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City program gives firms incentive to hire ex-offendersRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A pilot project is providing jobs for 70 ex-convicts, with their $10-an-hour wages covered by Uncle Sam for six months. City officials hope they can then transition into other jobs or receive recommendations that help them to find other work.
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City to use $22.9M in stimulus for street, bridge repairs

January 26, 2010
Indianapolis will spend $22.9 million in federal stimulus money to make street and bridge repairs starting in the spring.
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Finish Line forfeits incentive deal

January 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mall retailer The Finish Line Inc. has agreed to forfeit a potentially lucrative tax-abatement deal because it won't be able to meet a 2008 promise to create almost 200 jobs and invest $24 million at its Indianapolis headquarters.
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City revamping management of parking operations

January 15, 2010
Scott Olson
The city of Indianapolis is seeking to consolidate management of its parking operations into a single, long-term lease that could net it tens of millions of dollars to make street and sidewalk repairs. City leaders are expected to release a request for proposals "soon."
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City leaders getting aggressive about recouping tax breaks

January 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the city expects to recover $5.5 million from companies that failed to meet job requirements. The city will use the money to fund economic development, convention, tourism and education efforts.
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City to bolster economic development funding

January 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Mayor Greg Ballard expected to announce at his State of the City address Wednesday evening that the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and Indianapolis Economic Development Inc. could receive about $1 million each from the city.
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City's plan to raise money with sponsorships takes wing with KFCRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard this month rolled out the first of what he hopes will be 10 to 15 city sponsorship and advertising deals this year, with the aim of saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
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IFD gets finger-lickin' good sponsorship deal

January 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
KFC agreed to pay city for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in exchange for using Indianapolis Fire Department to help it launch new fiery grilled wings. Mayor Greg Ballard hopes the deal is the first of many such corporate sponsorships.
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Fairgrounds' digital billboard is exception to county banRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Clear Channel Outdoor is building Marion County’s first full-size digital billboard along Fall Creek Parkway on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair. The first message might as well be: Take that, Indianapolis!
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EDITORIAL: City should phase in new fees

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard is on the right track with his plan to ask the City-Council to raise fees on businesses in order to improve code enforcement. But the push-back he’s receiving from the business community is understandable.
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Assessor predicts 2010 property tax bills will be on time

December 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis property tax bills, paid in two installments due in May and November, should be sent without delay for the first year since 2006.
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Brownsburg hires Texas city manager as town manager

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Dale Cheatham, who starts work Jan. 4, was city manager of The Colony, Texas, a growing community of 40,000, for eight years. Before that, he spent four years as city manager of Watauga, Texas.
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City ready to award new golf contracts

December 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's administration has chosen five local contractors to run 12 municipal golf courses for the next 10 years, and expects to get $6.3 million in capital improvements out of the deal.
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Ballard rolls out tougher requirements for lobbyists

December 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Lobbyists paid $1,000 or more to sway city or county officials will be required to report all activity online.
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Constantino's and City Market reach settlement

December 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
City Market has agreed to forgive Constantino's $27,000 in unpaid rent if the meat and produce stand shuts down by Dec. 24.
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IT firm receives abatement for job-growth plans

December 2, 2009
Indianapolis’ largest computer consulting firm on Wednesday received property-tax abatement relating to its plans to create 200 high-paying jobs and invest $600,000 in new equipment.
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Indianapolis Sustainability Awards will honor green projects

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Deadline for nominations is Dec. 15 for projects in the categories of air, energy, land, water and “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
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Ballard set to shake up CIB with staff moves

November 24, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
CIB Treasurer Ann Lathrop will become board president, replacing Bob Grand at the helm of the organization that oversees the city's professional sports stadiums and the Indiana Convention Center.
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Indianapolis looks to Cleveland, Philadelphia for City Market examples

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The troubled Indianapolis City Market is looking East for a new direction. This summer, its executive director, Jim Reilly, visited Philadelphia and Cleveland to observe their successful urban markets and seek pointers that might be applied here.
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Heavyweights may vie to manage venues for troubled CIBRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
An aide to Mayor Greg Ballard says he hopes a private operator can find “operating and maintenance savings in the millions."
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Greenwood closer to annexing portions of township

November 18, 2009
A proposal to incorporate portions of White River Township into the city of Greenwood passed a major hurdle on Tuesday.
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Mayor's European mission focusing on motorsports industry

November 16, 2009
A delegation of business and community leaders led by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard departed for Europe Nov. 14 on a nine-day economic development mission to help grow the city’s motorsports industry.
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Council resurrects workplace smoking ban proposal

November 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two weeks after reaching a stalemate on a proposal that would broaden the city's workplace smoking ban, City-Council Council members voted Monday night to resurrect the measure.
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CIB finances improving, though concerns remain

November 9, 2009
Scott Olson
Approaching the end of 2009, Indianapolis' cash-strapped Capital Improvement Board is on much more solid financial footing.
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Sign proposed for IBJ building requires public hearing

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The parent company of Indianapolis Business Journal has filed plans to add a sign with an electronic-message component outside the newspaper’s headquarters at 41 E. Washington St.
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