Economic Development

Large crowds buoying pro sports teams

August 30, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
There’s never been a better time to be a professional sports franchise operator in Indianapolis. Season-ticket renewal rates and attendance are near record levels. But some observers wonder whether too much of a good thing could turn into a bad thing if spending on sports outruns growth in the local economy.
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UPDATE: Tech entrepreneur Braun named DWD commissioner

August 28, 2014
Jeff Newman
State Rep. Steve Braun, an entrepreneur who sold a publicly traded technology company a decade ago, will take over leadership of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in late November, Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday morning.
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Boone County agency taps native as eco-devo leader

August 28, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Molly Whitehead joined Boone Economic Development Corp. as executive director Aug. 18, a little more than a month after predecessor Bryan Brackemyre left for a job at Ernst & Young.
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Ten local innovations chosen to reap awards

August 27, 2014
Norm Heikens
New things ranging from apprenticeships to beer dispensers to the Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan exhibit are in line for awards at this year’s Day of Innovation at Hilbert Circle Theatre.
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HQ move earns pharma firm another tax break

August 27, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A Carmel-based institutional pharmacy plans to invest $8 million expanding its Noblesville operations, which include its headquarters. On Tuesday, it received its second tax-incentive deal from the city in two years.
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U.S. economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year — hurt by a poor first-quarter performance. This new assessment is considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration's.
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Feds' new data adds shine to Hoosier incomes

August 23, 2014
Norm Heikens
In April, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis began considering cost of living alongside the stew of income figures it has long collected, and the new, adjusted income numbers make both the metro area and the state look like better places to live.
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Noblesville eyes plans for $10M park, amphitheater

August 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Officials hope to bolster the city's "hipstoric" downtown and jump-start redevelopment of a key community gateway. But the price strikes some as steep.
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Indianapolis Downtown Inc. to go by new name

August 20, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Downtown Inc., a 21-year-old public-private promotional group, plans to do business under a new name as part of a strategic plan, it announced Wednesday morning.
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Carmel sports marketing firm plans headquarters expansion

August 19, 2014
U/S Sports Advisors said it will spend $1.1 million on an expansion at its Carmel headquarters, increasing employment by 36 jobs by the end of 2018.
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Real estate company proposing $26 million development

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Becknell Industrial LLC has proposed a $26 million, three-building development on the northwest side of Indianapolis that would be ready for tenants by early 2015.
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Cardinal Health unit seeks tax breaks for local drug facility

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. is seeking tax breaks from the city of Indianapolis to help it open a $14.4 million local drug-production facility that would employ 85 workers by 2017.
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Sun King plans $8.8M brewery, tasting room in Fishers

August 18, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Homegrown craft-beer maker Sun King Brewing Co. plans to build a second production facility and tasting room in Fishers, adding capacity as it widens its reach. The Town Council will consider a $2.5M economic development deal Monday night.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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Mattress maker plans 300 jobs in Plainfield

August 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. plans to open a manufacturing and distribution facility in Plainfield, creating up to 300 jobs by the end of 2015, the Lexington, Kentucky-based company announced Thursday afternoon.
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State needs better water management, report says

August 8, 2014
Associated Press, Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce warns that demand for water from businesses and residents could outstrip the available supply in coming decades.
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Report: Indiana consumer spending rebounds from recession

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
A new report by the U.S. Commerce Department shows that consumer spending in Indiana has rebounded from the end of the Great Recession faster than the national average.
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Hospital services center to hire up to 320 workers

August 7, 2014
 IBJ Staff
An affiliate of Lutheran Health Network in northeast Indiana that concentrates on health-related businesses services expects to nearly triple its workforce.
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Elwood Staffing to add 40 jobs at Columbus HQ

August 5, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The company, which already employs 200 in Indiana and 1,000 across the country, will accommodate the expansion by buying and renovating a building across the street from its current headquarters.
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ITT Educational shares reeling after deal falls through

August 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
The real estate deal would have brought as much as $119.1 million for the struggling, Carmel-based education firm.
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Green BEAN Delivery plans $3.8M expansion

August 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The fast-growing local company, which already employs more than 200, plans to add up to 105 workers by 2024.
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Carmel budget hawks want harder line on deals with developers

July 26, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Carmel Redevelopment Commission’s 2014 revenue is estimated to exceed expenses by less than $100,000—a narrow margin for an agency with annual debt payments totaling $17.5 million.
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Lowe's plans massive local call center, sources say

July 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home improvement retail giant Lowe’s Companies Inc. plans to open a call center on the northwest side of Indianapolis that could employ as many as 1,000 workers, sources familiar with the deal said Monday.
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Developer seeks $11.5M subsidy for Carmel project

July 21, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Edward Rose Development Group is asking the city to issue tax-increment financing bonds to help pay for a parking garage and infrastructure in an $80 million project it's planning.
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Pence wraps up UK trade trip after blitz of meetings

July 17, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The governor met Wednesday with a company considering Indiana for its U.S. operations, but his office would not identify the firm.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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