Monroe County

Bloomington earns green distinction for city hall

December 28, 2012
Associated Press
Other than bragging rights and a plaque on the wall, what's the value of energy and environmental design certification for the city and taxpayers?
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Bloomington approves $27 million downtown hotel project

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
The Bloomington City Council has approved giving up some city property for construction of a $27 million Hyatt Hotel near the downtown courthouse square.
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Out-of-the-way telecom company to branch into IndyRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Smithville Telephone, headquartered in Ellettsville, near Bloomington, is the state’s largest independently owned phone company. Its Smithville Digital division, which provides fiber-optic communications to businesses, hospitals and schools in 17 Indiana counties, mostly in the south, has quietly been growing on the periphery of Indianapolis.
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University endowments are digging out of deep holeRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Dan Human
Indiana college endowments have surged back since the recession, but three-quarters closed the 2011 fiscal year below where they were when the market crashed.
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Indiana Rail Road plans to speed up trains, and traffic, in BloomingtonRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Track and crossing upgrades will allow Hoosier transportation company to reduce wait times for cars.
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GOP aims to bolster legislative firepowerRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Republicans expect to rule the Statehouse again in 2013, and the only question to be answered Nov. 6 is the extent of their majority.
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St. Vincent adds Bloomington hospital to its fold

September 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health will manage operations at Monroe Hospital in Bloomington under an agreement announced on Tuesday. Monroe gives St. Vincent a line of hospitals stretching from Indianapolis to Bedford and even farther south to Salem and Evansville.
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Bloomington greeting card company closing plant

May 17, 2012
Sunrise Greetings said it will move operations by the end of the year to the Kansas City, Mo., headquarters of parent Hallmark Cards Inc., resulting in the loss of 93 jobs.
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Some still not sold on I-69 plans in southern Indiana

April 25, 2012
Associated Press
The complaints were quieter but still firm during the latest public hearing about plans for the Interstate 69 extension through southern Indiana.
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Law change allows entrepreneurs to market homemade foodRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Sam Stall
Many Indiana home-based food businesses owe their existence to a law enacted in 2009 that allows them to sell certain types of foods at farmers’ markets and their own roadside stands with minimal state oversight.
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Bloomington-based employment agency plans to add 307 jobs

March 28, 2012
Employment Plus Inc. said it plans to add the positions by 2015 at it establishes a new headquarters and staffs new branches in the state.
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County commissioner pushes to invalidate I-69 vote

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A Monroe County commissioner is pushing to invalidate a Bloomington planning panel's vote that added a contentious section of the Indianapolis-to-Evansville Interstate 69 extension to the group's local highway plan.
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Little Nashville Opry manager charged with arson

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
The manager of a concert hall that hosted some of country music's top acts was arrested on an arson charge Tuesday in connection with the September 2009 blaze that destroyed the hall, authorities said.
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Local associations emerging to nurture small tech firmsRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Hamilton County and Bloomington are among places that are nurturing small technology firms in their own back yard. Local tech-focused organizations like theirs could stoke competition among Hoosier communities vying for coveted jobs.
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Bloomington panel delays vote on I-69 section

February 25, 2012
Associated Press
A southern Indiana panel has delayed until March a vote on whether to add a hotly debated section of the Interstate 69 extension into its transportation plan.
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Telecommunications companies push bill to defend turf from state networkRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
The new law would prevent the I-Light data network from straying beyond its stated mission of serving the state’s colleges and universities.
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Bloomington touting tech jobsRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The state's technology industry doesn't march in lockstep when it comes to attracting top talent.
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Congressman seeks measure targeting anti-I-69 group

February 2, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana congressman is seeking an amendment to a federal bill that would target a Bloomington group's refusal to include part of the Evansville-to-Indianapolis Interstate 69 extension in its local transportation plan.
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I-69 rejection could affect bus service in Bloomington

October 23, 2011
Associated Press
Buses in Bloomington and on the Indiana University campus could lose funding starting in 2014 if local officials don't include Interstate 69 in their transportation infrastructure plans.
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Public universities expect state support to keep droppingRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie last month predicted that IU eventually will get less than 10 percent of its revenue from the state. If public schools get nine out of 10 dollars from somewhere other than public coffers, will they still be public?
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Cook Medical gets FDA panel's backing for stent

October 13, 2011
Bloomberg News
The device would be the first drug-coated stent approved in the U.S. to treat peripheral vascular disease in the largest artery of the upper leg.
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Monroe County board to consider adding I-69 to plan

September 8, 2011
Associated Press
Opponents of Indiana's nearly $3 billion Interstate 69 extension are urging a southern Indiana planning board to keep the highway out of its transportation plan despite the state's warning that doing so could endanger federal funding for local projects.
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Defense contractor adding 60 jobs in Bloomington

August 19, 2011
Next Wave Systems LLC will add the jobs by 2014 as part of a $330,000 expansion at its Bloomington facility.
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Upland Brewing plans Bloomington expansion

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
Upland Brewing Co. expects to spend $3 million to buy, renovate and equip a former RCA Thomson warehouse, more than doubling its brewing capacity.
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Bill Cook, medical device magnate and philanthropist, dies at 80

April 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The founder of Bloomington-based life sciences giant Cook Group Inc. and the wealthiest man in Indiana leaves a legacy of dozens of historic structures saved from decay or demolition. He also was a major donor to Indiana University and its athletics department.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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