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Simon CEO: Mall owner has ‘firepower’ for deals

November 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., the U.S. shopping-mall owner that paid $2.3 billion this year for an outlet-center business, has plenty of capital for more purchases, CEO David Simon said Tuesday.
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Trail Side project faces another hurdle

November 16, 2010
Tom Harton
A $10 million apartment and retail building planned for 875 Massachusetts Ave. was supposed to have broken ground by now. But difficulty in closing the sale of tax credits that will be used to finance the project could cause the deal to unravel.
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Labor costs being watched at Duke Energy plant

November 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost pressures could eat away at $2.9 billion Edwardsport project's contingency fund, leaving no room for unexpected costs during startup and testing, Duke told the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Court upholds Lilly patent on cancer drug Alimta

November 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A U.S. District Court judge on Monday upheld Eli Lilly and Co.’s patent on the cancer drug Alimta, protecting the compound until July 2016. It was a welcome win after a difficult few months for Indianapolis-based Lilly, which is facing a wave of patent expirations in coming years.
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Automotive supplier plans 200 new jobs at Butler plant

November 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Multimatic Inc. plans to expand its northeast Indiana production operation, adding new assembly lines as it aims to create over 200 jobs by 2013—more than tripling employment there.
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Indiana environmental activists to push bipartisan agenda

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, said the new Legislature will make it more challenging to sell environmental initiatives mainly because there are more than two dozen freshmen lawmakers he and others will have to court.
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City-County Council OKs parking privatization

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
City-County Council members voted 15-14 Monday night to clear the way for Indianapolis to lease its parking meters to a private firm, a move proponents say will upgrade the system even as it generates revenue for infrastructure improvements.
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KAR plans to add 249 jobs in Carmel expansion

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
KAR Auction Services Inc. announced Monday night that it plans to expand its Carmel headquarters, creating up to 249 jobs by 2015.
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Rolls-Royce eyeing former Lilly campus downtown

November 15, 2010
If the manufacturer and drugmaker can come to an agreement, Rolls-Royce would lease the space formerly occupied by Eli Lilly and Co. and relocate some of its 2,500 employees to the downtown campus on South Meridian Street. Discussions are expected to last several months.
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Governor wants to reward early high school graduates

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels plans to ask the General Assembly to allow students who choose to graduate early to use much of the money the state would save to pay for higher education.
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Legislator: Statewide smoking ban could pass in 2011

November 15, 2010
Mary Dieter
A statewide ban on smoking in all public places may have the momentum it needs to finally pass the Indiana General Assembly in 2011 after four unsuccessful attempts.
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IU dance marathon raises $1.6M for hospital

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
A 36-hour dance marathon raised about $1.6 million for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis over the weekend.
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Drugmakers seek Republican allies to defeat cost-cutting panel

November 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Pharmaceutical firms led by Eli Lilly are trying to eliminate a government panel aimed at controlling Medicare spending seven months after they supported the health-care overhaul that created it.
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October retail sales post best showing since March

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Much of the strength came from a big rise in auto sales. Excluding autos, retail sales rose a more modest 0.4 percent.
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Twitter tool winner of Startup Weekend event

November 15, 2010
The winner, StatsSquared, now will compete against other winners from cities worldwide in an online contest for the overall top prize.
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Chicago's experience causes other cities to redo parking deals

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis' City-County Council could vote Monday night on its proposed 50-year agreement with Xerox Co.’s Affiliated Computer Services, which was revised after public outcry over the original proposal.
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Small-business lending rises 30 percent in Indiana

November 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The amount of money banks loaned through U.S. Small Business Administration programs shot up close to 30 percent in Indiana this year, a sign that the state’s small businesses—including Pat Wolfred’s CCA Inc.—have started coming back to life.
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Mike's Express Carwash sued in family feud

November 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mike’s Express Carwash and its principals, Bill and Mike Dahm, sons of founder Joe Dahm, are facing a lawsuit in Hamilton Superior Court brought by Jerry Dahm, a cousin who owned 35 percent of the company until May.
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WTHR's status as TV news leader starting to erode

November 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Ad buyers are watching the November sweeps period to see if the NBC affiliate bounces back from recent periods when it lost ground in the ratings.
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Unions target Indianapolis hotels

November 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Unite Here has high hopes, but the industry fears its cost advantage would erode.
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Spurned bidder: IURC program may cost consumers $65MRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission-mandated initiative to help electric customers cut consumption and save money may wind up costing them $65 million more than necessary. At least that’s the claim of a consulting firm that lost its bid to administer the program.
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Retail sales at Indianapolis International Airport edge upRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Sam Brattain
Revenue is uneven between the two concourses in the new midfield terminal, but overall sales nevertheless are outpacing growth in passenger traffic.
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Quick Hits: Indianapolis dwarfs Milwaukee in convention, tourism business

November 13, 2010
Indianapolis and Milwaukee are about the same size, with 1.7 million and 1.6 million people in their respective metro areas, but Indianapolis' convention trade is better developed.
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Most not-for-profit execs modestly paid, survey saysRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local consultants Bryan Orander and Jim Morris conducted the survey this summer to fulfill what they see as a lack of hard data on executive pay in the local not-for-profit sector.
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Expanding tax breaks could be a tough sell in Marion CountyRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Republicans who now control the Indiana House are poised to push reforms next year that would strengthen local governments’ ability to offer businesses tax abatements. But the changes might be met with caution in Marion County.
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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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