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EDITORIAL: Solid reasons to give thanks

IBJ Staff
November 30, 2013
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It’s a good thing a holiday like Thanksgiving rolls around once a year to remind us to slow down, take stock of our blessings, and show appreciation for them.

Those of us living in the Indianapolis area certainly have a lot to be thankful for, including these reasons:

• An improving economy, a drop in unemployment, and a rising stock market. Let’s put it this way: We journalists tend to get more calls returned when we’re writing about companies growing instead of imploding.

• The wave of entrepreneurship we expect in coming years thanks to the $2.5 billion buyout of homegrown ExactTarget. We’re standing by to cover the next round of local tech startups this deal helps ignite.

• The pending redevelopment of Market Square Arena—for real this time—along with a handful of other attractive projects that are bringing more full-time residents downtown. We’re particularly excited to see local owners get their hands on the long-neglected Consolidated and Illinois buildings.

• Top bond ratings for the state and city of Indianapolis. The AAA ratings are hard to come by—and the resulting low interest rates help minimize taxpayer expenses. Hoosiers generally are governed by a political class that respects how difficult it is for most people to earn a dollar.

• The bipartisan movement to defeat a proposed Indiana constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. It’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s also best for business. Kudos to the Indy Chamber, Eli Lilly and Co., Cummins Inc. and numerous other companies and organizations for taking a stand.

• The Pacers. These guys are fun to watch, love the game and are bringing the crowds back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It’s easy to forget the venue sold out every game its first year. The Pacers’ emergence just as the Colts hit a rough patch proves once again how spoiled we are as Indianapolis sports fans.

• The new Eskenazi Health Hospital, a beautiful and state-of-the-art facility that demonstrates our city’s commitment to care for everyone. With a new airport terminal, football stadium, hospital and expanded convention center under our belts, contractors must be wondering what’s next.

• Another major hotel? Landing another Super Bowl? A framework for successful mass-transit legislation? For now, we’re thankful each is within the realm of possibility.

On the home front, we’re thankful for:

• IBJ’s always-friendly and razor-sharp office manager, Jane Meredith, who retired in late November after 11 years of keeping the trains running on time at IBJ Media. We miss her already.

• Local owners who value and invest in good journalism.

• Our loyal readers. Thanks for supporting IBJ and sharing your news with us first. Happy Thanksgiving!•

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