Government & Economic Development

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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Daniels criticized for lopping costs on I-69 extension

July 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Detractors of new-terrain route say cost cuts undermine economic development premise for extending the interstate.
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Big budget cuts will make for bitter state politics

July 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
As Indiana's reserves dwindle toward zero and federal stimulus money disappears, trying to keep political debate friendly and the budget in the black will be quite a challenge. Half a year before they must craft the next state budget, Democrats and Republicans already are squabbling.
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SHOUP: Emancipation is near for independent contractorsRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Steve Shoup
State regulators are gearing up to crack down on companies thought to be treating people as though they are independent contractors instead of employees.
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Opponents claim I-69 extension a drain on other road projects

July 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Some opponents of the Interstate 69 extension says it’s not too late to kill the project even though concrete has been poured for two miles in southern Indiana, and another 60 miles or so is under construction or in an engineering phase.
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Indianapolis native Marie Johns named SBA deputy administrator

July 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The U.S. Senate recently confirmed her appointment to the No. 2 job.
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Proposal: Link federal aid to performance of ITT, peers

July 23, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Obama administration released a proposal that would tighten for-profit colleges’ access to federal student aid, threatening an industry that received $26.5 billion in U.S. funds last year. Carmel-based ITT Educational Services is among those potentially affected.
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Federal government asking questions about lease deals

July 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The federal government is asking questions about how the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration handles office leasing after an IBJ investigation raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.
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Historic financial overhaul signed into law by Obama

July 21, 2010
Associated Press
Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, a member of the House GOP leadership, on Wednesday joined House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio in calling for the law's repeal.
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Indiana: IBM welfare intake work flawed from start

July 21, 2010
Associated Press
The state is suing IBM for more than $1.3 billion, claiming the company breached one of the biggest outsourcing deals in state history. IBM wants Indiana to pay $52.8 million it says it's owed in deferred payments and equipment costs.
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Indiana accused of cutting aid to food stamp users

July 20, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration attorneys do not believe federal law was broken when officials balanced food stamp payments against a state-run supplemental aid program.
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Angola manufacturers plan nearly 180 new jobs

July 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Fuel Systems of Angola and Steffy Wood Products say they will invest a total of $4.8 million on their production facilities in northeast Indiana, creating 178 jobs by 2013.
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IT firm plans $24 million data center

July 19, 2010
The city's Metropolitan Development Commission will consider providing Lightbound LLC with property tax abatements to offset investment cost.
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Brizzi hires ex-partner to handle public records requests

July 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has hired his former legal partner and personal attorney to field public records requests. Locally based Collignon & Dietrick PC is responsible for review and production of Prosecutor's Office e-mails, contracts, case files and other documents requested by members of the media or public.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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