Government & Economic Development

Estimate puts Indiana health overhaul costs at $3.1B

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy and acting Insurance Commissioner Stephen Robertson have sent Gov. Mitch Daniels a letter that now estimates the overhaul will cost Indiana $235 million more than the previous estimate in May.
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Local government supplier cracks Inc. 500's top 10

August 25, 2010
Scott Olson
A combination of military service and education has helped Kevin Paul turn Indianapolis-based KPaul Properties LLC into one of the fastest-growing companies in the nation.
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Daniels says Indiana will seek new stimulus money

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
Despite criticizing the latest stimulus package, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said he will ask the federal government to send the state more than $435 million for schools and Medicaid.
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Arts funding maintained in proposed city budget

August 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Funding for city arts programs is expected to remain at $1 million in 2011, even as the mayor's budget plan calls for cutting $22 million in local spending. Funding for the parks department also should remain flat, at $21.1 million.
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Indiana, Indy stage small employment gains

August 20, 2010
Norm Heikens
Indiana's unemployment rate increased by a sliver, to 10.2 percent, in July despite increases in jobs in many industries.
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City chooses firm to oversee parking-meter operations

August 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The city has entered into a 50-year lease agreement with Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc. The city will receive $35 million upfront and a share of revenue to make sidewalk and street repairs. Parking meter rates are expected to double in some areas.
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City lands $13.8M more than expected from water deal

August 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The city's AAA bond rating boosts proceeds to $153.8 million. It originally expected $140 million for street, bridge and sidewalk projects.
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Bank On Indy initiative nearing first-year goal

August 19, 2010
Program that aims to reach local population without bank accounts so far has helped more than 7,500 people open an account.
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IT firm approved for tax breaks on $29 million project

August 19, 2010
Lightbound LLC plans to construct 50,000-square-foot data center near Kentucky Avenue on the city's southwest side. The abatement should save the company $2.5 million.
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Summit Realty pursues downtown building for HQ

August 17, 2010
Scott Olson
The firm, now based in Chase Tower, wants to acquire and renovate the building at 241 N. Pennsylvania St.
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Parking rates could double under city plan

August 11, 2010
Scott Olson
City leaders expect to select a manager to oversee parking operations within the next week.
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Murphy aims to make Louisville firm big local player

August 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The longtime state representative is merging his communications firm into Louisville-based Peritus, which has offices in five states.
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Counties brace for big tax losses next year

August 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana counties will receive $1.3 billion in income tax revenue in 2011, nearly 16 percent less than they did this year. Marion and Hamilton counties will suffer major reductions in distributions.
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Daniels: Stimulus should focus on companies, not states

August 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said he opposes more stimulus such as aid to states to keep teachers hired and to expand credit to small business, while favoring incentives to revive private hiring and investment.
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Property shuffle aims to connect police, fire services with neighborhoods

August 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city plans to open police-and-fire hubs in two former IPS schools, retrofit an Eastgate mall department store into an Emergency Operations Center, and build at least two fire stations.
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Trustee pressing Daniels, others to return Durham's donations

August 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Trustee Brian Bash has sent letters to politicians who he says received a total of $900,000 in funds Durham had borrowed from the coffers of Fair Finance, a now-bankrupt investment firm based in Ohio.
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Red Gold expanding Madison County operations

August 5, 2010
Following $5.1 million investment, the company plans to create 42 jobs by 2012 by expanding its production operations in Orestes.
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Indiana state revenue falls short of projections again

August 4, 2010
Associated Press
The State Budget Agency reported Wednesday that Indiana collected $917 million in July, $15 million below the most recent revenue projections.
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Trustee: Durham used Fair funds for gambling, donations

August 3, 2010
Greg Andrews, Associated Press
The bankruptcy trustee said Durham spent $2.8 million on gambling and resorts, $3.3 million on interior decorating and $14 million on real estate.
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Seven cab companies denied licenses

August 3, 2010
The city of Indianapolis' Department of Code Enforcement rejected the applications largely because the companies didn't have a dispatch facility or didn't have employees to staff a facility.
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Quick hits: Indianapolis and Kansas City are close match in tourism

July 31, 2010
Indianapolis and Kansas City, a metro area with feet in both Missouri and Kansas, are not only similar demographically, but the cities' convention and tourism trades have some measures in common, like number of annual visitors.
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Secretary of state candidate leaves architectural firm

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Vop Osili of Indianapolis-based A2SO4 is focusing full time on his run for secretary of state as the Democratic candidate.
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Exchanges sprout around the country

July 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
When the Indiana Health Information Exchange launched in 2004, it was one of nine truly operational exchanges around the country. Today, the Indianapolis-based organization is one of 73, according to the latest national survey by the eHealth Initiative.
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Council advances utilities transfer proposal

July 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
City-County Council members voted 19-10 Monday night to approve Republican Mayor Greg Ballard’s $1.9 billion plan to transfer Indianapolis’ water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group.
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Key vote ahead for utilities transfer

July 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A plan to transfer the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group faces a key vote Monday night at a meeting of the City-County Council.
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