Economy

Central Indiana colleges on alert to slow spendingRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
J.K. Wall
Most colleges and universities in central Indiana are being especially frugal because the value of their university endowments has plunged along with the market,donations may decrease, and enrollment may decline, due to lack of student loan availability.
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Automotive Finance Corp. writes off $162 million, reflecting slow auto salesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Slowing auto sales have forced Carmel-based Automotive Finance Corp., which lends money to car dealers to buy used vehicles at auction, to take a big write-off on the declining value of its loan portfolio.
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Fishers tables $100M developmentRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
An Ohio developer and the town of Fishers have agreed to cancel a 2007 development agreement that called for a $100-million mixed-use project featuring 250,000 square feet of retail space and 150,000 square feet of office.
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Budget cuts threaten local economic data analysisRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Budget cuts could eliminate programs that gather and analyze local and state economic data. This would hurt businesses and economic development officials, since they would not have the data that helps them see how their market differs from the state and the nation.
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Emmis struggling to stay in good stead with lendersRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Greg Andrews
Emmis Communications Corp. struggles to contain expenses and minimize debts due to radio advertising shortfalls.
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Here are tips for small biz survival during recessionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Mickey Maurer
For small businesses to survive, they must be prepared to withstand economic difficulties for some time...
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Fed's TARP changes adding to anxietiesRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
Experts with the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the government's financial bailout program, are struggling to figure out how best to relieve America's financial mess.
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Hospitality industry needs state supportRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
At this difficult time in the country's economic life, state leaders should invest in tourism promotion and development.
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Economists research, analyze trendsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Mike Hicks
Most economists spend some time teaching, but the vast majority of our time is spent doing research.
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Indiana CEOs are cautious during financial mayhemRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Greg Andrews

CEOs with Simon Property, Duke Realty Corp. and Interactive Intelligence Inc. report that their companies are taking an uncharacteristically cautious approach to acquisitions and investments, given the faltering economy.

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Architects and business leaders must work together to prudently maintain, build quality buildingsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Don Altemeyer
Especially during a recession, architects need to build strategies to reach new and existing clients and provide them cost-effective design and construction options.
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DBSI, an Idaho company with Indiana properties, faces class-action suitRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Cory Schouten

DBSI, an Idaho real estate firm with 250 properties worth $2 billion faces a class-action suit. Some of its properties and investors are in Indianapolis.

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Bailout helping PNC take over NatCityRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Cory Schouten
After a 17-year run in Indianapolis, National City's trademark green signs are set to be replaced with the blue of Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial. The $5.6 billion deal raises questions about the government's growing involvement in banking.
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Lending, deposits increase at credit unions despite subpar economyRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Cory Schouten
While many banks were getting drunk on loose lending in the last few years, most credit unions stuck to conservative lending and other plain-vanilla banking practices.
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After record election revenues, TV ad income may hit 10-year lowRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
With the economic swoon and no political ad campaigns in 2009, TV ad revenue could hit a 10-year low next year.
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Market plunge makes investments in good firms a bargainRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
The stock market rout that began in September and picked up steam in October has taken some quality companies to prices that are the cheapest they have been in decades.
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Local startup offers 'virtual' resume managementRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
In September, Jeff Bockelman launched CareerScribe LLC, a local Web forum where users can "virtually" manage their resumes.
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Hospitals suffer from spiking bond interest rates, investment lossesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals have suffered a double whammy of spiking interest rates on their bonds and heavy losses in their investment portfolios and are trying to save cash any way they can.
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City prepares to compete for mega-conventions, risks losing small eventsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Over the years, the city has made a name for itself by hosting a handful of large conventions and a bevy of small and midsize gatherings.  But as companies and other organizations tighten their belts, the number of conventions held nationwide is expected to shrink in the months ahead.

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BEHIND THE NEWS: Plunge takes bloom off investing stars-at least for nowRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Greg Andrews
You think the recent stock-market gyrations have been g u t - w r e n c h i n g ? Imagine if you're responsible not just for your own money, but for millions of dollars others have entrusted to you. That's the reality for Indiana's professional money managers, who collectively oversee billions of dollars. In good times, top-performing managers of mutual funds and individual accounts are treated like heroes, heralded with features in Barron's or appearances on CNBC....
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Benefits to buying or leasing in a troubled economyRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Keith R.
As real estate professionals well know, a troubled economy is making it harder to negotiate and close deals. However, buying or leasing real estate in a troubled economy also provides great opportunities for buyers and tenants. Real estate brokers often talk about it being a buyer's and renter's market and focus on selection and price; however, there are several other benefits when buying or leasing commercial real estate in a troubled economy. These additional benefits include tax abatements or credits...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: What Halloween can teach us about economicsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Mike Hicks
The week of Halloween at the Hicks household is also the week we learn about taxes. It is a natural combination-they are both kind of scary and involve giving up something you've worked for to someone else. Having three kids of different ages and interests is especially instructive. My fourth-grader is all about the experience of trick or treating with friends. She is likely to savor every minute chatting, holding hands and skipping along. She is not trying to maximize...
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Pacers cut costs, boost marketing to break even within three yearsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

The Indiana Pacers are ratcheting up sales and marketing initiatives while cutting costs elsewhere in an effort to simultaneously ride out the economic storm and boost attendance. The team has little hope of being profitable this year-or even breaking even, said Pacers President Jim Morris, but he added that within three years the franchise's financial status should be much improved.


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No perfect fit for Main Street: Small-business owners fall on both sides of political lineRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Whitney Lee
Joe the Plumber has been getting plenty of attention in recent weeks, but what about Kimberly the Merchant or John the Manufacturer? For all the talk about whether this year's presidential candidates favor Wall Street or Main Street, there's little discussion of the fact that neither Democrat Barack Obama nor Republican John McCain may be perfect for all small-business owners. Indianapolis manufacturing firm owner John Raine is backing McCain because of his stance on taxes and labor unions. Local shop...
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Flat passenger counts not seen as threat to paying debt on midfield terminalRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Chris O\'malley

The big debt payments on the $1.1 billion midfield terminal at Indianapolis International Airport start coming due in January--just as a recession hits and the battered airline industry cuts capacity. Despite the likely prospect of fewer passengers than projected in the next year or two, airport managers say they don't anticipate problems shouldering the roughly $40 million a year in debt burden over the next 30 years for the new facility.


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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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