Environment

Entrepreneurs getting younger: Corporate downsizing gives rise to 'e-generation'Restricted Content

July 30, 2007
Amanda Getchel
From selling shark tooth necklaces to his neighbors during summer vacations in Florida to running an online auction site that benefits charities, he's no stranger to the hard work that comes with starting a business. "I'm interested in new things and looking into new things," said Gough, who is among a burgeoning group of young entrepreneurs not content to work for others. They'd rather strike out on their own. In fact, nearly 71 percent of the 1,474 youth who participated...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: The link between taxes and high health care costsRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
Patrick Barkey
"Things that can't go on forever don't." If those famous words of the otherwise obscure Nixon-era economic adviser Herbert Stein apply to anything, it is health care spending. Most of us recognize that health care is expensive, breaking the budgets of many households, pressuring businesses and even challenging the spending capacity of giant federal programs like Medicare and Medicaid. What is less clear is why this is so, and what can, or should, be done about it. We spent more...
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Strides taken in life sciences, experts say: Industry panel: Thanks to ongoing efforts, Indiana has experienced serious progress as biomedical hotbed during last 5 yearsRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Five leaders of Indiana's life sciences industry offered their perspectives at the Indiana Convention Center June 26 as part of the Indianapolis Business Journal's Power Breakfast Series. The panelists: Mike Arpey, managing director of global investment bank Credit Suisse's Asset Management Division and manager of the $73 million Indiana Future Fund for BioCrossroads, the state's life sciences economicdevelopment initiative. Ron Ellis, co-founder, president and CEO of Lafayettebased Endocyte Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the treatment of cancer through receptor-targeted...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Taxes pay for what Hoosiers wantRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Morton Marcus
Good people, me included, have been making dumb statements about the property tax mess in Indiana. The problem is that we don't know enough to talk or write intelligently on the topic. The result is that we can be led by our noses into an even worse mess. "Abolish the property tax!" some demand. Then what? Abolition of the property tax means raising some other taxes or fees, unless government spending on services decreases. The state has been urging counties...
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NOTIONS: A property tax sigh of relief and a reform wish listRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
The nightstand clock reads 5:17. Too early to wake up. But hey, I've been tossing and turning for hours, so why lie here any longer, pretending? The cause for this night's insomnia is money. Money for two kids starting college. Money to replace the Money to paint the house. Money for employees' salaries. Money for employees' parking. Money for employees' retirement. Money for employees' health insurance. Money for their families' health insurance. Money to get the yellow highway paint off...
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Scientific work experience gives attorneys a boost: Lab knowledge helpful in intellectual property workRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Jennifer Mehalik
At first thought, people might assume most attorneys have undergraduate degrees in political science or criminal justice. And while many do, those with backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, physics, and other sciences are being drawn more and more to law because of the growth of interest from businesses in intellectual property. Some IP attorneys decided to take the leap from working in the science world to the legal one, and those who did it say their time working in a lab...
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Indiana's life sciences resources to be catalogued:Restricted Content

July 23, 2007
Tracy Donhardtreporter
An idea fermenting for some time in the minds of several Indiana Health Industry Forum insiders has solidified into a plan to catalogue all life sciences-related resources across the state. The not-for-profit group, which promotes economic development in the health care and life sciences industries, will use the information to create strategies for communities, regions and the state to boost Indiana's growth in the industry. Companies including Eli Lilly and Co., Roche Diagnostics and Zimmer Holdings have put the state...
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Industry takes deep breath over ozone: Tougher EPA standards could force costly emission controls, choke economic growthRestricted Content

July 16, 2007
Chris O\'malley
Just when the nine-county metro area appeared back in the good graces of the federal government where ozone levels are concerned, the feds want to tighten the standard once more. Manufacturers and other businesses that pump pollutants into the air that combine with sunlight to produce ozone are "apprehensive" about the proposed new rules, said Patrick Bennett, vice president of environmental, energy and infrastructure at the Indiana Manufacturers Association. Businesses in non-attainment counties face possible restrictions on expansion of facilities...
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City steps up effort to help immigrants: Mayor's wife spearheading program to better acclimate newcomersRestricted Content

