Economic Development

UPDATE: Hoosier roots keep Jarden Home HQ in Indiana

July 9, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Jarden Home Brands considered out-of-state sites for a new distribution center to serve its growing consumer-products business, but leaders opted to stay close to home. The Daleville-based company plans to move its headquarters to Fishers.
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Jarden Corp. unit plans HQ in Fishers

July 9, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A subsidiary of the consumer products giant behind Ball jars, Yankee Candles, Crock-Pots and Coleman tents plans to spend nearly $22 million to open a regional headquarters and distribution center in Fishers that could employ nearly 300.
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Greensburg factory to invest $28M, add 250 workers

July 8, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Workers will be hired as global firm Valeo buys new equipment for its 400,000-square-foot engine cooling factory to start new product lines for Honda, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford.
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Web startup Bookit planning expansion

July 7, 2014
Dan Human
Bookit Commerce Inc., which operates the website bookacoach.com, plans to hire 93 people by 2018, the locally based company announced Monday morning.
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Quest for development grant sparks infighting in Nashville

July 6, 2014
Associated Press
The town is one of six finalists to be a Stellar Community, which brings money and support to help spur economic development. But not everyone is happy with how the application process has gone.
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Book publisher plans 313 distribution jobs in Indiana

July 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Penguin Random House LLC, the world's largest consumer book publisher, plans to consolidate much of its U.S. distribution operations in Crawfordsville, the company announced Wednesday morning.
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Local software startup plans expansion, 74 hires

July 1, 2014
Dan Human
Software startup Lesson.ly LLC is looking for new space to accomodate the expansion. It is eyeing three possible locations, all downtown, and it will likely move within the next three months, CEO Max Yoder said.
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Indy lands huge volleyball event with $59M impact

June 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis is expecting 15,000 athletes and 30,000 spectators for the 2016 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.
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Tech firm plans 400 jobs in Kokomo, Carmel

June 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Systems in Motion LLC, a California-based technology consulting firm, expects to invest up to $5.4 million to lease, renovate and equip its new digs.
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Pence to visit United Kingdom on economic development trip

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is leading a group of business and community leaders on a jobs mission to the United Kingdom next month.
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Notre Dame, GE plan turbine-research facility in Indiana

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
The University of Notre Dame and General Electric Co. on Thursday announced plans to partner in a $36 million research and test facility for massive gas turbine engines used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants, and the oil and gas industry.
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Indiana to study peer cities to learn growth strategies

June 25, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. will conduct a study to compare Indiana cities to others across the region that are economically booming, the IEDC announced Wednesday.
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Muncie leaders keeping close eye on vehicle project

June 22, 2014
Associated Press
Muncie officials are carefully watching a project that promised to bring hundreds of jobs to the city, saying the company's production schedule doesn't match up with timeframes announced last year.
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Audit finds 'intentional misuse' of funds by Elevate Ventures

June 19, 2014
Dan Human, Associated Press
The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury Department says Elevate Ventures “intentionally misused” almost $500,000 in taxpayer funds when the state contractor invested in a company run by its board chairman.
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Wal-Mart to open e-commerce center in Plainfield

June 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The giant retailer said it will build a 1.2.-million-square-foot e-commerce fulfillment facility in the AllPoints Midwest industrial park that will employ up to 303 workers by 2016.
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Interactive Intelligence seeks city tax breaks for expansion

June 17, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis is considering nearly $2.6 million in tax breaks over 10 years as an incentive for Interactive Intelligence's planned $28 million investment.
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Pay raises going mainly to those in select industries

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.
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ConAgra expanding Indiana popcorn facility

June 11, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
ConAgra Foods says it will spend nearly $9 million to expand its popcorn production operations in northwestern Indiana, where it expects to add up to 80 workers in the coming year.
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Roberts leaving downtown location as part of $2.5M expansion

June 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The retailer of photo, video and electronics equipment will move from 255 S. Meridian St. to larger downtown space at 220 E. St. Clair St. Roberts plans to add 35 workers by 2018.
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Tiny Sheridan girds for inevitable growth

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The tiny Hamilton County community is mindful of sprawl in Carmel and Fishers, and is determined to absorb growth on its own terms.
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Fishers OKs tax break for medical building

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cornerstone Cos. plans to locate the $11 million project near Interstate 69.
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States could be expanding wealth gap with tax policies

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
Politicians in Indiana and other states hope tax cuts for businesses will boost their economies, but those and other moves could be contributing to the income gap limiting growth in U.S. consumer spending.
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Online grocer plans 238 jobs in Indianapolis

June 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Peapod Inc., an online grocery-delivery service, is seeking city tax incentives to help it with an expansion that would create 238 jobs by 2018. The jobs would pay about $15 per hour.
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Indy's Evolution: Johnson County steps up growth chaseRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Dan Human
The county south of Indianapolis was king of the suburbs in the 1970s, but now has fallen far behind Hamilton to the north in population and income, and in recent years slipped behind Hendricks County to the west.
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Pedcor angling for $16M subsidy for City Center expansion

May 31, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Preliminary plans call for starting work on a parking garage and as many as three mixed-use buildings this fall, with another half-dozen projects in the pipeline.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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