Government & Economic Development

Grocery distributor to create 100 jobs in Bloomington

October 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
State economic development officials on Wednesday announced food distributor Nash Finch Co.’s plans to open a Bloomington warehouse and hire 100 workers, formalizing a commitment the Minnesota-based firm made this summer.
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Indiana's August revenue up 8.4 percent from year ago

October 5, 2010
Associated Press
The state Budget Agency reported Friday that Indiana collected $938 million in August. That's $51 million above the most recent forecast, but still $2 million less than projected in the budget lawmakers passed in early 2009.
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Clarke Engineering plans $2.1M expansion in Fishers

October 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Fishers-based Clarke Engineering Services plans to invest $2.1 million to expand its headquarters operation, creating as many as 29 jobs by 2012. The 13-year-old firm said it will begin hiring immediately.
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Customer-service jobs likely casualty in utility merger

October 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Consultant finds 23 or so customer-service jobs may be unneeded after Citizens Energy acquires city water and sewer utilities. Administrative jobs may also be on bubble, though most savings are from capital-related expenses.
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Health reform forces providers, insurers to lay aside rivalriesRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In this new age of health care, ushered in by President Obama’s signing in March of a sweeping health care reform law, health care players are encouraged to remove the gloves if they want to reap the benefits of reform.
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Firms with jobs ask for the moon; governments here show restraint

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Businesses have always held the upper hand in negotiating for incentives with local government, but the past couple of years have given rise to the most intensely competitive economic development environment since the early 1980s.
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Heightened competition puts mayors on hot seat

October 2, 2010
Norm Heikens
Elected officials are struggling to know how to respond to the weak economy and constituent demands for jobs.
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City halts apartment developer

October 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Near North Development Corp. asked the city in a Sept. 2 e-mail to compare the renderings for the Di Rimini apartment project at 733 N. Capital Ave. with what was actually taking shape. A week later, the Department of Code Enforcement issued a stop-work order for the project.
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Fishers forming sister-city relationship with suburb of Chinese city

October 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The area southwest of Shanghai is known as a tourist destination, as well as for its high-tech industrial development zones.
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Furniture distributor plans Gas City operations

October 1, 2010
New Jersey-based Munire Furniture says it will locate its U.S. manufacturing headquarters in Gas City, with plans to create as many as 100 jobs by the end of the year and as many as 350 by 2013.
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Hudnut joins D.C. office of local lobbying firm

October 1, 2010
Hudnut will represent clients in federal government matters for Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, an Indianapolis-based lobbying firm. The former four-term Indianapolis mayor served the city from 1976 to 1992.
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Drugmakers’ ‘doughnut hole’ deal to shave sales

October 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Drugmakers including Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. may provide more than $2 billion in drug discounts to senior citizens next year under a deal pharmaceutical companies made with the White House.
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Downtown tax district reaps unexpected windfall

September 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The city has accumulated a $12 million surplus of funds from the downtown TIF district, raising questions from critics who wonder how the windfall came about.
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Critics of parking proposal question $500,000 penalty

September 28, 2010
Scott Olson
City leaders argue the termination fee would be paid only if the city breaks the 50-year agreement after the City-County Council signs off on the deal, not if the contract doesn't win approval.
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Dolce hotel, YMCA part of city-funded 'North of South' development

September 27, 2010
Scott Olson
The city plans to issue bonds and use tax-increment financing to fund the $150M project, which also will include 320 high-end apartments and 40,000 square feet of retail space. Construction should begin this year.
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Raytheon's local plant lands $42M Navy order

September 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Indianapolis has scored a $42 million contract to make forward-looking infrared sensors for the U.S. Air Force’s HH-60G helicopter, the Department of Defense said late last week.
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INDOT lays off 30 employees in budget move

September 26, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said the layoffs were "one of the very, very few involuntary reductions" that Indiana government has had to make to cut spending.
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Indiana Convention Center might need yet another expansion

September 25, 2010
Katie Maurer
The current expansion has absorbed the last of the adjoining space, leaving the convention center landlocked.
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Indiana slow to accept federal stimulus helpRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Mary Dieter
Under political pressure, Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration has come late to the federal stimulus funds game. At best, the state will recover $24 million in reimbursements for money spent by not-for-profit agencies on services to the poor.
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Tax caps spread relief aroundRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Property tax caps—promoted as a way to relieve homeowners from skyrocketing property tax bills—have provided much more relief to a different group of taxpayers. Owners of rental properties and second homes got the lion’s share of assistance from the caps.
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City meets deadline to get federal money for housing projects

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The $29 million will be used to acquire and demolish or rehabilitate foreclosed and abandoned homes.
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Indiana child care agencies protest cost of new rules

September 24, 2010
Associated Press
An effort to shift some foster care costs to the federal government would throw up more red tape and make it harder for caretakers and providers to get services for troubled children, a coalition of child care agencies said Friday.
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Indiana lawmakers push for Internet taxes

September 23, 2010
Mary Dieter
A bipartisan duo of state lawmakers wants Congress to allow states to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, a move they say could bring hundreds of millions of dollars to cash-strapped Indiana.
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Democrats charge conflict in parking meter deal

September 22, 2010
Scott Olson
A city lobbyist who also is registered to lobby for Affiliated Computer Services Inc., which was chosen to receive a 50-year lease deal to manage meter operations, says he was not involved in the deal.
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Proposed city parking deal would bring 200 jobs

September 21, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A proposal to lease the city’s parking meters for 50 years would require the vendor to bring 200 jobs to Indianapolis for at least seven years. The salaries and benefits would range from $16,000 to $95,000 a year.
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