Johnson County

After setbacks, Franklin wary of more development deals

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
A backlog of unfinished work by the Franklin Development Corp. is why Mayor Joe McGuinness doesn't want to give new funding to the organization until the pending projects are finished.
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Indy home sales likely slowing to 'new normal'

July 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements tumbled 14.9 percent in the nine-county Indianapolis area in June, the tenth straight month deals have decreased, according to F.C. Tucker Co.
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Indy's Evolution: Johnson County steps up growth chaseRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Dan Human
The county south of Indianapolis was king of the suburbs in the 1970s, but now has fallen far behind Hamilton to the north in population and income, and in recent years slipped behind Hendricks County to the west.
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IEDC urging government bets on spec-buildingRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is encouraging local governments to help finance speculative industrial buildings, which could land new businesses but could put at risk hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars.
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Approval for $22M sports complex sought in Greenwood

April 8, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The project by Sarasota-based GoodSports Enterprises would include a 124-bed hotel and an attached 85,000-square-foot fieldhouse, built on the land once targeted by Cabela's.
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Pence signs bill allowing counties to vote on transit expansion

March 26, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Officials in six central Indiana counties have the go-ahead to seek voter permission to fund a regional bus system.
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Home-sale agreements continue disappointing trend

March 17, 2014
Pending home sales in the nine-county area slid 22.8 percent in February compared with the year-ago period. That was only a slight improvement from the 31-percent fall recorded in January.
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Suburban news pubs headed for more mailboxes

March 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Following the recent launch of magazine-style community newsletters in four more northern Indy communities, TownePost plans to add Greenwood to its stable.
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Ivy Tech moves Franklin campus to central region

February 28, 2014
Associated Press
The shift follows several Ivy Tech consolidations, including those of the Columbus and southeast regions and of the Bloomington and Evansville regions.
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I-65 interchange in Greenwood delayed for year

February 14, 2014
Associated Press
The state highway department says it hasn't been able to reach land purchase agreements with five property owners for the project.
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21-acre Greenwood tract marketed for apartment development

January 14, 2014
Scott Olson
Developer J. Greg Allen had planned to build condominiums on the site before the housing market crashed. He relinquished the property to his lender, BMO Harris.
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Indy-based Simon spinoff will include 13 Indiana centers

December 13, 2013
Scott Olson
The locally based retail giant confirmed Friday morning that its new spinoff will be headquartered in Indianapolis. Several of Simon's properties in the area will be among the new portfolio, including Clay Terrace in Carmel.
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Indianapolis-area home sales take nosedive

November 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Although area sales are up 16 percent through the first 10 months of the year, the trend has slammed into reverse in recent months amid higher mortgage rates and tighter inventories.
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Greenwood airport adding hangars for plane storage

October 30, 2013
Associated Press
The $500,000 project at the Greenwood Municipal Airport will give it space for up to 10 planes inside the enclosed hangars.
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Auction lands $2.1 million for Elona Biotech assets

September 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Elona went into receivership in June after Greenwood officials filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the firm. The company failed after receiving more than $8 million in economic development incentives from the city over the past three years.
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Mission shift at Camp Atterbury to trigger 207 layoffs

September 9, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The layoffs at the end of September will come as the base transitions from a mobilization site for U.S. troops to a mission focusing more on training.
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Greenwood biotech firm's assets to hit auction block

September 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The remnants of ill-fated Elona Biotechnologies Inc. will be auctioned on Sept. 27, presenting a rare turnkey opportunity for entrepreneurs interested in jumping into the life sciences industry.
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Online markets help Indiana growers find new customers

August 4, 2013
Associated Press
Online "food hubs" have emerged as small and medium-sized farmers have worked together to find quicker and broader ways to distribute their produce.
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Sprinkler system fee sparks battle in Bargersville

July 15, 2013
Associated Press
About 2,000 Bargersville Water Utility customers pay a $10-per-month fee for having an in-ground sprinkler system, generating $240,000 annually for the town, which enacted the fee in 1995.
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Auto dealers turn bullish, snag sites

July 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Local car dealers are investing in projects ranging from new facilities to showroom renovations as the economy improves and the auto industry rebounds from a crippling slump in sales.
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Greenwood sues over failed pharmaceutical facility

June 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers says city officials had tried for months to help with talks with possible investors for Elona Biotechnologies, without any progress.
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Manufacturer plans $30.2M expansion in Franklin

June 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
NSK Corp. and NSK Precision America Inc. said the project will allow them to hire 46 additional workers by 2016 at their 63-acre corporate campus.
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Greenwood, Whiteland try to spur, shape growthRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two Johnson County communities are determined to capture—and control—the next wave of suburban growth.
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Aerospace company plans central Indiana factory expansion

May 16, 2013
Associated Press
L&E Engineering Co. officials say the company will spend $3.7 million to expand its Greenwood factory and add about 40 employees.
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Greenwood pet store stocked with exotic critters

April 5, 2013
Associated Press
From tarantulas to emperor scorpions and monitor lizards, Pandemonium Exotics caters to enthusiasts looking for pets beyond a dog or cat.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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