Government & Economic Development

Indianapolis to host national anti-violence summit

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis' near-record homicide rate has prompted the U.S. attorney to schedule a summit where public safety leaders from Detroit, Chicago, Gary and other urban areas can share the strategies they've used for reducing killings.
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City-County Council OKs $16M more in road-repair spending

June 3, 2014
The amount adds to the already $8.3 million in street-repair spending that was approved by the council May 12.
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Council votes to support $30M Broad Ripple project

June 2, 2014
Developer Browning Investments Inc. plans to use $5.7 million from the bond issue to help finance the apartment/retail project along the Central Canal.
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Indiana primary election turnout only 13 percent

June 2, 2014
Associated Press
Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced the turnout Tuesday, saying only 617,000 of Indiana's 4.5 million registered voters cast a vote in the primaries.
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Online grocer plans 238 jobs in Indianapolis

June 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Peapod Inc., an online grocery-delivery service, is seeking city tax incentives to help it with an expansion that would create 238 jobs by 2018. The jobs would pay about $15 per hour.
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UPDATE: State off to slow start boosting veteran businesses

June 2, 2014
Associated Press
State figures show that about 1 percent of contracts have gone to Veterans Business Enterprises, while Gov. Mike Pence set a 3-percent goal when the push started last summer.
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Council to consider citywide landlord registry

June 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis landlords would have to register with the city by Jan. 1 or face a $500 fine under a proposal that will be introduced to the City-County Council on Monday night.
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Financial questions hound Indiana state treasurer candidates

June 1, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Financial questions from years-old deals are dogging two top candidates seeking the Republican nomination for state treasurer and evoking memories of previous intraparty battles.
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Democratic gathering spurs talk of 2016 candidates

May 31, 2014
Associated Press
The official business of the Indiana Democrats' convention Saturday may have been to formally nominate candidates for 2014, but much of the talk was about two politicians eyeing a run for governor.
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Teamwork transforming care at IU Health's Saxony hospitalRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
J.K. Wall
Getting everyone into the same room prior to surgeries is cutting costs and improving health.
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Operator of lottery stands by lofty goalsRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gtech Indiana says it can generate unprecedented growth by focusing on the basics. Rather than trying to add new types of games or turning to Internet gambling, the company plans a slightly different mix of games and a whole lot more opportunities for Hoosiers to buy them.
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Political conventions fell short on return on investmentRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Daunting scheduling and fundraising challenges led city officials to walk away from opportunities to bid on the 2016 national conventions for both Republicans and Democrats, but the city’s latest Super Bowl setback might make the 2020 political conventions alluring.
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Pedcor angling for $16M subsidy for City Center expansion

May 31, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Preliminary plans call for starting work on a parking garage and as many as three mixed-use buildings this fall, with another half-dozen projects in the pipeline.
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Indianapolis cancels cricket championship

May 30, 2014
"Deteriorating" communications with the sponsoring organization forced the decision, the city of Indianapolis announced Friday afternoon.
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Lottery commission OKs new multistate Monopoly game

May 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Under its aggressive sales strategy for the next fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery's operator will add games including Monopoly Millionaires' Club and Bingo To Go.
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Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care issues

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after publicly apologizing for systemic problems plaguing the agency's health care system.
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Government groups tap civic 'hackers' to address problems

May 29, 2014
Dan Human
A collection of tech firms and business organizations will host a “hackathon” on Saturday at The Speak Easy, a Broad Ripple co-working club for entrepreneurs.
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UPDATE: Manufacturer plans $110M expansion, 329 jobs

May 29, 2014
Associated Press
Alcoa Howmet factory in LaPorte, which makes castings for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine industries, will receive local and state tax breaks in return for job commitments.
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Push grows for Shinseki to go as veteran care flaws found

May 29, 2014
Bloomberg News
A report found the VA's Eastern Area Fiduciary Hub in Indianapolis was "not timely processing allegations of misuse of beneficiary funds, conducting field examinations, and processing some incoming mail."
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Pence’s HIP 2.0 plan gets kudos at first public hearing

May 28, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
Health care professionals and advocates for the poor voiced praise and support Wednesday for a plan by Gov. Mike Pence to expand the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan to provide more insurance coverage to Hoosiers.
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Indianapolis part of new federal STEM initiative

May 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News, Associated Press
President Barack Obama drew attention to girls' science and engineering accomplishments Tuesday as he announced a mentoring effort involving Indianapolis to improve and diversify the nation's technological work force.
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OurHealth to add employer clinics, 450 jobs by 2018

May 28, 2014
J.K. Wall
The 5-year-old firm has pledged to invest $20 million to double the size of its corporate headquarters in Indianapolis and lease real estate for a series of 3,500-square-foot health clinics across the state.
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Former Chase employee gets 16-month prison sentence

May 27, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
An Indianapolis woman embezzled more than $400,000 from JP Morgan Chase in an electronic-transfer scheme that lasted eight years.
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Indiana cities getting money to fight urban blight

May 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis, Lawrence, Gary and two other Indiana cities have received a total of about $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.
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Hearings set for Healthy Indiana Plan expansion

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
Two public hearings are scheduled this week on Gov. Mike Pence's plan to use Medicaid funds to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide insurance under the federal health care overhaul.
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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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