Economy

VIEWPOINT: Arts are a good investment for business

June 6, 2005
Frank Basile
This summer, there are two red-letter days for the arts and cultural scene as well as our city and state: the official opening of the new home of the Herron School of Art on the IUPUI campus, which was set for June 3, and the dedication of the Indianapolis Art Center's ARTSPARK Aug. 21. These events are only two of the many activities in 2005 that will help position Indianapolis as an arts and cultural destination, a goal set by...
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Network Engineering Inc.: Computer firm remains flexible Owner says diversifying keeps company nimbleRestricted Content

June 6, 2005
Ed Callahan
He started the original version of his business back in 1984, fresh out of college. One Internet, one dot-com boom, one Y2K and one dot-com crash later, he's still in business. Spilker is president of Network Engineering Inc., which is essentially a spin-off of his original company, Information Engineering Inc. A lifelong Indianapolis resident, he graduated from Purdue University with a degree in computer technology. As soon as he graduated, he started Information Engineering because he wanted to run things...
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Interns follow unique paths: Some internships offer more freedom, creativityRestricted Content

June 6, 2005
Scott Olson
Internships can offer valuable learning experiences for college students looking to land the ideal job following graduation. But few provide an opportunity quite like the one extended by the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission in its quest to market the city as a cultural destination. By summer's end, three undergrads will have traipsed the Hoosier state visiting fairs and festivals in a van decorated with the large, red arrow becoming synonymous with the promotional campaign. Whether their itinerary includes stops at...
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Trade zone gets bigger: Expansion should help Duke, Anderson lure tenants who export, import goodsRestricted Content

June 6, 2005
Tammy Lieber
An expansion of Indianapolis' foreign trade zone to include Duke Realty Corp.'s west-side industrial parks might not result in a flood of new tenants for the local developer, but it's expected to help economic development officials lure firms that ship goods by truck and rail. Officials of Duke and central Indiana economic development agencies were to announce on June 3 that the local foreign trade zone has been expanded from 5,500 acres around the Indianapolis International Airport to 7,100 acres....
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A 'little' oil boom: More drilling expected in state as prices stay near recordRestricted Content

June 6, 2005
Chris O\'malley
"There is increased drilling. There's a lot of broke-ass oil producers down here that are experiencing a little boom," said Andrews, president of Vincennes-based Andrews Oil Properties. Oil producers like Andrews, "still driving the same Cadillac I had 15 years ago," know bet- ter than to entertain fantasies of striking it rich, however. Indiana oil production has been on the wane since a 12.6-million-barrel peak in 1956. Last year, only 1.75 million barrels were extracted from Indiana's sedimentary rock, according...
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Government intervention: cure is as bad as disease ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Government intervention: cure is as bad as diseaseRestricted Content

June 6, 2005
Patrick Barkey
ECONOMIC ANALYSIS Government intervention: cure is as bad as disease As you get older, you come to appreciate the old adage about doctors: They don't actually cure you, but they do sometimes let you trade in one ailment for another. That could be said equally for almost every situation where governments intervene in the privatesector economy. The solution to a problem inevitably creates a new problem. And in some cases, the cure is worse-and longer-lived-than the disease. We have come...
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JOHN KETZENBERGER Commentary: Time is ripe to heal racing riftRestricted Content

