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Endowments on rise for small not-for-profitsRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
Wendy Gould
Leaders of small not-for-profits often are so concerned with day-to-day survival that they have little--if any--time to worry about saving for the future. A growing number of local organizations are bucking that trend, taking a proactive approach to build an endowment its leaders hope will result in more stable, predictable income.
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Pizza parlor, dog groomer among those going mobileRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Neighborhood Pizza, which operates out of the back of a souped-up box truck equipped with a pizza oven and other necessities, is among a growing number of startups that are hitting the road--literally.
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IEDC ups pressure on Shelbyville's Intelliplex parkRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Shelbyville leaders and residents are grumbling about restrictions the Indiana Economic Development Corp. just slapped on Intelliplex, their $22.8 million certified technology park.
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Emmis' decision to shift WIBC to FM jolts local radioRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The local radio market's biggest shake-up in more than a decade has almost every commercial station in central Indiana scrambling to attract the thousands of listeners and millions of advertising dollars suddenly up for grabs. Emmis Communications Corp. said Oct. 8 it will move WIBCAM 1070 programming to the FM frequency previously occupied by WNOU-FM 93.1, which it will kill. Industry experts said the fallout will continue to rain down throughout the fourth quarter and well into 2008. "There's lots...
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Half-billion-dollar traffic plan considered for northeast sideRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Whether it's southbound I-69 traffic backed up almost to Noblesville, or northbound I-465 traffic a parking lot all the way to 56th Street, the northeast highway system is grossly inadequate at peak hours. But a report issued last month by an INDOT consultant shows a radical, $600 million reconfiguration is in the works.
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Need for college watchdog not-for-profit questionedRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Not everyone is welcoming the launch of an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit, backed by billionaire businessmen, that aims to curb colleges' discretion in spending donor contributions.
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State feels pain from health care costsRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
J.K. Wall
Spending on health care is rising faster in Indiana than it is across the country. Yet the state's job and income growth continue to lag national norms.
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IU, state pushing regulators to halt sale of I-Light vendorRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Indiana University and the state's Office of Technology have sought an emergency order from regulators to halt a Colorado company's further assimilation of an Indianapolis fiber provider it bought Oct. 1.
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Players benched for new Pacers adsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers recently rolled out a marketing initiative that was in sharp contrast to last year's campaign, which prominently featured players and proclaimed, "It's up to us." This year's new television, radio and print advertisements appear with not a whisper from or mention of anyone actually wearing the blue and gold.
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Jones taps friends nationwide for Daniels fund raisingRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Jack Gill--and dozens like him--are being recruited from far beyond state lines to support Indiana's incumbent governor. On Oct. 9, Gill will be in the crowd at technology entrepreneur Scott Jones' Carmel mansion. Jones, who organized the event, aims to collect $1 million for Daniels in a single day.
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Consumer-driven health plan only option for Marsh employeesRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
J.K. Wall
Marsh Supermarkets Inc.'s decision to offer its employees a health reimbursement account as their only health insurance option this year has captured the attention of local employers and benefits consultants.
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Ralston Square project would honor city's first plannerRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Cory Schouten
A local development team is working on a 10-story, mixed-use tribute to a man who helped design the original plan for Indianapolis, Alexander Ralston. The $60 million project, dubbed Ralston Square, would feature a 150-room hotel, 55 condos, a 617-space parking garage and 41,000 square feet of retail space.
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Arts Council offers more help directly to artistsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
When Shannon Linker went to work for the Arts Council of Indianapolis in mid-2002, it was a typical pass-through organization--re-granting city money to local arts groups. Now Linker is director of an artist-services program for the council that is on par with those offered in communities like Seattle and New York City but few other places.
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To weather downturn, housing industry rolls out incentivesRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Sam Stall
For most of this decade, the Indianapolis residential real estate market enjoyed a very good run. But now it's muddling through the doldrums just like the rest of the country, and builders are pulling out all the stops to avoid getting stuck with inventory.
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Atterholt's toughness with insurers questionedRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
J.K. Wall
Indiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Atterholt says his philosophy toward consumer protection is to be tough on the "bad actors," but friendly toward the "good actors";--in part, so he can call for their help when needed.Not everyone is convinced, however, because Atterholt has done so much in his 2-1/2 years as commissioner to promote industry causes.
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Premier not afraid of going head-to-head with SimonRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Cory Schouten
Premier Properties USA Inc. is preparing to go head-to-head with Simon Property Group Inc., the nation's largest and most powerful mall developer, across the street from Simon's top-performing The Fashion Mall at Keystone. Premier is proposing a 2.3-million-square-foot, $750 million development at 86th Street and Keystone Avenue called Venu.
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Payola alleged by radio executiveRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Radio One Indiana's former controller has filed a civil lawsuit against the company charging she was terminated because of her race after she raised concerns about fraud and payola in relation to the company's financial statements.
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Indiana themed food trails will court culinary touristsRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The Mississippi Delta has its hot tamale trail. Alabama and Texas boast a Southern BBQ byway. Now Indiana is getting in the game with planned candy and pork tenderloin trails. State boosters are looking to tap into a growing travel industry niche: culinary tourism.
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Fiercely private developer built strip-center empireRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Cory Schouten
Sid Eskenazi fell in love with the board game Monopoly as a child. Buying and developing make-believe properties with make-believe money inspired the grade-schooler. And he was good at it. So several years later, Eskenazi began playing what he likes to call "adult Monopoly." He bought one property at a time with real money.
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Hilbert taking on tanning nicheRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Less than two years after New Sunshine LLC was bought by a group led by former Conseco Inc. CEO Stephen Hilbert, its Australian Gold division has acquired its top two competitors, amassing 80 percent of the indoor suntan lotion market.
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Cincinnati ballet troupe might open regional office hereRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The Cincinnati Ballet is taking an exploratory step toward a regional ballet company, announcing plans to stage a six-show "Nutcracker" production here this December. The idea of a collaboration--where the two cities would share production and administration expenses--has elicited mixed response.
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Rising tuition fuels Lumina's reform agendaRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
The 7-year-old Lumina Foundation, formed as part of the sale of USA Group, is on a radical mission-to overhaul the way higher education is funded in this country. The not-for-profit believes the nation's economic future depends on making college more affordable, and accessible.
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Home entrepreneurs test child-care watersRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Motherhood is a common path to the home-based child care business, but more childless women looking for self-employment options also are getting into the field. Nearly 3,000 Indiana child-care providers are licensed to provide services in their homes--including 469 in Marion County.
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Wishard considers new hospitalRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
J.K. Wall
Matt Gutwein and Lisa Harris drive into work each morning knowing their hospital, Wishard Health Services, will lose half a million dollars that day. But they're OK with that. In fact, they're laying a plan to keep it up for the next 20 years. Looming large on their to-do list: building a new hospital.
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City paves way to redevelop Bush Stadium siteRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis has initiated the redevelopment process for Bush Stadium, its shuttered sports landmark. The Metropolitan Development Commission has hired a pair of local firms for $25,000 to appraise historic Bush Stadium--a first step toward reuse or, more likely, at least partial demolition.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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