Government & Economic Development

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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This year's metro area job losses deeper than in peer citiesRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
As the national economy sputters, the Indianapolis area is losing jobs faster than its peers, falling to levels not seen since 2002.
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GM site ripe for manufacturing or a judicial centerRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Chris Barnett / Special to IBJ
The Urban Land Institute panel’s plan for the General Motors plant site ignores some realities in favor of presenting a relatively predictable New Urbanism redevelopment plan.
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'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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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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