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Walnut Street building sold for retail use

October 5, 2010
Tom Harton
The two-story industrial building along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail will be converted into a furniture store.
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Clarke Engineering plans $2.1M expansion in Fishers

October 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Fishers-based Clarke Engineering Services plans to invest $2.1 million to expand its headquarters operation, creating as many as 29 jobs by 2012. The 13-year-old firm said it will begin hiring immediately.
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Ex-IU hoops player Leary avoids prison time in fraud

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
Former Indiana University basketball player Todd Leary was sentenced Monday to two years of work release or home detention followed by two years on probation. He still faces theft and burglary charges in Hamilton County in a separate case.
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Customer-service jobs likely casualty in utility merger

October 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Consultant finds 23 or so customer-service jobs may be unneeded after Citizens Energy acquires city water and sewer utilities. Administrative jobs may also be on bubble, though most savings are from capital-related expenses.
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Federal audit knocks state's safety, health program

October 4, 2010
Scott Olson
The report from the U.S. Department of Labor raises concerns over whether Indiana's Occupational Safety and Health program is properly funded and staffed. Overall, the report provided 45 recommendations to improve procedures within the program.
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Plans for moving Greenwood airport put on hold

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
A slump in business travel has left the Greenwood Municipal Airport unable to attract the additional jet traffic it needs to have a chance at federal money for an expansion project.
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Expert: Indiana an island of drought in Ohio Valley

October 4, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's official climatologist says Indiana is drier than surrounding states.
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Indiana pumpkin patches, orchards see visitors swell

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
Attractions like apple orchards and corn mazes are reporting bigger crowds this year, especially with cooler temperatures and dry weather.
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'Ghost' students cost Indiana $94 million in 2009

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
An Indiana practice of paying schools for students no longer in attendance illustrates the need for changes in how schools are funded, the state's top education official says.
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New grads struggle to put education to work

October 2, 2010
Joe Jasinski
In May, only one-quarter of 2010 college graduates who applied for a job actually received one, compared with more than half in 2007. About as many college graduates of all ages also are plagued by underemployment, working jobs below their skill level—including Butler grad Tom Otero.
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Health reform forces providers, insurers to lay aside rivalriesRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In this new age of health care, ushered in by President Obama’s signing in March of a sweeping health care reform law, health care players are encouraged to remove the gloves if they want to reap the benefits of reform.
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Reform will boost health care costs, Indianapolis panel predicts

October 2, 2010
Health care
                           watch videoRising costs aren't the only impact of reform, say panelists taking part in a Power Breakfast sponsored by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Legal fight over Pan Am Plaza outpaces redevelopmentRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Plaintiffs are challenging the city's 2007 decision to waive a hefty fee that otherwise would have been required to redevelop the crumbling site.
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Republic's big moves pay off, but rival airline's deal poses threatRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Republic Airways Holdings not only beat analysts' second-quarter estimates this year, but also posted a profit. But just weeks after the new player in scheduled service announced those solid results, arch-enemy Southwest Airlines announced it was buying AirTran for $1 billion.
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Firms with jobs ask for the moon; governments here show restraint

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Businesses have always held the upper hand in negotiating for incentives with local government, but the past couple of years have given rise to the most intensely competitive economic development environment since the early 1980s.
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Cultural Trail to hire first executive directorRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new not-for-profit organization will try to raise more than $700,000 a year for the trail’s ongoing maintenance, and it will market the trail as a tourism and economic-development engine.
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Ex-manager accuses Butler Kia of keeping violent employeeRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A former sales manager at Butler Kia alleges a co-worker pulled a gun on employees—yet was kept on the job for several months afterward.
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City halts apartment developer

October 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Near North Development Corp. asked the city in a Sept. 2 e-mail to compare the renderings for the Di Rimini apartment project at 733 N. Capital Ave. with what was actually taking shape. A week later, the Department of Code Enforcement issued a stop-work order for the project.
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State auto jobs creeping up againRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Employment in Indiana’s auto industry has stabilized, and manufacturers even are hiring in small numbers. Hoosier automakers and parts suppliers added 10,000 workers this year through August, bringing total employment in the sector to 100,400.
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Heightened competition puts mayors on hot seat

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Elected officials are struggling to know how to respond to the weak economy and constituent demands for jobs.
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Angie's List investors not ready to cash in yet

October 2, 2010
Greg Andrews
The 15-year-old company now has raised nearly $100 million in debt and equity financing and backing from individuals.
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Stanley moving production to new Greenfield plant

October 1, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker Inc. plans to combine two of its manufacturing operations at a new facility in Greenfield, transferring about 100 workers from Shelbyville and adding as many as 80 jobs in the next two years.
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Biglari adjusts controversial pay proposal

October 1, 2010
Cory Schouten
The parent company of Steak n Shake restaurants has scaled back a controversial pay package for its CEO in hopes of securing shareholder approval of the plan at a rescheduled special meeting.
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Hiring students to replace guards may violate federal rules

October 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art's plan to employ 100 students through a federally funded work-study program is on hold, pending a compliance review by IUPUI.
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Furniture distributor plans Gas City operations

October 1, 2010
New Jersey-based Munire Furniture says it will locate its U.S. manufacturing headquarters in Gas City, with plans to create as many as 100 jobs by the end of the year and as many as 350 by 2013.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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