Economy

Indianapolis hotels feel pain of national slumpRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Hotel occupancy rates are way down in Indianapolis, as they are elsewhere, but local operators and national analysts think the city is in a good position to bounce back when the economy improves.
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Battered manufacturing towns hungry for food processorsRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Economic development officials like the stability of the food business, though wages typically are mediocre.
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HICKS: Muncie's status quo is high taxes, poor service

July 13, 2009
Mike Hicks
Property-tax caps, as well as a dwindling population and commercial base, have left Muncie in the uncomfortable situation of cutting budgets. Since the bulk of costs are related to fire and police salaries, few options are available. The city has turned to the short length of rope the Legislature offered amid the debate on property tax caps—the Local Option Income Tax.
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HICKS: Certain unemployment causes worse than othersRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Mike Hicks
Unemployment often is a necessary and natural part of a healthy economy. But job losses that come when workers or even entire industries become redundant are especially painful.
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MARCUS: Grouch finds good in the economyRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Morton Marcus
To use a gardening metaphor, have the courage to prune back in a tough economy, and plant new seeds before the weather improves.
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KELLER: The party's over for IU Law grads as stapped firms trim opportunitiesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Michael Keller
Fledgling attorneys face a legal industry in defensive mode, resulting in drooping employment figures.
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Half of state's public-company CEOs saw pay rise in 2008

June 22, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
For investors, 2008 was the worst year since the Great Depression. Even so, more than half of the state's public-company executives saw the value of their pay packages rise from 2007—despite the fact that only 10 of the companies posted a positive total return in 2008, and 46 companies shed more than one-third of their stock market value.
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Boomtown on hold: Recession delays Honda's full impact on GreensburgRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jobs created by the new manufacturing plant have been offset by losses elsewhere in the community, and related development remains scarce. But local officials remain optimistic about Honda's long-term impact.
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Unprecedented economic forecast revision will frame special sessionRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
With the help of outside economists, Indiana government undergoes an economic forecast every other yearâ??a process that's taken on increased importance this spring, as Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Legislature attempt to craft a two-year budget amid the deepest recession since the early 1980s.
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Recession toughens faith communitiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
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Churches look for ways to pay off construction projects planned before recession took toll on collection platesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
In Indianapolis and around the country, congregations that expanded before the recession are now taking drastic measures, including budget cuts that have resulted in layoffs, salary reductions and giving less to charities.
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Fiscal crisis calls for drastic measureRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels will call the Legislature into special session to pass an acceptable budget, but some legislators think a budget that would satisfy the governor cannot be crafted by the contentious partisans in this developing fiasco.
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Tough times require determined leaderRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
Someone once told me it's easy to run an organization when times are good. It's when times are tough that things get difficult. Well, we're definitely there.
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Embracing risk key to economic revivalRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
A strong economy requires risk-takers, and it is the bold and brash who will seize opportunities as the economy rebounds.
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Data can be deceiving when the economy slowsRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Investors today are dealing with a variety of calculation problems when attempting to determine if stocks are attractive values. Some of the more common ratios and statistical measures that investors regularly employ to value businesses become skewed in an economic downturn.
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Indiana wages now well below averageRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Morton Marcus
Last week the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its estimates of county personal income and all the detail comprising those data.
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'Buy local' offers no protection for bad businessesRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Mike Hicks
These days, the "buy local" crowd seems to have a stronger voice. I am gleeful about this for a variety of reasons, but it is helpful to view some of their claims with a bit of skepticism. At least that is what economists should do.
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Federal stimulus trickles downRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
There's a smorgasbord available for small businesses in the federal stimulus package. The trick is figuring out how to get a plate. Plenty of local experts are serving up access to the buffet. And some entrepreneurs are digging in. But others consider the stimulus warmed-over leftovers.
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Central Indiana could lead economic recoveryRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Drew Klacik
Every day, we get more bad economic news. While I'm not smart enough to know when the global economy will rebound or how strong the rebound will be, I do believe central Indiana and the Midwest are well-positioned to lead the recovery.
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Is poor management Indiana's problem?Restricted Content

April 27, 2009
Morton Marcus
Hoosiers identify many factors contributing to our state's long-term economic difficulties. It is fashionable to blame our workers. It is easy to decry a lack of natural amenities: no mountains, no coral reefs. Our public schools are inferior and perhaps our higher education is overrated. Our taxes are too high but we have substandard government services. We ain't got no culture. Rarely do we hear anyone say that our problem is management.
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White River Capital negotiating new terms for its First Chicago Bancorp mergerRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In a March 13 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, publicly traded White River revealed it's postponed its merger with First Chicago Bancorp, and now is negotiating new terms.
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Lauth, a once-booming developer, has sliced 90 percent of work force, lost control of some propertiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Struggling developer Lauth Group Inc. has cut about 90 percent of its staff and lost control of part of its portfolio to a major equity partner-developments that raise doubts about whether the locally based company can survive the recession.
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Prolonged woes reshape Connersville, city once known as 'Little Detroit'Restricted Content

April 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
With economists predicting the statewide unemployment average will reach 10 percent this year, the experience of a hard-hit city like Connersville offers a glimpse of what lies ahead for other manufacturing-reliant Hoosier communities.
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Recession slices into golf business; courses roll out promotionsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana golf course operators are nervous about how the recession might lead to fewer golfers and lost revenue.
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Hungry for customers, restaurateurs dangle dealsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Sam Stall

Restaurateurs are responding to the recession, be they the proprietors of fine-dining establishments or burger joints, by offering low-cost dining deals.

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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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