Government & Economic Development

'Expand the smorgasbord' at former GM siteRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Gordon Hendry / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis has a rich history of turning challenging redevelopment projects into local success stories, and I have no doubt the GM Stamping Plant will become part of that history as officials determine the best uses for the expansive site near downtown.
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Indiana officials settle voter registration lawsuit

August 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials have settled a class-action lawsuit that claimed the state wasn't following federal laws over the opportunity for voter registration at public assistance offices.
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Indianapolis, Beech Grove settle utility billing feud

August 26, 2011
Indianapolis and Beech Grove wrapped up their decade-old dispute prior to the city's official transfer of its water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group.
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City plans to install solar panels at public works buildings

August 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city has put out a request seeking companies or teams of firms qualified to install solar photovoltaic systems at three of its public works buildings and garages.
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Fire heavily damages Aristocrat restaurant

August 25, 2011
The restaurant at 5212 N. College Ave. sustained $1.5 million in damage. Firefighters were called to the two-story, 6,000-square-foot building early Thursday morning.
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State launches program to help employ ex-offenders

August 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The state is launching an initiative aimed at helping ex-offenders find jobs, particularly with large businesses that tend to have the most trepidation about hiring them.
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More Indiana welfare requests being submitted online

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
More than half of the state's new applications for food stamps and other welfare assistance are being submitted online, Indiana social services chief Michael Gargano told lawmakers Tuesday.
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Illinois facing jobs assault from other states

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana is leading a push by other states to chip away at Illinois' vulnerable economic image and lure jobs away.
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Indiana property tax caps slice 2011 bills

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana property taxpayers saw their savings grow by 32 percent this year compared to a year ago thanks to statewide tax caps on their 2011 bills, according to a state report.
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llinois manufacturer plans move to northwest Indiana

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
Illinois manufacturer Modern Forge says it will open a factory in northwestern Indiana, where it expects to hire as many as 240 workers in the next few years.
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Judge orders Indiana to preserve fair stage wreckage

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
A judge says he will issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state from destroying any evidence from the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage.
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City to seek more parking for Rolls-Royce's move

August 23, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Capital Improvement Board will be charged with helping Rolls-Royce Corp. find up to an additional 500 parking spaces to accommodate the company’s move to a downtown office campus formerly occupied by Eli Lilly and Co.
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Broad Ripple group doubles down in fight over Kilroy's

August 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Members of the Broad Ripple Village Association are vowing to continue their fight against a new Kilroy's Bar n' Grill after they were denied a chance to speak out about the plan at a public hearing.
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Court rules state overreached when it shut puppy mill

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
The state had seized and sold 240 dogs at business, citing $142,000 in unpaid taxes.
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Library plans to restore hours at some branches

August 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The financial picture for Indianapolis’ struggling public library system is expected to improve enough for leaders to consider restoring operating hours at 10 of its 23 locations next year.
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Racinos ask federal court to lower their tax liabilityRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
If Indiana Live and Hoosier Park prevail, the racetrack-casinos may cut they could cut their combined tax bill by $30 million a year.
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Public safety official Mayes leaves postRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Jonathan Mayes, an attorney who served just over a year as deputy public safety director under Frank Straub, has joined Bose McKinney & Evans' Labor and Employment Practice Group.
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Education battle unleashed torrents of money in IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reformers dramatically outspent opponents on lobbying, advertising and grass-roots campaigning during the past legislative session.
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'Buy local' law doesn't sting Indy sewer project

August 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A new state law that could add to the cost of public works projects didn’t impact one of Indianapolis’ most sizable bids this year.
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Parking deal netting city more meter money

August 19, 2011
Scott Olson
In the quarter ended June 30, the city's share of revenue from parking meters totaled $498,273 compared with $108,265 in the same time frame of 2010, a 360-percent increase.
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City gives $82,000 for IndyFringe theater project

August 19, 2011
The grant from the city's parking meter fund will be used to rebuild a nearby alleyway, repair sidewalks and install access curbs at the organization's theater building on Saint Clair Street.
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Indiana hires outside firm to review state fair disaster

August 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana has hired an outside firm to help with its investigation into a fatal stage collapse at the state fair after questions were raised about the state's ability to conduct an objective probe itself.
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Cable maker adding 40 jobs at Carmel headquarters

August 18, 2011
Belden Inc. said it will spend $3.1 million to lease and equip a new 30,000-square-foot facility in Carmel, where its Americas division is headquartered.
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Auto stampings plant plans to add 75 jobs in Muncie

August 18, 2011
Indiana Stampings LLC plans to add 75 jobs by 2013 as part of a $7.3 million expansion that includes leasing and equipping a 155,000-square-foot facility.
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Freight carrier plans to expand, add 183 local jobs

August 17, 2011
Thomasville, N.C.-based Old Dominion Freight Line said a $22 million investment will be used to upgrade its existing 122,340-square-foot facility on the southwest side.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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