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EDITORIAL: Doubling down on life sciences is right ideaRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Economic Development Corp.’s proposal to create a $30 million venture fund dedicated to life sciences startups is good news for a valuable sector of our state economy that has been losing out to the more investor-friendly high-tech sector.
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EDITORIAL: Highways, transit not either/or choiceRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Any discussion of the state’s transportation priorities would be incomplete without including the one topic legislators have been reluctant to take on: mass transit.
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EDITORIAL: Praise for entrepreneurs who seize the momentRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
The three real estate developers profiled in our Commercial Real Estate Focus section this week personify that maxim—wisdom that we often lose sight of in the midst of economic hardship.
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EDITORIAL: Holiday giving should last all yearRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Tis the season to give—and we’re not talking about the shop-till-you-drop display of conspicuous consumption that started before the Thanksgiving leftovers were even cold.
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EDITORIAL: Transit question is 'how,' not 'if'Restricted Content

November 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Mass transit advocates held a rally here to kick off Indy Connect Now, their latest attempt to convince state legislators that voters in Marion and Hamilton counties should be allowed to decide whether to fund creation of a $1.3 billion bus and light rail system in central Indiana.
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EDITORIAL: University bloat ripe for reviewRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The number of administrative workers at Purdue shot up 54 percent in the past decade, nearly eight times the increase in tenured and non-tenured faculty, Bloomberg reported. Meanwhile, the cost for room, board and other expenses for attending the university swelled 60 percent.
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EDITORIAL: Pence should stick with business game planRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
It will soon be time for newly elected governor Mike Pence to prove his critics wrong. Pence beat challenger John Gregg in a closer-than-expected race in which he was accused of using his campaign’s major themes—jobs and the economy—to hide his conservative social agenda from Hoosier voters.
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EDITORIAL: IndyCar board overreactedRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The board's dismissal of CEO Randy Bernard seemed to cut a change agent off at the knees, and that could come back to haunt them.
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EDITORIAL: Convention biz needs quick solution to flight woesRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Last week’s IBJ reported on an entirely different consequence of the direct-flight problem that should—must—break us out of our stupor and get something done.
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EDITORIAL: Council's $15M CIB raid is shortsightedRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Democrats on the Indianapolis City-County Council who voted to plug a hole in the city budget by charging the Capital Improvement Board $15 million risk creating more problems than they solved.
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EDITORIAL: City waterways plan awash in promiseRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
It’s invigorating to see the big potential of grass-roots economic development efforts. Take, for example, the Reconnecting to Our Waterways initiative, a mammoth plan to use six waterways in the city to attract investment and improve the neighborhoods that surround them.
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EDITORIAL: Residents' health a weighty issueRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
The projections released last month by Trust for America’s Health were sobering: By 2030, more than half of Hoosiers will be obese.
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EDITORIAL: It's time for Mayor Ballard to take the batonRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A few weeks ago in this space, we called for someone—anyone—to step forward to take a leadership role in resolving the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s labor dispute. The silence has been deafening.
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EDITORIAL: More Brainard scrutiny overdueRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff
In a former life, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard was a real estate attorney. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that splashy development projects have been a hallmark of his four terms as mayor.
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EDITORIAL: Stop obstructing TIF projectsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
We applaud the move by certain Democrats on the City-County Council last month to advance a proposal to expand the downtown tax increment financing district. Now we’re counting on the full council to pass it when it’s eligible for consideration at the council’s Sept. 17 meeting.
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EDITORIAL: Rally to save the symphonyRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is in a mess that will be hard to recover from, but it’s not too late for the symphony’s depleted management, the musicians and the community to rally and save one of the city’s top cultural attractions before it’s permanently crippled.
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EDITORIAL: Braly ouster overstates failuresRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Investors heaped criticism on former WellPoint Inc. CEO Angela Braly and called for her ouster in the weeks leading up to her resignation Aug. 28, but her leadership of the health-insurance giant might not be judged so harshly once the smoke clears.
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EDITORIAL: Arts groups deserve supportRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
New research from national advocacy group Americans for the Arts aims to prove that local arts organizations enrich us all, literally as well as figuratively.
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EDITORIAL: Mayor must sign road, benefits measuresRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
One measure provides health care benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. The other, known as Complete Streets, requires that projects be designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation, not just cars.
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EDITORIAL: Time to break TIF logjam in IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's aides says delayed action on funding proposals could jeopardize pending economic development proposals.
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EDITORIAL: Schoolteachers need more upsideRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Education reform in Indiana has come to a point where lawmakers need to find ways to attract more of the best and brightest into one of the most important of occupations, particularly as baby boomers retire.
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EDITORIAL: City needs to raise bar for project designRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
It’s puzzling that Indianapolis doesn’t demand more of those who shape its built environment.
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EDITORIAL: Indy Rezone initiative off to good startRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
The city unveiled the Indy Rezone plan July 5, and it’s clear from the top of the project flow chart that fresh perspectives are welcome.
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EDITORIAL: Road construction carries high costsRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Hamilton County motorists may be forgiven the occasional bout of road rage this summer.
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EDITORIAL: BrightPoint sale opens new chapter for LaikinRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
 IBJ Staff
It remains to be seen what will happen to BrightPoint’s 1,300 employees in the Indianapolis area.
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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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