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Marsh in Shelbyville among latest stores to close

January 5, 2011
Scott Olson
The supermarket chain has closed a store in Rushville and will shut others in Shelbyville and Connersville by the end of February. The closures will leave Marsh with 97 stores, about half of which are in Indianapolis.
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Lilly bumped up federal lobbying in third quarter

January 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker spent $2.1 million in the three months that ended Sept. 30, a 5-percent increase from the same quarter last year and a jump of more than 30 percent from the $1.6 million it spent in this year's second quarter.
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Schools chief, union head recruit mentors for children

January 4, 2011
Associated Press
State school superintendent Tony Bennett, a Republican, and the leader of Indiana's largest teachers union made a rare joint appearance Tuesday to promote a mentoring program.
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Brightpoint expansion includes three buildings

January 4, 2011
The distributor of wireless devices has completed its purchase of a 533,000-square-foot facility in the AllPoints Midwest business park in Plainfield and is leasing a 200,000 square-foot building, also in Plainfield.
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UPDATE: Convention leaders prepare for business without Welsh

January 4, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Don Welsh was seen as a revolutionary force as CEO of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association. Now he may be one of its biggest competitors as he takes the top job in Chicago.
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Law firm launches economic development consultancy

January 4, 2011
Scott Olson
Barnes & Thornburg aligns with new venture BT ProjectPoint LLC to provide clients economic development and project-financing consulting services.
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Daniels wins award for fiscal responsibility

January 4, 2011
Associated Press
The first ever "Fiscy Awards" will be presented this week to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
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Local office market continues vacancy struggles

January 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis office market suffered through a tough 2010, marked by stagnant and high downtown vacancy rates, falling suburban occupancy rates and another year without construction activity.
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Commercial real estate will continue its climb back in 2011

January 4, 2011
Tom Harton
Medical office likely will be the strongest sector, followed by apartments.
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ICVA chief leaving Indianapolis for Chicago

January 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Don Welsh, the top executive at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association since 2008, is leaving the city to take the job as CEO of the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, the ICVA announced Monday night.
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Local hotel bookings fell in 2010, projected to rise in 2011

January 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Weak economy blamed for 5-percent decline. With Indiana Convention Center expansion set to be complete this month, booking should be on the rise.
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Jackson Group acquired by Houston company

January 3, 2011
Indianapolis-based The Jackson Group had 132 employees in mid-2010, ranking it the sixth-largest woman-owned business in the area, according to IBJ research.
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Lilly, other big drugmakers shut out by FDA in 2010

January 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Regulators cleared 21 medicines, the fewest since 2007, for sale last year. It was the first time in a decade that Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, as well as Lilly, Merck & Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. were shut out at the same time, according to agency records.
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Group plans ad campaign to back school choice

January 2, 2011
Associated Press
The Foundation for Educational Choice, an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit, expects to spend $400,000 to $500,000 on the advertising campaign in Indiana
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Indiana license branches no longer renewing plates

January 2, 2011
Associated Press
Starting Monday, all Indiana residents will have to order their registration cards, stickers and plates online or by mail, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles said.
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Indiana lawmakers to face more tough budget decisions

January 1, 2011
Associated Press
When lawmakers open their new session Wednesday, they won't have some of the advantages they had during the last budget-writing debate in 2009. This time around, there will be no $1 billion in federal stimulus money to keep the budget afloat.
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Indianapolis Indians profitable for 35th straight year

January 1, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The minor-league professional baseball team continues to pull in fans and sponsors as Hoosiers seek affordable family entertainment.
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Indianapolis startup scene gains momentum

January 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
HackersFounders_WatchVideoAbout 200 members of the Hackers and Founders group meet monthly—perhaps the most clear and strong signal that Indianapolis’ young entrepreneur community is reaching a tipping point.
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Goodwill angles for donations during weak economy

January 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The recovering, yet-still-weak economy puts charity retailer Goodwill in a sweet position. Consumer spending is up, so more old stuff makes its way to thrift stores. At the same time, high unemployment means the bargain hunters are still out in force.
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Indiana-based mutual funds stage comeback

January 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Funds ride resurgent market after taking a beating in the financial crisis.
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Money flowing to international marketsRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Sam Brattain
Booming growth, rising middle classes are attracting investors.
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Indy Power sees big potential in grid power storageRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Three-year-old Indy Power Systems’ first big sale is outside the sizzling, electric car segment. The Noblesville firm has landed a contract with Melink Corp. to supply a 50-kilowatt grid energy storage and peak-shaving system at the company’s Cincinnati headquarters.<
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Key road projects await busy INDOTRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The ongoing rehab of Interstate 465 will continue to be the biggest highway project in the metro area in 2011, but the rebuilding of an 11-mile segment on the west side could be all but finished by the end of the year—just when other significant highway projects will get under way in the metro area.
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Arts endowments bouncing backRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The stock market’s recovery has lifted endowments that provide major support to local arts groups, but managers are keeping the conservative attitude they were forced to adopt two years ago.
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State's next economic initiative to revolve around militaryRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana economic-development officials are in the beginning stages of forming a marketing initiative—dubbed the Indiana Center for Complex Operations, or ICCO—to market the state’s budding defense sector.
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  1. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

  2. It's good to hear that the festival is continuing to move forward beyond some of the narrow views that seemed to characterize the festival and that I and others had to deal with during our time there.

  3. Corner Bakery announced in March that it had signed agreements to open its first restaurants in Indianapolis by the end of the year. I have not heard anything since but will do some checking.

  4. "The project still is awaiting approval of a waiver filed with the Federal Aviation Administration that would authorize the use of the land for revenue-producing and non-aeronautical purposes." I wonder if the airport will still try to keep from paying taxes on these land tracts, even though they are designated as "non aeronatical?"

  5. How is this frivolous? All they are asking for is medical screenings to test the effects of their exposure. Sounds like the most reasonable lawsuit I've read about in a while. "may not have commited it" which is probably why they're suing to find out the truth. Otherwise they could just ask Walmart, were you negligent? No? OK, thanks for being honest.

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