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Economy bolts forward 5.7 percent in fourth quarter

January 29, 2010
Associated Press
There's more evidence that the recession is over, as businesses restock inventories and both corporate and consumer spending increases.
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Mobile lab maker Biologics to create 50 jobs in Brownsburg

January 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A startup that makes mobile laboratory and manufacturing facilities will locate its headquarters, design and manufacturing operations in Brownsburg, creating at least 50 jobs by 2013.
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Senate OKs bill to eliminate township boards

January 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 29-19 Thursday for a bill that would eliminate township boards and transfer their duties to the county level starting in 2013. It now moves to the Democrat-led House for consideration.
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Conner Prairie sees attendance, giving increase in 2009

January 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Conner Prairie saw increases in both daily admissions and giving in 2009 and ended the annual period in the black for the fourth year in a row.
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Interactive Intelligence fourth-quarter profit up 74 percent

January 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Record product orders spur sales at Indianapolis-based software maker Interactive Intelligence, propelling profits to $2.5 million.
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ICVA receives $5.4M gift to promote Indianapolis

January 28, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said Thursday that it has received a $5.4 million gift to help market the city's tourism and convention industries. The grant comes from a foundation headed by the developer of the Marriott Place hotel complex under construction downtown.
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Federal high-speed rail grants exclude big Indiana proposal

January 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposed high-speed commuter rail line that would run through northern Indiana was left out of federal stimulus grants announced this week.
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Tony George folds racing team, dismisses staff

January 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Unable to raise the $1.5 million to $3 million needed to operate an Indy Racing League team this year, Tony George folded Vision Racing this morning.
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Governor's attorney mulling run for county prosecutor

January 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Mark Massa, attorney for Gov. Mitch Daniels, is "considering" running for Marion County prosecutor as the Republican candidate. The leader of the party in the county said he would be "ecstatic" if he would.
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Bioanalytical Systems' CEO announces retirement

January 28, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Struggling West Lafayette life science contract research firm will search nationally for a new permanent leader.
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Lilly shares trade down after fourth-quarter profits falls

January 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
Analysts worry about dive in already paltry sales of new blood thinner Effient
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Employee buys Drexel Interiors from struggling parent firm

January 28, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The east-side Indianapolis kitchen and bathroom remodeling shop is attempting to succeed as a solo operation following longtime employee Allen Weisenburger's decision to buy the operation rather than let it close.
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Bull-riding CEO mulling offer to lead IRL

January 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indy Racing League goes outside racing circles to look for new CEO. Professional Bull Riders Association boss offered job to replace Tony George.
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Accounting charge dents Zimmer's fourth-quarter profits

January 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
But excluding special charges, Warsaw-based orthopedic implant maker grows profits 5 percent, easily beating expectations of Wall Street.
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Lilly's profits fall, miss analyst expectations

January 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker says a weaker dollar depressed earnings in the fourth quarter compared with a year ago.
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Duke Realty reports loss, says outlook remains 'challenging'

January 27, 2010
Cory Schouten
Locally based Duke Realty Corp. reported a 53 percent drop in funds from operations in the fourth quarter but still managed to beat Wall Street expectations.
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Panel OKs bill to provide pet buyers with info

January 27, 2010
Associated Press
The bill would require pet stores to put information about the dog or cat on its cage in the store, including the animal's medical history, the name of the breeder and any congenital disorders.
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Bicycle-components manufacturer adding 105 jobs

January 27, 2010
Zipp Speed Weaponry said it will create 105 jobs by 2013 and invest $12.4 million in a new manufacturing plant in Indianapolis to make its high-end bicycle components.
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Indiana Senate panel approves school-start-date bill

January 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The committee endorsed legislation that would prevent the state's public schools from starting classes before Labor Day.
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Express Scripts to add 182 pharmacy jobs by 2012

January 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Drug distribution firm that acquired former WellPoint subsidiary plans to consolidate specialty pharmacy work at local airport facility.
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Bluefish Wireless set to announce up to 150 new local jobs

January 27, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A Zionsville firm that manages employers' wireless devices plans expansion, new jobs. Clients include such Fortune 500 companies as Intel, Oracle, Ford Motor Co.
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Concluding the worst is over, investors warm to WellPoint

January 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Analysts say losses of employer-sponsored insurance customers due to layoffs is finally slowing down.
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Remy hybrid agreements help offset GM loss

January 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Pendleton-based Remy International signs deals with Allison Transmission Inc. in Indianapolis and German automaker Daimler AG to supply electric motors for hybrid systems. The agreements should help offset a loss of business from General Motors.
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Steep sales decline forces Hurco to slash executive pay

January 27, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis-based machine toolmaker's CEO takes 63-percent compensation cut.
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Health care reform dead; long live reform

January 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Massachusetts’ election of a Republican senator has put health reform legislation on life support. But for the health care industry, reform is a reality that isn’t going to die.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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