June 6, 2005
Roger Penske strode alone through Gasoline Alley 90 minutes before this year's Indy 500. With 13 wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, The Captain certainly knows how to get his drivers around the famed Brickyard. In the next line of garages, a crowd of race fans and media gathered before doors numbered 12, 13, 14 and 15 where Rahal Letterman was encamped. Rookie phenom Danica Patrick arrived on a golf cart and disappeared quickly into the relative calm before the...
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VIEWPOINT: Eastern time zone is Hoosiers' best betRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Michael Wells
The Indiana General Assembly crusade to enact daylight-saving time legislation was legendary. The rising and falling fortunes, near-defeats and ultimate success have been well-chronicled. It turns out, however, that one battle may be over, but the fight still must go on. An amendment to the original legislation requires the General Assembly and Gov. Mitch Daniels to petition the U.S. Department of Transportation to hold hearings throughout the state. The reason: to determine what time zone (Eastern or Central) the 77...
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Anderson incubator represents 'beginning': Officials hope new center will help revive economyRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Scott Olson
Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems LTD is the type of high-tech company Anderson officials are coveting for their new small-business incubator, the Flagship Enterprise Center. Founded in 2002 by Pete Bitar, XADS has a contract with the U.S. Marine Corps to develop a long-range, wireless stun gun, known as the StunStrike system. The patent-pending technology delivers a non-lethal electrical current to disable a human target. The prototypes include a rifle that can fire up to 15 feet and a vehiclemounted unit...
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BULLS & BEARS: To avoid pension turmoil take the money and investRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Dave Gilreath
On May 13, Tiger Woods missed a putt and, for the first time in seven years, didn't make the cut in a PGA tournament. Tiger wasn't so happy, but the guy who made the cut because of Tiger's miss was delighted. Two days before Tiger's historic miss, in a crowded Chicago courtroom, United Airlines won permission from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to renege on some of the pension payments it owed to retirees and employees. The decision was historic, as...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: With growth at both ends, job spectrum requires skillRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Patrick Barkey
When you study economic statistics for a living, it's easy to lose perspective on a lot of things. Take the labor market, for instance. In any given month, millions of American workers are hired and fired, promoted, demoted and transferred. Some drop out of the labor force to raise children or to go to school, while others retire altogether or begin new careers. When the smoke clears after all those changes, the statisticians in Indiana and in Washington tally it...
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Rule changes to get scrutiny: State agencies now must consider economic impactRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Scott Olson
Indiana's small-business owners will encounter a friendlier regulatory environment in July, when sweeping legislation takes effect requiring state agencies to consider the impact of their policies on small businesses before adopting them. House Enrolled Act 1822 should help ease the burden of what advocates consider unnecessary regulations on small businesses by requiring agencies that intend to change or adopt a rule to provide an economic-impact statement first. The statement must include a regulatory-flexibility analysis that evaluates alternative methods that could...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Expect more rate hikes by the Federal ReserveRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
Patrick Barkey
If the Federal Reserve's steady diet of interest rate increases is giving you or your business indigestion, I've got a suggestion for you-get used to it. The inflation winds in the U.S. economy are whipping up like they haven't in almost a decade, and it's up to our central bank to do something about it. We learned a few years ago that rapid advances in technology and globalization didn't make the national economy recession-proof, as some foolishly boasted. It looks...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Indiana needs action, not analysisRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
Morton Marcus
Indiana and other states have economic incentives for businesses. We try to attract new businesses, to keep businesses here, and to encourage existing businesses to expand. Yet we do not feel sufficiently successful. Often, we are told that our failing is the inadequate development of entrepreneurial firms. The guys and gals with bright ideas just don't get going in Indiana. Does our culture stifle creativity and the innovative spirit? Do our institutions make us docile and repress our flowering potential?...
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BULLS & BEARS: Using investors' cash well belies parking-it theoriesRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
Ken Skarbeck
When it comes to four-letter words, "cash" is perhaps the most despised in the investment business. Investors are regularly counseled to "remain fully invested at all times." There even is an industry adage that "cash is trash." The primary case against holding cash rolls off the tip of advisers' tongues like a Buddhist chant: "You can't time the market." Industry marketing pieces show that if you were out of the stock market on its best-performing days over the years, your...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Vibrant city can be built without oceans, mountainsRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
In late April and early May, two things happened. The Legislature adjourned on time and Forbes magazine released its seventh annual list of the best (and worst) metro areas to develop businesses and careers. Forbes based its ranking on business costs, living costs, education levels of the work force, qualityof-life issues as well as job and income growth and migration patterns. Indianapolis ranked 33rd out of 150 of the country's largest metro areas, and there's some good news in that...
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SPORTS Bill Benner: IRL vision falls short for driver on outside looking inRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
This will be the 10th Indianapolis 500 since the split-or chasm, or Grand Canyon-wide divide-in American open-wheel racing, and there is no question that the Indy Racing League and CART/Champ Car continue to suck the exhaust fumes of NASCAR. They lag well behind the taxi-cab series in crowds, television ratings, media coverage and corporate support. Why the knuckleheads who rule both open-wheel circuits stubbornly continue to go their own way is way beyond me, but I suspect the reason can...
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Building trades set for takeoff: Construction companies line up for first set of bids on $300M midfield terminalRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
Chris O\'malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority board on May 9 is expected to vote to approve the letting of the first six construction packages. They're worth a total of $70 million, said Midfield Program Manager John Kish. That's about a quarter of the $300 million terminal building's price tag. The $974 million midfield project also includes a new airport entrance at I-70 and Six Points Road. But it's the terminal building that has broad appeal to the trades. "I'd say this is...
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Demand stokes Coke: After slump, Citizens Gas unit adds workers, expects profitRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
Chris O\'malley
The bituminous-belching behemoth is as close as this city gets to 19th century industry. It is an anathema to economic strategists who would leave smokestacks behind and recast Indianapolis as a haven for the clean rooms of high- and biotechnology. And neighbors fear it's the source of elevated levels of benzene and other chemicals blamed for cancer. Yet the politically and environmentally incorrect Indianapolis Coke appears to be on a comeback-at least financially. The subsidiary of Citizens Gas & Coke...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: By changing our clocks, Hoosiers show progressRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
Patrick Barkey
The state of Indiana ended its isolation as a land of never-changing clocks when the Legislature gave its approval to a bill mandating the practice of daylight-saving time that has been the national standard for almost a quarter century. Next April, the question of what time it is in Indiana, from the point of view of the 98 percent of the domestic economy outside our borders, should finally be put to rest. That makes you either very happy or very...
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INVESTING Keenan Hauke: Changing times mean faster, more efficient marketsRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
I grew up 12 miles from Manhattan. By walking a quartermile up the hill from my house and looking east, I could clearly see the entire skyline. At night, when the World Trade Center was all lit up, it felt close enough to reach with a small jump. Lost in all the gleaming skyscrapers is an institution that is almost as old as our nation. And there are changes going on right now that spell the endgame for that institution...
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STATEHOUSE DISPATCH: Budget process smoother, but effect uncertainRestricted Content

