Government & Economic Development

UPDATE: Recount panel finds White eligible for office

June 28, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Recount Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday morning to allow Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White to remain in office, denying a challenge to his eligibility by the Democratic party. White still faces a criminal trial.
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State appeals injunction blocking abortion law

June 28, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's attorney general has appealed a judge's decision blocking part of new abortion law that took away some of the public funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana.
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Rejected bidder cries foul over demolition of Keystone Towers

June 28, 2011
Scott Olson
Titan Wrecking & Environmental bid about $255,000 less than the winning proposal to demolish Keystone Towers, but was rejected because of missing paperwork. The company owner says the city could have overlooked the omissions to save taxpayers money.
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Election panel chair's law firm donated to White

June 27, 2011
Associated Press
The state elections panel that is weighing voter fraud allegations against Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White includes a Republican loosely linked to White through political contributions.
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Local contractor wins Keystone Towers demolition bid

June 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Denney Excavating of Indianapolis has been granted the contract to demolish the vacant Keystone Towers apartment complex with a bid $827,000.
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Startup takes on abandoned homes in IndianapolisRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis is in the early stages of expanding the practice of land banks, which allow government agencies and not-for-profits to take over tax-foreclosed properties and put them back into productive use,. Land banks have shown positive results in states such as Michigan and Ohio.
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16 Park project helping to transform Indianapolis neighborhoodRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Scott Olson
The first building of a new complex on near-north side is set to be completed in August
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Bush Stadium fixup fans tax tensionsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city plans to tap a taxing district downtown to help pay for the Bush Stadium renovation, rekindling concern among some elected officials and taxing experts that the Mayor’s Office is using the massive district to fund whatever special city needs crop up.
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City's Rebuild Indy money to revamp railroad overpassesRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The city of Indianapolis released bids soliciting contractors to repaint, clean and add lighting underneath the overpasses at Meridian, Pennsylvania and Illinois streets and College and Capitol avenues downtown, and on 10th Street east of the Monon Trail.
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Commission: Turn dying GM plant into vibrant neighborhood

June 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
A 10-member commission told city leaders to turn the defunct 115-acre General Motors metal stamping plant site into a hip, funky neighborhood with an eye-catching bridge across the White River for easy access to downtown.
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Did Mayor Ballard jump gun on charter closure?Restricted Content

June 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
An Indianapolis charter school marked for closure by Mayor Greg Ballard posted huge gains in ISTEP scores this year, and school leaders plan to ask Ballard to reconsider his decision.
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Crystal products maker plans expansion, 41 jobs

June 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
St. Regis USA Inc., a manufacturer of hand-etched and hand-painted glass and crystal products, plans to expand its operations in Indianapolis, creating up to 41 new jobs by 2014, the company said Thursday.
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White blames transient time for voting allegations

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White on Tuesday is expected to paint a picture of a man with a complicated personal life who was essentially without a home for nearly a year when he defends himself against voter fraud allegations.
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Judge grills attorney for state over immigration law

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge grilled an attorney for the state of Indiana on Monday about the state's new immigration law, questioning how police would enforce the law and saying one of its provisions conflicts with federal law.
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Indiana public companies had banner yearRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Corporations staged advances across a variety of industries in 2010 as the economy improved.
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State paying MindTrust to develop IPS alternativesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Department of Education is paying more than $680,000 to The MindTrust, a locally based not-for-profit, to develop other ways to oversee troubled schools than the traditional elected school board.
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Showdown looming over Marion County income taxRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
More agencies will be vying for a piece of the city’s income-tax revenue as next year’s budget process begins. But with that money flat-lined next year, city leaders say there may not be enough to share.
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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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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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