Government & Economic Development

Pence gaining heavyweight support for 2016 presidential bid

April 16, 2014
Bloomberg News
Republicans are searching for a candidate who can unite the party's pro-business establishment with its small-government activists. Pence's allies say the temperate-toned governor has a record that pleases both.
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Leaders await decision on Indiana Plan expansion

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
Two of the state's top Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they would like to see the federal government sign off on an expansion of Medicaid through the state's health care plan for low-income residents.
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Education officials release draft of academic standards

April 15, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The proposed standards for grades K-12 combine elements of Common Core, previous Indiana guidelines and recommendations from outside organizations. State law requires standards be approved before July 1 for use in the 2014-15 school year.
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CIB OKs Pacers subsidy after promise of no additional taxes

April 14, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The city’s Capital Improvement Board on Monday afternoon unanimously approved a $160 million, 10-year finance package to the Indiana Pacers for the operations of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Lieutenant governor hires ex-lawmaker as liaison

April 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's lieutenant governor, a Republican, has chosen a former Democratic state legislator as her liaison to local government officials.
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Tech startup Gusto lands $1.3M in venture capital

April 14, 2014
Dan Human
Elevate Ventures, which manages the federally backed Indiana Angel Network Fund, led the financing round.
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Sweetener-maker Heartland to add up to 160 jobs

April 14, 2014
The Carmel-based company said it will invest $21.2 million to renovate and equip its 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on Indianapolis' north side.
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Growth in Hoosier wages lagging inflationRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Dan Human
Pay raises were a pipe dream for many Hoosiers last year—as the median wage in Indiana inched up 0.8 percent, to $31,990, according to federal data released this month.
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San Francisco route off to flying startRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis business travelers pay a premium to shave a few hours and a lot of hassle off their trips to Silicon Valley, and they appear eager to do so. A new nonstop route between Indianapolis International Airport and San Francisco was about three-quarters sold in January and February, the two slowest months for air travel.
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IEDC urging government bets on spec-buildingRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is encouraging local governments to help finance speculative industrial buildings, which could land new businesses but could put at risk hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars.
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Electronics manufacturing short circuited in IndianaRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The sector is migrating to states that beckon with better prospects.
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Indiana universities, manufacturers helping launch Digital LabRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Sam Stall
Indiana manufacturers, universities and various state groups are abuzz about their involvement with the freshly minted, Chicago-based Digital Lab for Manufacturing—even if they’re not yet sure what their exact role will be.
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CIB chief: $160M Pacers deal won't require tax hike

April 11, 2014
Greg Andrews
CIB President Ann Lathrop said Friday that debt refinancings at low interest rates have freed up money to fund capital projects at the 14-year-old Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Cabinet maker plans to hire 262 workers

April 11, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Jasper-based MasterBrand Cabinets Inc. expects to boost the work force and capacity at its Ferdinand operations, which already employ 1,500.
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Pence set for weeklong trade mission to Germany

April 11, 2014
Associated Press
The governor's office says Pence will leave Saturday, leading an eight-person group that includes first lady Karen Pence and state Commerce Secretary Victor Smith.
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ANALYSIS: Turner stood to lose big in Statehouse fight

April 10, 2014
Associated Press analysis
A top Indiana lawmaker, his family and investors in their company risked losing millions in future profits if a proposed ban on construction of new nursing homes in Indiana had become law this year, an Associated Press review has found.
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UPDATE: City reaches $160M deal with Pacers

April 10, 2014
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
The city's Capital Improvement Board will spend $160 million over 10 years on subsidy payments and stadium improvements for the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a lease extension through the 2023-2024 season.
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Ulta targets Greenwood for $51M distribution center, 537 jobs

April 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Beauty products maker Ulta Inc. plans to open a fulfillment and distribution center in Greenwood that will employ as many as 537 people by 2018, the Bolingbrook, Ill.-based company announced Thursday afternoon.
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Law firms fight 'onerous' tax shift for service businesses

April 10, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The proposed switch in accounting methods could create cash-flow nightmares for medical-service providers, accounting, engineering, consulting and other professional-services companies with revenue over $10 million.
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State to work with Pew on economic development

April 9, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
The Pew Charitable Trusts has named Indiana one of seven states to participate in its 18-month initiative to discover effective business practices for economic development and remaining transparent to the public.
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State slams glass factory with record safety fine

April 9, 2014
Dan Human
The death of one worker and an injury to another prompted investigations at Pilkington North America's plant in Shelbyville.
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Councilor: ACLU settlement won't deter panhandling proposal

April 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Councilor Jeff Miller said the city's settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union over panhandling enforcement shouldn't deter a City-County Council effort to pass a more restrictive ordinance.
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State green-lights deeper look into fuel costs at Duke plant

April 9, 2014
Dan Human
A state agency for utility consumers had requested additional scrutiny for periods late last year when Duke Energy Indiana's Edwardsport plant consumed more energy than it produced.
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WellPoint spending millions in California ballot battle

April 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. is leading companies that have poured $13.4 million into defeating a ballot initiative that would give California regulators the power to reject increases in health policy premiums.
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Indiana found most transparent in study of state data access

April 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
California, the U.S. state with the largest population and budget, offers the least website access to its government spending data, according to a new study. Indiana provided the most information.
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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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