Government & Economic Development

Jobless claims rise unexpectedly

December 10, 2009
Associated Press
The number of newly laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits rose more than expected last week, after falling for five straight weeks.
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HealthNet lands $10.5 million in stimulus funds

December 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
HealthNet said it will use the funds to expand and renovate two community health centers that have outgrown their space.
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City mulls 6 proposals for use of Old City Hall

December 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler

Visions for the empty historic building range from offices to a museum. Two developers propose a boutique hotel on an adjacent parking lot. Video bonus: Tour the landmark's interior.

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Constantino's and City Market reach settlement

December 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
City Market has agreed to forgive Constantino's $27,000 in unpaid rent if the meat and produce stand shuts down by Dec. 24.
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Visions for ailing City Market include arts venue, YMCA

December 3, 2009
Riley Area Development Corp. is pitching the idea of building a performing arts center in the City Market. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, meanwhile, is in talks with the city about building a full-service fitness center on the site.
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IT firm receives abatement for job-growth plans

December 2, 2009
Indianapolis’ largest computer consulting firm on Wednesday received property-tax abatement relating to its plans to create 200 high-paying jobs and invest $600,000 in new equipment.
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Massive CEDIA Expo returning to city after 5-year break

December 2, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The locally based Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association will bring its fall trade show back to Indianapolis in 2011 and 2012—making good on a promise to return after a $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center.
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Local IT consulting firm plans to add 200 workers

December 1, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' largest computer consulting firm is seeking property-tax abatement relating to its plans to create 200 high-paying jobs and invest $600,000 in new equipment.
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Lilly Endowment grant extends jobs program

December 1, 2009
A $2.3 million grant awarded by Lilly Endowment Inc. on Monday will enable the Indianapolis Private Industry Council to continue a jobs program through 2011.
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Smoking ban bill sent back to committee

November 30, 2009
Brock Benefiel
The fate of a proposal that would impose a stricter workplace smoking ban in Indianapolis remains up in the air after the City-County Council voted Monday night to send the bill back to committee for further review.
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Sponsor: 'No way' smoking ban would pass in current form

November 30, 2009
Brock Benefiel
A proposal to strengthen Indianapolis’ workplace smoking ban is set to come before the City-County Council on Monday night, but one of the bill’s sponsors wants to send it back to committee for more work before a final vote.
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Advisory panel urges EPA to back plan to pay for green projects via property taxRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By issuing “voluntary environmental improvement bonds,”, local and state governments could create special taxing districts that finance homeowner purchases of everything from solar panels to rain gardens.
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Downtown life sciences corridor flagged for development

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A new task force is charged with making recommendations for development of the city’s downtown certified technology park.
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HICKS: New breast cancer recommendation not supportedRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mike Hicks
Under the current proposal, the same type of groups that made the CDC's recommendations will outline guidelines about which treatment will be offered under a government program.
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Indianapolis Sustainability Awards will honor green projects

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Deadline for nominations is Dec. 15 for projects in the categories of air, energy, land, water and “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
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EPA: IPL electric plant upgrades were deficientRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light faces potential fines and capital expenditures after allegedly updating three generating plants over 23 years without adding the most modern pollution controls.
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Alcohol distributor fights decision allowing big competitor into Indiana

November 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
National Wine & Spirits Inc. suffered a staggering reversal of fortune when the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission ruled Nov. 5 that Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. could distribute here.
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Brizzi dropped plan to serve on board of Durham company

November 25, 2009
Greg Andrews
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he agreed this fall to serve on the board of Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co., but changed his mind several weeks later after Durham told him a newspaper was working on an investigative story about the company.
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Neighborhood revitalization group calling it quits

November 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
BOS Community Development Corp., created in 1982 to revitalize the Indiana Avenue and Midtown area, says its mission is accomplished.
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Ballard set to shake up CIB with staff moves

November 24, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
CIB Treasurer Ann Lathrop will become board president, replacing Bob Grand at the helm of the organization that oversees the city's professional sports stadiums and the Indiana Convention Center.
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Heavyweights may vie to manage venues for troubled CIBRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
An aide to Mayor Greg Ballard says he hopes a private operator can find “operating and maintenance savings in the millions."
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Indianapolis looks to Cleveland, Philadelphia for City Market examples

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The troubled Indianapolis City Market is looking East for a new direction. This summer, its executive director, Jim Reilly, visited Philadelphia and Cleveland to observe their successful urban markets and seek pointers that might be applied here.
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Leader of Fishers chamber stepping down

November 20, 2009
Christi Wolf has served 13 years as president and CEO of the Fishers Chamber of Commerce.
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State lands $4 million grant to aid autoworkers

November 18, 2009
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Indiana Department of Workforce Development a $4 million grant on Wednesday to help autoworkers transition into alternate careers.
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Lawrence Township exploring fire department merger

November 17, 2009
A Lawrence Township trustee is proposing to merge the township’s fire department with the Indianapolis Fire Department, in an attempt to further reduce its operating deficit.
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  1. How is the private developer going to repay the bonds. Is this going to be a toll road?

  2. As well as a Portillio'S!!!!!!

  3. A Lou Malnati's would be awesome!!!!!!!!

  4. We aren't broke. We just aren't willing to raise revenues for this that we should be raising them.

  5. OK. now that the state is taking illegal immigrants, willing or not. There is a major concern that needs to be addressed. First: School starts here in 3 weeks in most parts of the country and probably in Indiana. So is the state going to vaccinate these kids before they intermingle with our kids in school? The problem we are going to have here in the US and possibly in Indiana is that some of these kids could be carrying health issues or diseases that are pretty much eradicated in the US. This could cause a major health issue in the US. Second: Who is going to pay for this building disaster? We are flat out broke….. Down here in Texas, we have 14 counties that have been so swamped with kids, (numerous thousands of them), they are on the verge of financial collapse. Now this is happening in counties in New Mexico, Arizona and California. The system is massively overloaded. Swine flu has started back up in San Antonio since they have nearly 2500 kids that have been placed there and lice is rampant. Not to be insensitive, but we need to stop this madness. I find it amazing that we cannot take care of our veterans and yet give carte blanche to illegals entering the country. Recently an article mentioned that these kids and teenagers can get on planes without TSA screening? What? What the Hell???? Keep in mind this about protecting our national sovereignty as a nation and also living under the rule of law. Not only the terrorist threat that can come over the border. This is a deliberate and irresponsible and illegal act from administration ignoring the constitutional duty of protecting the borders and also upholding the supreme law of the land. This is a classic Cloward and Piven strategy to overload the system until it collapses.

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