Government & Economic Development

City's ambitious tech-corridor plan no sure thingRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis leaders are hoping a new plan launched by Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration to transform the area northwest of downtown into a high-tech job and life-sciences research magnet will turn the long-discussed idea into a reality.
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Bids opened for Keystone Towers demolitionRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Quotes came in way below city's $2 million budget.
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Towing companies sue city over contracts

June 17, 2011
Scott Olson
The plaintiffs claim the city violated the bid process by awarding contracts to companies that didn't meet the requirements. They're asking for an injunction to prevent the contracts from taking effect.
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UIndy launches $7.5M campaign for civic leadership institute

June 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives will house a collection of official documents, correspondence, speeches, photos, audiotapes and other artifacts from the administrations of four Indianapolis mayors: Dick Lugar, Bill Hudnut, Steve Goldsmith and Bart Peterson.
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State’s jobless rate holds steady at 8.2 percent

June 17, 2011
Indiana's unemployment rate remained unchanged in May from the previous month. Because the rate has been at or below 8.5 percent for three consecutive months, the state is no longer eligible for a portion of extended unemployment benefits.
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City leaders look to 16th Street as future tech hub

June 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Officials on Thursday shared details of a long-term plan to redevelop an industrial stretch northwest of downtown with the goal of attracting hundreds of residents and dozens of high-tech companies to the area.
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Circle Idea Competition finalists selected

June 15, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Posters highlighting the top 12 proposals will be on display in Monument Circle storefronts until June 26 so members of the public can vote for their favorite. The ideas could be used by planners plotting the future of the downtown space.
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ICVA expects to fall short of 2011 room-night goal

June 14, 2011
Scott Olson
The convention association set out to book 725,000 hotel room nights this year for future meetings but so far is trending below the goal. An aggressive drive last year exhausted many of its prospects, new ICVA CEO Leonard Hoops said.
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State agency rejects Planned Parenthood tax credit

June 13, 2011
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood of Indiana is fighting the Indiana's Housing and Community Development Authority over the loss of a fundraising tax credit because of a new law that strips the not-for-profit of state funding.
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City picks team for $15M Broad Ripple parking garage

June 13, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The structure planned for the southwest corner of Broad Ripple and College avenues also would include first-floor retail space and a police substation. Construction is set to begin this summer and be complete by mid-2012.
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Impact of new Indiana voucher law may not be felt for yearsRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Parents, schools need time to sift details, experts say.
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Indiana edges toward education guaranteesRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
The state is moving to adopt a system that ensures more high school graduates can perform in college or on the job.
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DWYER: Hiring costs can be sliced when industry cooperatesRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Steve Dwyer
Manufacturers and distributors often avoid existing training programs.
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Critics: City's effort to help ex-offenders ineffectiveRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Three years after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard launched a city office designed to help ex-offenders avoid a repeat prison visit, some of those original supporters say the city’s Office of Re-Entry Initiatives not only has fallen short of that goal but has accomplished little else.
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HICKS: Indiana an economic anomaly in MidwestRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Mike Hicks
We Hoosiers are an economic anomaly, an island of growth and resurgent prosperity.
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Roche to add 50 HR employees in Indianapolis

June 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Swiss health care giant Roche Holding AG has selected its diagnostics division in Indianapolis as the site for a new North America human resources center, a move that will add 50 employees to its local operations.
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Error removes limits from Indiana project wage law

June 9, 2011
Associated Press
A mistake in a bill that legislators meant to loosen wage requirements on government construction projects in Indiana will put all such projects — regardless of cost — under the regulations.
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Mooresville farm equipment maker expanding operations

June 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Equipment Technologies, a manufacturer of agricultural spraying equipment, plans to invest nearly $6.4 million in an expansion of its Mooresville operations, more than doubling its work force by 2015.
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Ballard to ask for control of IPS schools facing state takeover

June 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
But Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard also reiterated his opposition to mayoral control over all of IPS, which some local leaders have pushed for recently. He called that idea “premature.”
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Deaf students protest Daniels' picks for board

June 7, 2011
Associated Press
More than 100 students, their families and activists rallied on the Statehouse lawn Tuesday against new members Daniels picked to serve on the Indiana School for the Deaf's board.
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Former Indiana senator Bayh takes job with U.S chamber

June 7, 2011
Associated Press
Bayh's new position will be to analyze and promote ways to reduce government regulation.
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Online education college moving to Indianapolis

June 7, 2011
American College of Education, once affiliated with DePaul University, is moving its main campus from Chicago to Indianapolis and expects to create up to 40 jobs by 2014. Hiring will begin once the move is complete in August.
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Indiana: Abortion law for government to decide

June 6, 2011
Associated Press
A dispute between Indiana and federal Medicaid officials over Indiana's new abortion law cutting off some public funding for Planned Parenthood should be resolved by government administrators and not the courts, Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher told a federal judge Monday.
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Crime-prevention grants awarded to 26 organizations

June 6, 2011
Indianapolis' Community Crime Prevention Board awarded a total of $1.7 million in grants, down from $4 million last year, due to the city budget crunch.
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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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