Government & Economic Development

CIB, Pacers discussing three-year deal

June 17, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
City officials want to wait until economy, National Basketball Association labor situation stabilize before entering longer-term deal. Optimism remains deal can get done by June 30.
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AIT Labs moving headquarters, adding 160 jobs

June 17, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based forensics, clinical and pharmaceutical testing firm, led by CEO Michael Evans, plans to invest $74 million to acquire and equip an existing 90,000-square-foot building in Woodland Corporate Park near West 79th Street and Interstate 465.
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Batesville Tool & Die expansion should create 40 jobs

June 17, 2010
Southeastern Indiana company plans to add 25,000 square feet to plant and begin hiring additional employees by the end of next year.
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UPDATE: Commission approves City Market funding

June 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday afternoon to release nearly $4 million to improve the historic building in downtown Indianapolis.
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Carmel-based power provider receives $5M federal grant

June 16, 2010
The Indiana Municipal Power Agency will use funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to retrofit streetlights in 20 communities that it serves.
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Democrat Williams drops out of race for mayor

June 15, 2010
Brian Williams said Tuesday that he is dropping his bid to challenge Mayor Greg Ballard in 2011, paving the way for front runner Melina Kennedy to represent the Democrats.
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Young workers help Indiana parks during cutbacks

June 14, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom said the 1,665 young workers hired by the DNR will help seasonal workers with important maintenance work at many of the state's 24 state parks and dozens of other properties.
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House Speaker pushes IEDC over job-creation numbers

June 14, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Pat Bauer sent Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob a letter formally requesting the Indiana Economic Development Corp. disclose public records about promises companies gave the state in exchange for job-creation incentives.
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Indiana bringing information revolution to public schools

June 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The state is building a massive data system with a tough-love intent of rewarding good educators and schools and hammering poor performers.
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Deadline approaching for mortgage lenders to pass exam

June 11, 2010
Lenders must pass the test by July 1, or their licenses will be revoked. So far, just 58 percent of more than 1,000 in the state have passed.
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Rolls-Royce opens plant making part for Joint Strike Fighter

June 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new "focused factory" in Plainfield will produce lift fans for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The fan allows one version of the aircraft to make helicopter-like landings.
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Hat World expansion to create 571 jobs in Indianapolis

June 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Hat World, a subsidiary of Nashville, Tenn.-based Genesco Inc., said it plans to invest up to $22 million to lease and prepare additional space locally as it consolidates manufacturing and warehouse operations from Wisconsin.
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Lugar's energy bill winning support

June 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
Lugar's bill may be able to muster the 60 votes needed for Senate passage because it wouldn't cap emissions or expand offshore drilling, two controversial issues in the Senate.
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INDOT commissioner to step down for Duke Energy post

June 9, 2010
Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Reed is resigning to become president of Duke Energy's Indiana operations. Michael B. Cline, INDOT's deputy commissioner of operations, will replace him.
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Becky Skillman's blog from China

June 9, 2010
Becky Skillman
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is traveling to China with a delegation of state officials and business and community leaders through June 10. Skillman is blogging about their experiences as the group works to build relationships and attract Chinese investment to Indiana.
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Chinese furniture maker picks Marion for U.S. headquarters

June 9, 2010
The upholstered-furniture maker, which operates as Y.K. Furniture, plans to invest $24.3 million to establish its first U.S. subsidiary. The facility will house assembly-and-distribution operations with about 100 employees.
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Ballard bets big on $16 million software project

June 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Concluding a year-long evaluation and public bidding process, mayor chooses Oracle's PeopleSoft to replace local government's 1970s-era financial IT system and New York-based Zanett Inc. to lead the implementation.
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IT consulting firm plans to create 230 jobs

June 9, 2010
Miller Consulting Group will move its headquarters from Indianapolis to Noblesville and add the jobs by the end of 2013, the company said Wednesday morning.
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Avon gives senior-living facility tax abatement

June 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Leo Brown LLC's 20-acre, $36 million senior-living community is expected to create 132 jobs with an average salary of $37,000 when it is completed in 2011.
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Lilly taps O'Connor as state lobbyist

June 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
O’Connor, chief deputy mayor under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, started Monday as Lilly's director of state government affairs—working again under Peterson.
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Indiana pension fund officer takes N.C. post

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The chief investment officer for Indiana's public employee pension fund is taking a similar job in North Carolina at a base salary of $320,000.
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Southern Wine to create 200 jobs in central Indiana

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The country's largest beer, wine and liquor distributor plans to invest more than $10 million to establish operations in central Indiana, creating 200 jobs at a regional office and distribution center here.
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Walgreen gets OK to sell booze at 18 more stores

June 7, 2010
Scott Olson
The Local Alcoholic Beverage Board of Marion County recommended permits for 18 of the 28 stores for which Walgreens is seeking to sell alcohol. Approval by the Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission could happen as soon as June. 15.
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Daniels inches closer to presidential run

June 7, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Aiming Higher PAC plans June 15 fundraiser within sight of the White House on Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' behalf.
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Indiana contractors scramble for certification to remove leadRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Norm Heikens
New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules force precautions on paint chips, dust.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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