July 2, 2007
Scott Olson
The burgeoning number of immigrants arriving in Indianapolis have a new source available to help them navigate unfamiliar surroundings and the kaleidoscope of social support systems available. The Immigrant Welcome Center is a program launched in October that uses volunteers dubbed "natural helpers" to link foreign newcomers to such basic needs as health care, government and transportation services. Although the effort is nearly 9 months old, it's just now getting up to speed as organizers are interviewing candidates to lead...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Long spoiled by low rates, nation now faces increaseRestricted Content

July 2, 2007
Patrick Barkey
It wasn't long ago that writing an economic analysis column meant-surprise-that you analyzed the ups and downs of the economy. And if you came of age in the 1960s and '70s, there were plenty of ups and downs to keep track of. Volatility in just about everything was higher then, with strikes, inflation and more frequent recessions the order of the day. And even though that environment has changed remarkably since the mid-'80s, the habit of peering at the data...
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'Find your niche ':Restricted Content

June 25, 2007
-Andrea Muirragui
His goal was to provide the proverbial one-stop shop, a place where "honey do" lists got done. Before long, he realized he may not have been aiming high enough. It seemed homeowners with not-so-handy honeys weren't the only customers interested in what Schneller was selling. He also got calls from real estate agents who needed some last-minute home repairs completed before a sale could close. "They came to us with a laundry list of items," Schneller said, ticking off an...
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A&E: Building connections at IU Museum

June 25, 2007
Lou Harry
This week: An architectural art show at IU, Kurt Vonnegut's board game, "Sissies" on stage, and an Indy Jazz Fest question. An art museum exhibition doesn't have to be a multi-room blockbuster to be enormously satisfying. Case in point, "Architecture, Real and Imagined" (running through Sept. 2 at Indiana University Art Museum). It's a must-see for architects and architectural students, but also an accessible show for anyone interested in where we live and how we adorn and perceive our environments....
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Bigger not best for all: drophead Many attorneys find greener pastures in smaller practices after leaving major firmsRestricted Content

June 25, 2007
Scott Olson
not Bigger leaving best for red all tape drophead Many attorneys find greener pastures in smaller practices after leaving major firms When lawyers Debra Miller and James Fisher fled legal powerhouse Ice Miller LLP and the prestigious partner status they had earned, their stable of coworkers swiftly sank from nearly 250 to none. Yet 15 months later, after the pair left the largest law firm in the city, they say they're quite content practicing together at Miller & Fisher LLC,...
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HUMAN RESOURCES: If you hire in a hurry, you may feel bad for a long timeRestricted Content

June 25, 2007
Tom Phillips
Of all the components of finding and hiring the right employees, employers consider interviewing job candidates the most difficult. If not done well, interviews can lead an employer to make the wrong decision. Why? Because job candidates rehearse their answers to the traditional interview questions, telling the employers what they want to hear. However, if employers ask behavioral based questions, job candidates can't manipulate their answers as easily. Perhaps a scenario-a composite taken from typical real-life episodes-will illustrate the difference...
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Chrysler plant redevelopment might be slowed by lienRestricted Content

June 25, 2007
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis firm that helped haul away the demolished DaimlerChrysler Corp. foundry last year has placed a mechanic's lien on the automaker's property, potentially complicating the sale of the 34 acres already challenged by environmental issues.
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MICKEY MAURER Commentary: Take off blinders to teen drinkingRestricted Content

June 18, 2007
Robocop was sighted in Boone County a couple of weeks ago. It was the occasion of a sleepover graduation party at the home of Jack Trudeau, former quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. To create a safe environment for his daughter and her Park Tudor School classmates at the party, Trudeau reportedly told police, he recorded the name of every guest and confiscated all car keys. Although he said he did not supply liquor, he was no doubt aware that some...
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VIEWPOINT: Indy needs more contemporary designRestricted Content

