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State ends contract with local air pollution control agenciesRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Local health groups are aghast at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's decision to end contracts with six local air pollution control agencies.
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Smoke Free Indy advocates mount new campaignRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anti-smoking advocates are organizing a new attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' ban against smoking in the workplace.
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Gallagher buys two more brokers to increase sizeRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Dane Hudson continues an acquisition binge aimed at making Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. a stronger health benefits broker in the Indianapolis market.
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Allied Group Insurance honors clients with charity gifts in their nameRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
The Indianapolis office of Allied Group Insurance Services will make contributions to local charities in their clients' names instead of sending them holiday gifts.
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IRL's Danica Patrick tops most-searched list on WebRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick topped golfer Tiger Woods, quarterback Tom Brady and Super Bowl champion Eli Manning as the most searched-for athlete in 2008, according to America Online's annual list of top Web, mobile and video searches.
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Y&L ad firm making 'significant' staff cutsRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Young & Laramore is making what it says are "significant" staff cuts in the wake of losing the Steak n Shake account.
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Chamber launches biz networking online siteRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce has launched an online business networking site called Indylink.com.
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Study says most U.S. pensions are poised to recoverRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
A new national analysis of U.S. public pension funds suggests most invest prudently, even in volatile times.
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Companies shifting more health costs to employeesRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Employers, now doubly pinched by steadily rising health insurance premiums and a steadily deteriorating economy, are searching for new and larger cost-shifting tools, according to survey and anecdotal evidence from Mercer, a global benefits brokerage and consulting firm.
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Pacers, Ivy Tech join forces to offer scholarshipsRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Indiana Pacers and Ivy Tech Community College have teamed to offer six statewide scholarships to Ivy Tech students.
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Duke Realty star starts new companyRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Aasif Bade started Ambrose Property Group with three employees this month.
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Indiana Venture Center shutting downRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Indiana Venture Center, a local not-for-profit that mentors Hoosier entrepreneurs and startup companies, is shutting its doors.
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Kenley to lead GOP budget negotiationsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
In the wake of the 2008 election, State Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, has been promoted. to chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state budget.
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WellPoint could grow during tough time for health insurersRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The health insurance industry — hurt by falling profits and threatened by Democratic reform bills — could see another wave of consolidation, and that may well involve Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.
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Self-made wealthy among most generousRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University found in a recent study of more than 4,840 charitable gifts worth $1 million or more that self-made wealthy people gave the most — often to nonprofits that rarely receive such large gifts.
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Meridian founder steps asideRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Veteran office broker John Robinson, one of the founders of locally based Meridian Real Estate, has left the firm and is working on a new venture.
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USA Basketball chooses Glendale over IndyRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
USA Basketball will move its headquarters from Colorado Springs to Glendale, Ariz. — not to Indianapolis or Louisville, two other front-runners.
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Eastside trail work to beginRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Work is to begin this month on a 1.2-mile segment of the Pennsy Trail between Arlington Avenue and Shortridge Road.
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Teens not as eager to go it alone in bizRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
In its seventh annual "Teens and Entrepreneurship" poll, Junior Achievement has found that 13- to 18-year-olds are less interested in starting their own businesses than they were a year ago.
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Architect recognized for 'green' effortsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The U.S. Green Building Council recently honored local architect Bill Brown for his contributions to sustainable design and construction.
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Fishers tables $100M developmentRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
An Ohio developer and the town of Fishers have agreed to cancel a 2007 development agreement that called for a $100-million mixed-use project featuring 250,000 square feet of retail space and 150,000 square feet of office.
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Anthem: tops in Indiana, but middle of the road nationallyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana ranked highest among health care plans that primarily serve Indiana, but didn't even crack the top 100 nationally in a new study.
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Retailers plan new locationsRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
At a time when most retailers are cutting back, a few in the Indianapolis area are growing.
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Langham lands airport dealRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
An arm of locally based Langham Logistics has won a 40-month, $3.28 million contract to provide logistics services at the new Indianapolis International Airport terminal.
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IU launches new energy research centerRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
IU has launched another energy research center, this time the Center for Research in Energy, administered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in Bloomington.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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