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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Ford was from another era, one walloped by inflationRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Patrick Barkey
The death of a former president still is a pretty big deal in this country. We can probably thank our first president, one of the most beloved men in the country in his time, for the reverence and respect we hold for those who have sat in the Oval Office. But as the media pundits remark on the political decisions and world events that helped define President Gerald Ford's administration, I am struck by a retrospective of a different type....
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BRIAN WILLIAMS Commentary: Lottery could help education even moreRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Recently, Gov. Mitch Daniels put forth a proposal to privatize the Hoosier Lottery. As envisioned by the governor, a private contractor would give the state an upfront payment of at least $1 billion and pay the state a guaranteed $200 million per year for the life of the contract. Daniels has proposed two uses for the upfront payment. Dollars would be split between a) scholarships for Indiana high school students attending Indiana universities and colleges and b) funding programs to...
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Business shoved aside: Readers say city should focus on crime, education in 2007Restricted Content

January 1, 2007
Scott Olson
The brutal murders of seven family members, including three children shot dead in their east-side Indianapolis home, cast a dark cloud over the city last summer. Yet the June slayings only served as a harbinger of a wave of violence that later claimed 15 lives in a 10-day span. The crime spree rattled city leaders so severely that Mayor Bart Peterson declared an emergency normally reserved for a natural disaster. 2006 no doubt ranked among the most deadly years in...
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City picks Marriott, passes on Pan Am plan:Restricted Content

January 1, 2007
-Cory Schouten
A willingness to redesign and add rooms to its proposed JW Marriott hotel helped push locally based REI Real Estate Services and its partner over the top in their quest to build a convention headquarters hotel. The team of REI and Merrillville-based White Lodging Services Corp. proposed building an 800-room JW Marriott as the centerpiece of a 1,500-room, five-hotel complex at the site of the existing Courtyard by Marriott hotel at West and Washington streets. A city committee charged with...
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Bringing Honda to Greensburg highlights a wild year for Daniels:Restricted Content

January 1, 2007
-Peter Schnitzler
It was a banner economic development year for Gov. Mitch Daniels, topped by the blockbuster Honda auto plant deal. Thanks in part to a second trip to Japan, Daniels landed a $550 million plant for Greensburg in June. Slated to begin production in 2008, the plant is expected to employ more than 2,000 people. Two months earlier, Daniels unveiled "Accelerating Growth," his economic development plan for the state. Its ambitious goal is to boost Hoosiers' per-capita income to the national...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: IBJ has big plans for coming yearRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
This has been a strong year for your local business weekly. We take seriously our mission of providing readers with the best, most in-depth coverage of local business, so it is with a sense of both pride and gratitude that I report on our most successful year ever. Editor Tom Harton has called 2006 the Year of the Award. This year, IBJ won 18 news awards-eight of them gold-from three different organizations. Our coverage was recognized nine times by our...
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NOTIONS: Resolutions and predictions: Why bother?Restricted Content

