Government & Economic Development

Government groups tap civic 'hackers' to address problems

May 29, 2014
Dan Human
A collection of tech firms and business organizations will host a “hackathon” on Saturday at The Speak Easy, a Broad Ripple co-working club for entrepreneurs.
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UPDATE: Manufacturer plans $110M expansion, 329 jobs

May 29, 2014
Associated Press
Alcoa Howmet factory in LaPorte, which makes castings for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine industries, will receive local and state tax breaks in return for job commitments.
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Push grows for Shinseki to go as veteran care flaws found

May 29, 2014
Bloomberg News
A report found the VA's Eastern Area Fiduciary Hub in Indianapolis was "not timely processing allegations of misuse of beneficiary funds, conducting field examinations, and processing some incoming mail."
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Pence’s HIP 2.0 plan gets kudos at first public hearing

May 28, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
Health care professionals and advocates for the poor voiced praise and support Wednesday for a plan by Gov. Mike Pence to expand the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan to provide more insurance coverage to Hoosiers.
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Indianapolis part of new federal STEM initiative

May 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News, Associated Press
President Barack Obama drew attention to girls' science and engineering accomplishments Tuesday as he announced a mentoring effort involving Indianapolis to improve and diversify the nation's technological work force.
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OurHealth to add employer clinics, 450 jobs by 2018

May 28, 2014
J.K. Wall
The 5-year-old firm has pledged to invest $20 million to double the size of its corporate headquarters in Indianapolis and lease real estate for a series of 3,500-square-foot health clinics across the state.
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Former Chase employee gets 16-month prison sentence

May 27, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
An Indianapolis woman embezzled more than $400,000 from JP Morgan Chase in an electronic-transfer scheme that lasted eight years.
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Indiana cities getting money to fight urban blight

May 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis, Lawrence, Gary and two other Indiana cities have received a total of about $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.
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Hearings set for Healthy Indiana Plan expansion

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
Two public hearings are scheduled this week on Gov. Mike Pence's plan to use Medicaid funds to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide insurance under the federal health care overhaul.
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Shine comes off privatization for state projects

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
New approaches to privatization have forced officials in Indiana and Illinois to rethink their funding plans for the 47-mile Illiana Expressway.
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Influx of offenders may tax county coffers

May 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state’s inmate population is projected to continue rising, even after a criminal-code overhaul intended to prevent the need for prison expansions takes effect July 1.
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Indiana names new director of eco-devo office in Japan

May 23, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Toshikazu "Tony" Suzuki brings more than 40 years of executive and senior management experience, working in both Japan and the United States.
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Automated systems provider expands downtown

May 22, 2014
Mason King
Open Control Systems LLC is investing $1.6 million to renovate, equip and lease 14,000 square feet of space over two buildings at 905 N. Capitol Ave.
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State scrutiny of Village Pantry safety issues set to end

May 22, 2014
Scott Olson
The convenience store chain has been taking corrective action to better protect employees after the shootings of Indianapolis clerks in 2009 and 2011.
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Beech Grove sues Franciscan, blames it for sewage backups

May 20, 2014
J.K. Wall
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court, claims the flow of storm water into Beech Grove's sanitation system has caused backups of raw sewage and storm water into the basements of homes surrounding the former hospital site.
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State lottery operator falling short of goal

May 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gtech Indiana will have to sell a lot of scratch-off games and other tickets in May and June if wants to avoid making a shortfall payment to the state.
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Pence pitches health plan proposal in Washington

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
The health insurance expansion Gov. Mike Pence is touting relies on federal Medicaid money and meets federal Medicaid requirements, but the Republican governor insists it's not Medicaid.
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City unveils first car-sharing charging station

May 19, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News
A French company on Monday unveiled its first electric car-charging station in Indianapolis, where drivers will be able to rent plug-in vehicles for short-term trips later this year.
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1960s-era city zoning code gets overhaulRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City planners hope a proposed overhaul of the Indianapolis zoning code that’s just a few weeks from its public unveiling will make the city greener and more bike- and pedestrian-friendly while easing the path to high-density, mixed-use development.
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Ireland and Indiana share low-tax strategyRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Richard Bruton, Ireland’s minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation, visited Indianapolis this month to check in with companies that have operations in his country.
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Aging suburbs facing long road backRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Poverty is encroaching on the outer townships of Marion County, adding to their handicap in the competition with doughnut counties, where houses are newer, and sidewalks, sewer connections and bike paths come standard.
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Strapped schools are wheeling and dealing with municipalities

May 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
State-mandated tax caps are putting additional pressure on public budgets—and spurring local governments to take unusual steps to help their cash-strapped schools.
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Pence noncommittal, but stoking talk of White House bid

May 16, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been saying for months that he is "listening" to national conservatives interested in seeing him make a presidential bid. Meanwhile, he has been out meeting with influential Republicans and conservatives.
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State solicits ideas for bicentennial plaza near Statehouse

May 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Significant portions of Indiana's 2016 bicentennial celebration could take place on a new public plaza west of the Statehouse. A request for information on the project issued this week assumes a $2 million construction budget.
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Lawmakers positive about Healthy Indiana Plan proposal

May 16, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
An expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday, received overall positive reviews from Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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