Economy

RV industry leaders say rebound picking up speed

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Key manufacturers and suppliers have announced recent expansions, the stock market is at an all-time high, and consumers are more confident in the future, industry leaders say.
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Condos making comeback in IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The market is starting to wake up after years of slumber caused by the housing downturn.
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New judicial center would set off an office exodus downtown

August 9, 2014
Scott Olson
New justice center would clear swaths of offices, raising vacancy rates at a time when the market is struggling.
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BOHLER SMITH: Forsaken vacation hits business two waysRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Jamie Bohler Smith / Special to IBJ
There is truth in the old adage that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but it also makes Jack unhappier, less healthy and not as effective of an employee.
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Home buyer tastes have shifted since housing bust

June 28, 2014
Scott Olson
Old standbys are have been replaced by new features and colors. The changes range from rooms to styles.
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Pence hosts conservatives for Indiana tax summit

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
The governor is hosting a group of state and national tax experts to consider ways to overhaul the state's tax code.
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INDIANA 100: Manufacturing employment lags recovery of sectorRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Sam Stall
Emphasis on efficiency, technology is softening job demand.
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Can Ball State University keep its vibrancy?

May 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Incoming President Paul W. Ferguson must escape harsh realities to continue the university's impressive gains.
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Indiana adds jobs, sees April unemployment rate slip

May 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Non-farm employment in the state increased 0.1 percent, or by 4,200 jobs, from March. The jobless rate fell to 5.7 percent from 5.9 percent, its ninth straight monthly decline.
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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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Investment manager sees good growth prospects for 2014

January 4, 2014
Norm Heikens
Tom Pence predicts change for U.S. manufacturing.
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IU economists: Sluggish growth to continue into 2014

November 6, 2013
Norm Heikens
Thank the government for a subpar outlook, Indiana University economists said prior to kicking off their annual forecast road show Wednesday morning in Indianapolis.
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REED: Indiana's bank, thrift stocks fully recoveredRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
John Reed
Most remember well the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession. The problems were complex and big, and there were many villains and many more victims.
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Boomers face downsizing dilemma in IndianapolisRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Norm Heikens
Changing tastes, economic uncertainty could crimp sale prices for boomers wanting to move into smaller quarters.
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New homebuilders take root in Indy after downturn

August 31, 2013
Scott Olson
Out-of-state builders scooped up lots during the housing downturn, and now are watching their gambles pay off as they become major local players.
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Indianapolis-area housing statistics

August 31, 2013
A detailed look at home sales and demographics.
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Indiana state banks regaining pre-meltdown assetsRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Recovery doesn't mean banks have escaped challenges.
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State, Indy area added jobs in May; unemployment rates fall

June 21, 2013
The jobless rate in the Indianapolis metropolitan area improved in May to 7.4 percent from 7.6 percent a year ago.
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Temp workers are both canaries, spring robinsRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Norm Heikens
The job category is getting more scrutiny from economy-watchers.
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Sales of boomer-owned businesses deemed close at hand

June 8, 2013
Norm Heikens
Several factors have aligned to spark the long-expected trend.
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Indiana adds jobs; unemployment rate slips

May 17, 2013
Indiana added 4,400 nonfarm jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell slightly, to 8.5 percent, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Friday morning.
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Indiana credit unions are booming again

May 11, 2013
Norm Heikens, Chris O'Malley
Credit unions last year posted record earnings, thanks largely to lower loan-loss reserves, as well as to growing memberships, growing debit cards, selling off mortgages and stealing business loans away from banks, their arch rivals.
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FARRA: Don't expect big dividends from banks anytime soon

May 11, 2013
George Farra / Special to IBJ
Banks will not return to their status as reliable sources of shareholder dividends for three years or longer.
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HAGERMAN: Turbulent times like these not for the faint of heartRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Jeff Hagerman
Strategic planning for market-sector success in commercial real estate has always been difficult and risky, but the past five years of the recession have only compounded this uncertainty.
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Applications to Indiana law schools witherRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Scott Olson
Applications to three of the four law schools in the state are in free fall as prospective students think twice about taking on mountains of debt at a time job prospects are dim.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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