Local Government

Flood leaves redevelopment opportunity for Franklin

March 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Franklin watch
                           videoThe city of Franklin is using the post-flood era to push for comprehensive redevelopment in and around downtown. The cornerstone of the plan is a flood plain southwest of the courthouse.
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Brizzi's lease deals benefited friend, donor

March 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Records show Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi directed lucrative work for the Prosecutor's Office to his friend, business partner and political contributor John Bales.
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Indianapolis Housing Agency pulls off big tax credit deal

March 13, 2010
Tom Harton
City agency plans renovations, expansions at eight apartment properties.
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Two of Ballard's top administrators step down

March 12, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Deputy mayor, city Bond Bank director resign to take jobs in the private sector.
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CIB turns down Axe deodorant ad for stadium

March 9, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board on Monday rejected a request from Axe deodorant to place an advertisement in Lucas Oil Stadium because the message is too racy for youngsters.
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Ballard solicits business help in aid of Indy Parks

March 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Corporate contributions, volunteerism help shore up struggling city department after recession-driven cuts reduce budget by nearly one-fifth.
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Hearings on Walgreens' bid to sell alcohol continued

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
The Illinois-based drugstore chain is seeking to sell beer and wine at 29 of its stores in Marion County. Opponents argue that the county already has granted enough permits.
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Officials: Weak smoking ban hurts Indianapolis' hospitality efforts

February 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The ongoing smoking-ban debate is getting a new spark from convention leaders trying to light a fire under lawmakers, who have been reluctant to approve the kind of comprehensive smoking ban that health—and now tourism—officials say is needed here.
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Indiana Senate approves plan to cut township boards

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill now likely will go to a House-Senate conference committee to try to resolve the House-passed and Senate-approved versions of the bill.
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East-west rail line could boost Indianapolis' coreRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
With traffic congestion growing, the idea of sending streetcars zipping down Washington Street—from far-east-side Cumberland to Indianapolis International Airport on the west—is making a return. And the route could offer the best bang for the buck in spurring transit-oriented development.
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Senator backs down on bill altering historic-district rules

February 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sen. Patricia Miller will put on hold a bill that would have have stripped the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission of much of its authority. The bill was prompted by incidents including a dispute over St. John United Church of Christ.
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Covered bridge project draws special attention

February 6, 2010
Norm Heikens
A plethora of experts like Dan Collom are restoring the Moscow bridge, built in 1886 and destroyed by a tornado in 2008.

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City lists former Winona Hospital for sale

February 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis' Metropolitan Development Commission sets $667,500 minimum price for the long-vacant property at Meridian and 32nd Streets.
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State sells $300 million in Tax Anticipation Notes

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The proceeds will help more than 120 local government units pay their bills while they wait for their property tax receipts.
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Governor's attorney mulling run for county prosecutor

January 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Mark Massa, attorney for Gov. Mitch Daniels, is "considering" running for Marion County prosecutor as the Republican candidate. The leader of the party in the county said he would be "ecstatic" if he would.
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City to use $22.9M in stimulus for street, bridge repairs

January 26, 2010
Indianapolis will spend $22.9 million in federal stimulus money to make street and bridge repairs starting in the spring.
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Hamilton County tourism leader selected to join CIB

January 18, 2010
Scott Olson
Brenda Myers, executive director of the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, rounds out the appointments to a restructured Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board.
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House OKs bill on township government referendums

January 14, 2010
Associated Press
The proposal would allow voters to decide in November whether their township governments should be eliminated and their duties transferred to the county level.
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City leaders getting aggressive about recouping tax breaks

January 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the city expects to recover $5.5 million from companies that failed to meet job requirements. The city will use the money to fund economic development, convention, tourism and education efforts.
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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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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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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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CIB financial situation improving

December 26, 2009
Scott Olson
The past year has been mighty unkind to the Capital Improvement Board, the entity charged with operating the city’s professional sports venues and Indiana Convention Center.
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