Media & Marketing

Fountain Square district shoring up its Corners: Group turns old buildings into residential/work spacesRestricted Content

August 14, 2006
Scott Olson
If State and English avenues in the Fountain Square district were on a Monopoly board, they would probably be the ones available immediately after passing "Go." But after the Southeast Neighborhood Development Inc. is finished there, the intersection will move several spaces closer to Park Place. The not-for-profit is investing $1 million to renovate three dilapidated buildings it bought to convert them to residential/work spaces as part of its Fountain Square Corners development. A local photographer who will live in...
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Howdy partner, wanna pony up for a painting?: Eiteljorg fund-raiser expected to boost museum's national prominenceRestricted Content

August 14, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
In September, about 30 big names in the art world will converge at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. It will be the Eiteljorg's first attempt to host a big-name Western art show featuring representational styles, those depicting natural objects realistically. Eiteljorg officials hope the Quest for the West art show and sale bolsters its reputation as one of the nation's elite Western art museums. For artists, the show will provide a rare opportunity to reach collectors...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: U.S. economy slowing, but still showing vitalityRestricted Content

August 7, 2006
Patrick Barkey
By the demanding standards of recent history, the justcompleted second quarter was a tough one for the U.S. economy. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported an annualized growth rate of just 2.5 percent in the overall economy in the April-June period, significantly lower than historical trends and well below the blistering growth of the preceding three months. In addition, there was unwelcome inflation news, causing some analysts to dust off an old word that hasn't been used since the early...
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Pools of Fun: Diving in the deep end Homebuilder's 'experiment' still paying off 25 years laterRestricted Content

August 7, 2006
Julie Young
In 1981, few central Indiana residents considered an inground pool a backyard necessity, but Plainfield custom homebuilder Larry Good added one to a spec home anyway-and jumped into the deep end of a new enterprise. "After it was installed, the home sold immediately," said Bruce Holmes, CEO of the company Good launched. Pools of Fun started with one location and four employees. Today, it has five locations, a range of products and 90 full-time employees who share ownership of the...
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Bonds' shaky support threatens Crane biz park: Region attempts to build on base's stay of executionRestricted Content

August 7, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
During his first months in office, Gov. Mitch Daniels' top priority was engineering a stay of execution for the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, 90 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Losing its 5,200 employees and contractors would have been a devastating blow to the region. Daniels' lobbying effort in Washington, D.C., was so successful that the Association of Defense Communities last month recognized him as "2006 Public Official of the Year." But troubles with local financing for a new business park...
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Let's throw energy into public safety: We ignore crime at our perilRestricted Content

August 7, 2006
When yet another media story appears about jail overcrowding, it's tempting to look away, to focus instead on rising gas prices, out-of-control health insurance costs or other pressing problems confronting your company. But make no mistake: Crime is a business issue. And it is escalating. Major offenses reported to the Indianapolis Police Department through April were up 22 percent over the first four months of 2005. Probably fueling that increase are the growing numbers of inmates being released early from...
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WellPoint putting members' medical records online: Access to electronic medical information could reduce health care errrors and avoid unneccesary proceduresRestricted Content

August 7, 2006
Scott Olson
A benefits package WellPoint Inc. unveiled in July includes an ambitious effort that enables its 34 million members to access their medical records online. WellPoint's initiative to make the records available electronically is but one example of a national movement, backed by President Bush, to make all medical records available online within the next 10 years. Advocates say online systems can reduce medical errors and avoid unnecessary procedures by making patients' medical needs and histories available to doctors instantaneously. Indianapolis-based...
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E-tailers playing their cards right: CPAs-turned-entrepreneurs launch Web sites to cash in on poker crazeRestricted Content

July 31, 2006
Andrea Muirragui
Talk about irony. Buoyed by success playing online poker, local accountant Jeff Smith quit his day job three years ago to sell poker chips and playing cards for live games. Now he and business partner Knute Lentz are too busy filling orders to deal themselves in. Once colleagues at national accounting firm BKD LLC, the men, both 33, said they saw the game's potential long before amateur Chris Moneymaker's victory in the 2003 World Series of Poker made it a...
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TAWN PARENT Commentary: In defense of daydreamingRestricted Content

