Government & Economic Development

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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Sign proposed for IBJ building requires public hearing

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The parent company of Indianapolis Business Journal has filed plans to add a sign with an electronic-message component outside the newspaper’s headquarters at 41 E. Washington St.
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WellPoint, Obama administration battle over cost of health reform to employers

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At this point in the health reform debate, you have to take numbers from any side with a grain of salt. That said, Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. has done perhaps the only local analysis of how proposed reforms would affect the cost of health insurance for employers.
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Members of City-County Council form task force to study CIB financial problems

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A new task force formed this month is charged with recommending solutions to the financial problems of the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board and its related convention and tourism issues.
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IURC conducts review of Centennial's telecom serviceRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Every neighborhood has its battles, but the 1,017-resident Centennial subdivision in Westfield is embroiled in one of the most unusual: a very public fight over the adequacy of its phone, Internet and video service.
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Suburban counties building outer loop to avoid Indianapolis

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Counties wanting to speed traffic among suburbs are building highways to avoid having to travel into Indianapolis. The result, a 100-mile outer loop beyond Interstate 465, won't be completed for years, and it won't be built to consistent standards, but it might help ease congestion.
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Daniels announces more cuts as state revenue falls again

November 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on Friday announced a series of spending cuts and other steps designed to offset a continuing multimillion-dollar decline in state revenues. If the trend continues without spending cuts, he said, Indiana's reserves would be wiped out by next August.
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Education cuts could be coming, state schools chief says

November 5, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana's school chief warned school superintendents Thursday that declining state revenues could force cuts in public education spending, education officials said.
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Daniels blasts House health bill

November 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
In letter to Indiana congressmen, the governor says the reform bill would kill jobs with 'enormous' new taxes.
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Military firm could create 500 jobs at former chemical site

November 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Telic Corp., a developer and manufacturer of United States military equipment, announced Thursday it will invest more than $1.2 million in the former Newport Chemical Depot in western Indiana, creating up to 500 jobs.
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IU economists forecast tepid growth in 2010

November 5, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana University economists offered a cautious but improving economic outlook for 2010, in which they expect the personal income of Hoosiers to grow slightly and the state to add 50,000 jobs.
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Harley-Davidson eliminates Indiana from relocation list

November 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Harley-Davidson has announced that a Kentucky location is the only one it will consider if it decides to relocate its York, Pa., motorcycle plant, eliminating a site south of Indianapolis from contention.
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Senate probing WellPoint, others over small-biz rates

November 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Senate health care committee is investigating how health insurers, including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., price the coverage they sell to small businesses.
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Work on new Wishard Hospital set to start next week

November 4, 2009
J.K. Wall
After winning 83-percent support for $754 million hospital, Wishard officials hope to sell bonds, pick construction firm by year's end.
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