Government & Economic Development

Pence keeps up opposition to land-based casinos

August 21, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he remains opposed to allowing more land-based casinos in Indiana despite a push from Evansville officials worried about declining revenue from the city's riverboat.
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Flanner House charter school to close after cheating allegations

August 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Flanner House Elementary charter school will close on Sept. 11 after the Indiana Department of Education found evidence of widespread cheating on the state standardized ISTEP test. The school has 176 students.
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Former Bennett chief of staff at center of $1.7M contract complaint

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
A former top education official's role in the sale of $1.7 million of equipment to Indiana is raising new questions about the strength of the state's ethics laws.
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Judge denies stay after right-to-work ruling

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
A northwest Indiana judge has rejected a request by the Indiana attorney general's office that he put on hold his order striking down the state's right-to-work law until the state Supreme Court rules on a similar case.
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Engineers: Union Station requires $3.7 million in emergency repairs

August 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Department of Metropolitan Development could tap the downtown TIF fund to cover the costs. The problems were uncovered after bricks fell off the station's south wall in December 2012.
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Proposals would improve state veteran protections

August 20, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
Several state lawmakers and military members joined Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Tuesday to discuss a legislative proposal on increasing consumer protections for military service members.
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Indianapolis Downtown Inc. to go by new name

August 20, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Downtown Inc., a 21-year-old public-private promotional group, plans to do business under a new name as part of a strategic plan, it announced Wednesday morning.
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Indiana updates job search app for iPhone

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Office of Technology announced Tuesday it was releasing a new version of the app for iPhones and iPads that would make it easier to search state job postings.
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Carmel sports marketing firm plans headquarters expansion

August 19, 2014
U/S Sports Advisors said it will spend $1.1 million on an expansion at its Carmel headquarters, increasing employment by 36 jobs by the end of 2018.
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Real estate company proposing $26 million development

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Becknell Industrial LLC has proposed a $26 million, three-building development on the northwest side of Indianapolis that would be ready for tenants by early 2015.
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Cardinal Health unit seeks tax breaks for local drug facility

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. is seeking tax breaks from the city of Indianapolis to help it open a $14.4 million local drug-production facility that would employ 85 workers by 2017.
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Indianapolis 2015 budget would use reserves

August 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will introduce to the City-County Council on Monday night a $1 billion budget for 2015 that taps reserves to make ends meet. Next year would be the third year in a row that the city taps fund balances to close a budget deficit.
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Indiana lottery manager misses goal, but hits record numbers

August 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Hoosier Lottery's top official said she is "pleased" with a private manager's performance, even though the firm fell short of its income target during the first full fiscal year of its 15-year contract with the state.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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IU research center trying to remedy 'civic deficit'Restricted Content

August 16, 2014
The Center for Civic Literacy will open its first public conference Aug. 22 with the goal of connecting scholars and practitioners in the fields of education, business, not-for-profits, media and government.
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Illinois ends contract with private manager of lottery

August 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The manager, Northstar Lottery Group LLC, is 80-percent owned by Rhode Island-based Gtech Corp., the parent company of Gtech Indiana, which manages the Hoosier Lottery.
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Top Ballard deputy Kintner heading for private sector

August 15, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced several staff changes Friday morning, including the planned departure of Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Deron Kintner.
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Indiana universities face budget cuts if tax intake lags

August 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's public universities could see their budgets cut another 2 percent if state tax collections continue trailing expectations, Gov. Mike Pence's budget director said Thursday.
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Mattress maker plans 300 jobs in Plainfield

August 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. plans to open a manufacturing and distribution facility in Plainfield, creating up to 300 jobs by the end of 2015, the Lexington, Kentucky-based company announced Thursday afternoon.
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Huntingburg, Wabash named Stellar Communities

August 14, 2014
Associated Press
Two Indiana cities will receive millions of dollars to help spur economic development after being named 2014 Stellar Communities.
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State tax collections fall just below projections

August 13, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The state brought in a total of $1.04 billion in July general fund revenue, a decrease of 0.5 percent from the December 2013 state revenue forecast.
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Democrats question $12M in consulting contracts

August 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The cash-strapped city of Indianapolis has entered agreements worth more than $12 million as it pursues a public-private partnership for a new courthouse and jail. Mayor Greg Ballard's office says the fees will be paid by the developer.
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Indiana challenge to Obamacare tax-credit rule can go forward

August 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in Indianapolis on Tuesday denied an IRS bid to dismiss that portion of the state’s 2013 lawsuit, in which it claimed the rule illegally conflicts with a provision of the federal law.
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Pence: State to pay special-needs adoption subsidies

August 12, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The move comes just two months after a LaPorte woman filed a lawsuit, saying the state owed her subsidies.
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U.S. Postal Service suffers $2 billion quarterly loss

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
The agency blamed increases in compensation and benefits costs for the red ink and said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees.
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