Boone County

UPDATE: Medco acquisition could lead to local consolidation

July 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
It’s not yet clear how Express Scripts Inc.’s $29.1 billion acquisition of rival Medco Health Solutions will affect the companies’ central Indiana operations—or their 800-plus employees at two facilities here.
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Investor boosts Just Marketing's pursuit of F1 businessRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Motorsports marketing guru Zak Brown believes selling about a fourth of his business to a London-based company will help fuel his phenomenal growth in the sponsorship business of Europe's Formula One racing.
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Buyer snaps up 175-acre Golf Club of Indiana

July 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
An investment group has acquired the Golf Club of Indiana in southern Boone County near Zionsville and is planning improvements to the 175-acre property.
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Quail Run Apartments in Zionsville changes hands

June 29, 2011
Richmond, Va.-based McCann Realty Partners LLC bought the 166-unit complex with a $9.25 million loan. The sale marks the second time Quail Run has changed ownership in the past two years.
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Medco deal loses its luster

June 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
New Jersey-based Medco has hired just 430 workers in Whitestown—far short of its commitment of 1,400 by 2012—and its business trends suggest the company is shrinking, not growing.
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Indianapolis Symphony ventures into ZionsvilleRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Horse farm owner Elizabeth Johnson extended an invitation to play, and local businesspeople and volunteers have been selling concert tickets.
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Zionsville residents disagree on commercial development

May 14, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
After property tax caps crimped local dollars in Zionsville and a school funding referendum failed, many residents have decided it’s time to attract more commercial development. But they are tangled in a hot dispute over how to achieve that goal.
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UPDATE: Skjodt-Barrett Foods bringing 300 jobs to Lebanon

April 28, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The newest tenant in Lebanon Business Park will occupy 214,000 square feet and make a $20 million investment to build out the space and install equipment.
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Miller Brooks fattens client roster

April 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Zionsville marketing agency recently signed deals with Michigan-based Masco Cabinetry, North Carolina-based BASF, Indianapolis-based Beckman Coulter and California-based HD Supply.
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Hamilton, Boone counties among Indiana's healthiest

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
A new report says Hamilton and Boone counties are among the healthiest in Indiana, while Marion ranks among the worst.
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Whitestown interchange lands $8M travel plaza

March 29, 2011
Cory Schouten
A growing distribution hub anchored by Amazon.com and MedcoHealth Solutions along Interstate 65 in Boone County has inspired plans for an $8 million truck stop and travel plaza.
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Just Marketing International expands in Daytona, Charlotte

February 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The local motorsports marketing firm employs about 90 in its Zionsville office.
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Pearson Ford buys wholesale car-parts business

January 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Owner John Pearson recently purchased the parts business of Paul Harvey Ford, which is ceasing operations after more than 44 years.
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D-A Lubricant moving from Indianapolis to Lebanon

January 5, 2011
Scott Olson
Company will purchase 23 acres and have Duke Realty Corp. build a 225,000-square-foot industrial facility in Lebanon Business Park. The move should be completed by December.
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Zionsville galleries team up, commit to expand hours

December 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The joint marketing effort is, in part, an effort to counter Carmel's Art & Design District.
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Zionsville galleries watching Carmel arts district

October 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Zionsville gallery owners are stepping up their collective marketing efforts as Carmel’s Arts and Design District has landed a new wave of artists and gallery owners over the past five months.
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Daniels picks Boone County judge for Supreme Court

September 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed Boone Circuit Court Judge Steven David to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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New businesses follow the rooftopsRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Norm Heikens
Indianapolis and surrounding counties have continued to show growth in the number of businesses during the recession.
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Couple makes home in Ulen mansion built by town's founderRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Katie Maurer
The talk of the town back in 1929, the Mediterranean-style house at 118 Ulen Blvd. is now simply home for husband and wife Gary Katona and Jennifer Jones-Katona, former Indianapolis city dwellers who retreated to the quiet "town within a town" 15 years ago.
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Girl Scouts selling Zionsville tract, three others

August 10, 2010
Tom Harton
The decision by Girl Scouts to divest the camps follows a consolidation among Girl Scouts councils nationwide in 2007 that left the local council with a much bigger service area and more real estate.
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Linking Indianapolis-area bus systems becoming priority for plannersRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Connecting rural bus systems with one another and with IndyGo must happen before commuter rail becomes a reality.
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Summer is key time for those who raise Christmas trees

August 7, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Christmas and July harmonize like a blizzard on Independence Day, but the summer months are perhaps the most vital for Tom Dull and his wife, Kerry, who raise 23,000 Christmas trees on their peaceful farm in Thorntown.
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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana moving to new headquarters

May 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
CEO Deborah Hearn Smith said the move will eventually bring a cost savings, but it has other benefits.
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Girl Scouts to sell Boone County camp, three others

May 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana says a study found that the four sites need significant renovations to reach current safety codes.
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Entrepreneurial couples banking on demand for art

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
One art-collecting couple has opened a fine-art gallery in Zionsville, while the founder of a contemporary craft show is planning a boutique in Irvington.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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