July 31, 2006
In addition to standbys like Little League and Girl Scouts, our children have the opportunity to learn sailing at Geist Reservoir, strut their stuff at the Jewish Community Center's Broadway camp, or try medieval fantasy drawing at the Indianapolis Art Center. With such an appetizing array of choices, it's hard to resist serving our kids a heaping plateful. Most of us want to give our children advantages we were not afforded, and "Mixed Media for Preschoolers" certainly qualifies. Besides, who...
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Hispanic radio stations are singing new song: New general manager making major changesRestricted Content

July 24, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Russ Dodge is used to scaling cultural barriers. For 17 years, Dodge, who is white, was a sales manager at WTLC, one of Indianapolis' top radio stations targeting blacks. Dodge was central in numerous community outreach efforts at WTLC. As the new general manager of two Indianapolis Hispanic radio stations, Dodge is attempting to hurdle not only another cultural divide, but a language barrier to boot. Dodge, 54, took the helm of WEDJFM 107.1 and WSYW-AM 810 in April, and...
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Investment firm taps local talent: Riderwood opens office, targets mid-size companiesRestricted Content

July 24, 2006
Scott Olson
An East Coast investment-banking firm is opening an Indianapolis office and has recruited three high-profile professionals who bring a wealth of experience to manage operations. Towson, Md.-based The Riderwood Group Inc. wants to help midsize companies raise $5 million to $200 million in capital, a range largely ignored here by outside rivals, firm executives said. "There really is not a national mid-market investment bank [in Indianapolis]," company President Mitchell Fillet said. "This is a place where the big firms have...
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RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: Is becoming a podcaster dream marketing?Restricted Content

July 24, 2006
Tim Altom
Imagine that your customers are so eager to hear from you that you don't even need to send them newsletters or e-mails, that they check each day, or even several times a day, to see if you have anything to tell them. What a dream marketing campaign, eh? There are catches, of course. Lots of them. But in the right circumstances, this come-and-get-it approach can work. It's known as "podcasting," a name that's a linguistic weld job so common in...
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Hotel art adds more than ambiance: Local gallery offers work from Picasso to Perrin for sale at Conrad IndianapolisRestricted Content

July 24, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
An international crowd in for the Formula One race milled through a sold-out Conrad Indianapolis downtown on a recent weekend. As they jutted off to their spa appointments and dinner reservations, some may have spared a glance at artwork that sprinkles the walls of the first and mezzanine floor-an interesting mix of modern art from the likes of Pablo Picasso to Indianapolis artist Lois Main Templeton. The collection of 18 pieces was selected under an agreement between the hotel and...
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TOM HARTON Commentary: Driving the distance for the basicsRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
I recently called my doctor's office hoping he could squeeze me in to diagnose a minor, but annoying, health problem. His nurse informed me I wouldn't be able to get an appointment for at least three days. She suggested I go to an immediate-care facility if I needed attention right away. I was surprised the doctor couldn't see me, but I appreciated the nurse's candor. She knew better than to cheerfully suggest an appointment days in the future, by which...
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Signs of change dot local television landscape: Tribune could sell local stations; Lin changes formatRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
One local television station is preparing for a radical format change, and there's talk that another station could be for sale. Officials for Chicago-based Tribune Co. are sending mixed signals about the possibility that its two Indianapolis stations-WTTV-TV Channel 4 and WXIN-TV Channel 59-are on the block. Meanwhile, Rhode Island-based Lin TV Corp. confirmed that a major programming change is on the way for its WNDY-TV Channel 23. Tribune Chairman and CEO Dennis FitzSimmons' recent proclamation that the media company...
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Indiana midwife debate headed for another round: Committee to study issue; bill set to be reintroducedRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
A bill that would give women what some say is their right to choose where and how they can give birth has been incubating in the state's General Assembly for eight years. But hopes are running high for the proposed law that would regulate and expand midwifery in Indiana because it will be studied by a special committee this summer for a possible reintroduction in the 2007 legislative session. Under current Indiana law, only doctors and registered nurses are able...
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Alley's new aim: Consolidate electronics industry: Ex-banker shooting for $170M in revenue by 2012Restricted Content

July 10, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Since purchasing Escient Solutions in early 2003 and changing its name to Electronic Evolutions Inc., Mike Alley has increased revenue 35 percent, to $6.5 million. That'll be small potatoes if Alley's dreams for the company pan out. Alley, former Fifth Third Bank of Central Indiana president and CEO, wants to be a consolidator in the fragmented electronics and automation design and installation industry. Toward that end, he partnered in late June with electronics industry veteran Daniel Knotts and formed E2...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: New law requires disclosure of business security breachesRestricted Content

