Government & Economic Development

Rail company plans new plant, 650 jobs in Muncie

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Alabama-based Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., said it plans to invest about $50 million to open the first locomotive manufacturing and assembly plant in the United States in many years.
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Ascension aims to cut costs with $10.9M service center

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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Veolia losing water contract, will get $29M termination fee

October 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Playing a limited role under Indianapolis Water's new owner, Citizens Energy, wouldn't be profitable, Veolia says. Citizens plans to make job offers to "substantially all" Veolia employees.
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National unemployment claims drop sharply

October 28, 2010
Associated Press
Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the second drop in a row and a hopeful sign the job market could be improving.
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U.S. attorneys, FBI to watch for voter fraud, abuses

October 28, 2010
Associated Press
The FBI also will have special agents available to receive allegations of election fraud or discrimination.
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Secretary of state files complaint against teachers' fund broker

October 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Karandos, a broker who advised the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust before it collapsed in 2009, is facing an administrative complaint from the Indiana Securities Division, which alleges 13 violations for unethical, dishonest and deceptive practices.
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Cummins expanding in Columbus, plans 350 jobs

October 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Cummins Inc. announced Tuesday that it will expand its headquarters in Columbus, adding at least 350 professional employees during the next 18 months to support global operations.
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U.S. attorney to ask for review of IURC ethics dispute

October 26, 2010
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says he'll ask "the appropriate federal agency" to review an ethics dispute that has embroiled the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy Corp.
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Kokomo approves tax breaks for Delphi division

October 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Delphi Electronics & Safety is moving ahead with a $28 million investment in its Kokomo operations, city officials said this week.
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City-County Council approves 2011 budget

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The CIB's $73.1 million budget, which included a $10 million payment to the Pacers for the operation of Conseco Fieldhouse, passed by a 15-14 vote.
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GOP could gain quorum in state Senate election

October 25, 2010
Mary Dieter
Indiana Senate Democrats, long considered the last bastion of liberal thought in state government, are in danger of becoming politically irrelevant after the Nov. 2 election—something they say would disenfranchise nearly 2 million Hoosiers who live in their districts.
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Some council members still unsure about CIB budget

October 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Capital Improvement Board’s controversial spending plan will face its final trial Monday night as the City-County Council takes up the city’s $1.1 billion budget for next year.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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HICKS: Early-childhood education benefits the economyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Mike Hicks
Plunging into the economics of diapers and pre-literacy programs hardly filled me with gleeful anticipation (though for the record I am a wicked-good diaper changer).
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Prospects for City Market brightening at lastRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
New tenants include fresh-item vendors such as a florist and produce shop, in addition to more healthful prepared foods such as juice, crepes and freshly prepared soup.
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Tax caps give township reform effort new lifeRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A push to eliminate township government will return to the Statehouse next year—this time with a better shot at success. Township reforms, which have been vigorously debated but never passed, have been touted as a way to make government more cost-effective.
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State’s jobless rate dips slightly to 10.1 percent

October 22, 2010
Indiana's unemployment rate in September was 0.1 percentage point lower than in August and the same as it was the same month last year. But it remains above the national rate of 9.6 percent.
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State getting $25M to clean up old GM sites

October 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana will benefit from a $25.2 million environmental trust established to clean up and redevelop eight former General Motors plants throughout the state, officials said Wednesday.
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Indiana commerce agency, Purdue plan California office

October 19, 2010
Associated Press
Officials say the Silicon Valley office will focus on attracting California companies to move to Indiana and to sell venture capitalists on ideas and research generated by Purdue faculty and entrepreneurs.
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Presidential hopefuls Daniels, Pence reflect two sides of GOP

October 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
If Gov. Mitch Daniels and U.S. Rep. Mike Pence become presidential candidates, through them Indiana will represent something of a microcosm of the national Republican Party and its philosophical wings.
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Daniels hoping GOP victory will pave way for education reformRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels and public schools chief Tony Bennett have major legislative changes they want to make to implement their education reform ideas—but to do it they need their Republican Party to regain control of the Indiana House of Representatives.
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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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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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