Outside Indianapolis Blog Posts

Thoughts on the Tebow ad

February 1, 2010
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From the perspective of return on investment, the Super Bowl ad might be considered a failure.
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New Madrid quivers

January 25, 2010
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The infamous geologic fault line makes news again.
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Indianapolis resentment

January 18, 2010
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Jealousy toward Indianapolis in the Statehouse shows no sign of letting up, one legislator says.
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Osteopathy and Indiana Wesleyan

January 15, 2010
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The Indiana Osteopathic Association passed over a virtually certain $75 million in startup funding from Indiana Wesleyan University to choose Marian University for its new osteopathic college.
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The other two elite colleges

January 13, 2010
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Debating why Earlham and Taylor grads don't take their places alongside peers from DePauw and Wabash.
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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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Census surprises

January 4, 2010
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An Indiana University demographer outlines predictions on Latinos, homeownership and populations of unincorporated areas.
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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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Bailing out big spenders

December 17, 2009
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Obama is going wobbling on forcing fiscal responsibility on states, and Hoosiers might get stuck with the bill.
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Get ready for fake pork

December 3, 2009
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Scientists have discovered how to grow pork in a lab. Now, what to do with all that corn?
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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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Messer: Palin could 'win' Indiana

November 20, 2009
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Former state representative and lobbyist Luke Messer thinks Sarah Palin could carry Indiana in a presidential primary.
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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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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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Steak n Shake and the new NEA chief

November 5, 2009
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Should Biglari take Landesman's remarks as praise where he can get it, or consider them an insult?
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Marketing a former nerve gas site

October 29, 2009
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Will it be harder to attract businesses to the Newport Chemical Depot than to sell a house where a grisly murder took place?
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Should Indiana take Gates' money?

October 26, 2009
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Indiana wants to apply for controversial funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to seek federal education grants.
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Cutting corners on the I-69 extension

October 23, 2009
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Gov. Mitch Daniels is raising eyebrows in the Evansville area for ramrodding a section of the Interstate 69 extension ahead of schedule by a whopping three years.
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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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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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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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New denomination headquartered in Indy?

September 24, 2009
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If a new denomination results from a vote to allow gay clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Indianapolis might be at the top of the list for its headquarters.
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Second thoughts on alternative energy

September 23, 2009
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A future rich in biofuels, solar and wind energy would consume a lot of land, a study says.
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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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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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