Government & Economic Development

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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New Wishard gets overwhelming approval in referendum

November 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Unofficial results from Tuesday night's special election show more than eight out of 10 Marion County voters supporting a new $754 million hospital for Wishard Health Services.
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City Market board sought 3-year closure for redevelopment

November 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Board president says he quit after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declined proposal to shut down historic landmark until 2013 for major renovation.
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Ohio casino question could affect Indiana

November 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Ohio voters are poised to weigh in on a ballot question that would authorize casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
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Wishard hopes to overcome taxpayer skepticism in referendum

November 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
Tuesday's vote will determine if Marion County Health & Hospital Corp. can sell up to $703 million in taxpayer-backed bonds to replace the county-owned hospital.
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Greenwood seeks $75M in stimulus funds to speed road plans, lure interchangeRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Johnson County community hopes an economic stimulus grant for transportation will hasten its plans to build an east-west thoroughfare and set the stage for a new Interstate 65 interchange.
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Governor still mulling creation of new Indiana 'heritage' agencyRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The idea of merging the State Library, Indiana State Museum and several other history-related entities into one new agency is still on the table, a state representative said.
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Study recommends upgrades for public transportation in counties surrounding IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Chris O'Malley
IndyGo, for all its faults, is the Cadillac of transit systems in the Indianapolis region. Service breaks at county lines and the absence of passenger shelters are among the deficiencies facing transit systems in surrounding counties.
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TechPoint to focus on IT firms specializing in medical, life sciences sectorsRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Long tracking the emergence of information technology firms involved in the health and life sciences sector, the state’s IT trade group, TechPoint, is undergoing a mitosis of sorts to help fuel the trend. It has created Advancing Life Science & Health Care Information Technology, or ALHIT, which will focus on growing this subset of the IT realm.
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State rejects high bid for 19-acre parcel near downtown

October 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Finance Authority declined to sell a 19-acre development parcel between the White River and Fall Creek near downtown Indianapolis after it received only two bids at an auction Thursday.
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Grill maker to locate HQ in Indiana, hire 300

October 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Waterloo, Ontario-based Onward Manufacturing Co. Ltd. announced Wednesday afternoon that it would locate its first U.S. grill production center in northeast Indiana, creating more than 300 jobs in Huntington by 2011.
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New IT firm to create 400 jobs in Kokomo

October 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Zuna Infotech will locate in Kokomo's Inventrek Technology Park, a high-tech business incubator and state-certified technology park.
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Indiana lands $39.4M in power-grid stimulus grants

October 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
IPL will receive $20 million to help pay for a $48.8 million project to install more than 28,000 smart meters; Midwest ISO will get $17.3 million toward a $34.5 million project to install 150 phasor measurement units.
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Smoking-ban backers, opponents vow to keep battling

October 27, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Supporters of a stricter ban on smoking in Indianapolis workplaces said the City-County Council's decision Monday night to table the proposal will not kill efforts to get legislation passed.
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Council tables smoking ban

October 26, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Efforts to broaden Indianapolis' workplace smoking ban came up short Monday night as members of the City-County Council voted to table the proposal. The ordinance would have prohibited patrons from lighting up in bars, bowling alleys and nightclubs, expanding an existing law that prohibits smoking in most public places, including restaurants that serve minors.
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Indy Chamber of Commerce endorses smoking ban

October 26, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind a tougher workplace smoking ban up for consideration tonight by the City-County Council.
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Indiana cities association seeking local tax options

October 26, 2009
Associated Press
The association representing 470 cities and towns wants lawmakers to pass legislation that would give municipalities the authority to adopt local option income taxes.
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First Financial gets sweet deal on Irwin Financial's bank assetsRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
It’s good to be among the favored few, those blessed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to scoop up the remnants of failed banks. Because it was on the FDIC list of approved buyers, Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp was able to acquire Columbus, Ind.-based Irwin Financial Corp.’s banking operations under terms that would make any deal-maker proud.
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Cook Group Inc. owner says health reform's tax on medical devices could kill jobs

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. might have to cut as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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City official: 'We're obligated' to weigh privatizing some stadium, convention duties

October 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Mayoral Chief of Staff Paul Okeson said the city isn't sure it makes sense to privatize operations now handled by the Capital Improvement Board, “but we’re obligated on behalf of the taxpayer to find out.”
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State jobless rate dips for third consecutive month

October 21, 2009
Scott Olson
Unemployment in Indiana fell for the third consecutive month in September, bucking the national trend of rising jobless rates, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Wednesday morning.
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Lockheed Martin planning Indianapolis layoffs

October 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Maryland-based Lockheed Martin will idle 10 percent of the employees at its Indianapolis call center as a result of declining call volumes and "funding issues" that are cutting short a five-year federal contract worth a total of $80 million.
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Consultant: Indianapolis water utility lax in overseeing Veolia

October 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The city too often relied on the Department of Waterworks’ board, on consultants and on the private operator, Veolia Water, rather than on the department’s own staff “to ensure safe and efficient operation, maintenance and management” of Indianapolis Water. That’s one of several critical findings of a consultant hired by the department and filed as part of a 35-percent rate-hike request pending before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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