City Government

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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City says it will keep library branches open

May 12, 2010
Details of a plan to assist the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library have yet to emerge, but city leaders are pledging their support to shore up a widening budget gap.
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Mayor unveils infrastructure-improvement plan details

May 11, 2010
City would use $425 million expected from selling the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group to upgrade city streets, sidewalks and bridges.
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Wishard Hospital project is life blood to contractors

May 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Replacing the existing Wishard Memorial Hospital is so critical to the well-being of the sickly construction sector that one industry official likens the project to a "lifeline."
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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Waterworks board wants outside review of mayor's utility plan

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The waterworks board's plan to hire outside consultants to study the proposed sale of Indianapolis Water could delay the deal.
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Indianapolis gets $10 million for clean energy

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
The grant announced Wednesday is part of $452 million in stimulus funding nationwide for projects meant to make buildings more energy efficient.
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City-County Building 'greening' project to cost $8 million

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City expects environmentally friendly overhaul of downtown headquarters to provide net savings of $250,000 per year.
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City flush with energy-saving ideas for building

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City-County Building energy-efficiency upgrades are set to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon. The nearly 50-year old landmark is the centerpiece of the city's greener-building initiative.
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Indianapolis road projects aided by federal stimulus funds

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The city’s Department of Public Works plans a record $88 million in transportation improvements, including road, bridge and sidewalk projects.
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City approval of Citizens Energy deal could come in May

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy should have completed the majority of its due diligence of the city’s water and sewer utilities, which it plans to acquire, by the end of this month.
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Parking privatization may spur economic development

April 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard's potential lease of more than 15,000 street, surface and garage parking spaces could create turnover downtown and in Broad Ripple, boosting retailers and restaurants.
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Ballard mimics Major Moves infrastructure-improvement plan

April 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
So far, in discussing his plan to sell the city's water and sewer utilities, Mayor Greg Ballard has emphasized the impact on utility rates, the $1.5 billion in city debt Citizens would assume, and the chance to improve streets and sidewalks. But Ballard also has another key objective: business attraction and expansion.
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City utility deal treads in murky watersRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A $1.9 billion proposal to sell the city’s water and sewer utilities splashed into public view last month, but some financial details settling at the bottom line could make the deal harder to swallow.
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Retired Junior Achievement exec files defamation suit

April 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Former Junior Achievement CEO Jeff Miller says Mayor Greg Ballard was about to hire him as a senior policy adviser, but comments by Central Indiana Community Foundation President Brian Payne and current CEO Jennifer Burk ruined the offer.
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Group rounds up business help for Census

April 1, 2010
Brock Benefiel
As deadline day arrives, the Indianapolis Complete Count Committee is encouraging area companies to provide funding for local marketing and events designed to encourage citizens to fill out their Census forms.
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