Government & Economic Development

Indiana trade delegation leaves for Japan after delay

September 21, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana trade delegation led by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is on its way to Japan after being delayed by a typhoon.
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Councilor launches opposition to Georgia Street renaming

September 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Democrat City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield has submitted a resolution that urges Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to "cease and desist from all efforts to rename Georgia Street."
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Auto parts manufacturer to open plant in Steuben County

September 21, 2011
Michigan-based CTA Acoustics Inc. plans to add 140 jobs by 2014 as part of a $9 million plan to open a plant in the town of Orland in northeastern Indiana.
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Connected law firm's deal with Indiana grows

September 20, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration now will pay Barnes & Thornburg up to $8.05 million through next June to represent the administration of Gov. Mitch Daniels in the lawsuit with IBM Corp.
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Typhoon delays Indiana trade mission to Japan

September 20, 2011
Associated Press
A trade mission by Indiana government and business leaders to Japan is being delayed because of a typhoon expected to hit the island nation.
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Cities now can offer companies cash for local hires

September 20, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
For the first time, cities and counties in Indiana can use local income-tax revenue to offer companies cash rebates for new jobs that go to local workers.
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Indiana sets up special process for state fair claims

September 19, 2011
Associated Press
The state on Monday asked families of those killed or injured in a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair to complete a new customized claim form by Nov. 1 so the state can expedite settlements.
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Small claims court could move from City-County Building

September 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Citing budget cuts and a rent increase, Center Township Trustee Eugene Akers wants to move the small claims court into the Julia Carson Government Center, against the judge's wishes.
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Greenwood mayoral rivals run from big-spender labelRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Greenwood's three mayoral candidates are distancing themselves from current Mayor Charles Henderson, who lost in the May primary in large part because of his unpopular proposals for adding amenities to the southern suburb designed to attract new businesses.
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Government pension performance stings citiesRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The pension fund that holds benefits for public employees has seen improved investment returns over the last two years, but the hammering it took during the depths of the recession continues to deal a blow to cities, counties and other employers.
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State’s unemployment rate climbs to 8.7 percent

September 16, 2011
Indiana's jobless rate increased for the second straight month, reaching its highest level since February.
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Education not-for-profit moving to city, plans to add 44 jobs

September 16, 2011
Project Lead the Way Inc., a New York-based provider of education curricular programs for middle and high schools, will move its headquarters to Indianapolis and plans to add 44 jobs by 2014.
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Former City-County Councilor Plowman found guilty

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City County Councilor Lincoln Plowman, found guilty Thursday afternoon of federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, will await sentencing on home detention.
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Pan Am Plaza damage subject of court battles

September 15, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The owner of Pan Am Plaza’s parking garage, which the city partially closed on Wednesday over safety concerns, has fought legal battles over the damage with Indiana Sports Corp. and Central Parking System.
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Indiana exports hit annual record

September 15, 2011
The state shipped $28.7 billion in goods last year to foreign countries, including Canada, Mexico and Germany, which accounted for most of the demand, according to a report from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
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Jury hears closing arguments in Plowman case

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman is accused of using his official position to collect $6,000 to help gain zoning approval for a new strip club. He's charged with bribery and attempted extortion.
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Unemployment benefit requests jump again

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people applying for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level in three months, another sign that the job market remains depressed.
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Official says feds got Indiana error rate wrong

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana makes a lot of errors on unemployment insurance benefits, the White House and U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday, but the state official overseeing those payments said federal officials are making mistakes of their own.
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Conservative legislator Delph won't challenge Lugar

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
State Sen. Mike Delph said Wednesday he would stay in the Indiana Legislature and focus on raising his family.
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Census: Nearly 1 in 6 Hoosiers impoverished last year

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
The Census Bureau estimated that 16.3 percent of Indiana residents, or 1.35 million people, lived in households earning less than the poverty level, compared with 15.1 percent nationally.
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Fair trustee settles with local political groups

September 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The settlements involve donations made by Tim Durham totaling $60,000 to the Marion County Republican Central Committee, Greater Indianapolis Republican Finance Committee and the Committee to Elect Lawrence Mayor Paul Ricketts.
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Wind-turbine company moving into Evansville plant

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
A company that makes wind-turbine blades says it will start its first U.S. facility at a former refrigerator plant in Evansville that Whirlpool Corp. closed last year. The business said it could employ up to 400 workers in the area by 2014.
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Daniels' book latest of many governors' tomes

September 11, 2011
Associated Press
Of the nation's 50 sitting governors, almost a quarter of them are authors. Four, including Daniels, have written tomes while serving as their state's chief executive.
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Senate passes overhaul of patent system

September 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
The legislation would fundamentally alter the way patents are reviewed and mark the biggest change to U.S. patent law since at least 1952.
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Critics: Wrecking ball won't fix Indianapolis neighborhoodsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Many neighborhood leaders have hailed Mayor Greg Ballard’s initiative to raze some 2,000 abandoned homes by the end of 2012 as a long-overdue means of tackling urban blight. But some residents and experts fear rampant demolition—without a clear plan for how to redevelop the properties—will fail to improve neighborhoods.
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