Greg Ballard

Mayor's communications strategist leaving city post

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Robert Vane, Ballard’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, plans to start his own firm specializing in crisis and strategic communications. His last day with the city is Nov. 5.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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Indianapolis wins state "Green Community of the Year" award

October 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard has unveiled a number of green initiatives, ranging from widespread use of hybrid vehicles to making the City-County Building more energy-efficient.
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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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City parking agreement to receive first scrutiny

August 30, 2010
Indianapolis' Department of Public Works Board and its City-County Council Rules and Public Policy Committee both will meet on Monday to consider the long-term deal. It would need approval from the City-County Council before taking effect.
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City vendor may get $1.2B from parking-privatization deal

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The pitch from Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration to privatize the city's parking meters is compelling, but the proposal to sell the meters to Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has the city giving up more in the long run than is immediately apparent.
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Arts funding maintained in proposed city budget

August 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Funding for city arts programs is expected to remain at $1 million in 2011, even as the mayor's budget plan calls for cutting $22 million in local spending. Funding for the parks department also should remain flat, at $21.1 million.
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Ballard takes aim at vacant homes

July 17, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
If Mayor Greg Ballard successfully closes the $1.9 billion sale of the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy, some of the proceeds will be used to bulldoze or rehabilitate 2,000 to 4,500 abandoned, unsafe homes during the next two years.
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Indianapolis launches three Web business tools

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The sites offer insight into government contracts and other business activities of local government.
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UPDATE: CIB wringing money from general operating fund to pay Pacers

July 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A combination of taxes targeting downtown visitors and users of the city's professional sports complexes are expected to generate the bulk of the subsidy.
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City makes $33.5M deal to keep Indiana Pacers

July 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The city will contribute $10 million annually for three years toward Conseco Fieldhouse operating expenses. It also will provide at least $3.5 million for capital improvements.
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City eyes Central State site for sports complexRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis officials are exploring turning the former Central State Hospital into a 150-acre sports complex that could include facilities for everything from soccer and baseball to tennis and ice skating.
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Plan to run fiber optic lines along greenways has legal hurdles

June 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The city of Indianapolis wants to generate revenue by using greenways as fiber optic corridors. But previous legal battles over leasing rights-of-way to utilities could hang up the plan.
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City takes risk with debt-laden IT-overhaul pickRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
To spearhead a once-in-a-generation overhaul of local government's antiquated back-office computer system, Mayor Greg Ballard has chosen an unprofitable software firm that as recently as March 31 warned investors that debt-refinancing issues could force it out of business.
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Democrat Williams drops out of race for mayor

June 15, 2010
Brian Williams said Tuesday that he is dropping his bid to challenge Mayor Greg Ballard in 2011, paving the way for front runner Melina Kennedy to represent the Democrats.
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Ballard bets big on $16 million software project

June 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Concluding a year-long evaluation and public bidding process, mayor chooses Oracle's PeopleSoft to replace local government's 1970s-era financial IT system and New York-based Zanett Inc. to lead the implementation.
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City not ready to privatize Capital Improvement BoardRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard has put privatization of Indianapolis’ stadium and convention center management on indefinite hold.
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Ballard announces $4 million City Market overhaul

June 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Restoration project, slated to last nearly a year, will redesign vendor stand facades, improve lighting and introduce a regular schedule of live entertainment at the historic venue.
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Business groups bless Mayor Ballard's utility sale plan

May 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis support sale of water, sewer utilities.
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Arcadia Resources says it will add 930 jobs

May 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Executives of the health care services provider will be joined by Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mayor Greg Ballard for a Thursday morning announcement at the company's headquarters.
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EDITORIAL: Ballard making good moves a habit

May 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
More than two years into his term, Mayor Greg Ballard has shown a creative flair and a pragmatic streak the city needs.
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City says it will keep library branches open

May 12, 2010
Details of a plan to assist the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library have yet to emerge, but city leaders are pledging their support to shore up a widening budget gap.
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Mayor unveils infrastructure-improvement plan details

May 11, 2010
City would use $425 million expected from selling the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group to upgrade city streets, sidewalks and bridges.
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City-County Building 'greening' project to cost $8 million

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City expects environmentally friendly overhaul of downtown headquarters to provide net savings of $250,000 per year.
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City approval of Citizens Energy deal could come in May

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy should have completed the majority of its due diligence of the city’s water and sewer utilities, which it plans to acquire, by the end of this month.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

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  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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