Government & Economic Development

City's bid team revving up for Super Bowl pitch

May 3, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis officials plan to use a downtown light show and $30 million in pre-raised corporate cash to wow the NFL’s team owners into granting the Circle City the title of Super Bowl host for the second time in six years.
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UPDATE: Indiana education waiver could be at risk, Feds say

May 2, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's efforts to set its own educational course could be in danger if the state fails to correct issues with the implementation of its No Child Left Behind waiver, the U.S. Department of Education said.
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Committee OKs $8.3 million for emergency road work

May 1, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Public Works Committee of the Indianapolis City-County Council approved $8.3 million in emergency road repairs Thursday night, after the list of proposed projects was revised to include every council district.
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Indiana Grown Commission now accepting applications

May 1, 2014
Jesse Wilson, The Statehouse File
The IGIC was created by a law signed by Gov. Mike Pence on March 27. The legislation creates a commission that oversees the programs that market and promote Indiana-produced agriculture.
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Indiana counties with vote centers on the rise

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
Residents in 16 out of Indiana's 92 counties can head to designated vote centers during next Tuesday's primary elections, up from seven counties in 2012.
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Interactive Intelligence plans $28M building, 430 hires

May 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Local software firm Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. announced Thursday afternoon that it plans to hire 430 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a major expansion of its headquarters.
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Daniels says trip for political meeting was appropriate

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said his trip to a conference in Georgia attended by several Republican presidential hopefuls was a chance to promote the school and meet potential donors.
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House ethics panel finds Turner didn't violate rules

April 30, 2014
Associated Press
The House Ethics Committee expressed concerns Wednesday that House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner's efforts to kill a proposed nursing home moratorium did not achieve the "highest spirit of transparency" and vowed to tighten those rules.
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Jasper engine firm to hire 235 for new plant

April 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchange expects to buy, renovate and equip a 220,000-square-foot facility near its headquarters in the southwest Indiana city.
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Democratic councilors wrangle road repairs for districts

April 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis might forego repairing some heavily traveled, winter-damaged roads to instead focus on shoddy streets spread among all City-County Council districts.
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Indianapolis fire chief stepping down with illness

April 30, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Brian Sanford, who has led the department since 2008, will remain in the position until a replacement can be found.
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Supreme Court upholds EPA rule on cross-state pollution

April 30, 2014
Associated Press
The 6-2 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration in controlling emissions from power plants in 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states. Texas led 14 states, including Indiana, and industry groups in challenging the rule.
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Japanese manufacturer plans 220 jobs in Mooresville

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of TOA Industries Co. Ltd. plans to spend $72.1 million to construct and equip an additional 360,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space at its existing facility in Morgan County.
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Indiana forms coalition to fight public corruption

April 29, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said the Public Integrity Coalition will educate and train officials from counties, cities, towns, townships and other local government units.
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UPDATE: Panel proposes tax hikes to add hundreds of officers

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A City-County Council task force recommended Monday an increase in the income taxes dedicated to public safety. It also backed eliminating a homeowner tax break.
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Bike advocates choose Indy for protected lanes

April 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard is scheduled to join U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday for a press conference on the Green Lane Project.
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UPDATE: Presidential debate interest renewed at Purdue

April 28, 2014
Associated Press
The appointment of Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to the Commission on Presidential Debates raises the question of whether the university would bid to host one of the debates for the 2016 race.
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City predicts rising property values around justice center

April 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The argument that the complex could help revitalize the neighborhoods near the former GM stamping plant southwest of downtown could be crucial for securing the support of residents.
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MORTON: Indy's road to Oz will end soon for sports team owners

April 26, 2014
David B. Morton
The seemingly endless yellow brick road to Oz, or what residents of central Indiana have come to accept as privately owned professional sports franchises seeking financial sustenance to build and upgrade, is nearing a tipping point of practical expenditures.
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Herb Simon: $160M Pacer deal helps heirsRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Herb Simon, 79, says the $160 million deal the city struck with the Indiana Pacers this month for operating costs and stadium improvements is an outgrowth of negotiations that began way back in 2007.
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City picks former GM site for new criminal justice complex

April 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The city of Indianapolis announced Friday that it is asking development teams to use part of the former GM Stamping Plant property west of downtown in its proposals for a new criminal justice center.
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Council advances smoke-detector requirement

April 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis homeowners and landlords would have to buy smoke detectors with non-removable, non-replaceable batteries under a proposal that’s advancing through the City-County Council with bipartisan support.
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City cites apartments for hundreds of violations

April 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Five local apartment complexes and one owner of multiple rental properties were accused of unreasonably consuming city, public, and law enforcement resources.
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Turner skips hearing, documents claim no misdeeds

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner missed an ethics review Wednesday but claimed in filings submitted to the panel that he did nothing wrong when he fought legislation that could have cost him millions of dollars.
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Council sues city over public safety lease deal

April 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The City-County Council wants to force officials to produce documents relating to the controversial lease of the public safety operations center on the east side. It was vacated in September due to safety and health code violations.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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