Government & Economic Development

Postal service union workers plan rallies around Indiana

September 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Organizers from the AFL-CIO say the rallies in 13 locations around Indiana are part of a national effort seeking support for congressional action to shore up the struggling agency.
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Lawsuit by fair victims challenges Indiana's $5M tort cap

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana law that caps the state's liability for damages at $5 million for a single event violates the U.S. and state constitutions and should be thrown out, six plaintiffs suing over the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage argue in a lawsuit filed Monday.
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IBM adds 175 jobs at Delaware County call center

September 26, 2011
The new employees are located at the company's Heartland Business Center in Daleville, where IBM already has about 500 employees.
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Lafayette Square coalition names executive directorRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Mary Chalmers, a neighborhood liaison for the city, will leave that post to lead the effort to improve the area near 38th Street and Lafayette Road.
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Program lets Hoosier volunteers get mortgage help

September 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana has $221 million to give to unemployed people who are struggling to cover their mortgage payments. Recipients have to take part in job-training, go back to school, or agree to volunteer through HoosierCorps.
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Chemical maker Vertellus settles case with feds

September 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency complained that local chemical plant Vertellus Specialties sold a chemical used in making PCP to a suspicious company.
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Steering parts manufacturer plans local expansion

September 23, 2011
Bishop Steering Technology Inc., an Indianapolis company specializing in designing rack-and-pinion steering gear, plans to expand, creating 25 additional jobs by 2014, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. said Friday.
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Vera Bradley plans to expand distribution center

September 22, 2011
Associated Press
Handbag and luggage maker Vera Bradley Inc. says it plans to invest $22.5 million to nearly double the size of its Roanoke distribution center in northeastern Indiana, creating up to 124 new jobs by 2015.
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Non-candidates Christie, Daniels loom over presidential race

September 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mitch Daniels of Indiana have ruled themselves out of the 2012 race for the White House. Yet both Republicans are keeping themselves in the public eye.
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Township board OKs small claims court move

September 22, 2011
The Center Township Board on Wednesday approved a plan to move the township's small claims court from the City-County Building to the Julia M. Carson Government Center on Fall Creek Parkway despite a judge's objections.
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Attorney General agrees to return Durham campaign funds

September 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has reached a settlement with the Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee to give back $11,000 in contributions he received from indicted financier Tim Durham.
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Fines from House Dems' boycott nearly collected

September 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House records show that more than $100,000 has been collected from the 39 Democrats whose five-week boycott blocked legislative action.
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GAO finds cost estimates for F136 engine outdated

September 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Some members of Congress hope to revive work on the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis worked on for nine years before the project was halted in April.
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Indiana trade delegation leaves for Japan after delay

September 21, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana trade delegation led by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is on its way to Japan after being delayed by a typhoon.
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Councilor launches opposition to Georgia Street renaming

September 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Democrat City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield has submitted a resolution that urges Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to "cease and desist from all efforts to rename Georgia Street."
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Auto parts manufacturer to open plant in Steuben County

September 21, 2011
Michigan-based CTA Acoustics Inc. plans to add 140 jobs by 2014 as part of a $9 million plan to open a plant in the town of Orland in northeastern Indiana.
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Connected law firm's deal with Indiana grows

September 20, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration now will pay Barnes & Thornburg up to $8.05 million through next June to represent the administration of Gov. Mitch Daniels in the lawsuit with IBM Corp.
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Typhoon delays Indiana trade mission to Japan

September 20, 2011
Associated Press
A trade mission by Indiana government and business leaders to Japan is being delayed because of a typhoon expected to hit the island nation.
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Cities now can offer companies cash for local hires

September 20, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
For the first time, cities and counties in Indiana can use local income-tax revenue to offer companies cash rebates for new jobs that go to local workers.
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Indiana sets up special process for state fair claims

September 19, 2011
Associated Press
The state on Monday asked families of those killed or injured in a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair to complete a new customized claim form by Nov. 1 so the state can expedite settlements.
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Small claims court could move from City-County Building

September 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Citing budget cuts and a rent increase, Center Township Trustee Eugene Akers wants to move the small claims court into the Julia Carson Government Center, against the judge's wishes.
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Greenwood mayoral rivals run from big-spender labelRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Greenwood's three mayoral candidates are distancing themselves from current Mayor Charles Henderson, who lost in the May primary in large part because of his unpopular proposals for adding amenities to the southern suburb designed to attract new businesses.
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Government pension performance stings citiesRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The pension fund that holds benefits for public employees has seen improved investment returns over the last two years, but the hammering it took during the depths of the recession continues to deal a blow to cities, counties and other employers.
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State’s unemployment rate climbs to 8.7 percent

September 16, 2011
Indiana's jobless rate increased for the second straight month, reaching its highest level since February.
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Education not-for-profit moving to city, plans to add 44 jobs

September 16, 2011
Project Lead the Way Inc., a New York-based provider of education curricular programs for middle and high schools, will move its headquarters to Indianapolis and plans to add 44 jobs by 2014.
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