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City asks developers to make local hires in downtown TIFRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis city-county councilors hope expanding the downtown TIF district will mean more jobs for their constituents. Developers, city contractors and other firms benefiting from the expanded economic-development zone must try to ensure that 40 percent of their work force comes from within the expanded TIF area.
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Six Sigma guru scours city budget for savingsRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Efficiency expert Manny Mendez, who has saved the city $4.9 million since 2008 through Six Sigma practices, is now scouring government operations in search of $15 million more.
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Fishers debates whether to remain a town or become a cityRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Voters will be faced with three options for how the town will be governed in the future.
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Indianapolis set for sweeping zoning overhaulRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Cory Schouten
Code dating to 1969 to be updated to encourage density, sustainability and mass transit.
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Council tables vote on TIF proposal after lawsuit

September 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Facing a lawsuit from a city activist, the Indianapolis City-County Council put off voting Monday night on a long-delayed proposal to expand a downtown tax-increment financing district.
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EDITORIAL: Stop obstructing TIF projectsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
We applaud the move by certain Democrats on the City-County Council last month to advance a proposal to expand the downtown tax increment financing district. Now we’re counting on the full council to pass it when it’s eligible for consideration at the council’s Sept. 17 meeting.
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City names new chief for animal care and control

September 14, 2012
Daniel T. Shackle, an attorney who served as a program manager in the Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement, takes over for Amber Myers, who submitted her resignation late last month.
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New metropolitan development director named

September 12, 2012
Adam Thies will succeed Maury Plambeck as director of Indianapolis' Department of Metropolitan Development, effective Oct. 1. Plambeck will lead a program directing the next RebuildIndy investments into city neighborhoods.
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Straub named to lead police in Washington city

September 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to approve Frank Straub as the city's director of law enforcement.
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Fishers reorganization plan to appear on November ballot

August 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Following a legal battle decided by the Indiana Supreme Court, the Hamilton County Election Board has agreed to give residents of Fishers and Fall Creek Township the opportunity in November to vote on merging the two into a single city.
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TIF district expansion proposal gets committee OK

August 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A proposal that would expand a downtown tax-increment financing district to the northeast and northwest was approved Monday by the City-County Council's Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee.
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City builds modern database to manage aging infrastructureRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will spend $2 million this year to create its first comprehensive, modern inventory of its streets and sidewalks.
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Mayor signs off on domestic-partner ordinance

August 23, 2012
The ordinance covering city employees offers insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. The mayor also signed the "Complete Streets" proposal.
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Excess TIF revenue would help close city budget gapRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Mayor proposes shifting $10 million out of downtown district to help make up for $65 million general-fund shortfall.
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Carmel moves toward $183 million refinancing

August 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The refinancing would free up about $8.8 million for future development projects and keep the Carmel Redevelopment Commission out of the red. But a skirmish is brewing over a CRC proposal for the city to help cover operating expenses.
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EDITORIAL: Time to break TIF logjam in IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's aides says delayed action on funding proposals could jeopardize pending economic development proposals.
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Few regulations for Indianapolis food trucks to keepRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Owners, restaurateurs are hoping to avoid new ordinances.
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Parking-garage connectors receive city approval

August 9, 2012
The Metropolitan Development Commission's plat committee has given local developer Flaherty & Collins Properties the go-ahead to include two upper-level pedestrian connectors in its plan to build a five-story parking garage downtown. The garage is part of a larger, $85 million development.
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Showdown escalates in City-County Council over TIFs

August 4, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Redevelopment of the Massachusetts Avenue fire station could remain in limbo for the foreseeable future, as Mayor Greg Ballard and council Democrats enter a standoff over tax increment financing districts.
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City's Huber to head airport biz-development efforts

August 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Michael Huber, the city's deputy mayor for economic development since March 2010, is stepping down to take a lead role in commercial development at Indianapolis International Airport. He'll be replaced by Bond Bank director Deron Kintner.
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Dems grumbling over big raises for Ballard's staff

July 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s staff received a collective 18-percent raise this spring following the hiring of a new deputy for education with an annual salary of $120,000.
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Public safety due for budget cuts, mayor saysRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Public safety and criminal justice are the only places left in the city-county budgets to look for ways to close a $27 million spending gap for 2013. Sheriff, police, fire and court budgets account for 85 percent of the $569 million general fund.
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Committee passes domestic partner benefits proposal

July 25, 2012
The plan to offer health-care benefits to domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers passed a City-County Council committee by a 7-0 vote on Tuesday. The full council could consider the measure as early as Aug. 13.
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City decides on half block for transit hubRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Cory Schouten
The Mayor’s Office and local mass transit leaders have reached consensus on a site for a $30 million downtown transit center. The preferred location is a city-owned surface parking lot along Washington Street between the City-County Building and Marion County Jail.
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Mayor vetoes hotel-worker blacklisting proposal

July 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has vetoed a proposed ordinance aimed at hiring practices by local hotels, the mayor's office announced Thursday afternoon.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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