Government & Economic Development

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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Auto, battery jobs hinge on landing federal energy loansRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana's future as a hub for making electric and hybrid vehicles hinges on a single government loan program.
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FEIGENBAUM: Bills flying through Legislature at Castroneves' paceRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Ed Feigenbaum
At a torrid pace, major pieces of legislation are flying through the Indiana General Assembly, leaving lawmakers with an envious decision: Adjourn early and make Hoosier voters happy, or stick around and devote attention to other major issues that deserve close scrutiny, but receive short shrift in sessions bogged down by battles over high-profile partisan matters.
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Hotels spark expansion of downtown skywalk system

January 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Two walkways that will connect to the new Marriott Place hotel will extend downtown's network of skywalk and underground pedestrian paths to a total of 12 hotels with more than 4,700 rooms--the most of any downtown in the United States.
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Ohio lawmaker wants Fair Finance owners' assets frozen

January 15, 2010
Greg Andrews
An Ohio congressman is upset the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis isn’t seeking to freeze the assets of Fair Finance Co. owners Tim Durham and Jim Cochran.
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City revamping management of parking operations

January 15, 2010
Scott Olson
The city of Indianapolis is seeking to consolidate management of its parking operations into a single, long-term lease that could net it tens of millions of dollars to make street and sidewalk repairs. City leaders are expected to release a request for proposals "soon."
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House OKs bill on township government referendums

January 14, 2010
Associated Press
The proposal would allow voters to decide in November whether their township governments should be eliminated and their duties transferred to the county level.
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Brizzi silent on controversy as he opts against 3rd term

January 14, 2010
Greg Andrews
The written statement Carl Brizzi released Thursday saying he will not seek a third term as Marion County prosecutor makes no reference to the controversy surrounding his business and personal ties with embattled Indianapolis financier Tim Durham.
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City leaders getting aggressive about recouping tax breaks

January 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the city expects to recover $5.5 million from companies that failed to meet job requirements. The city will use the money to fund economic development, convention, tourism and education efforts.
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Stericycle to expand in Indianapolis

January 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Illinois-based medical waste disposal firm Stericycle Inc. will expand its Indianapolis operations, creating as many as 109 jobs by 2011, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday.
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City to bolster economic development funding

January 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Mayor Greg Ballard expected to announce at his State of the City address Wednesday evening that the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and Indianapolis Economic Development Inc. could receive about $1 million each from the city.
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Indiana Senate OKs bill to delay jobless-tax hikes

January 12, 2010
Associated Press
The Senate has approved a bill delaying unemployment-tax increases on businesses for a year, but the legislation may face hurdles in the Democrat-led House.
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Durham's Fair Finance drops effort to sell securities

January 12, 2010
Greg Andrews
Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. told securities regulators this week that it is withdrawing its request for approval to sell an additional $250 million in investment certificates.
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Study: Urban tax money subsidizes rural counties

January 12, 2010
Scott Olson
A report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says metropolitan counties pay more in state taxes than they receive in benefits. The results, though not surprising,  document the disparity for the first time in Indiana.
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Venue-management titans emerge as CIB front-runners

January 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Experts say a unique four-way partnership that includes the Pacers and Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association may be the favorite to run the city's sports and convention venues.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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