Government & Economic Development

Airport picks team to study re-use of land at old terminal site

February 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority's plan for the next "30 to 50 years" starts with a team tapped Friday morning. Five firms will study ways to use airport property, including the former passenger terminal.
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State funding cuts a setback for public stations

February 19, 2010
Scott Olson
The state's eight public television and radio stations, including WFYI in Indianapolis, will not receive their final two installments of public funding for fiscal 2010 because of Indiana's budget crisis.
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House panel OKs delay in unemployment tax hike

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee endorsed legislation Wednesday that would delay for one year increases in taxes that employers pay into the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund.
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Airport ready to embark on redevelopment plan

February 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Airport Authority CEO John Clark revealed Tuesday evening that he is ready to proceed with a plan that could transform the former terminal site into a hub for urban development.
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No Democrat meets Indiana deadline for Senate seat

February 16, 2010
Associated Press
The only Democrat seeking to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh has missed out on qualifying for Indiana's May primary ballot.
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Meetings start public discussion of regional transit plan

February 16, 2010
Indy Connect will hold its first public forum Tuesday evening to begin the process of gathering public input on a regional transportation plan that proposes raising taxes to build a light-rail line, improve bus service and expand roadways.
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UPDATE: Bayh will consider private sector, university post

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Tired of partisan politics, Sen. Evan Bayh told a standing-room-only crowd at an Indianapolis news conference Monday afternoon that he will eschew reelection and wants to "serve society in another way."
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Fed up with Congress, Bayh will not run for third term

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh has a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. at IUPUI's University Place Conference Center and Hotel, where he will announce that he won't run for re-election. "I  do not love Congress," he said in a prepared statement.
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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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