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City vendor may get $1.2B from parking-privatization deal

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The pitch from Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration to privatize the city's parking meters is compelling, but the proposal to sell the meters to Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has the city giving up more in the long run than is immediately apparent.
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Arts funding maintained in proposed city budget

August 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Funding for city arts programs is expected to remain at $1 million in 2011, even as the mayor's budget plan calls for cutting $22 million in local spending. Funding for the parks department also should remain flat, at $21.1 million.
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City chooses firm to oversee parking-meter operations

August 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The city has entered into a 50-year lease agreement with Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc. The city will receive $35 million upfront and a share of revenue to make sidewalk and street repairs. Parking meter rates are expected to double in some areas.
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City lands $13.8M more than expected from water deal

August 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The city's AAA bond rating boosts proceeds to $153.8 million. It originally expected $140 million for street, bridge and sidewalk projects.
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Bank On Indy initiative nearing first-year goal

August 19, 2010
Program that aims to reach local population without bank accounts so far has helped more than 7,500 people open an account.
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EDITORIAL: Raising parking fees is wise step

August 14, 2010
It isn’t difficult to grasp the reasoning behind Mayor Greg Ballard’s proposal to privatize the city’s parking operations.
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Parking rates could double under city plan

August 11, 2010
Scott Olson
City leaders expect to select a manager to oversee parking operations within the next week.
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Property shuffle aims to connect police, fire services with neighborhoods

August 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city plans to open police-and-fire hubs in two former IPS schools, retrofit an Eastgate mall department store into an Emergency Operations Center, and build at least two fire stations.
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Seven cab companies denied licenses

August 3, 2010
The city of Indianapolis' Department of Code Enforcement rejected the applications largely because the companies didn't have a dispatch facility or didn't have employees to staff a facility.
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Brizzi hires ex-partner to handle public records requests

July 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has hired his former legal partner and personal attorney to field public records requests. Locally based Collignon & Dietrick PC is responsible for review and production of Prosecutor's Office e-mails, contracts, case files and other documents requested by members of the media or public.
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EDITORIAL: Deal for Pacers is worth making

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Conseco Fieldhouse does not belong to the Pacers, but to the city. And we need the Indiana Pacers.
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Ballard takes aim at vacant homes

July 17, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
If Mayor Greg Ballard successfully closes the $1.9 billion sale of the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy, some of the proceeds will be used to bulldoze or rehabilitate 2,000 to 4,500 abandoned, unsafe homes during the next two years.
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Indianapolis launches three Web business tools

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The sites offer insight into government contracts and other business activities of local government.
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Bond swaps cost city units $93M in penalties

July 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Wall Street bankers for decades sold municipalities like Indianapolis on debt instruments called swaps as a safe way to reduce borrowing costs and hedge against rising interest rates. In reality, the swaps were complicated bets that relied on misguided assumptions, and taxpayers paid.
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City eyes Central State site for sports complexRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis officials are exploring turning the former Central State Hospital into a 150-acre sports complex that could include facilities for everything from soccer and baseball to tennis and ice skating.
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City still working on mayor's mandate to do more biz with veteransRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard,a former Marine, has made some progress in the two years since he pledged his administration would purchase 3 percent of all city goods and services from veteran-owned businesses, but he remains far from his goal.
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Plan to run fiber optic lines along greenways has legal hurdles

June 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The city of Indianapolis wants to generate revenue by using greenways as fiber optic corridors. But previous legal battles over leasing rights-of-way to utilities could hang up the plan.
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Walton charity pledges $1.2M for Indy charters

June 21, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An Arkansas-based charity, formed by Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton, will run a competition to award grants to five community organizations that want to start charter schools.
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City takes risk with debt-laden IT-overhaul pickRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
To spearhead a once-in-a-generation overhaul of local government's antiquated back-office computer system, Mayor Greg Ballard has chosen an unprofitable software firm that as recently as March 31 warned investors that debt-refinancing issues could force it out of business.
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CIB, Pacers discussing three-year deal

June 17, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
City officials want to wait until economy, National Basketball Association labor situation stabilize before entering longer-term deal. Optimism remains deal can get done by June 30.
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UPDATE: Commission approves City Market funding

June 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday afternoon to release nearly $4 million to improve the historic building in downtown Indianapolis.
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Ballard bets big on $16 million software project

June 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Concluding a year-long evaluation and public bidding process, mayor chooses Oracle's PeopleSoft to replace local government's 1970s-era financial IT system and New York-based Zanett Inc. to lead the implementation.
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Performance Services guarantees City-County Building energy savings

May 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The firm was a pioneer in the energy savings niche more than a decade before green became cool or was perceived to be a viable market.
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Local firm to manage city's infrastructure initiative

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
American Structurepoint has been tapped by the Department of Public Works as program manager for the city’s “RebuildIndy” infrastructure-improvement initiative.
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Business groups bless Mayor Ballard's utility sale plan

May 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis support sale of water, sewer utilities.
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