Government & Economic Development

MANTOOTH: Companies bogged down by employees' poor healthRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
The problem is, too many people make unhealthy choices and the consequences of these choices become everyone’s problem.
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Documentary touts sustainable building practices in Indy

May 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The hour-long film, dubbed “Green Building in Indianapolis: Creating a Sustainable Future,” was released on You Tube last month.
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Daniels signs measure changing Indiana alcohol ID law

May 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed several more bills into law, including one that will no longer require everyone buying carryout alcohol to show identification regardless of age.
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Governor vetoes forfeiture legislation

May 13, 2011
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
Gov. Mitch Daniels has vetoed legislation that would have sent the bulk of funds seized from criminals to prosecutors and police, rather than the Indiana Common School Fund.
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Cross-country track planned near proposed tennis center site

May 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Property along the White River is set to be rezoned to provide for a cross-country track, while a not-for-profit is eying a parcel farther north as one of three potential sites for a tennis center.
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Growing school districts drop funding lawsuit

May 12, 2011
Associated Press
Three Indiana school districts, including Hamilton Southeastern and Franklin Township, are dropping a lawsuit against the state that claimed the method for distributing school funding treated growing districts unfairly.
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Daniels signs 80 bills into law, including budget

May 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed 80 bills into law Tuesday, including a new $28 billion state budget and redrawn political maps that will help shape elections for the next decade.
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CIB reports quarterly revenue increase

May 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board saw revenue of $22.5 million in the first three months of the year, a jump of 28 percent compared with the same three months in 2010. More taxes generated by hotel stays and restaurant visits helped drive the increase.
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Eastgate redevelopment reaches crucial crossroads

May 10, 2011
Tom Harton
Lifeline Data Centers, which bought Eastgate in 2008, plans to invest $10 million into the property this year if the Department of Public Safety moves forward with plans to lease 78,000 square feet.
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Businessman announcing run for Indiana governor

May 10, 2011
Associated Press
Jim Wallace has scheduled a campaign kickoff event for Tuesday afternoon at the town hall in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Fishers.
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Lawmakers fall short in efforts to curtail private-sector unions

May 9, 2011
Associated Press
Of the 14 states where "right-to-work" bills barring mandatory union fees were considered, only New Hampshire has passed the legislation, and it is uncertain whether Republican lawmakers can overcome an expected veto by the Democratic governor.
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City seeks bids for $300M sewage tunnel system

May 9, 2011
Cory Schouten
City officials are seeking bidders for the first phase of Indianapolis' largest-ever public works project, an underground tunnel system equipped to store millions of gallons of raw sewage and prevent the excrement from flowing into local waterways.
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Longtime congressman Burton plans re-election bid

May 9, 2011
Associated Press
Dan Burton says he plans to seek election to a 16th term next year after narrowly surviving tough Republican primary battles in his past two campaigns.
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Schools weigh options after voters nix tax hikes

May 9, 2011
Associated Press
School districts across the state continue to struggle in their attempts to win voter approval for operating money or building projects, which a researcher attributes to continued worries about the economy.
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Do-not-call list may expand to cell phone users

May 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana residents who use only their cell phones will be able to add those numbers to the state's do-not-call registry to block unwanted telemarketing calls under a bill awaiting Gov. Mitch Daniels' signature.
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Next library CEO faces great expectationsRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A search is under way for a successor to Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library CEO Laura Bramble, who plans to retire, and expectations from all quarters are high.
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New laws hang teacher pay on performance

May 7, 2011
J.K. Wall
Charters and vouchers may have sparked the loudest education-related protests before the Legislature this year, but changes to teacher evaluations are likely to have the biggest impact on Indiana’s public schools.
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How key bills fared during 2011 legislative sessionRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Tom Harton, Francesca Jarosz, Chris O'Malley, Scott Olson, Associated Press
Indiana senators and representatives debated a wide range of bills with significant business implications during the 2011 session of the General Assembly, which wrapped up April 29.
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Indianapolis is recognized for 'financial fitness'

May 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
City gets high marks for efforts to encourage financial literacy among residents.
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Tech firm Slingshot expanding, plans 114 more jobs

May 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO Inc., founded by three friends from Zionsville High School, plans to expand operations in Indianapolis, adding 114 more employees by 2013, economic development executives announced Friday morning.
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Medical device manufacturer seeks abatement

May 5, 2011
Indianapolis-based Medivative Technologies plans to build a 9,000-square-foot addition to its east-side facility and spend $2.5 million to equip it. The expansion should create 15 jobs.
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Pence to enter race for Indiana governor

May 5, 2011
Associated Press
To no one's surprise, Republican Rep. Mike Pence said Thursday morning that he'll run for Indiana governor in 2012, giving the GOP an early edge in the race.
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Justice Department to NCAA: Why no football playoff?

May 5, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department says there are "serious questions" about whether the current format of the college football playoff system complies with antitrust laws.
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House panel moves to revive alternate jet engine

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
A U.S. House panel on Wednesday took a step toward reviving the alternate engine for the next-generation F-35 fighter plane that the Indianapolis operations of Rolls-Royce Corp. had been working on until a month ago.
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Panel to rule in June on election chief challenge

May 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Recount Commission agreed Wednesday to rule by late June on whether indicted secretary of state Charlie White was eligible for office when he was elected six months ago.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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