July 10, 2006
Amie Peele
A new law that's designed to protect Indiana consumers changes the way businesses interact with their customers living in Indiana. Public Law 125, passed in the last session of the Indiana General Assembly and effective as of July 1, requires businesses to notify customers that reside in Indiana if there's been a security breach in which personal data has been stolen. The law defines "personal information" as a Social Security number that is not encrypted or redacted, or a person's...
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Animated startup foresees big growth in life sciences: Company produces 3-D graphics with young talentRestricted Content

July 10, 2006
Scott Olson
Harlon Wilson and Kurtis Rush originally intended their Indianapolis-based upstart business to provide 3-D animation for use in court cases. But if they had stuck to that business plan, Medical Animatics Inc. could not have produced the video to the hilarious "Urine Stream," a song parody of Abba's "Dancing Queen." Here's a sample of the chorus: So when you get the chance, undo your pants ... And make a urine stream, gold and clean, oh it's such a dream. Urine...
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NOTIONS: Hailing the hare in the land of the tepid tortoiseRestricted Content

July 10, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
I was going to play smart aleck this week. I was going to write in hick dialect. I was going to lambaste us Hoosiers over our stubborn adherence to the status quo, our penchant to take things slow, our preference for partisanship, our pooh-poohing of progress and our bull-headed gumption to go it alone in a global economy. Then news broke that Indiana has the highest high school dropout rate in America. So I figured that for two reasons, I'd...
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Charter school group to buy Greek Church: Purchaser wants to talk to neighborhood about needsRestricted Content

July 10, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
A not-for-profit that runs roughly 60 schools nationwide has agreed to purchase the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church at 40th and Pennsylvania streets. Imagine Schools Nonprofit Inc. hopes to set up a charter school at the site, but Jason Bryant, the corporation's vice president in charge of Illinois and Indiana operations, said it first wanted to hold community meetings to get input on what's needed. "There is flexibility for each individual school to set its own curriculum," Bryant said. The...
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Developer goes west with retail: Lauth's Brownsburg Station to cover nearly 70 acresRestricted Content

July 3, 2006
Matthew Kish
Lauth Property Group soon will break ground on Brownsburg Station, a massive retail complex that will be one of the largest in the Indianapolis area. The Brownsburg property, which will be roughly 500,000 square feet and sit on almost 70 acres, will take advantage of the west side's rapidly growing suburbs. The project received preliminary approval from the town of Brownsburg in late June and needs only to clear a few minor hurdles before building can begin. Tenants could move...
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PROFILE: RYAN MCCORMICK: Laughter proves best medicine for cancer survivorRestricted Content

July 3, 2006
-Della Pacheco
PROFILE RYAN MCCORMICK Laughter proves best medicine for cancer survivor When local companies need hazardous materials removed, Ryan McCormick hopes they call Active Environmental Ser vices, an environmental services company based in College Park. McCormick, a part-time comic, has been the sales and marketing manager for the Indianapolis-based company about three months. But two years ago, McCormick faced his own personal hazard when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer that attacks the body's lymphatic system. He...
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Honda poses pay dilemma: New auto plant's higher wages likely to force other employers to pay up or lose workersRestricted Content

July 3, 2006
Chris O\'malley
GREENSBURG-Companies from Cincinnati to Indianapolis hoping to drive home business from Honda Motor Co.'s 2,000-employee plant might want to watch for an economic pothole hiding up the road. Giant auto plants plopped onto the prairie, while buying hundreds of millions of dollars in goods and services from companies in the state, also tend to swallow workers from established employers. That likely will force some Indiana employers to jack up wages and benefits to retain and attract workers pining to wear...
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IPS swap a flop?: Browning tells district to drop land-trade plan; site drew just 3 bids despite prime locationRestricted Content

July 3, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis Public Schools is sitting on a 12-acre parcel of prime downtown land it probably could sell for big bucks. But its pursuit of a land swap instead has tempered interest in the site and raised questions about whether such a complicated deal is the way to go. Just three developers responded to IPS' request for bids on its land east of Massachusetts and College avenues, despite the unsolicited inquiries that drove the school district to explore its options in...
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