Government & Economic Development

Pacers playing hardball with city on lease

April 14, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers set a June 30 deadline to get a deal worked out to operate Conseco Fieldhouse. The team wants $15 million annually.
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City cracks down on illegal massage parlors

April 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A multi-agency code-enforcement sweep aimed at curbing prostitution and human-trafficking targets 13 massage parlors.
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CIB takes Black Expo grant request under consideration

April 13, 2010
Local not-for-profit wants annual $150,000 grant from the Capital Improvement Board restored to better market the Circle City Classic.
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Black Expo making pitch for lost CIB grant

April 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Not-for-profit hopes to have $150,000 in annual funding restored, particularly now that it has taken on the additional duties related to the Circle City Classic.
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City approval of Citizens Energy deal could come in May

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy should have completed the majority of its due diligence of the city’s water and sewer utilities, which it plans to acquire, by the end of this month.
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Parking privatization may spur economic development

April 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard's potential lease of more than 15,000 street, surface and garage parking spaces could create turnover downtown and in Broad Ripple, boosting retailers and restaurants.
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Bennett demands ISTA support for school reforms

April 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
State superintendent of public instruction says teacher union support imperative to win federal grant.
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Marion County library may close six branches

April 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library could close up to six branches or reduce their hours in order to close a budget shortfall.
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Massa says office 'should inspire public confidence, not public cynicism'

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has said he has no plans to resign, despite Mark Massa's call Wednesday morning for him to step down. Brizzi will be eligible for a public pension if he finishes his second term Dec. 31.
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Massa calls on Brizzi to resign

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mark Massa, former general counsel for Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Republican candidate for Marion County prosecutor, calls on Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, also a Republican, to step down in the wake of an IBJ investigation.
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Packaging company seeks abatement for expansion

April 6, 2010
Just Packaging on the east side of Indianapolis says it plans to invest in new equipment and hire 35 people by 2014.
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White House hails economic gains, foretells slow recovery

April 4, 2010
Associated Press
Buoyed by good news on the jobs front, the White House claimed credit Sunday for reversing the downward economic spiral while bracing out-of-work Americans for a slow recovery.
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Ballard mimics Major Moves infrastructure-improvement plan

April 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
So far, in discussing his plan to sell the city's water and sewer utilities, Mayor Greg Ballard has emphasized the impact on utility rates, the $1.5 billion in city debt Citizens would assume, and the chance to improve streets and sidewalks. But Ballard also has another key objective: business attraction and expansion.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Brizzi ordered lenient deal for business partner's client

April 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi last year intervened in a major drug case to offer a reduced sentence over objections from both law enforcement officers and his own deputy prosecutors.
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City utility deal treads in murky watersRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A $1.9 billion proposal to sell the city’s water and sewer utilities splashed into public view last month, but some financial details settling at the bottom line could make the deal harder to swallow.
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State chamber, manufacturers lobby for unemployment debt relief

April 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Two of Indiana’s most influential business advocates are lobbying Congress for relief from the state’s fast-growing Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund debt.
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Retired Junior Achievement exec files defamation suit

April 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Former Junior Achievement CEO Jeff Miller says Mayor Greg Ballard was about to hire him as a senior policy adviser, but comments by Central Indiana Community Foundation President Brian Payne and current CEO Jennifer Burk ruined the offer.
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NCAA, city still hammering out long-term deal

April 2, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA and city put together a deal to cover insurance and liability issues for this year's Final Four, but are still finalizing an agreement that assures the event comes back regularly through 2039.
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Raytheon lands key Navy contract

April 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC in Indianapolis will develop a new bomb rack for U.S. Navy airplanes under a recently awarded $32.4 million contract.
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Group rounds up business help for Census

April 1, 2010
Brock Benefiel
As deadline day arrives, the Indianapolis Complete Count Committee is encouraging area companies to provide funding for local marketing and events designed to encourage citizens to fill out their Census forms.
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Governor approves new teacher licensing rules

March 30, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels signed the new rules Tuesday, three months after a state panel approved them amid criticism from college educators.
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Final Four helps Indianapolis warm up for 2012 Super BowlRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The goal of any host city of a major sporting event is simple: Rake in as much cash as possible during the days the event is in town and maximize future economic potential by boosting the city’s image among everyone who watches on television. Execution is more difficult.
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Jobless claims drop more than expected

March 25, 2010
Associated Press
New claims for unemployment benefits fell more than anticipated last week—partially due to changes in the calculations—as layoffs ease and hiring slowly recovers.
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Daniels warns of health bill's 'immorally huge' taxes

March 25, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels told members of the Economic Club of Indianapolis that it's ridiculous for anyone to suggest the nearly $1 trillion health care overhaul signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama won't add to the nation's debt.
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Urban expert lauds Indianapolis for progress

March 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Native Hoosier Aaron Renn, who writes the popular Urbanophile blog, said Indianapolis stacks up well against its Midwestern counterparts and can compete for jobs with national hot spots such as Portland, Ore.
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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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