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Former Ballard deputy Huber to lead Indy Chamber

August 22, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Michael Huber will replace Scott Miller, who resigned this year to pursue his own business consulting practice. Huber will leave his role as senior director of commercial enterprise for Indianapolis International Airport.
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Chamber prez Miller resigns after 18 months

April 11, 2013
Norm Heikens
Scott Miller, 45, will leave the Indy Chamber after a short tenure that included leading the body through mergers with several like-minded groups. He tells IBJ he felt that he had already accomplished his major goals and wanted to shift to the private sector.
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Indy Partnership names new executive director

February 1, 2013
Marty Vanags, CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council in Illinois, will start work March 1 at The Indy Partnership.
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Chamber to merge with economic development groups

May 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce will lead economic development efforts for central Indiana by merging with Develop Indy, Indy Partnership and Business Ownership Initiative, the groups announced Thursday.
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Chamber merger stirs fears in regional economic development groupsRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Develop Indy, the economic development arm of Indianapolis, is working on a merger with the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce that has suburban economic development professionals concerned central Indiana will lose an independent voice in marketing the region to new business.
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Indy Partnership leader leaving organization

December 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Executive Director Scott Fulford said he is retiring and handing over leadership to Troy Whittington, who currently is director of business development. He officially becomes interim director on Jan. 1.
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Unproven entrepreneur promises 1,100 local jobs

October 26, 2011
Cory Schouten
A West Hollywood businessman hopes to build hundreds of trucks outfitted with giant video screens. The product is unproven and so is Bob Yanagihara, the ambitious 50-year-old behind it.
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City chamber of commerce, Develop Indy might merge

August 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chamber Chairman John Neighbours said he "wouldn't rule out" combining the economic development groups.
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Indy Partnership makes leadership change official

March 8, 2011
In a move IBJ reported Feb. 15, Scott Fulford, a member of the organization's business development team, has been picked to lead Indiana Partnership, the group announced Tuesday.
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Indy Partnership may reduce role in job recruitment

February 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
A merger among local economic development organizations could further diminish the role Indy Partnership plays in recruiting jobs to the city and region.
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Booster groups Indy Partnership, Develop Indy to merge

February 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
Local economic development groups Indy Partnership and Develop Indy plan to combine operations to save money and more effectively pitch the city and region to potential job creators.
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State steps up chase for data centersRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jam-packed with expensive equipment, data centers represent huge capital investments in a relatively small footprint. That can mean steep property tax bills, though Indiana allows communities to exempt a portion of that tax. Jobs-hungry Indiana is eager to attract more of these climate-controlled computing fortresses.
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Wind energy jobs sought at Dallas trade show

May 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An economic development squad is heading to Dallas to woo wind-energy firms. Indiana ranked second in the nation last year in adding wind-generating capacity.
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Volcano's ash postpones Indiana trade mission

April 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Officials hope to reschedule flight to Italy for Tuesday to salvage the remainder of planned job attraction and creation trip.
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IEDC leads European trade mission

April 15, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The Indiana delegation plans to visit Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom on a job- and investment-attraction mission.
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Urban expert lauds Indianapolis for progress

March 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Native Hoosier Aaron Renn, who writes the popular Urbanophile blog, said Indianapolis stacks up well against its Midwestern counterparts and can compete for jobs with national hot spots such as Portland, Ore.
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Indy Partnership aims to double economic development dealsRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The organization last year closed 11 business expansion or attraction deals, netting 2,950 new jobs in the process.
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Indy Partnership's Web site, newsletter recognized

October 6, 2009
Indy Partnership has been chosen to receive three Excellence in Economic Development Awards today at the International Economic Development Council's annual conference in Reno, Nev.
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Indy Partnership eyes more jobs from Germany

September 23, 2009
Scott Olson
An Indy Partnership official departed for Germany yesterday on a trade mission promoting economic development opportunities in the 10-county Indianapolis area.
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Ron Gifford's blog from China

September 16, 2009
Ron Gifford
Indy Partnership CEO Ron Gifford is traveling with Gov. Mitch Daniels and a delegation of Hoosier business and community leaders on a trip to Asia through Sept. 16. Gifford is blogging about his experiences as he works to bring new jobs and investment to the economic development group's 10-county Indianapolis region. Bookmark this page and check back for updates.
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Next year's State Fair to feature Japanese exhibit

September 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Japanese culture will be on display at the Indiana State Fair next year. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced today, while traveling on a economic development mission in Japan, that the Asian country will be featured in its own exhibit at the fair for the first time in 2010.
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Deals from China trip unlikely to come right away, official says

September 9, 2009
Scott Olson
Don't expect the contingent traveling with Gov. Mitch Daniels on his 10-day trade mission to China and Japan to return to Indiana with a major commitment from an Asian company.
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Site visit lifts county's hopes for landing Harley

August 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Harley-Davidson Inc. officials were in Shelby County yesterday assessing it as a location for a new motorcycle plant, but it isn’t yet clear how the county stacks up to other U.S. locales that also are in the running for the economic-development prize.
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Indianapolis weathering recession better than rest of state, U.S.Restricted Content

April 6, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Compared to most of the rest of the state and nation, Indianapolis is an occupational dynamo.
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Analysis shows little savings in biz-group consolidation

December 18, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
The merger of four of central Indiana's biggest business development organizations might achieve only modest cost savings, or even be more expensive than the status quo, a confidential financial analysis obtained by IBJ shows.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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