June 18, 2007
Drew White
As an architect, I'm always interested in work that wins national architecture and interior-design awards. And as a contemporary design fan, I also make it a point to visit cities and attractions with unique and interesting design. So a few weeks back, I drove a couple of hours south to visit a boutique hotel in Louisville that's been creating a buzz and earning awards since it opened a year ago. The property is 21c, a 90-room hotel and museum dedicated...
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Star Financial is betting big on Indianapolis: Fort Wayne bank plans hub office, 4 new branchesRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
Cory Schouten
Undeterred by stepped-up competition and tough margins, Fort Wayne-based Star Financial Bank is building an Indianapolis regional hub and has lined up land for four new locations. The privately held bank launched an Indianapolis-area expansion effort in 2001, and now has seven offices here-including three in Fishers, one in Carmel and one in Noblesville. The latest expansion salvo includes 25,000 square feet of leased space within an office building under construction at Keystone at the Crossing, next door to the...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Focusing on factory jobs misses the big pictureRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
Patrick Barkey
There's been something peculiar going on in the business media in Indiana over the last few weeks. We've been beating ourselves up because the state is losing manufacturing jobs. Headlines about the decline are popping up, and state and local development officials are facing the bright light of media scrutiny. The chatter on Internet "talk-back" forums serves up plenty of people to blame-the governor, the unions, the Chinese and even our neighbors who buy imported goods. But if I could...
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PROFILE: Iasta.com Inc.: From chemicals to coatings E-sourcing software streamlines purchasing cycleRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
Della Pacheco
Iasta.comInc. From chemicals to coatings E-sourcing software streamlines purchasing cycle Companies wanting to gain a strategic foothold in today's fast-paced Internet-based supply chain marketplace are turning to companies like Indianapolisbased Iasta, an e-sourcing software and services company. Co-founder David Bush, senior vice president for business development, said Iasta's software product allows companies to be more competitive in tracking work flow and to conduct reverse auctions where suppliers can bid for their business. An Indiana University environmental science graduate, Bush started...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: U.S. companies should evaluate Chinese tax changesRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
Jacqueline A.
Over the past three decades or so, foreign investment has been fueling China's economic growth. Companies from around the world have flocked to meet the needs of the largest population in the world: 1.3 billion citizens and counting. Shifts in China's political climate have made this Asian country ripe for commerce, and foreign companies-especially in the United States-have rushed in. Many U.S. manufacturers have been lured to China by tax holidays and reduced tax rates on income generated from their...
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PROFILE: KARLA SNEEGAS: Clearing the murky air ITPC director leads charge toward smoke-free IndianaRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
Della Pacheco
PROFILE KARLA SNEEGAS Clearing the murky air ITPC director leads charge toward smoke-free Indiana Karla Sneegas is primed for battle. With the fervor of an ancient Crusader, this pint-sized warrior is fighting a "just war" to reduce Indiana's addiction to tobacco as executive director of the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation agency. At 4 feet, 11 inches, Sneegas is well-prepared for all foes. She's armed with knowledge learned as a public health professional and as former director of South Carolina's...
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SPORTS: Our Pacers could use all the help they can getRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
Bill Benner
Morris has no point guard skills I'm aware of and, ultimately, it will be up to the new head coach, O'Brien, to improve the on-court product in a way that's more palatable to the Pacers' eroding fan base. But as a point person in engaging the community-in particular the corporate community-there are few, if any, people in this city who have both the contacts and the respect of which Morris can boast. Even after five years away from Indianapolis trying...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: As boomers age, companies need to court MillennialsRestricted Content

June 4, 2007
Michael Pottratz
Baby boomers are fast approaching the official retirement age, with the first of them turning 60 last year-President Bush and Bill Clinton being the most prominent among them. And as the boomers turn gray, a new generation has begun to make its presence known in the corporate world. In the 1990s, it was Generation X. Today, it is the so-called Millennial Generation-people born between 1977 and 1995. Tech-savvy, happy and creative, Millennials are nearly 80 million strong, by some estimates....
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NOTIONS: How to beat the high price of dependence on petrolRestricted Content

June 4, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
Went to the gas station last week. Filled 'er up. It'd been a few weeks since I'd done that. Seemed like the price had jumped pretty dramatically. The pump clicked off. The total read $48.75. Egad. Next day, Indianapolis declared a "Knozone Air Quality Action Day." Some fellow at the Department of Public Works told the local paper there was "literally dirt in the air." The paper described this gunk as "floating particles the diameter of a human hair," particles...
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