Government

City to bolster economic development funding

January 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Mayor Greg Ballard expected to announce at his State of the City address Wednesday evening that the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and Indianapolis Economic Development Inc. could receive about $1 million each from the city.
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Indiana Senate OKs bill to delay jobless-tax hikes

January 12, 2010
Associated Press
The Senate has approved a bill delaying unemployment-tax increases on businesses for a year, but the legislation may face hurdles in the Democrat-led House.
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Study: Urban tax money subsidizes rural counties

January 12, 2010
Scott Olson
A report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says metropolitan counties pay more in state taxes than they receive in benefits. The results, though not surprising,  document the disparity for the first time in Indiana.
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Bill could pave way for Indiana nuclear power plantsRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The word “nuclear” isn’t even mentioned, but Senate Bill 69 is a virtual launch code for reviving attempts at commercial nuclear power in Indiana.
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Venue-management titans emerge as CIB front-runners

January 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Experts say a unique four-way partnership that includes the Pacers and Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association may be the favorite to run the city's sports and convention venues.
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City's plan to raise money with sponsorships takes wing with KFCRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard this month rolled out the first of what he hopes will be 10 to 15 city sponsorship and advertising deals this year, with the aim of saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
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Lucas Oil Stadium lease for Final Four is on CIB's front burner

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Greg Shaheen, NCAA senior vice president of basketball and business strategies, said the deal needs tweaking because Lucas Oil Stadium was in the conceptual stages when Indianapolis won the bid to host the 2010 Final Four.
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Indianapolis Economic Development reports healthy 2009 job attraction, retention numbers

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The organization responsible for attracting new businesses to Marion County and helping companies already located here with expansion secured 11,135 job commitments and $157 million in private investment from 45 companies in 2009.
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Big companies seek chance to bid on CIB privatization

January 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis receives a dozen responses to its proposal to privatize management of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center and, perhaps, Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Indiana pushes firms toward electric vehicles, but has few of its ownRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
State government hasn’t put much money toward becoming a leader among states integrating hybrids into their massive vehicle fleets.
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Fairgrounds' digital billboard is exception to county banRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Clear Channel Outdoor is building Marion County’s first full-size digital billboard along Fall Creek Parkway on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair. The first message might as well be: Take that, Indianapolis!
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Assessor predicts 2010 property tax bills will be on time

December 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis property tax bills, paid in two installments due in May and November, should be sent without delay for the first year since 2006.
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Legislators face unemployment insurance fund sinking into red

December 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana lawmakers are preparing to punt on 2009's must-solve business issue in the hope of a federal bailout. However, it's anybody's guess how Washington will respond.
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Property tax caps stand good odds in the 2010 legislative sessionRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Norm Heikens
Lawmakers are likely to pass property tax legislation, which would send it to a voter referendum in November and potentially into the state constitution.
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Bills in General Assembly would ease costs for casinos

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana General Assembly is taking its first steps toward restructuring Hoosier gambling law.
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Brownsburg hires Texas city manager as town manager

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Dale Cheatham, who starts work Jan. 4, was city manager of The Colony, Texas, a growing community of 40,000, for eight years. Before that, he spent four years as city manager of Watauga, Texas.
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New CIB membership nearly set

December 17, 2009
Scott Olson
Marion County Commissioners reappointed Doug Brown on Thursday morning to the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board, leaving only one seat open on the nine-member panel whose financial troubles this year have elevated its profile.
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IUPUI seeking funds from CIB to renovate Natatorium

December 14, 2009
Scott Olson
IUPUI says it needs about $15 million to renovate the aging Natatorium swimming complex and wants the city's Capital Improvement Board to fund part of the expense.
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Supreme Court rejects Indiana's appeal of Chrysler sale

December 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from the state of Indiana pension funds that earlier challenged the automaker's bankruptcy proceedings.
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Cash-strapped mayors may tap owners of tax-exempt propertyRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A group of mayors led by Tom Henry of Fort Wayne and Greg Ballard of Indianapolis is seeking new sources of revenue to replace the millions they’ll lose because of property tax caps.
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Hoosier Energy avoids financial brownoutRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Hoosier Energy, which supplies electricity to customers in 48 counties in central and southern Indiana, has settled a dispute that had threatened to plunge the utility into bankruptcy.
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INDOT using federal funds to improve transportation options near schools

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Safe Routes to School program “aims to influence a new generation of healthy, sustainable travel behavior,” says INDOT.
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HealthNet lands $10.5 million in stimulus funds

December 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
HealthNet said it will use the funds to expand and renovate two community health centers that have outgrown their space.
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Ballard rolls out tougher requirements for lobbyists

December 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Lobbyists paid $1,000 or more to sway city or county officials will be required to report all activity online.
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City mulls 6 proposals for use of Old City Hall

December 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler

Visions for the empty historic building range from offices to a museum. Two developers propose a boutique hotel on an adjacent parking lot. Video bonus: Tour the landmark's interior.

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