ripped in Irwin Financial postmortem

May 5, 2010
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The Chicago Fed missed several chances to rein in explosive growth before the prominent bank failed. But the deeper question is, what was Will Miller thinking?
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Indiana's smelly news

April 22, 2010
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If it isn’t huge methane bubbles in manure pits, its drug suspects actually hiding in the stuff.
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Ready for subsidized vacation?

April 21, 2010
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Vacations are evolving into a “human right” in the European Union. So, you guessed it, subsidies are next. But an IU prof who’s a native of France isn’t sure it’s a good idea.
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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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Showdown for ethanol

April 19, 2010
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Powerful new lobbies are fighting over the future of the controversial industry. Who are they appealing to? You.
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Trouble in life-sciences paradise

April 12, 2010
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Bloomington is struggling to keep its edge, a report says. And Bill Cook isn’t happy about it.
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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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Perils of non-family managers

February 25, 2010
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A former Toyota exec blasts non-family managers for the company’s problems. Are some Indianapolis-area companies better- or worse-off after families relinquished control?
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Go west (to Hendricks County)

February 16, 2010
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The economy is as good or better in Hendricks County than anywhere else in the Indianapolis area.
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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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