Government & Economic Development

Ivy Tech, IPIC snare $10M in job-training grants

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Programs will bolster job opportunities for some 1,700 Indiana workers in sectors including health care and advanced manufacturing.
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Gambling to remain an issue in General Assembly

February 13, 2010
Associated Press
Issue likely to land in House, Senate conference committee.
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Census expected to show Hamilton County tops in coveted demographics

February 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hamilton County is poised to become the demographic all-star of the decade. Its 269,785 residents make up the fastest-growing, most educated and wealthiest county in the state, according to estimates from the Indiana Business Research Center.
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East-west rail line could boost Indianapolis' coreRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
With traffic congestion growing, the idea of sending streetcars zipping down Washington Street—from far-east-side Cumberland to Indianapolis International Airport on the west—is making a return. And the route could offer the best bang for the buck in spurring transit-oriented development.
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Smoking ban legislation appears dead in Statehouse

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Legislation that would ban smoking in all public places, enclosed areas of places of employment and certain state vehicles appears headed for an Indiana General Assembly summer study committee.
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Senator backs down on bill altering historic-district rules

February 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sen. Patricia Miller will put on hold a bill that would have have stripped the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission of much of its authority. The bill was prompted by incidents including a dispute over St. John United Church of Christ.
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City seeking proposals to privatize parking operations

February 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis leaders are officially seeking proposals from companies interested in running the city’s parking operations—and possibly additional spaces managed by other government entities.
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Task force endorses regional taxes for mass transit

February 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
After 30 years of government studies of a regional transportation system, a private-sector group on Wednesday is set to unveil its own plan that includes commuter rail and toll lanes added to congested interstate highways.
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Colts won't disclose which legislators got game tickets

February 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The team sold Super Bowl tickets to 26 state lawmakers, 27 members of the City-County Council, 10 members of Mayor Greg Ballard's office, six other state officials, and four Congressmen.
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City program gives firms incentive to hire ex-offendersRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A pilot project is providing jobs for 70 ex-convicts, with their $10-an-hour wages covered by Uncle Sam for six months. City officials hope they can then transition into other jobs or receive recommendations that help them to find other work.
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COPPER: Misunderstandings put Indiana school funding in a bind

February 6, 2010
Mike Copper
State government overreacted in its attempts to reign in construction costs, and should seek middle ground
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Government reform, unemployment taxes chug through LegislatureRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin

Key measures cleared their chambers of origin by the Feb. 3 deadline.

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Shelbyville tech park keeps tax incentives

February 5, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
State officials are giving Shelbyville's struggling Intelliplex business park another chance to use tax incentives to land new companies and high-paying jobs.
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City lists former Winona Hospital for sale

February 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis' Metropolitan Development Commission sets $667,500 minimum price for the long-vacant property at Meridian and 32nd Streets.
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Indiana politicians consider Super Bowl ticket offer

February 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The big question for many politicians isn't about ethics. Rather, it's whether to shell out $800 per ticket, plus hotel costs and airfare.
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Key business issues clear mid-session hurdle

February 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The first half of a short session will close Wednesday, meaning bills must have passed out of either the House or Senate to stay alive. Legislation regarding unemployment taxes and township-government reform easily met that deadline.
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Federal rule tied to electronic medical records panned

January 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
The government has erected a high fence around a pot of $27 billion available to doctors and hospitals that successfully computerize their patient records by next year, sparking complaints.
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Health care reform will go on regardless of federal government

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massachusetts’ election of a Republican senator has put health reform legislation on life support. But for the health care industry, reform is a reality that isn’t going to die.
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State sells $300 million in Tax Anticipation Notes

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The proceeds will help more than 120 local government units pay their bills while they wait for their property tax receipts.
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Economy bolts forward 5.7 percent in fourth quarter

January 29, 2010
Associated Press
There's more evidence that the recession is over, as businesses restock inventories and both corporate and consumer spending increases.
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Senate OKs bill to eliminate township boards

January 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 29-19 Thursday for a bill that would eliminate township boards and transfer their duties to the county level starting in 2013. It now moves to the Democrat-led House for consideration.
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ICVA receives $5.4M gift to promote Indianapolis

January 28, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said Thursday that it has received a $5.4 million gift to help market the city's tourism and convention industries. The grant comes from a foundation headed by the developer of the Marriott Place hotel complex under construction downtown.
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Federal high-speed rail grants exclude big Indiana proposal

January 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposed high-speed commuter rail line that would run through northern Indiana was left out of federal stimulus grants announced this week.
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Panel OKs bill to provide pet buyers with info

January 27, 2010
Associated Press
The bill would require pet stores to put information about the dog or cat on its cage in the store, including the animal's medical history, the name of the breeder and any congenital disorders.
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Bicycle-components manufacturer adding 105 jobs

January 27, 2010
Zipp Speed Weaponry said it will create 105 jobs by 2013 and invest $12.4 million in a new manufacturing plant in Indianapolis to make its high-end bicycle components.
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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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