Government & Economic Development

PricewaterhouseCoopers adds BearingPoint consultants

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis office of New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers is adding 20 consultants following the accounting firm’s purchase of a portion of McLean, Va.-based BearingPoint Inc.
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Tenants trickling in to Purdue’s technology centerRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
For a city feverishly growing its technology and life sciences sectors, it seemed a bit anticlimactic last January when Purdue University dedicated its new technology center with only one tenant. But the lone tenant in the $12.8 million complex, FlamencoNets, a high-tech telecommunications firm, is about to get some company.
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Q&A with Indianapolis Airport Authority CEO John ClarkRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Clark talks to IBJ about how the airport can increase revenue by diversifying its sources of income. The airport can't rely on higher passenger counts to boost its bottom line.
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MARCUS: Changing roles cause conflictRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Morton Marcus
Americans are uncomfortable when responsibilities between the public and private sectors shift.

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Toll road was good deal for stateRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
I cannot help but agree with the author’s assessment: the state of Indiana got a pretty good deal on the lease-sales agreement.
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Indiana is lucky to have toll leaseRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
The facts are that toll increases are strictly limited in the contract and cars using electronic tolling have had no increase and are still paying the $4.65 toll rate set in 1985, one of the lowest per-mile tolls in the nation.
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Higher-ed chief Lubbers is up to taskRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
In her short tenure thus far as commissioner, she has already helped me personally with an issue I was experiencing as a law student.
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Beverage firm to open Columbus plant

August 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Tipton Mills, a New York specialty beverage company, announced today it will locate a  plant in Columbus, Ind., creating more than 40 jobs.
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City-County Council OKs hotel tax hike

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The City-County Council voted 15-14 last night to approve raising the local hotel tax from 9 percent to 10 percent in a move intended to help the cash-strapped Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board close a $47 million operating deficit.
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CIB OKs budget, but awaits council vote

August 10, 2009
Scott Olson
Members of the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board this afternoon passed a $63 million budget for 2010 that hinges on the City-County Council’s approval of a hike in the local hotel tax.
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Veolia appeals regulators' rate-hike decision

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Veolia Water Indianapolis, which manages the city’s water utility, has appealed an order issued by state utility regulators that limited a major rate increase sought by the city.
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Emerging life sciences companies grabbing more in government grantsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
More emerging life science companies have found life in the form of federal Small Business Innovation Research grants.
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Contractors, manufacturers hope clean-energy incentives, mandates lead to more businessRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus funds and greenhouse-gas legislation have the potential to spark a green version of the Gold Rush. Many Indiana firms are retooling to sell products or services that are or might soon be in demand.
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Quest Information goes after government contractsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Quest Information Systems does the kind of contracting where any screw-ups—even those not necessarily of its own doing—can bring an unflattering public spotlight. The Indianapolis custom software developer works for politicians and bureaucrats, a group many businesses seek to avoid.
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Hamilton County Alliance spins off entrepreneurial center

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Hamilton County Alliance economic development group has spun off its Entrepreneurship Advancement Center, which serves fast-growing startup businesses in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and the rest of Hamilton County.
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Purdue prof: 'Clunkers' could stall retail sales

August 5, 2009
Kim Puckett
The federal "Cash for Clunkers" program has opened a floodgate of car sales that President Obama says is a much-needed boost for the economy. But retailers may feel the negative effects of America's collective investment in new cars, predicts a Purdue Retail Institute researcher.
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EnerDel lands $118 million stimulus grant

August 5, 2009
Scott Olson
EnerDel, an Indianapolis-based producer of automotive lithium-ion batteries, will receive $118.5 million in a matching grant from the federal government.
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Lawmakers cut state tourism office's budget in halfRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Scott Olson
Destinations throughout Indiana no longer can count on a state marketing campaign to help drive summer crowds. Lawmakers who passed a budget during the special session at the end of June sliced the state’s annual contribution to the Indiana Office of Tourism Management in half—from $4.8 million to $2.4 million.
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Is Indiana coming out of venture capital swoon?

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Dormir LLC’s announcement July 29 of $12 million in venture financing was the second local life sciences deal announced in July. It could suggest a turnaround from a woeful second-quarter performance, when Indiana life sciences firms announced zero venture capital deals.
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Toll-road lease tumbles in valueRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Gov. Mitch Daniels expected his unprecedented $3.8 billion Indiana Toll Road lease to last 75 years. It may be tested after just three.
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State unveils $31M tuition-funding program

July 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels failed to get the legislature to bite on his plan to lease out the Hoosier Lottery in order to pay for two-year college scholarships. So he's now he's using $31 million in federal stimulus funds to create a similar program for about 9,000 Hoosiers.
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FEIGENBAUM: Historic milestone in gambling industry approachesRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Indiana has made billions on gambling in nearly two decades, funding key programs, cutting excise and property taxes, and avoiding tax hikes. The state has seen more than $2 billion in investment without any government incentives, and more dollars committed in our history than by any industry outside of steel, power and autos.
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Battered manufacturing towns hungry for food processorsRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Economic development officials like the stability of the food business, though wages typically are mediocre.
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Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library on pace for record yearRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A growing number of Indianapolis residents are making the most of their public library system. The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system says it’s on pace for a record year in terms of use by patrons and items circulated.  
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INDOT hires executive to manage Interstate 69 extensionRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Cost management was the operative phrase in the introduction this month of a highway executive to manage the Interstate 69 extension to Evansville.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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