Government & Economic Development

Noblesville eyes plans for $10M park, amphitheater

August 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Officials hope to bolster the city's "hipstoric" downtown and jump-start redevelopment of a key community gateway. But the price strikes some as steep.
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Lawmakers move to monitor State Board of Accounts

August 22, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
A subcommittee of the Indiana Legislative Council met this week to determine the goals and best practices of a new Audit Committee, which is meant to operate as a type of peer-review system for the State Board of Accounts.
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Bayh says another gubernatorial run is ‘unlikely’

August 21, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The former senator and two-term governor said he has given the idea consideration because people he respects asked him to think about running.
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EMS service to lay off 361 workers in central Indiana

August 21, 2014
Mason King
Rural/Metro Corp. says the changing health care landscape and the challenges of covering rural communities are forcing it to end its area ambulance services. It's also closing a billing operations center in Indianapolis.
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Advocate brokers lower IPL rate hike for car-sharing service

August 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. customers would see less of a rate hike for an electric car-sharing program under a settlement agreement negotiated by the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor.
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Pence keeps up opposition to land-based casinos

August 21, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he remains opposed to allowing more land-based casinos in Indiana despite a push from Evansville officials worried about declining revenue from the city's riverboat.
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Flanner House charter school to close after cheating allegations

August 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Flanner House Elementary charter school will close on Sept. 11 after the Indiana Department of Education found evidence of widespread cheating on the state standardized ISTEP test. The school has 176 students.
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Former Bennett chief of staff at center of $1.7M contract complaint

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
A former top education official's role in the sale of $1.7 million of equipment to Indiana is raising new questions about the strength of the state's ethics laws.
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Judge denies stay after right-to-work ruling

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
A northwest Indiana judge has rejected a request by the Indiana attorney general's office that he put on hold his order striking down the state's right-to-work law until the state Supreme Court rules on a similar case.
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Engineers: Union Station requires $3.7 million in emergency repairs

August 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Department of Metropolitan Development could tap the downtown TIF fund to cover the costs. The problems were uncovered after bricks fell off the station's south wall in December 2012.
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Proposals would improve state veteran protections

August 20, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
Several state lawmakers and military members joined Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Tuesday to discuss a legislative proposal on increasing consumer protections for military service members.
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Indianapolis Downtown Inc. to go by new name

August 20, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Downtown Inc., a 21-year-old public-private promotional group, plans to do business under a new name as part of a strategic plan, it announced Wednesday morning.
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Indiana updates job search app for iPhone

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Office of Technology announced Tuesday it was releasing a new version of the app for iPhones and iPads that would make it easier to search state job postings.
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Carmel sports marketing firm plans headquarters expansion

August 19, 2014
U/S Sports Advisors said it will spend $1.1 million on an expansion at its Carmel headquarters, increasing employment by 36 jobs by the end of 2018.
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Real estate company proposing $26 million development

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Becknell Industrial LLC has proposed a $26 million, three-building development on the northwest side of Indianapolis that would be ready for tenants by early 2015.
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Cardinal Health unit seeks tax breaks for local drug facility

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. is seeking tax breaks from the city of Indianapolis to help it open a $14.4 million local drug-production facility that would employ 85 workers by 2017.
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Indianapolis 2015 budget would use reserves

August 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will introduce to the City-County Council on Monday night a $1 billion budget for 2015 that taps reserves to make ends meet. Next year would be the third year in a row that the city taps fund balances to close a budget deficit.
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Indiana lottery manager misses goal, but hits record numbers

August 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Hoosier Lottery's top official said she is "pleased" with a private manager's performance, even though the firm fell short of its income target during the first full fiscal year of its 15-year contract with the state.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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IU research center trying to remedy 'civic deficit'Restricted Content

August 16, 2014
The Center for Civic Literacy will open its first public conference Aug. 22 with the goal of connecting scholars and practitioners in the fields of education, business, not-for-profits, media and government.
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Illinois ends contract with private manager of lottery

August 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The manager, Northstar Lottery Group LLC, is 80-percent owned by Rhode Island-based Gtech Corp., the parent company of Gtech Indiana, which manages the Hoosier Lottery.
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Top Ballard deputy Kintner heading for private sector

August 15, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced several staff changes Friday morning, including the planned departure of Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Deron Kintner.
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Indiana universities face budget cuts if tax intake lags

August 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's public universities could see their budgets cut another 2 percent if state tax collections continue trailing expectations, Gov. Mike Pence's budget director said Thursday.
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Mattress maker plans 300 jobs in Plainfield

August 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. plans to open a manufacturing and distribution facility in Plainfield, creating up to 300 jobs by the end of 2015, the Lexington, Kentucky-based company announced Thursday afternoon.
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Huntingburg, Wabash named Stellar Communities

August 14, 2014
Associated Press
Two Indiana cities will receive millions of dollars to help spur economic development after being named 2014 Stellar Communities.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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