Government & Economic Development

Building spree reshaping Broad Ripple VillageRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
A rush of new office, residential and retail projects suggest real estate developers in Broad Ripple Village remain optimistic in the midst of high-profile incidents of crime.
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State needs better water management, report says

August 8, 2014
Associated Press, Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce warns that demand for water from businesses and residents could outstrip the available supply in coming decades.
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Report: Indiana consumer spending rebounds from recession

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
A new report by the U.S. Commerce Department shows that consumer spending in Indiana has rebounded from the end of the Great Recession faster than the national average.
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State agency says it lacks adoption subsidy money

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Child Services says it isn't paying subsidies to parents who adopted special-needs children out of foster care because the state Legislature hasn't appropriated enough money.
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Boost for vets' health: Obama signs new law

August 7, 2014
Associated Press
Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday.
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City OKs $10M in street upgrades for natatorium plan

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission on Wednesday approved $10 million in downtown tax-increment financing funds to pay for street improvements on the IUPUI campus. The contribution works in conjunction with IUPUI's $20 million overhaul of the IU Natatorium.
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UPDATE: City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Despite heavy lobbying from opponents, the Indianapolis Board of Public Works on Wednesday voted 4-1 in favor of a contract extension with incinerator operator Covanta that will make the company the city's main household recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to approve Covanta as the city’s main residential recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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Second city Land Bank defendant pleads guilty

August 6, 2014
Cory Schouten
A second defendant in an alleged kickback scheme involving the Indy Land Bank has pleaded guilty, and a judge has moved a trial for three remaining defendants to early 2015.
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Walgreen turns down inversion, to keep HQ in U.S.

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest drugstore chain said it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed the amount of U.S. taxes it pays.
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State studies whether to reduce rules for licensed workers

August 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The changes could impact some 470,000 Hoosiers, including health care workers, barbers, plumbers, social workers and others – people who face rules that critics say are far too burdensome.
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Feds require state to talk to Native Americans for HIP 2.0 plan

August 5, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials met Tuesday with members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in an effort to satisfy federal regulators who are considering a proposed expansion of the state’s low-income health insurance program.
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Elwood Staffing to add 40 jobs at Columbus HQ

August 5, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The company, which already employs 200 in Indiana and 1,000 across the country, will accommodate the expansion by buying and renovating a building across the street from its current headquarters.
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City’s Covanta deal discourages rival recycling programs

August 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Details of a pending recycling deal with Covanta are emerging. Under the pact, the city of Indianapolis would face financial penalties if it launches other recycling programs.
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ITT Educational shares reeling after deal falls through

August 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
The real estate deal would have brought as much as $119.1 million for the struggling, Carmel-based education firm.
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State eyes downtown site for $17M archives project

August 4, 2014
Mason King
Officials want developers to submit plans for a site on the American Legion Mall, including an existing historic building and a 36,000-square-foot addition.
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Indiana ethics cases draw watchdog frustration

August 4, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Lawmakers say they are going to look at new transparency rules after public officials skirted the law in three separate ethics cases this year.
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Investor reimbursement fund off to slow start

August 2, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Time required for investigations, prosecutions caused delays.
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Center Township trustee used invalid police license plate

August 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Center Township registered a police plate to a 2011 Dodge Charger driven by Trustee Eugene Akers, then used the plate for three years after the BMV declared it invalid.
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UPDATE: Report clears ex-state official, finds gaps in law

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's inspector general has determined a former state highway official didn't violate any laws in a series of land deals. But Inspector General David Thomas said it went "right up to the line."
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Top deputy to head local U.S. attorney's office

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
The top deputy for the federal prosecutor's office for central and southern Indiana is taking over following the resignation of U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.
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Green BEAN Delivery plans $3.8M expansion

August 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The fast-growing local company, which already employs more than 200, plans to add up to 105 workers by 2024.
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Two promoted in state attorney general's office

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
Former Chief Deputy Attorney General Gary Secrest will take over as assistant attorney general, a new post. Deputy Attorney General Matt Light will succeed Secrest as the chief deputy attorney general.
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Head of Indiana alcohol agency taking Ivy Tech job

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
Ivy Tech announced Thursday that Alex Huskey will become the Marion campus president beginning Aug. 25.
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State highway official leaving before review done

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Department of Transportation chief of staff Troy Woodruff, who is under state investigation, sent an email to agency employees on Wednesday saying that he would step down Thursday.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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