Government & Economic Development

Tax caps spread relief aroundRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Property tax caps—promoted as a way to relieve homeowners from skyrocketing property tax bills—have provided much more relief to a different group of taxpayers. Owners of rental properties and second homes got the lion’s share of assistance from the caps.
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City meets deadline to get federal money for housing projects

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The $29 million will be used to acquire and demolish or rehabilitate foreclosed and abandoned homes.
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Indiana child care agencies protest cost of new rules

September 24, 2010
Associated Press
An effort to shift some foster care costs to the federal government would throw up more red tape and make it harder for caretakers and providers to get services for troubled children, a coalition of child care agencies said Friday.
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Indiana lawmakers push for Internet taxes

September 23, 2010
Mary Dieter
A bipartisan duo of state lawmakers wants Congress to allow states to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, a move they say could bring hundreds of millions of dollars to cash-strapped Indiana.
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Democrats charge conflict in parking meter deal

September 22, 2010
Scott Olson
A city lobbyist who also is registered to lobby for Affiliated Computer Services Inc., which was chosen to receive a 50-year lease deal to manage meter operations, says he was not involved in the deal.
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Proposed city parking deal would bring 200 jobs

September 21, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A proposal to lease the city’s parking meters for 50 years would require the vendor to bring 200 jobs to Indianapolis for at least seven years. The salaries and benefits would range from $16,000 to $95,000 a year.
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TechPoint unveiling ‘measured marketing’ campaign

September 21, 2010
Scott Olson
The initiative will promote the advantages of doing business in Indiana to attract more "measured marketers." They are companies such as ExactTarget and Aprimo Inc. that provide a platform for marketing via e-mail, social media and other technologies.
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Indiana’s unemployment rate remains flat

September 21, 2010
The state's jobless rate in August remained unchanged from the previous month's figure of 10.2 percent. The loss of seasonal government and manufacturing jobs offset the addition of 3,000 private-sector jobs.
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Hoosier Lottery moving to Meridian Street building

September 21, 2010
Tom Harton
The lottery will move in January to the Buick, a 60,000-square-foot building at 13th and Meridian streets owned by principals of Shiel Sexton Construction.
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City's parking deal similar to much-maligned Chicago pact

September 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Officials promoting a 50-year lease of Indianapolis' parking meters have taken pains to point out the differences between their proposal and a controversial 75-year parking meter lease in Chicago. But a close look at both contracts shows Indianapolis' pact largely uses the Chicago template.
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Debating where to turn as Bush tax cuts near expiration

September 18, 2010
Scott Olson
With a deadline looming, supporters and detractors debate extending tax cuts signed by former president George W. Bush.
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Daniels picks Boone County judge for Supreme Court

September 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed Boone Circuit Court Judge Steven David to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Franklin calls off deal to land brewery plant

September 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Franklin Redevelopment Commission decided Thursday to call off the deal because TailGate Beer of San Diego failed to respond to a deadline to provide detailed financial information.
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Former councilman indicted in strip club case

September 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Federal officials on Thursday charged a former City-County Council member in an extortion scheme to use his official position to grease the wheels for opening a strip club, taking $6,000 in exchange for the help.
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Republicans: Force state to live within means

September 15, 2010
Associated Press
House Minority Leader Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said the state's next two-year budget doesn't have to be "honestly balanced," meaning the state could spend more than it takes in by dipping into reserves if the economy continues to sag.
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Daniels says no presidential pitch made at dinners

September 15, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday he has hosted about a dozen dinners with top Republican fundraisers and business and policy leaders, but never pitched himself as a potential presidential candidate.
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UPDATE: New tech jobs come with handsome wages

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Mobi Wireless expects to pay average wages of more than $50,000 to 253 new workers; Bostech Corp. expects to pay more than $80,000 to 61 new employees.
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Tech companies adding 314 jobs in Zionsville

September 15, 2010
Two tech companies located in Northwest Technology Center in Zionsville plan to invest $3.6 million and add 314 jobs over the next four years, officials announced Wednesday morning.
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Community moves to integrate doctors

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health Care watch videoCommunity Health now has about 550 physicians, either on its payroll or committed through integration contracts, who have some of their pay hinge on measures of quality and communication. CEO Bryan Mills says the hospital system is looking to add even more.
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City finance chief to leave post for state role

September 15, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City Controller David Reynolds, who started with the city when Mayor Greg Ballard took office in January 2008, has accepted a job as senior fiscal analyst for the Indiana Senate's Republican majority caucus.
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Senate panel refuses to fund GE engine made by Rolls-Royce

September 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The decision holds potential bad news for Indianapolis engine maker Rolls-Royce, which produces the engines. Rolls-Royce is the region's second-largest manufacturer, behind Eli Lilly and Co., with about 4,300 local employees.
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Library slashes hours, to close main branch on Thursdays

September 14, 2010
A big reduction in hours is expected to save the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library about $1.5 million next year, as it grapples with a $4 million revenue shortfall.
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Conseco Fieldhouse to get new video signage

September 14, 2010
Scott Olson
The new "video ribbon," which could cost up to $1.6 million, will be paid for with funds from the Capital Improvement Board. It will be installed around the entire upper fascia of the arena between the second and third levels.
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Brizzi controversies loom over prosecutor's race

September 13, 2010
Mary Dieter
Democrat Terry Curry and Republican Mark Massa say restoring trust is job one for the next Marion County prosecutor.
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Downtown merchants want parking plan revoked

September 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
About 80 downtown business owners and employees have signed a petition urging Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's administration to nix major plans to revamp metered parking in Indianapolis.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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