Government & Economic Development

Stimulus could help medical exchangeRestricted Content

February 2, 2009

 President Barack Obama's economic stimulus bill provides a big opportunity for the Indianapolis-based Indiana Health Information Exchange to spread its expertise around the country.

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Center Township's Drummer stepping down

January 29, 2009
Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer intends to resign from his post to take a lobbying job with Ice Miller LLP, according to a WISH-TV Channel 8 report.
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Auctioneers: Recession may be going, but not yet goneRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Sam Stall
Auction prices are an economic bellwether, since selling items to the highest bidder an an effective way to determine what pretty much anything—from a Fortune 500 company to a Hummel figurine—is really worth.
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Good intentions just aren't enoughRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Morton Marcus
Two weeks ago in this space, I offered an over-the-top column about online networks. Many readers failed to recognize the tongue-in-cheek approach to linking up with others. Instead, they interpreted that hyperbolic diatribe as an attack on computers, the modern age, progress and humanity.
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Indianapolis 'raising the game' for tourism

January 22, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Lackluster economy be darned, Indianapolis' tourism trade gained ground in 2008. And the city's new head cheerleader has even higher hopes for this year and beyond.
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Town of Fishers considers new form of governmentRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Sitting in gridlocked traffic along Interstate 69, Fishers residents might already think of their town as a city. This sprawling suburb of 65,000 people certainly looks nothing like the burg of less than 1,000 it was three decades ago. But down at the municipal government complex, Fishers is still a town, just as it was incorporated in 1891.
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IT not what it was at time of landmark reportRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A 2000 study has proven to be "remarkably prescient" in identifying information technology as a mainstay of the local economy that would "affect all industries and all jobs," said Michael J. Hicks, the top economist at Ball State University.
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Groups seeks records tied to utility plant projectRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Four Indiana public interest groups are complaining Gov. Mitch Daniels is ignoring a public records request they made Oct. 29 regarding Daniels' support of a Duke Energy coal gasification plant being built in Edwardsport.
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As Indiana's commerce chief, Roob aims to 'hit on all cylinders'Restricted Content

January 12, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
IBJ talked to new Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob about Indiana's challenges in 2009, including a recessionary economy, rising unemployment and work-force training gaps.
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State's tech sector looking ahead, but cutting backRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
It's two steps forward, one step back, for Indiana's technology sector, but in a tough economic climate, any advancement is worth celebrating.
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On inauguration eve, the bar is set at a record lowRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
A chaotic cancer cell symbolizes perfectly the nation and world Barack Obama will inherit Jan. 20: American automakers on the brink of collapse. Their vaunted Japanese competitors curtailing production. Factory orders suffering the biggest setback in eight years. Skyrocketing unemployment.
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Biotech venture fund in worksRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
BioCrossroads is setting the stage to create Indiana Future Fund II, an effort that would raise tens of millions of dollars for speculation on promising Hoosier life science companies.
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College-affordability debate focusing on wrong issuesRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Mike Hicks
College affordability has gained a lot of attention over the past few years, but I am not sure that the simple focus on costs is the right way to think about the problem.
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State warns businesses about scamRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has issued a warning about a fraudulent letter targeting Indiana businesses.
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Big Three woes leave big void in IndianapolisRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Automakers' Indianapolis manufacturing plants once employed 11,000, but closings and cutbacks zap good jobs, tax base.
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Basic investments are best for Indiana pension fundsRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
John Guy
IBJ reported in November that the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund will allocate 15 percent to 30 percent of its investments in "alternatives." Unfortunately, the term means nothing to those of us outside PERF and probably confuses PERF itself.
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Recession, lockdown of credit hammers businesses of all sizesRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
Stock markets fell, jobs disappeared, and the outlook for the economy seemed to grow grimmer by the week in 2008. Banks, real estate developers, retailers and manufacturers took some of the worst hits, but all types of businesses in central Indiana felt the pain.
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Tourism chief hired from SeattleRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Though few knew what to think when Don Welsh announced in June he was leaving Seattle to become Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association CEO, he's shown he didn't come here to simply wind down his career.
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Government reform effort long overdueRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Critics were lined up to oppose Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to streamline local government almost before he left the podium Dec. 19. Big surprise.
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Fund to fuel ethanol use out of gasRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A state fund supporting an 18-cent-a-gallon tax credit for gas stations selling E85 ethanol was exhausted in the first three months of the state's new fiscal year.
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Laws aim to protect veterans returning from deploymentRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Sam Stall
These days, when an Indiana National Guard member or military reservist is called to active duty, that "weekend warrior" may be gone for a good deal longer than a weekend.
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Stock markets weather historic plungeRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Greg Andrews
Unless markets surge in the final days of the year, 2008 will go down as the worst year for stocks since the Great Depression.
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Tax caps thrill homeowners, assessments chill businessesRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Soaring property taxes were arguably Indiana's biggest problem in 2007. In 2008, the Legislature approved property tax caps as a solution. But because the caps haven't been implemented, debate is still raging over the consequences the caps will have for local governments and whether they should be made permanent.
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Daniels, Obama cruise to victoryRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
The last time Indiana went for the Democrat in a presidential election, Lyndon Johnson trounced conservative Barry Goldwater at the 1964 polls. More than 40 years later, Sen. Barack Obama earned his historic White House victory thanks, in part, to Hoosiers' 11 electoral votes.
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City government should shop locallyRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Good luck getting people to buy from local vendors or manufacturers.
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