Government & Economic Development

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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Property tax-cap issue could dominate next Indiana Legislature

November 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Lawmakers meet Tuesday for Organizational Day and will begin debating measures Jan. 5 when the Legislature officially convenes for a short session.
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Biz interests expect tax issues to vex Legislature

November 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Increases in property and payroll taxes are among the key issues again confronting the business community when the General Assembly convenes in January.
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City Market gets OK to evict anchor Constantino's

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The cash-strapped, half-vacant City Market is playing legal hardball with five current or former tenants that are behind on rent, a move that’s led to the imminent eviction of Constantino’s Market Place.
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Rokita builds rep as tough enforcer of securities lawsRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Secretary of State Todd Rokita has relied on fines and fees to greatly increase his office's firepower without a tax hike.
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Teachers' pension fund poised to buy downtown building from DukeRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund is negotiating to buy a 12-story office building across from the Statehouse in what could be the year’s largest downtown office transaction.
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Indy route not part of high-speed rail funding applicationRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The decision to sidetrack a 110-mph Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati train hasn’t received any attention locally. High-speed rail could someday become an economic development engine here, but it has not gained as much attention here as improved highways or a commuter rail line from downtown to Noblesville.
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Aarden Pharmaceuticals chose Indianapolis over San Diego for headquarters

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Thanks partly to a state grant and support from Indiana’s BioCrossroads life sciences initiative, principals “decided locating here would give Aarden a better chance of success.
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Rokita says GOP redistricting plan not enough

November 13, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is pleased that state Senate Republicans have proposed changes to the way legislative districts are drawn, but he says they don't go far enough.
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City program benefits veteran-owned businesses

November 11, 2009
Scott Olson
The city's Veteran Business Enterprise program aims to increase the representation of veteran-owned businesses on city projects—an effort that has generated $217,000 in contracts for such firms so far.
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Bargersville wins annexation dispute with Greenwood

November 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Town of Bargersville won a legal dispute Monday that will allow it to annex 739 parcels within three miles of Greenwood's city limits and become the exclusive sewer-service provider in the area.
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Council resurrects workplace smoking ban proposal

November 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two weeks after reaching a stalemate on a proposal that would broaden the city's workplace smoking ban, City-Council Council members voted Monday night to resurrect the measure.
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Frozen-food firm plans to add 350 jobs at New Albany plant

November 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
New Albany-based Kemper Foods International LLC announced Tuesday morning that it will expand its food-production center in southeast Indiana, creating more than 350 new jobs by 2012.
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CIB may accept $27 million state loan after all

November 9, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board likely will accept a state loan providing $27 million over three years to help shore up its fragile financial situation.
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CIB finances improving, though concerns remain

November 9, 2009
Scott Olson
Approaching the end of 2009, Indianapolis' cash-strapped Capital Improvement Board is on much more solid financial footing.
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Indiana voters trending against schools in tax votes

November 7, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana voters seem willing to pay more in property taxes to help school districts cover operating costs. The results of last week's referendums, however, continue the trend against supporting plans for bigger, better schools during tough economic times.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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