Economic Development

Reagan's supply-side guru to address accountants in Indy

November 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Arthur Laffer is reviled by the big-government crowd for blaming high tax rates for slow economic growth. He'll discuss his cautionary tale for states while in Indianapolis next week.
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Strategist: Get ready for steady economic growth

October 30, 2013
Norm Heikens
Forecast 2014 Watch
                           video iconBusinesses will begin using their profits and horded cash to reinvest in themselves in 2014, helping push economic growth back to a more comfortable 2.5 percent, according to John Augustine, chief market strategist for Fifth Third Bank.
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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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Indiana working poor highlighted in pair of studies

October 20, 2013
Associated Press
The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 182,000 residents fall into a health insurance coverage GAP, and a jobs study found almost half of Indiana's fast food workers are also receiving public assistance.
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Indy pitches in to continue Amtrak line to Chicago

October 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Associated Press
Communities on Amtrak's Hoosier State line from Indianapolis to Chicago will help continue the service for at least a year.
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Three cities seek grant to boost manufacturing

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Three central Indiana cities that once had thousands of auto workers have joined together in seeking a $20 million federal grant to help attract new businesses to their empty factories.
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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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Pacers land IEDC as court sponsorRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers have brokered a deal with an unusual sponsor—the Indiana Economic Development Corp.—to become the first of 30 National Basketball Association teams to sell courtside ads emblazoned on the hardwood.
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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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End of major state highway project could mark start of growth

October 7, 2013
Associated Press
The almost-completed $383 million State Road 25 Hoosier Heartland Highway Corridor project is expected to create economic development opportunities from West Lafayette to Fort Wayne.
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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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Auction lands $2.1 million for Elona Biotech assets

September 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Elona went into receivership in June after Greenwood officials filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the firm. The company failed after receiving more than $8 million in economic development incentives from the city over the past three years.
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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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Dallara sees Indy operations as springboard for U.S. expansionRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Dallara is preparing to install a $5 million automobile simulator in its Speedway plant—a move that could fuel the company’s plan to dramatically grow its local operation.
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Fishers plans new development on train-station site

September 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Incentive deals are on the table to keep two high-potential businesses in Fishers, and the town is poised to pull the trigger on redevelopment of the Fishers Train Station property—where one of the firms could occupy third-floor office space.
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GE dropped planned investment in Bloomington factory

September 20, 2013
Associated Press
A GE Appliances spokeswoman says a $161 million investment announced three years ago was never made at a southern Indiana refrigerator factory where 160 jobs are now being cut.
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Anderson leaders work to make most of gateways

September 20, 2013
Associated Press
A group of Anderson business and civic leaders is focusing on ways to change perceptions of those traveling into the city by improving interstate entrances.
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Central Indiana mayor traveling to Italy to lure business

September 20, 2013
Associated Press
Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said he'll meet with executives from five manufacturing companies near the city of Milan during the trip that starts Saturday.
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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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Lottery sales lag forecast under new manager

September 18, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Hoosier Lottery is running about 17 percent behind projections for surplus revenue in July and August under manager Gtech Indiana, a subsidiary of a firm that also has missed its forecasts for the Illinois lottery.
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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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Too few jobs in Indiana for science, tech graduatesRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana’s problem with brain drain is that its business community is too weak to offer enough jobs or high enough pay to keep graduates with the best money-making potential—those with degrees in science, technology, engineering, math and business.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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