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Lessons learned in the northern 'burbs

April 7, 2014
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IBJ’s experiment with place-based business news couldn’t have come at a better time—just as the fast-growing communities north of 96th Street began to emerge from the depths of the recession and look to the future.
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Noblesville bakery-cafe setting up shop in Zionsville

April 4, 2014
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Rosie’s Place, a popular downtown Noblesville café and bakery, plans to open a second location this year in Zionsville’s Village business district. Its expanded kitchen will serve as a production hub for Rosie's wholesale goodies.
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Study: Downtown Zionsville needs more restaurants

April 1, 2014
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Downtown Zionsville merchants produce an estimated $21.9 million in annual sales, or about 9 percent of the town’s total spending power, according to a market-share analysis. The suggested goal: 13 percent.
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Defunct Zionsville bakery files for bankruptcy protection

March 28, 2014
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The owner of a now-shuttered Zionsville bakery filed for bankruptcy protection last month and asked the court to stop a previous tenant from selling off property left behind when its storefront closed in January.
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Entrepreneur's events aim to appeal to new, growing families

March 27, 2014
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After launching (and selling) four businesses in eight years, serial entrepreneur Jenn Kampmeier is at it again. She's debuting a mini trade show for new and expectant parents in Carmel next month.
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Clock is ticking on Wigwam's future

March 26, 2014
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Organizers of an effort to save Anderson's iconic Wigwam gymnasium are lining up accredited investors and appealing for community support through a campaign on crowdfunding site GoFundMe.com.
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Mountain-bike course in the works for Fishers

March 21, 2014
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Fishers is moving ahead with plans for a mountain-bike course at its work-in-progress park at 101st Street and Cyntheanne Road, hiring an expert trail builder to design and install the 1.5-mile amenity.
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Lawmakers OK bill keeping school buses on the road

March 18, 2014
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Legislators delivered a temporary reprieve to Westfield Washington Schools and other districts facing steep losses in their transportation budgets, but the final version of House Bill 1062 did not allow some to test the market for school-bus advertising.
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Circumstances stifle Tex-Mex chain's hiring plans

March 17, 2014
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Restaurant vet Russell Burns wanted to interview three candidates for every job he’s filling at the new Chuy’s in Hamilton Town Center. But less than three weeks before training begins, he’s had just 100 applicants for 140-150 positions. About half made the cut.
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Diving academy moving to Noblesville; 'dryland' center proposed

March 14, 2014
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Olympic diving coach John Wingfield is moving the Indiana Diving Academy’s operations from Bloomington to Noblesville, where he’s also looking to build an indoor training center and temporary housing for athletes.
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Sneak a peek at plans for downtown Noblesville park

March 13, 2014
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Planners unveiled conceptual designs for a riverfront park in downtown Noblesville on Wednesday, offering the public a glimpse of what’s on the drawing board.
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Games kicking off at Westfield's Grand Park

March 11, 2014
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Westfield Youth Soccer Association is hosting a college soccer showcase this weekend at Grand Park Sports Complex, which has been in the works for years.
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Hamilton County planning to test CNG-fueled vehicles

March 10, 2014
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Hamilton County commissioners aren't just working on a plan to install rooftop solar panels on some public buildings. They’re also looking to take their energy-savings efforts on the road, with vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.
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Casual-dining chain to test new concepts in Fishers, Noblesville

March 7, 2014
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Texas Roadhouse is planning to build a prototype fast-food joint in Noblesville and is working to replace a long-vacant Fishers restaurant with Bubba's 33, a pizza-burger-beer concept it quietly introduced in North Carolina last summer.
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Roundup: Restaurant revival, women's resale, Combine Cafe and more

March 6, 2014
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Classically trained Chef Keith Brooks is cooking up plans for the former Eddie’s Corner Café space in downtown Noblesville. Plus: a new resale shop in Fishers, tying on the feed bag at Reynolds, Brazilian at HTC and the latest on Chuy's.
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Fishers council defers action on Kroger Marketplace

March 4, 2014
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No decision has been rendered on The Kroger Cos.’ grand plans to build a 123,000-square-foot replacement for its grocery store at 116th Street and Olio Road, but the Fishers Town Council didn’t exactly embrace the proposal Monday night.
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Bus-ad amendment aims to help schools boost revenue

March 3, 2014
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The Indiana Senate unanimously OK'd a bill last week that could help school districts keep their buses on the road, adding an amendment that would let Zionsville Community Schools and others test the idea of selling ads on buses.
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Kroger to replace Fishers grocery with massive Marketplace

February 28, 2014
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Kroger Co. plans to bring its sprawling Kroger Marketplace concept to Fishers—a $20 million investment expected to create almost 200 jobs.
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Scotty's taking over Detour space in Carmel

February 26, 2014
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After an admittedly difficult year dealing with the fallout from the closure of two of his namesake eateries, restaurateur Scott Wise is starting 2014 with a bang. He's finalizing a deal to move a Scotty’s Brewhouse into a prime spot along the Monon Greenway.
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Noblesville OKs tax break for iron castings plant

February 26, 2014
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Three time-worn buildings on the old Noblesville Foundry property are set to come down this spring to make way for a 260,000-square-foot factory employing 50.
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Fishers voters to pass judgment on growth strategy

February 24, 2014
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In many ways, Fishers’ first city election this year will be a referendum on the Hamilton County community’s current economic development strategy.
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Rose's plan for $80M Carmel project moves forward

February 21, 2014
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Edward Rose Properties’ proposal to develop an $80 million mixed-use project near Old Meridian and Main streets is heading to City Council for consideration.
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Zionsville land swap could give schools, town a financial boost

February 20, 2014
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Less than a year after Zionsville Community Schools and the town of Zionsville joined forces to buy property for commercial development, they’re finalizing a land-swap that could result in more money for both entities.
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Fishers OKs train station project despite objections

February 18, 2014
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Fishers has attracted more than $93 million in downtown projects since making redevelopment a priority in 2012. Is it too much too fast? Or a long time coming? The answer depends on who you ask.
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Auto dealer pitches Noblesville development, future transit hub

February 14, 2014
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An affiliate of Indianapolis-based Ed Martin Automotive Group wants to rezone 40 acres of land at the northwest corner of State Road 37 and 141st Street for a planned Toyota dealership and other mixed-use development—including a possible transit hub.
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