Government & Economic Development

Indiana tea party groups look to endorse Lugar foe

September 7, 2011
Associated Press
A coalition of Indiana tea party groups is planning a statewide convention this month that will culminate with them endorsing a candidate to run against Sen. Richard Lugar, an organizer said.
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Medical manufacturer plans Fishers expansion

September 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Tridien Medical, a Coral Springs, Fla.-based manufacturer of therapeutic support surfaces, plans to expand its plant in Fishers, adding up to 40 new jobs by 2013, including 25 in the next year.
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Change of direction prompts City Market leader's resignation

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Jim Reilly, who oversaw a major renovation of the historic building, will step down from his second stint as executive director on Sept. 13 while City Market officials explore outsourcing leadership duties.
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Former City-County Councilor’s trial gets under way

September 6, 2011
Scott Olson
An attorney for Lincoln Plowman, a former City-County Council member on trial for attempted extortion, says his client was seeking payment for his services, not soliciting a bribe from an undercover agent posing as a strip-club operator.
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Johnson County still dealing with 2008 flood

September 6, 2011
Associated Press
Johnson County officials have been working to buy about 40 flooded properties in an area a few miles west of Greenwood, so they can be demolished.
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General Assembly considers going paperless with iPads

September 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana state lawmakers may trade in the reams of paper they use each session for sleeker iPads.
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Daniels works to maintain national profile

September 5, 2011
Associated Press
Since he decided against running for president in May, Gov. Mitch Daniels has given more interviews on national television than when he was still considering a run. Although he has said no to the top of the presidential ticket, he has not ruled out running for vice president.
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Mayoral foes see different paths to boost businessRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Both candidates for Indianapolis mayor are touting a host of ways to improve the city's business climate. Incumbent Greg Ballard champions improving the city's amenities. Challenger Melina Kennedy focuses on recruiting entrepreneurs to the city.
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CIB approves refinancing Conseco, dome bondsRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The move is expected to save $8 million to $9 million over the life of the bonds.
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Commerce leader Roob leaving IEDC for private sector

September 1, 2011
The state's Secretary of Commerce is stepping down to lead WoundVision LLC, an Indianapolis-based health care technology firm.
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Goldsmith arrest prompted resignation from NYC

September 1, 2011
The former mayor of Indianapolis says he stepped down from his job as deputy mayor of New York City following his arrest over a domestic violence incident. The Goldsmiths deny accounts cited in a police report.
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Indiana lawmaker's lynching reference riles tea party

August 31, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Andre Carson of Indianapolis, a black congressman, used a lynching metaphor to describe tea party policies he says would turn minorities into "second class citizens."
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Private firm with Medicaid deal gets state help

August 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Officials with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services say they had to hire 13 temporary workers and shift as many as 20 state workers from their regular jobs after withering consumer complaints against SynCare LLC of Indiana.
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State preparing to pay maximum in stage collapse damages

August 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana will pay $5 million and get advice on distributing the money to victims of the State Fair tragedy from an expert who administered compensation funds following 9/11.
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Former City-County Councilor’s trial set to begin

August 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Lincoln Plowman, also a former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department major, is accused of using his official position to collect $6,000 for helping to grease the wheels for a new strip club.
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Indiana Supreme Court to hear state back-pay dispute

August 31, 2011
Associated Press
The class-action lawsuit argued that some state employees were required to work 40 hours a week while others were paid the same for working 37.5 hours.
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Missouri health care advocates decry Indiana contractor

August 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based SynCare LLC, hired to determine the eligibility of Missouri Medicaid patients for in-home care, has "been a complete disaster from the beginning," statewide health care advocates charge.
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'Survivor' contestant considers run for governor

August 30, 2011
Associated Press
Former "Survivor" contestant Rupert Boneham has formed an exploratory committee to possibly seek the Libertarian Party's nomination for governor.
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Sheriff's department concerned about budget crunch

August 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Officials from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department say they are concerned that a $10 million gap in this year’s budget will hurt their ability to pay critical bills.
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IEDC, Conexus form aerospace, defense council

August 30, 2011
The Indiana Aerospace and Defense Council brings together industry leaders to begin creating a plan to grow the sector. IEDC and Conexus say Hoosier defense contractors have created 1,800 jobs in the past two years.
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Mortgage firm plans local expansion, 140 jobs

August 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Royal United Mortgage LLC, an Indianapolis-based mortgage firm, announced plans Tuesday to expand its local operations, adding up to 140 employees by 2013.
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Air tool manufacturer plans Indiana expansion

August 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Sullair Corp., which makes air compressors and other air tools, says it will expand its headquarters in northern Indiana and expects to add up to 113 jobs in the next few years.
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Lauth's Eaglepoint fattens up on racing teams

August 30, 2011
Scott Olson
David Powers Motorsports, John Force Racing, Don Prudhomme Racing and Vance & Hines together occupy roughly 320,000 square feet of space at the park.
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Experts say options abound for former GM stamping plantRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Cory Schouten
The 2-million-square-foot GM Indianapolis Metal Center, closed this year, sprawls over more than 100 acres on the west bank of the White River and enjoys some of the best views of the downtown skyline.
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First step: Tear stamping plant downRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Jeff Gearhart / Special to IBJ
Tear it down and clean it up was the message delivered by a former redevelopment director from South Bend as she spoke to representatives from cities who were about to lose their GM plants.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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