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Library postpones branch-closure decision

June 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library board of trustees has delayed a decision on whether to close up to six library branches until its July 15 regular meeting.
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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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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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CIB agrees to help Black Expo, but not with grant

May 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board votes not to restore IBE's annual $150,000 grant, but agrees to provide the organization with in-kind services equaling the amount.
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Study: Pacers, Fever add $55M to local economy each year

May 10, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever contribute an estimated $55 million a year to the Indianapolis economy, according to a study conducted by Chicago-based hospitality consulting firm Hunden Strategic Partners.
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CIB set to release results of Pacers impact study

May 10, 2010
Scott Olson
The report from a Chicago consulting firm will detail how much the Indiana Pacers contribute to the local economy, as the Capital Improvement Board negotiates with team officials over paying $15 million in annual Conseco Fieldhouse operating costs.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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Waterworks board wants outside review of mayor's utility plan

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The waterworks board's plan to hire outside consultants to study the proposed sale of Indianapolis Water could delay the deal.
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Indianapolis gets $10 million for clean energy

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
The grant announced Wednesday is part of $452 million in stimulus funding nationwide for projects meant to make buildings more energy efficient.
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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 flush with energy-saving ideas for building

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City-County Building energy-efficiency upgrades are set to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon. The nearly 50-year old landmark is the centerpiece of the city's greener-building initiative.
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Hendricks County scales back hospitality plan

April 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The convention bureau has shelved its plan to attract a full-service hotel and instead will boost spending on tourism marketing.
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Indianapolis road projects aided by federal stimulus funds

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The city’s Department of Public Works plans a record $88 million in transportation improvements, including road, bridge and sidewalk projects.
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Brizzi ordered dismissal in trespassing case

April 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Another case has surfaced in which Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi personally weighed in to the benefit of defense attorney Paul Page, Brizzi’s friend and business partner.
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Pacers' woes tied to Lucas Oil Stadium deal

April 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Five years ago, the Indiana Pacers ownership was not included in discussions about a potential new downtown home for the Indianapolis Colts, and now city and Pacers officials are paying the price.
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Pacers playing hardball with city on lease

April 14, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers set a June 30 deadline to get a deal worked out to operate Conseco Fieldhouse. The team wants $15 million annually.
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City cracks down on illegal massage parlors

April 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A multi-agency code-enforcement sweep aimed at curbing prostitution and human-trafficking targets 13 massage parlors.
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CIB takes Black Expo grant request under consideration

April 13, 2010
Local not-for-profit wants annual $150,000 grant from the Capital Improvement Board restored to better market the Circle City Classic.
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Black Expo making pitch for lost CIB grant

April 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Not-for-profit hopes to have $150,000 in annual funding restored, particularly now that it has taken on the additional duties related to the Circle City Classic.
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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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Retired Junior Achievement exec files defamation suit

April 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Former Junior Achievement CEO Jeff Miller says Mayor Greg Ballard was about to hire him as a senior policy adviser, but comments by Central Indiana Community Foundation President Brian Payne and current CEO Jennifer Burk ruined the offer.
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NCAA, city still hammering out long-term deal

April 2, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA and city put together a deal to cover insurance and liability issues for this year's Final Four, but are still finalizing an agreement that assures the event comes back regularly through 2039.
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Group rounds up business help for Census

April 1, 2010
Brock Benefiel
As deadline day arrives, the Indianapolis Complete Count Committee is encouraging area companies to provide funding for local marketing and events designed to encourage citizens to fill out their Census forms.
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Attorney selected to fill Plowman's City-County Council seat

March 20, 2010
Associated Press
Republican precinct committee members selected a replacement of Lincoln Plowman, who resigned earlier this month.
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Animal shelter tries to improve under new leader, tight budget

March 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis' new public safety director says the city's pound is woefully underfunded. But he also takes umbrage at critics who call it a dirty death row for unwanted cats and dogs.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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