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Illinois governor responds as states try to poach jobs

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Pat Quinn has a message for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and officials from other states trying to lure jobs from Illinois: Back off.
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Criticism of IEDC was off-point

January 22, 2011
Professor [Morton] Marcus’ warning about the perceived under-appreciation of local economic development organizations [in his Jan. 10 column] places a spotlight on the importance of these groups and those who lead them.
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Michigan City snack-food baker adding up to 100 jobs

January 21, 2011
Hearthside Food Solutions says it will invest $3.8 million to expand its operations and hire new workers. The company bakes snack foods for such brands as Keebler, Nabisco and Kraft.
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Family Dollar plans 350 jobs in northeast Indiana

January 19, 2011
Scott Olson
A $70 million investment in a new distribution center by the North Carolina-based discount retailer is expected to create up to 350 jobs. The facility should be operational by spring 2012.
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HICKS: Why economic forecasting is inexact scienceRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Mike Hicks
Forecasts are primarily used as a tool to begin, not end, conversations about business and government matters.
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UPDATE: Competitors' woes could help Fishers mortgage firm expand

December 14, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Fishers-based Stonegate Mortgage Corp. plans to spend about $3 million to expand operations, creating up to 300 jobs by 2015.
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Exports fueling Indiana business growth

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Firms are taking matters into their own hands to open trade relationships overseas, developing export policies they hope will benefit themselves and their communities.
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Medical device maker expanding in Fort Wayne

November 18, 2010
L.H. Medical Corp. said it plans to create up to 65 jobs by 2013 and invest $5.4 million to more than triple the size of its manufacturing operations.
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Rail company plans new plant, 650 jobs in Muncie

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Alabama-based Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., said it plans to invest about $50 million to open the first locomotive manufacturing and assembly plant in the United States in many years.
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Ascension aims to cut costs with $10.9M service center

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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Health care firm plans 500 jobs in Indianapolis

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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Cummins expanding in Columbus, plans 350 jobs

October 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Cummins Inc. announced Tuesday that it will expand its headquarters in Columbus, adding at least 350 professional employees during the next 18 months to support global operations.
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UPDATE: New product, services drive ExactTarget growth plans

October 26, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new product roll-out and increasing demand for client services will drive ExactTarget's growth over the next five years, CEO Scott Dorsey said Tuesday after his firm announced that it would invest $45M and add 500 employees through 2015.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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Canadian company plans to create 175 jobs in Miami County

October 20, 2010
Conforce International Inc., a manufacturer of composite flooring systems for the transportation industry, plans to invest more than $13.8 million to purchase and equip a plant in Peru, which would be the company's first location in the United States.
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Indiana commerce agency, Purdue plan California office

October 19, 2010
Associated Press
Officials say the Silicon Valley office will focus on attracting California companies to move to Indiana and to sell venture capitalists on ideas and research generated by Purdue faculty and entrepreneurs.
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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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TechPoint unveiling ‘measured marketing’ campaign

September 21, 2010
Scott Olson
The initiative will promote the advantages of doing business in Indiana to attract more "measured marketers." They are companies such as ExactTarget and Aprimo Inc. that provide a platform for marketing via e-mail, social media and other technologies.
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Franklin calls off deal to land brewery plant

September 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Franklin Redevelopment Commission decided Thursday to call off the deal because TailGate Beer of San Diego failed to respond to a deadline to provide detailed financial information.
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UPDATE: New tech jobs come with handsome wages

September 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Mobi Wireless expects to pay average wages of more than $50,000 to 253 new workers; Bostech Corp. expects to pay more than $80,000 to 61 new employees.
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Tech companies adding 314 jobs in Zionsville

September 15, 2010
Two tech companies located in Northwest Technology Center in Zionsville plan to invest $3.6 million and add 314 jobs over the next four years, officials announced Wednesday morning.
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IT firm approved for tax breaks on $29 million project

August 19, 2010
Lightbound LLC plans to construct 50,000-square-foot data center near Kentucky Avenue on the city's southwest side. The abatement should save the company $2.5 million.
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IT firm plans $24 million data center

July 19, 2010
The city's Metropolitan Development Commission will consider providing Lightbound LLC with property tax abatements to offset investment cost.
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Beer brewer feuding with Franklin over incentives

July 15, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
San Diego-based TailGate Beer is supposed to create as many as 150 jobs in Franklin, but the plan has been delayed while the sides squabble about financial disclosures.
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IT staffing firm plans downtown expansion, 80 new jobs

July 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Smart IT Staffing Inc said Wednesday morning that it plans to expand its Indianapolis headquarters, creating up to 80 new jobs by 2014.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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