Government & Economic Development

Ten local innovations chosen to reap awards

August 27, 2014
Norm Heikens
New things ranging from apprenticeships to beer dispensers to the Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan exhibit are in line for awards at this year’s Day of Innovation at Hilbert Circle Theatre.
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Ex-Indiana elections chief starts political blog

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been stripped of office and he doesn't have a job, so he's turning to the Internet.
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HQ move earns pharma firm another tax break

August 27, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A Carmel-based institutional pharmacy plans to invest $8 million expanding its Noblesville operations, which include its headquarters. On Tuesday, it received its second tax-incentive deal from the city in two years.
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U.S. economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year — hurt by a poor first-quarter performance. This new assessment is considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration's.
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UPDATE: Security gates on tap for governor's mansion

August 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Preservation officials for the Meridian corridor have given unanimous approval for wrought-iron gates and brick columns at the entrances to the mansion at 46th and Meridian streets.
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Democrat: Indiana Statehouse lacks ethics

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
A trio of ethics investigations into Indiana officials this year left many watchdogs grumbling about loopholes in the state's ethics laws.
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Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.
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Social media campaign publicizes lifeline law

August 25, 2014
Associated Press
Students at 13 Indiana college campuses will receive social media messages about the state law that allows minors who have been drinking to report a medical emergency or a crime without getting in trouble.
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Feds' new data adds shine to Hoosier incomes

August 23, 2014
Norm Heikens
In April, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis began considering cost of living alongside the stew of income figures it has long collected, and the new, adjusted income numbers make both the metro area and the state look like better places to live.
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City-County Council approves landlord registryRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
The ordinance is the product of state legislation this year that effectively shut down rental-property inspection programs but left municipalities the option of creating registries.
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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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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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