Government & Economic Development

Jury hears closing arguments in Plowman case

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman is accused of using his official position to collect $6,000 to help gain zoning approval for a new strip club. He's charged with bribery and attempted extortion.
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Unemployment benefit requests jump again

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people applying for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level in three months, another sign that the job market remains depressed.
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Official says feds got Indiana error rate wrong

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana makes a lot of errors on unemployment insurance benefits, the White House and U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday, but the state official overseeing those payments said federal officials are making mistakes of their own.
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Conservative legislator Delph won't challenge Lugar

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
State Sen. Mike Delph said Wednesday he would stay in the Indiana Legislature and focus on raising his family.
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Census: Nearly 1 in 6 Hoosiers impoverished last year

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
The Census Bureau estimated that 16.3 percent of Indiana residents, or 1.35 million people, lived in households earning less than the poverty level, compared with 15.1 percent nationally.
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Fair trustee settles with local political groups

September 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The settlements involve donations made by Tim Durham totaling $60,000 to the Marion County Republican Central Committee, Greater Indianapolis Republican Finance Committee and the Committee to Elect Lawrence Mayor Paul Ricketts.
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Wind-turbine company moving into Evansville plant

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
A company that makes wind-turbine blades says it will start its first U.S. facility at a former refrigerator plant in Evansville that Whirlpool Corp. closed last year. The business said it could employ up to 400 workers in the area by 2014.
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Daniels' book latest of many governors' tomes

September 11, 2011
Associated Press
Of the nation's 50 sitting governors, almost a quarter of them are authors. Four, including Daniels, have written tomes while serving as their state's chief executive.
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Senate passes overhaul of patent system

September 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
The legislation would fundamentally alter the way patents are reviewed and mark the biggest change to U.S. patent law since at least 1952.
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Critics: Wrecking ball won't fix Indianapolis neighborhoodsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Many neighborhood leaders have hailed Mayor Greg Ballard’s initiative to raze some 2,000 abandoned homes by the end of 2012 as a long-overdue means of tackling urban blight. But some residents and experts fear rampant demolition—without a clear plan for how to redevelop the properties—will fail to improve neighborhoods.
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Indianapolis building owners, managers pressed to protect birdsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Audubon Society has documented hundreds of birds killed downtown in the past two years as birds are attracted to the city lights and then fly into windows.
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Indiana gives grants to convert fleets to alternative fuelsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Office of Energy Development is dispensing grants of up to $500,000 to help private- and public-sector organizations convert their vehicles.
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Indiana Live to get federal hearing on tax matterRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Shelbyville racetrack and casino could save millions if it successfully contests the way Indiana interprets state tax law.
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Mourdock could benefit from climate regulations

September 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock has campaigned heavily against measures to combat climate change even as he holds stock in an energy company that's banking on those regulations to help build a market for its product.
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Rail firm says it won’t reach 650-jobs goal in Muncie

September 9, 2011
Progress Rail Services, which said last October that it would create up to 650 jobs in Muncie by 2012, now expects to employ just 250 people at the plant by the end of next year, according to a magazine.
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Costs of State Fair stage collapse investigation could be steep

September 9, 2011
Scott Olson
Officials say it's too early to know how much the state will pay for the investigation of the tragedy. But fees stipulated in contracts with investigators show costs easily could surpass seven figures.
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Trailer manufacturer adding 200 jobs in northeastern Indiana

September 9, 2011
Howe-based Cruiser RV LLC will begin hiring this month as part of an $850,000 expansion to add a new production line in nearby LaGrange.
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Video shows former councilor taking money from FBI agent

September 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Prosecutors showed video in court of a former Indianapolis City-County Council member taking what they say was a $5,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent seeking help opening a strip club in the city.
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State lawyer calls IBM bid to depose Daniels 'meritless'

September 7, 2011
Associated Press
If Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels can promote his book and lead a motorcycle tour, he isn't too busy to testify about his decision to cancel a contract with IBM Corp. to automate welfare applications, the technology giant contends in a court filing.
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State Fair victims could receive funds in next few weeks

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
A State Fair Remembrance Fund now containing more than $800,000 likely will be distributed before the state pays out a maximum $5 million in damages allowed by law, officials said Wednesday afternoon.
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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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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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