Government & Economic Development

Strategist: U.S. economy picking up pace, slowly

October 15, 2010
Scott Olson
augustine watdchvideoThe economy is picking up its pace but not quickly enough to satisfy the public, Fifth Third Bank strategist John Augustine said Friday. It may not return to pre-recession levels until 2017.
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CIB budget could face rough ride in council

October 11, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Some City-County Council members are skeptical of the Capital Improvement Board's spending plan for 2011 that includes $10 million for the privately operated Indiana Pacers.
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Ailing library eyes new funding source

October 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A state lawmaker is pushing for a law that would allow Indianapolis’ public library system to get a share of local income taxes. But some already are balking at the concept, saying it would divert money from other agencies that need it.
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Georgia Street reconstruction project starts underground

October 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Work is under way on the $12.5 million transformation of a three-block stretch between Pennsylvania Street and Capitol Avenue into a pedestrian-friendly corridor.
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City not impressed with fixes proposed by Di Rimini developer

October 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Developer Jeff Sparks met with city planners Oct. 1 to propose fixes to the apartment project at Capitol Avenue and St. Clair Street.
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Downtown praised for 'livability' but needs more residentsRestricted Content

October 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
The past decade has seen roughly 5,000 more residents living downtown than in 2000, wooed by new condos and apartments within walking distance of growing retail and cultural attractions. There are now 25,000 downtown residents—but still a long way from the 40,000 city leaders want by the end of the next decade.
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Ruling cuts $42M award for state workers seeking back pay

October 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An appeals court said union workers were eligible for just a couple of months of back pay, rather than for 20 years of back pay.
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BMV commissioner resigns following arrest

October 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
State Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Andrew J. Miller resigned Thursday, the day after he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in a public restroom in downtown Indianapolis.
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Election could give GOP control of state policy decisions

October 7, 2010
Mary Dieter
With a Republican tide predicted to wash over the country in next month’s election, there is a very real chance that the Indiana House will be dominated by the GOP for the first time since 2005-06, putting virtually all policy-setting responsibilities in Indiana in one party’s hands.
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Grocery distributor to create 100 jobs in Bloomington

October 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
State economic development officials on Wednesday announced food distributor Nash Finch Co.’s plans to open a Bloomington warehouse and hire 100 workers, formalizing a commitment the Minnesota-based firm made this summer.
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Indiana's August revenue up 8.4 percent from year ago

October 5, 2010
Associated Press
The state Budget Agency reported Friday that Indiana collected $938 million in August. That's $51 million above the most recent forecast, but still $2 million less than projected in the budget lawmakers passed in early 2009.
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Clarke Engineering plans $2.1M expansion in Fishers

October 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Fishers-based Clarke Engineering Services plans to invest $2.1 million to expand its headquarters operation, creating as many as 29 jobs by 2012. The 13-year-old firm said it will begin hiring immediately.
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Customer-service jobs likely casualty in utility merger

October 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Consultant finds 23 or so customer-service jobs may be unneeded after Citizens Energy acquires city water and sewer utilities. Administrative jobs may also be on bubble, though most savings are from capital-related expenses.
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Health reform forces providers, insurers to lay aside rivalriesRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In this new age of health care, ushered in by President Obama’s signing in March of a sweeping health care reform law, health care players are encouraged to remove the gloves if they want to reap the benefits of reform.
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Firms with jobs ask for the moon; governments here show restraint

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Businesses have always held the upper hand in negotiating for incentives with local government, but the past couple of years have given rise to the most intensely competitive economic development environment since the early 1980s.
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Heightened competition puts mayors on hot seat

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Elected officials are struggling to know how to respond to the weak economy and constituent demands for jobs.
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City halts apartment developer

October 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Near North Development Corp. asked the city in a Sept. 2 e-mail to compare the renderings for the Di Rimini apartment project at 733 N. Capital Ave. with what was actually taking shape. A week later, the Department of Code Enforcement issued a stop-work order for the project.
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Fishers forming sister-city relationship with suburb of Chinese city

October 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The area southwest of Shanghai is known as a tourist destination, as well as for its high-tech industrial development zones.
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Furniture distributor plans Gas City operations

October 1, 2010
New Jersey-based Munire Furniture says it will locate its U.S. manufacturing headquarters in Gas City, with plans to create as many as 100 jobs by the end of the year and as many as 350 by 2013.
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Hudnut joins D.C. office of local lobbying firm

October 1, 2010
Hudnut will represent clients in federal government matters for Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, an Indianapolis-based lobbying firm. The former four-term Indianapolis mayor served the city from 1976 to 1992.
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Drugmakers’ ‘doughnut hole’ deal to shave sales

October 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Drugmakers including Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. may provide more than $2 billion in drug discounts to senior citizens next year under a deal pharmaceutical companies made with the White House.
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Downtown tax district reaps unexpected windfall

September 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The city has accumulated a $12 million surplus of funds from the downtown TIF district, raising questions from critics who wonder how the windfall came about.
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Critics of parking proposal question $500,000 penalty

September 28, 2010
Scott Olson
City leaders argue the termination fee would be paid only if the city breaks the 50-year agreement after the City-County Council signs off on the deal, not if the contract doesn't win approval.
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Dolce hotel, YMCA part of city-funded 'North of South' development

September 27, 2010
Scott Olson
The city plans to issue bonds and use tax-increment financing to fund the $150M project, which also will include 320 high-end apartments and 40,000 square feet of retail space. Construction should begin this year.
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Raytheon's local plant lands $42M Navy order

September 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Indianapolis has scored a $42 million contract to make forward-looking infrared sensors for the U.S. Air Force’s HH-60G helicopter, the Department of Defense said late last week.
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