City Government

Ballard nixes new redistricting plan for Council

December 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Friday vetoed a City-County Council redistricting plan, likely setting the stage for a lengthy court battle. He wants to stick with the lines drawn by Republicans in late 2011, before newly elected Democrats took control.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: Council Dem Mahern plays role of antagonist

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
City-County Council Vice President Brian Mahern emerged as the chief foe of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s redevelopment agenda.
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Ballard may wrest management of fieldhouse from Pacers

December 22, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis recently agreed to pay $10 million to help Pacers Sports & Entertainment run Bankers Life Fieldhouse for another year, but Mayor Greg Ballard wants to find out in the meantime whether the city can get a better deal on the venue’s management.
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Parks foundation gets $10M from Lilly Endowment

December 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation has received a record-setting $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to upgrade 13 parks in Marion County, the foundation announced Monday.
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CIB to consider 1-year extension with Pacers, source says

December 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is expected to seek a one-year extension of its current lease deal with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, according to a former board member and current Indianapolis city-county councilor.
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Face-lift nearly complete at Eagle Creek golf courses

December 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Eagle Creek Golf Club received a long-awaited face-lift this year under a contract that will rescue the city from most of its expenses stemming from the previous operator’s loan default.
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Mayor reaches preliminary pact with police, firefighter unions

December 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
After saying in August he would revoke raises for police officers and firefighters, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has agreed in principal to a new contract that would delay a 3 percent salary hike by six months.
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New NBA revenue split gives Pacers cash infusionRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement will dramatically boost the amount of money the Indiana Pacers get from the league, but it won’t be enough to put the team in the black.
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Design stars land contract for transit hubRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Cory Schouten
Architect Daniel Libeskind is part of an international team chosen to design a proposed IndyGo transit hub.
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Lawmaker cries foul over Fishers vote endorsement

November 4, 2012
Associated Press
A state lawmaker is taking issue with a group that backs a new "hybrid city" government in an Indianapolis suburb and says she never endorsed the plan.
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City bans bulk land-bank sales after lopsided deal with not-for-profit

November 3, 2012
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis last year sold 154 properties from its land bank for $1,000 each to a novice not-for-profit, which immediately flipped them for a total $500,000 profit. More than a dozen have changed hands multiple times since then, making investors more than $1 million. (with interactive map)
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CIB to fight council's attempt to take $15 million

November 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin, Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board's directors voted Thursday afternoon on three actions that will circumvent the $15 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, which the Indianapolis City-County Council included in the CIB's budget.
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Ballard to nix parts of council budget

October 26, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard plans to sign a $1 billion budget plan approved by the Indianapolis City-County Council earlier this month, but only after using his line-item veto powers to kill major portions of it.
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City paying $2.3 million to 2 hurt in officer's crash

October 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The city of Indianapolis will pay $2.3 million to two people seriously injured when their motorcycle was struck by a police cruiser driven by an officer allegedly driving drunk.
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City or town? Confusing ballot to determine fate of Fishers

October 17, 2012
Cory Schouten
A group of Fishers residents is crying foul over questions on the November ballot that will determine whether Fishers remains a town, becomes a "reorganized" city with a council and city manager, or a traditional city with an elected mayor.
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City-County Council passes controversial budget

October 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved a budget Monday night that relies on a $15 million payment from a tax-exempt entity, likely setting the stage for a legal battle, plus difficult negotiations with Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Democrat-controlled committee OKs tapping CIB for $15M

October 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The plan—opposed by Republican Mayor Greg Ballard and members of the CIB—now advances to the City-County Council.
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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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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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