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Attorneys to get big cut of $300K OmniSource settlement

July 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
An OmniSource executive says the company wouldn't have made the settlement with the Marion County prosecutor if it knew more than a third of the cash wouldn't be going to Indianapolis police for training programs.
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Cities weigh new law allowing bigger tax breaks

July 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Communities across the state are trying to decide how they will use a new law that provides them more flexibility to employ economic development incentives but could increase pressure to give companies more tax breaks.
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City seeking long-term operator of Eagle Creek course

July 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Bids are due by July 29 for an eight-year contract to manage the golf club. The city intends to sue the former operator in an attempt to recover more than $200,000 after he defaulted on a $3.5 million loan.
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City seeks to close south-side hotel on nuisance charges

July 12, 2011
The owners of the Traveler's Inn on Bluff Road face public nuisance charges and are accused of operating without a proper business license, according to a lawsuit filed by the city on Monday.
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City taps downtown TIF funds for bridge repairsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The city is bidding work to repair concrete and add a green roof to the Meridian Street Bridge adjacent to downtown Union Station.
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City exploring Mass Ave redevelopment options

July 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Property that houses Indianapolis Fire Department facilities on North New Jersey Street, bordering Massachusetts Avenue, could be sold to private developers. In turn, city police and fire services could be better connected.
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People have spoken on ideas for Monument Circle

June 29, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
A former Indianapolis resident who now lives in Philadelphia won the Monument Circle Idea Competition People’s Choice award, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. announced Tuesday.
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Rejected bidder cries foul over demolition of Keystone Towers

June 28, 2011
Scott Olson
Titan Wrecking & Environmental bid about $255,000 less than the winning proposal to demolish Keystone Towers, but was rejected because of missing paperwork. The company owner says the city could have overlooked the omissions to save taxpayers money.
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Local contractor wins Keystone Towers demolition bid

June 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Denney Excavating of Indianapolis has been granted the contract to demolish the vacant Keystone Towers apartment complex with a bid $827,000.
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Commission: Turn dying GM plant into vibrant neighborhood

June 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
A 10-member commission told city leaders to turn the defunct 115-acre General Motors metal stamping plant site into a hip, funky neighborhood with an eye-catching bridge across the White River for easy access to downtown.
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Showdown looming over Marion County income taxRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
More agencies will be vying for a piece of the city’s income-tax revenue as next year’s budget process begins. But with that money flat-lined next year, city leaders say there may not be enough to share.
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Bids opened for Keystone Towers demolitionRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Quotes came in way below city's $2 million budget.
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UIndy launches $7.5M campaign for civic leadership institute

June 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives will house a collection of official documents, correspondence, speeches, photos, audiotapes and other artifacts from the administrations of four Indianapolis mayors: Dick Lugar, Bill Hudnut, Steve Goldsmith and Bart Peterson.
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Challenger in Indianapolis mayoral race releases sustainability planRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Among Melina Kennedy’s priorities is educating residents and businesses about recycling and making it more convenient.
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Ballard to ask for control of IPS schools facing state takeover

June 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
But Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard also reiterated his opposition to mayoral control over all of IPS, which some local leaders have pushed for recently. He called that idea “premature.”
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Crime-prevention grants awarded to 26 organizations

June 6, 2011
Indianapolis' Community Crime Prevention Board awarded a total of $1.7 million in grants, down from $4 million last year, due to the city budget crunch.
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Chambers of commerce take bigger role in politics

May 30, 2011
Associated Press
After years of advocating pro-business positions, many chambers are taking the next step and issuing endorsements in hopes of ensuring business-friendly mayors get elected.
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Straub: Funding cut poses no threat to Super Bowl security

May 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis metropolitan area is among 33 nationwide that have been eliminated from a federal Homeland Security grant program for 2011.
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City proceeding with public safety complex at Eastgate

May 18, 2011
Scott Olson
City-County Council grants approval for the city to enter into a 25-year lease with the owner of the former Eastgate mall to take 76,000 square feet for a Regional Operations Center.
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City proposes stricter towing rules

May 18, 2011
A proposed ordinance would crack down on "predatory" towing practices by requiring tow-truck operators to adhere to several rules meant to protect consumers.
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Indianapolis council OKs razing of Keystone Towers

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
The City-County Council in Indianapolis has voted to spend $4 million to demolish the abandoned 15-story Keystone Towers and the long-vacant former Winona Hospital.
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Documentary touts sustainable building practices in Indy

May 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The hour-long film, dubbed “Green Building in Indianapolis: Creating a Sustainable Future,” was released on You Tube last month.
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Cross-country track planned near proposed tennis center site

May 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Property along the White River is set to be rezoned to provide for a cross-country track, while a not-for-profit is eying a parcel farther north as one of three potential sites for a tennis center.
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CIB reports quarterly revenue increase

May 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board saw revenue of $22.5 million in the first three months of the year, a jump of 28 percent compared with the same three months in 2010. More taxes generated by hotel stays and restaurant visits helped drive the increase.
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City seeks bids for $300M sewage tunnel system

May 9, 2011
Cory Schouten
City officials are seeking bidders for the first phase of Indianapolis' largest-ever public works project, an underground tunnel system equipped to store millions of gallons of raw sewage and prevent the excrement from flowing into local waterways.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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