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Structural shakeup means changes at EnerDel

September 21, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Ener1 Inc., the parent company of local advanced-battery maker EnerDel, has reorganized its corporate structure and shuffled management ranks.
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Hoosier Lottery moving to Meridian Street building

September 21, 2010
Tom Harton
The lottery will move in January to the Buick, a 60,000-square-foot building at 13th and Meridian streets owned by principals of Shiel Sexton Construction.
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Home construction jumps nationally

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
Housing starts are up 25 percent from their bottom in April 2009. But they remain 74 percent below their peak in January 2006.
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Angie's List snags $22.5 million investment

September 20, 2010
The Indianapolis-based consumer review and rating service said it will use the investment to expand its health and wellness consumer review product, as well as its coupon program, "The Big Deal."
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ChaCha may drop T-Mobile over planned fee

September 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Wireless carrier plans to begin charging a new one-quarter of 1 cent fee on text messages. In response, ChaCha CEO Scott Jones says his company will drop the wireless carrier from its answer service.
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Harding Dahm drops Grubb & Ellis, strikes merger deal

September 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Harding Dahm & Co., which ranked sixth on IBJ’s most recent list of commercial brokerages,  will become Lee & Associates Indianapolis. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Subaru of Indiana adds to permanent work force

September 20, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Subaru expects higher production volumes at its Lafayette plant to last well into the future and it is converting 100 temporary positions to permanent status.
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Indianapolis lands large environmental trade show

September 20, 2010
The Pump & Cleaner Environmental Expo will be held in Indianapolis each year in February from 2012 to 2014. It is expected to attract more than 12,000 visitors annually and generate an estimated $24 million in spending over the three-year stretch.
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Republic Airways CEO going 'Undercover'

September 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bryan Bedford, CEO, president and chairman of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways, will appear in an episode of "Undercover Boss" this season, CBS-TV announced.
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Incoming NCAA chief already making major changes

September 18, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Mark Emmert, who takes over the NCAA next month, already has removed three high-level executives, met with NBA Commissioner David Stern about changing basketball eligibility rules, and sent signals he will take a hard line against cheating.
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City's parking deal similar to much-maligned Chicago pact

September 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Officials promoting a 50-year lease of Indianapolis' parking meters have taken pains to point out the differences between their proposal and a controversial 75-year parking meter lease in Chicago. But a close look at both contracts shows Indianapolis' pact largely uses the Chicago template.
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Debating where to turn as Bush tax cuts near expiration

September 18, 2010
Scott Olson
With a deadline looming, supporters and detractors debate extending tax cuts signed by former president George W. Bush.
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Owners enjoy Melody Inn's niche as well-worn music venue

September 18, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Since Melody Inn owners Dave Brown and Rob Ondrish bought the 38th and Illinois streets mainstay in 2001, they figure more than 7,000 bands have played on the 18-inch-high stage tucked just inside their front door.
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Business school expands investment theme for studentsRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Norm Heikens
Grant will give Indiana University undergrads a shot at managing real money.
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IU hits license jackpot; Purdue royalties surgeRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indiana University had a license or two to print money from the commercialization of its technology over the last year—and did it ever. While Purdue University didn’t collect as much in royalties from commercialization, it pulled down record levels of research grants.
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IPL identifies locations for electric car charging stationsRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The utility plans an aggressive rollout of charging stations with the imminent arrival of electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf, due in showrooms this December.
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Warsaw bank jumps into Hamilton County frayRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Lake City Bank dipped its toe in the Indianapolis market in 2006 with a loan-production office and now has bigger ambitions.
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Local United Way eyes broader donor base

September 18, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
After losing more than 6,000 donors in a single year, the United Way of Central Indiana is making its first concerted effort to reach people outside their workplaces.
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Alliance aims to boost adult learning in Hancock CountyRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Three separate colleges will hold classes in Hancock County—if a business-led education alliance can finance the space. The Hancock Community Education Alliance has lined up a vacant retail building on State Road 9 in hopes that Ball State, Purdue and Vincennes universities can offer classes next spring.
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JPMorgan Chase sues to foreclose on Durham mansion

September 17, 2010
Greg Andrews
The bank says Durham stopped making the required $18,329 monthly payments on the 30-year mortgage this spring.
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Fried chicken franchises, Argentine eatery call it quits

September 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Five Popeyes restaurants in Indianapolis owned by one franchisee close down, as does downtown eatery Taste of Tango.
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Daniels picks Boone County judge for Supreme Court

September 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed Boone Circuit Court Judge Steven David to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Franklin calls off deal to land brewery plant

September 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Franklin Redevelopment Commission decided Thursday to call off the deal because TailGate Beer of San Diego failed to respond to a deadline to provide detailed financial information.
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Union cancels Marsh vote planned for Friday

September 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The local grocery workers union has pulled its request for an election at Marsh's supermarket in Beech Grove, saying recent events cast a pall over the vote that was scheduled for Friday.
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Medical equipment maker primed to expand in Greenwood

September 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Advantis Medical Inc., a maker of cases and trays for surgical instruments, plans to add more than 100 jobs in Greenwood over the next five years.
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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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