Economic Development

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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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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TOLLIVER: Warehousing, e-commerce merging in Indy areaRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Jason Tolliver / Special to IBJ
As consumers, our need for instant gratification has never been greater, as evidenced by the rise of e-commerce. Shopping online and receiving an order that same day or the next is replacing the expectations of old, when we received our orders in a week or so.
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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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Indiana college towns lag in snaring startup activityRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Dan Human
Bloomington, Lafayette metro areas are not capitalizing fully on tech transfer from their universities.
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Purdue, Indiana universities churning out more patents, startupsRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Dan Human
Unbelievable as it would have sounded even a few years ago, Purdue and IU now both produce more startup companies annually than most of the schools at the heart of the famed entrepreneurial hubs in Colorado, Utah and North Carolina.
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Purdue makes big push into state's pharma industry

November 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
With a $60 million-plus investment, the university aims to take molecules from discovery to clinical trials.
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The brain drain in Indiana is a myth

September 14, 2013
An IBJ analysis of surveys of the nation’s college seniors shows Indiana has less of a brain drain than most other states. Instead, what ails Indiana is the lack of a “brain gain” of educated adults.
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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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New lights only the beginning for Brickyard changesRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Everything is on the table for consideration, says new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles.
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Pence touring agribusinesses

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
Governor, along with Lt. Gov. Ellspermann and ag director Gina Sheets, hopes to discuss potential for growth.
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HEMPSTEAD: Indianapolis approaching important tipping pointRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Sarah Hempstead
Confluence of trends, developments offer special opportunity.
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DANZ: Indianapolis tech community should build momentumRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Kristine Danz / Special to IBJ
More money, mentoring would add fuel to lively industry.
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MORRISON: Obesity extracting huge cost in competitivenessRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Ed Morrison / Special to IBJ
A friend recently asked me, “What’s the connection between healthy communities and economic development?” I set out to explain why no community can compete in today’s economy without healthy brainpower.
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TIF expert is adviser to many municipalitiesRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Scott Olson
Loren Matthes helped broker first tax-increment financing deal in the state
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Sound equipment retailer plans expansion, 316 jobs

June 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A Fort Wayne-based retailer of music and sound equipment said Friday that it plans an expansion that would roughly double the size of its headquarters campus and create more than 300 jobs by 2016.
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Sound equipment retailer launching expansionRestricted Content

June 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Sweetwater Sound Inc. in Fort Wayne plans to invest $23.5 millon and hire 316 additional workers within four years.
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Not-for-profit hoping to grow microloan program

May 26, 2012
Scott Olson
Small amounts of funding often ignored by larger banks.
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SCHREIBER: Innovation will drive health care industryRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Entrepreneurship needs broader encouragement, and is targeted in a new plan.
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Right-to-work boosting job-marketing efforts in IndianaRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Scott Olson
Local economic development groups are wasting no time touting Indiana's new right-to-work law, a spot check shows.
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GLADDEN: Build the Indianapolis brand with the very best service

February 11, 2012
James Gladden / Special to IBJ
The innovation that led to the execution of Super Bowl XLVI was truly remarkable. On so many dimensions (crowd sizes in Super Bowl Village, scarves, the Legacy project, volunteers, murals and Super Service to name a few), Indianapolis demonstrated that it is a first-class city. It demonstrated once again, and on a level never before seen, that Indianapolis is a best practice for those studying hallmark event execution.
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Indiana drawing more people, businesses across state lines

October 8, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana saw more people move to the state than leave between 2005 and 2009 despite a decreased mobility nationwide attributed to the recession.
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GM site ripe for manufacturing or a judicial centerRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Chris Barnett / Special to IBJ
The Urban Land Institute panel’s plan for the General Motors plant site ignores some realities in favor of presenting a relatively predictable New Urbanism redevelopment plan.
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Global micro lender Grameen ramps up in IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Low-income women could receive loans in weeks.
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Indiana life sciences leaders look toward the futureRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Eli Lilly and Co. vice president Richard Dimarchi, BioCrossroads President David Johnson, angel investor Oscar Moralez and Purdue University Senior Vice President Alan Rebar discuss issues ranging from the depth of the life sciences industry in Indiana to venture capital and Purdue's Discovery Park.
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