Government & Economic Development

Two companies set to make major local expansions

January 27, 2010
Express Scripts Inc. on the west side of Indianapolis and Zipp Speed Weaponry in Speedway are scheduled Wednesday afternoon to announce the creation of hundreds of new jobs.
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Hoosiers can now renew driver's licenses online

January 26, 2010
Associated Press
The BMV said Tuesday it has started offering online driver's license renewals at the agency's Web site.
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City to use $22.9M in stimulus for street, bridge repairs

January 26, 2010
Indianapolis will spend $22.9 million in federal stimulus money to make street and bridge repairs starting in the spring.
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Fast-growing Ivy Tech feeling pain of funding cuts

January 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Hoosiers enrolling at fast-growing Ivy Tech Community College might find it increasingly difficult to get the classes they want at the times they prefer. Blame burgeoning enrollment and $10 million in funding cuts.
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House lawmakers put statewide smoking ban on hold

January 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill, would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.
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Bill would give CO2 pipeline firms right to take private land

January 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A consumer group opposing Senate Bill 115 argues the measure is yet another concession to the developer of a coal-to-methane plant proposed in Rockport.
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ISTA scandal could limit union's influence, sway electionRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A securities-fraud case Secretary of State Todd Rokita brought against the union last month could make matters worse for the already hobbled ISTA, blunting its ability to help elect Democrats in November.
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Indiana GOP wants to block federal health reform mandates

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Republicans in the Legislature have joined their counterparts in 25 other states in trying to prevent key aspects of reform from taking effect in Indiana.
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Senate bill would snuff out Indiana's smoking-cessation agency

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Anti-tobacco advocates worry cost-cutting move could seriously diminish state's efforts to curb Hoosier tobacco use.
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State's unemployment rate jumps to 9.9 percent

January 22, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana's jobless rate made its biggest increase since mid-2009. Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Teresa Voors attributed the rise, in part, to a decrease in construction in December.
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Indiana businesses are welcoming investment from ChinaRestricted Content

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Some observers see a parallel to the state's seeking Japanese investment following recession in the early 1980s.
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Bill on Sunday microbrewery sales clears Senate

January 22, 2010
Associated Press
The bill would limit the amount of Sunday carryout sales from Indiana microbreweries to about three cases per transaction.
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EnerDel hopes to hire 1,100 at new manufacturing plant

January 21, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Lithium battery-maker will get incentives worth $53.1 million for expansion into Hancock County.
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EnerDel expected to announce new manufacturing plant

January 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Lithium battery-maker had requested a Hancock County zoning exemption to establish a manufacturing operation in the Mount Comfort business park.
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Indiana House panel backs statewide smoking ban

January 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indiana House committee approves legislation that would ban smoking in most public places statewide.
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Airport expert to bring 'Aerotropolis' concept to Indianapolis

January 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Idea for old terminal calls for more deliberative planning of development in and around Indianapolis International to make airport more of an economic development hub.
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Finish Line forfeits incentive deal

January 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mall retailer The Finish Line Inc. has agreed to forfeit a potentially lucrative tax-abatement deal because it won't be able to meet a 2008 promise to create almost 200 jobs and invest $24 million at its Indianapolis headquarters.
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EnerDel in line for $3 million grant

January 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Battery maker EnerDel could land $3 million in federal disaster-recovery money that would help bring 200 more jobs to its facilities on the north side of Indianapolis and in Noblesville.
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State Republicans try to block health reform mandates

January 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Joint resolutions in the state Legislature seek to amend the state constitution to block enforcement of provisions in the federal bills that would require individuals to buy insurance and all but the smallest employers to help pay for it.
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Property tax caps heading to Indiana voters

January 19, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has given final approval to a proposal that would allow voters to decide whether property tax limits belong in the state constitution.
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Daniels to tout state's relatively solid position in address

January 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will deliver the annual State of the State address Tuesday night at 7 p.m. before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate.
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City Market redevelopment hopefuls have ambitious plans

January 18, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
City Market's board president warns financing will challenge any of the six groups that responded to Mayor Greg Ballard's request for business ideas.
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Hamilton County tourism leader selected to join CIB

January 18, 2010
Scott Olson
Brenda Myers, executive director of the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, rounds out the appointments to a restructured Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board.
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State links university funding to lifting graduation ratesRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education late last month slashed college budgets based on key performance measures.
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Legislation to protect car dealers re-emerges at StatehouseRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Dozens of Chrysler and General Motors dealers in Indiana were terminated last year. Now, a dealer trade group wants to block automakers from preying on termination fears to wrest concessions from surviving dealers.
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