December 25, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
Bruce Hetrick is on vacation this week. In his absence, this column, which appeared on Dec. 30, 2002, is being reprinted. The gym will be rife with resolvers these next few weeks. They'll arrive, eagerbeaver, wearing sweats, headphones and heart monitors purchased as Christmas gifts by relatives hoping to encourage good habits, longer lives and less flab to hold onto in the night. On all this pricey merchandise, you'll see Nike, Reebok, Adidas and Roots. That way, the resolvers can...
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Breaking up may be hard, but museum thrives anyway: Conner Prairie turning red ink to black as it embraces independence after years-long governance disputeRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Andrea Muirragui
Nearly a year after its split from longtime trustee Earlham College, Conner Prairie is on the rebound. The Hamilton County living-history museum is poised to close out 2006 with more revenue than expenses-the first time in years it's been in the black. "We feel very good about it," said Berkley Duck, board chairman for both the museum and its affiliated foundation. "We're coming in pretty well against what we estimated." That's impressive, considering the 32-member board didn't have much time...
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Residents say safety is a growing concern: Survey: Fewer feel comfortable downtown after darkRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Cory Schouten
Most central Indiana residents feel safe in downtown Indianapolis when the sun is out, but remain leery of the city at night, according to a study by the IUPUI Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management. The annual study, which is designed to gauge the impact of cultural tourism on quality of life, gives the city high marks overall in areas ranging from cultural attractions to cleanliness, public transportation to parking. But it also shows the city has more work...
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Marketing firm targets tech types: Seven-figure deal shows DGS' diversification is workingRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
When DGS Marketing Engineers signed a blockbuster deal this September with one of the nation's largest industrial chemical companies, owners of the ad agency knew making their micro-niche just a little broader was going to pay big dividends. The local marketing and advertising agency recently decided to step outside its super-specific niche of working with companies that make machine tools to target companies working in just about any technical field. "This is a specialized advertising field that goes beyond mere...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Legislative process has its own languageRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Patrick Barkey
It's probably not wise to admit this in a family-friendly publication, but one of my favorite comedians always has been George Carlin. The man has a genius for zooming in on the language we hear and use every day and finding nuances and symbolism that we never knew was there. Every time I land in an airplane, I have to laugh, because George Carlin reminded us how crazy it is for the pilot who landed at the same time we...
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Tax-law change drives donors to other options: Vehicle auctions by not-for-profits are on the declineRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Tom Murphy
The 1968 Volvo coupe may have been the ugliest car parked in the Marion County Auto Auction lot, with its worn sheepskin seat covers, duct-taped headlight and mustard-yellow paint scheme. But someone liked it enough to bid $475 to take it off the hands of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana Inc. Goodwill has depended on thousands of used-and nearly useless-donated vehicles like the Volvo to bring in more than $1 million annually through its auctions. But it and other charities...
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Bipartisan control will force compromises: With campaigns over, legislators get down to business on new budget, property-tax relief and other issuesRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
In his 2007 legislative preview for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, State Rep. Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, opened with a joke: After a politician's death, he found himself standing before the pearly gates. St. Peter offered the politician a choice of heaven or hell, prefaced by a brief preview of each. During his visit to hell, the politician was surprised to discover all his friends there. What's more, it was a terrific place to be-the most fun and raucous party he'd...
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EYE ON THE PIE: 'Tis the season for economic foolishnessRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Morton Marcus
This is the best time of the year. Thanksgiving is over and the signs of Christmas have yet to bore us. All the truly crazy people have identified themselves by shopping on the days immediately following Thanksgiving. New and old ideas are blossoming for consideration by the Indiana General Assembly. Gov. Mitch Daniels has given us the Commerce Connector, a nifty addition to our highway road map. This would be a new outer loop around Indianapolis, serving Greenfield, Shelbyville, Franklin...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: Working together on multiple frontsRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Nov. 14 was a good day for Indianapolis. It was the day we learned the Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis is alive and well. Three years ago, I attended the academy in the inaugural year of a three-year program that was brought here by Atlanta-based American Institute for Managing Diversity. What facilitated its arrival in 2003 was a three-year sponsorship to the tune of more than a half-million dollars by Anthem, a local company that has been at the...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Hilbert testimony 'false and misleading'? Conseco says yesRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Greg Andrews
Conseco Inc. already has won an $80 million judgment against Stephen Hilbert, a ruling the U.S. Supreme Court let stand this fall. Through the threeyear legal battle, attorneys for the two sides lambasted one another. Bad blood abounds. You ain't seen nothin' yet. Next month, in addition to staging a sheriff's sale of Hilbert's $20 million Carmel mansion, once the site of the states's most lavish parties, the company plans to call Hilbert to the stand and accuse him of...
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RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: Is designing for blind worth the trouble and cost?Restricted Content