May 2, 2005
Ed Feigenbaum
As legislative veterans well know, there is nothing like a deadline to force action. The April 29 date for final adjournment of the Indiana General Assembly's 2005 session did just that-helped along by new House rules requiring a proposed budget to be available to lawmakers at least 24 hours before a final vote. After some four months of sorting through philosophical issues, fiscal issues, political issues and sometimes even personal issues, lawmakers finally reached agreement on a biennial budget. At...
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An unemployment riddle defies logical explanation ECONOMIC ANALYSIS Patrick Barkey:Restricted Content

May 2, 2005
You may not believe it, but the data tell us it is true. Indiana is leading the Midwest in job growth. In fact, through the last 14 months, the state's employers have kept up with the national economy in net job creation, while Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan have seen their job totals remain stubbornly stagnant. But just as we are getting out the party hats to celebrate, along comes news of an entirely different tone on unemployment rates. The process...
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JOHN KETZENBERGER Commentary: Calling chits to save CraneRestricted Content

May 2, 2005
About halfway between Bill Cook's hometown of Bloomington and French Lick lies the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. Thanks to billionaire Cook's bet on the area's historic hotels, it looks like French Lick's riverboat is about to come in. But it also looks like Crane's ship, and the nearly 4,000 jobs that go along with it, is about to sail, and no amount of money can keep it in a Hoosier port. Indiana crapped out a decade ago when the...
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Experts see improving market: Higher occupancy rates, more construction projects mean good news for landlords, developersRestricted Content

April 25, 2005
IBJ: Is your sector of the construction or real estate industry better or worse off than a year ago and why? BURK: Overall, I think the Indianapolis office market is better off than it was a year ago. The occupancy rate for the 29-million-plus square feet of multitenant office properties in the market increased by about 2 percent last year, to 82.5 percent. There was positive net absorption of about 600,000 square feet, most of which occurred in the suburbs....
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  1. why oh why does this state continue to elect these people....do you wonder how much was graft out of the 3.8 billion?

  2. i too think this is a great idea. I think the vision and need is there as well. But also agree with Wendy that there may be better location in our city to fulfill this vision and help grow the sports of hockey and figure skating in Indy. Also to help further develop other parts of the city that seem often forgotten. Any of the other 6 townships out side of the three northernmost could benefit greatly from a facility and a vision like this. For a vision that sounds philanthropic, the location is appears more about the money. Would really like to see it elsewhere, but still wish the development the best of luck, as we can always use more ice in the city. As for the Ice growth when they return, if schedules can be coordinated with the Fuel, what could be better than to have high level hockey available to go see every weekend of the season? Good luck with the development and the return of the Ice.

  3. How many parking spaces do they have at Ironworks? Will residents have reserved spaces or will they have to troll for a space among the people that are there at Ruth Chris & Sangiovese?

  4. You do not get speeding ticket first time you speed and this is not first time Mr.Page has speed. One act should not define a man and this one act won't. He got off with a slap on the wrist. I agree with judge no person was injured by his actions. The state was robbed of money by paying too much rent for a building and that money could have been used for social services. The Page family maybe "generous" with their money but for most part all of it is dirty money that he obtained for sources that are not on the upright. Page is the kind of lawyer that gives lawyers a bad name. He paid off this judge like he has many other tine and walked away. Does he still have his license. I believe so. Hire him to get you confiscated drug money back. He will. It will cost you.

  5. I remain amazed at the level of expertise of the average Internet Television Executive. Obviously they have all the answers and know the business inside and out.

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