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Shoe maker targets Indiana for 184 customer-service jobs

December 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The maker of Stride Rite, Sperry Top-Sider, Hush Puppies and Keds footwear plans to expand operations in Richmond, creating 184 jobs by 2017 and retaining 130 workers in the city about 65 miles east of Indianapolis.
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Downtown plan proposes street changes, parks, lighting

December 3, 2013
Scott Olson
A not-for-profit's proposal for downtown Indy focuses on making it more comfortable and dynamic for urban dwellers.
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Indy downtown promoters to pay busted youth group

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
A not-for-profit that promotes downtown Indianapolis has apologized to a youth group whose cookie sale was shut down in a sweep of unauthorized food vendors.
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Newegg lands incentives from state for distribution center

November 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Online electronics retailer Newegg Inc., which reached an inducement deal with the city in September to open a distribution center in Indianapolis, has landed even more incentives from the state, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday.
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Health care cloud firm expanding, adding 62 jobs

November 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Zionsville-based firm said it will spend $1.4 million to lease and equip a 16,626-square-foot headquarters facility at Northwest Technology Park to allow for the expansion.
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Ex-Japanese biz exec to lead state's Asian strategy

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
Rick Pease was hired by the state after a 30-year career at Columbus-based Enkei America, the North American division of a global automotive supplier.
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Review recommends stronger oversight of state contractor

November 1, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An independent review of Elevate Ventures found the state contractor needs more oversight even though it is "substantially compliant with its investment and operational requirements,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office said Friday.
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Illinois manufacturer to move headquarters to Indiana

October 23, 2013
Tec Air Inc. plans to transfer its current workforce of about 150 employees to its new headquarters and hire about 100 more by 2016.
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Firm plans $16 million revival of Kokomo plant

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A maker of porcelain products plans to invest $16 million to purchase, renovate and equip a vacant pottery production plant in Kokomo and create as many as 140 jobs by 2014.
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Auto parts maker shifting work from Michigan to Indiana

October 9, 2013
Associated Press
Quebec-based Exo-s US says it will spend nearly $7 million on the factory in the LaGrange County town of Howe. It expects to open the factory next year and hire up to 250 workers by 2016.
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Two manufacturers target Indiana city for expansion

October 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced two economic development deals Tuesday morning that will bring more than 200 jobs to Whitley County in northern Indiana.
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UPDATE: Cabinet company to hire 309 in Connersville

October 4, 2013
Associated Press
A cabinet company announced Friday that it will hire more than 300 people over five years at a vacant former auto parts plant in eastern Indiana.
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Pallet manufacturer plans 115 jobs in Indiana

October 1, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana-based manufacturer Calumet Pallet Co. plans to expand by spending $2.7 million to buy and equip a new facility in northern Indiana.
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Insurance broker growth part of Fort Wayne project

September 23, 2013
Associated Press
An insurance brokerage will relocate its Fort Wayne headquarters to a new $71 million downtown mixed-use project and create 115 jobs by 2017, Mayor Tom Henry said Monday.
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City votes to end tax break for tech staffing firm

September 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday to cancel a tax abatement for Indianapolis-based tech staffing firm BCForward, since it didn't hit job-creation targets laid out in a 2009 economic development agreement.
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City set to end tax break for tech staffing firm

September 18, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis-based technology staffing company BCForward won't fight a Department of Metropolitan Development move to discontinue tax breaks for the firm's Market Street headquarters.
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Recycled paper mill plans 137 jobs in Indiana

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said Tuesday that Pratt Industries will invest $260 million to build the recycling plant next to its existing box-making plant in Valparaiso.
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Online retailer Newegg plans big distribution center

September 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Newegg.com is considering a $15 million distribution center in Indianapolis that would employ 150 people by the end of 2015.
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State's top rural development officials abruptly resign

September 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Dax Norton, director of Indiana's Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and his deputy quietly left their posts late last month, and state officials are offering no explanation for the departures.
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New Indy Chamber chief Huber broadens group's agendaRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Michael Huber is about to step out from behind the curtain. As CEO of the Indy Chamber, he’ll be the face of the metro area’s largest business membership organization, rather than the brains behind top city initiatives.
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Some ad execs unsure about Indiana's NYC campaign

September 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. began last month running 15-second advertisements twice an hour promoting the state on the CBS Super Screen in Times Square.
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Local auto services firm plans to add 20 jobs

September 4, 2013
Express Motor Vehicle Administration Corp., a provider of managed services for auto dealers, insurance companies, corporations and financial institutions, said it will create the jobs by 2015 as part of a $700,000 expansion.
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Health firm plans move to Carmel, adding 675 jobs

August 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff
American Specialty Health, a California-based provider of wellness programs, plans to lease about 90,000 square feet of office space in Carmel and open its new headquarters next June.
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Indiana splashes economic message on Times Square

August 29, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The state has taken its economic development efforts to Times Square in New York City, where a couple of 15-second ads promoting Indiana are shown every hour on a 26-foot wide digital screen.
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Indy IT firm planning to add up to 400 workers

August 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Knowledge Services, founded by CEO Julie Bielawski in 1994, has been one of the city’s fastest-growing companies in recent years.
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  1. I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.

  2. Great news IRL fans: TURBO the IMS sanctioned movie about slugs running the Indy 500 has caught the Securities and Exchange Commission because Dreamworks had to take a $132MILLION write down...because the movie was such a flop. See, the Indy/IMS magic soiled another pair of drawers. Bwahahahahahaha! How's CARTOWN doing? HAHAHAHA...Indy is for losers.

  3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

  4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

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