November 27, 2006
Tim Altom
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a potentially groundbreaking lawsuit stewing in the cauldron of a California federal court. There, the National Federation of the Blind has been allowed to go forward in its suit against Target Brands, which runs Target department stores, claiming that Target should have to make its Web site as easily accessible to the blind as its brick-and-mortar stores. I thought it would be an obscure case, but it's been puffed up into something of...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Indiana: a primer for the LegislatureRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Morton Marcus
The General Assembly is organizing itself. This is more difficult than getting fleas to join a union. But I am being disrespectful. My purpose this week is benign. I present for the consideration of our 150 legislators certain facts about Indiana and where it ranks nationally. The data are from the 2005 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. First, let's consider sex. Of the 6.1 million Hoosiers, 50.9 percent are females, which leaves 49.1 percent...
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Showing WAL MART some love: New statewide group supports oft-criticized retailerRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Scott Olson
Several Hoosiers are at the forefront of a fledgling effort to deflect a growing barrage of criticism lobbed at retail giant Wal-Mart Stores by organized labor and worker's rights advocates. The Indiana chapter of the Working Families for Wal-Mart formed earlier this month and includes in its membership local elected officials such as City-County Councilor Ron Gibson and State Rep. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis. The national not-for-profit, which launched a year ago, is backed by the Arkansas-based retailer and also boasts...
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VIEWPOINT: Diversity has unexpected benefitsRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Rick Conner
As a leader of your company, are you taking advantage of the benefits of diversity? Is your organization's culture resistant to change? Are you considering the business advantages of diversity? Can a firm without a variety of internal perspectives and ex perience meet 21st-century challenges? In our industry, professionals come in all colors, shapes and sizes and from just about every culture in the world. We see a host of opportunities as a result of the incredible diversity in qualified...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Daniel's toll-road plan futuristic, not datedRestricted Content

November 20, 2006
Patrick Barkey
Is building roads innovative? Some reactions voiced in the wake of the Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposal to build a 75-mile beltway around the east and southern quadrants of central Indiana say no. Outer belts, it is said, are a mistaken product of 1960sera thinking, robbing growth from central cities and helping create the faceless suburban landscape that surrounds so many major cities today. Innovative thinking on transportation, one might say, would embrace new technology and get us away from the...
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Bypass too tentative to affect land values, experts say: Property near toll-road exits may be coveted eventually, but uncertain route should keep speculators at bay for nowRestricted Content

November 20, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
When Gov. Mitch Daniels unveiled his ambitious but vague plan for an outer loop around more than half of Indianapolis, some landowners in the potential path panicked while others dreamt of a windfall. But local experts say, until a route is more defined, neither worry nor anticipation is warranted. "There are so many outstanding issues," said Abbe Hohmann, a land-price expert for the local office of St. Louisbased Colliers Turley Martin Tucker. Hohmann said two types of buyers usually drive...
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VIEWPOINT: Does Indiana have a 'vision thing'?Restricted Content

November 20, 2006
John A.
Nothing hurts a plan more than a lack of vision. The primary aim of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.'s plan-Accelerating Growth, Indiana's Strategic Economic Development Plan-announced in April, is to boost personal income per capita to the national average by 2020. An effort to achieve an average standard in 14 years seems to be an unusually low aspiration. The historical record makes this target appear more challenging. Indiana has ranked 30th to 34th in the nation in percapita personal income...
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NOTIONS: A call for cooperation in a deep purple nationRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
It's election night. The hour is late. Political junkie that I am, however, I'm propped up in bed, the television blaring before me, the laptop perched on my legs. Remote in hand, I flip TV channels between CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX, C- SPAN and Comedy Central. With the flick of an index finger on my computer, I bounce between Web sites of The Indianapolis Star, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Marion County Election Board,...
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To the victors go the things they spoiled THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW Ron Gifford:Restricted Content

November 13, 2006
I know self-government can be a messy thing. I'm well aware of Winston Churchill's statement that "democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." But why is it that every time I voted Nov. 7, I felt like I needed another shower? (What? You don't vote early and often?) Well, the bad news is that the next campaign cycle began Nov. 8. The good news is that it doesn't have to be Groundhog...
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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