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Posey County backs bonds for $1.3B fertilizer plant

June 20, 2013
Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana county is issuing $1.3 billion in bonds for a fertilizer plant being developed by a Pakistan-based group after Gov. Mike Pence pulled state support.
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Tyco to buy Fishers-based technology firm for $150 million

June 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Tyco International Ltd. said Wednesday that it reached a deal to acquire Exacq Technologies Inc., which develops video management systems for security and surveillance uses.
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Manufacturer to relocate to Muncie, add 288 jobs

June 19, 2013
Mason King
A maker of a new heavy-equipment vehicle that uses clean energy plans to invest $4.6 million in an engineering and assembly facility and ramp up operations as orders come in.
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Fishers' first mayoral election set for next year

June 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Fishers residents will elect their first mayor a year earlier than expected due to a change in state law that establishes Jan. 1, 2015, as the date the town becomes a city.
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Building for game maker Fundex set for July auction

June 17, 2013
Scott Olson
One of the last remnants of the bankrupt game maker and distributor is set to be sold at auction next month. The parent of the company that makes the iconic Slinky bought Fundex in December.
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Hamilton County wants squirrels on parade

June 15, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Inspired by more than 100,000 migratory squirrels that swarmed through Westfield and Fishers in the 1820s, a group of up-and-coming Hamilton County leaders is working on a public-art initiative celebrating the bushy-tailed rodents.
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Governments helped fuel nursing-facility developer's riseRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel-based Mainstreet Property Group has built 13 nursing homes in Indiana and Illinois since 2008. Six of the dozen Indiana properties benefited from municipal-backed credit or tax breaks, and a seventh received a reduced-impact fee. Mainstreet also received $345,000 in state economic incentives.
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Greenwood sues over failed pharmaceutical facility

June 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers says city officials had tried for months to help with talks with possible investors for Elona Biotechnologies, without any progress.
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High overhead does in Carmel Shapiro's

June 12, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The company called closing the restaurant at 918 S. Range Line Road a “strategic decision” that will allow it to focus on its flagship downtown eatery.
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Carbon Motors’ Chapter 7 filing marks official end for firm

June 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The once-promising firm that had planned to build high-tech police cars at a Connersville plant filed for bankruptcy Friday, listing liabilities of $21.7 million.
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Out-of-state developer pitches $75M Carmel project

June 11, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Baltimore-based Atapco Properties wants to redevelop 34 acres of land at Carmel Drive and Guilford Road, converting a portion of the commercial property to residential use with hundreds of apartments.
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Anderson lodge's decline mirrors city's changed demographics

June 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
Anderson Elks Lodge 209 wants to auction off its building at 1803 Broadway St. The lodge has about 260 members, a sharp decline from the nearly 2,000 members it boasted in the 1970s.
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Homebuilders extend streak with 23-percent surge in permits

June 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Single-family building permits rose 23 percent in the nine-county Indianapolis area in May, the 11th straight month of year-over-year increases.
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HETRICK: Some don’t get that rules are sometimes made to be followed

June 8, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
When the road ahead is closed, don't be surprised when you find it necessary to turn around.
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Cummins looking to build downtown Indy officesRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Scott Olson
Cummins Inc. wants to expand its downtown Indianapolis presence and is searching for land to construct an office building that would double the space the Fortune 500 company occupies in the city, several local office brokers said.
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Fishers, Noblesville put cuffs on charities to recoup tax revenue

June 8, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Two growing Hamilton County communities looking to build their commercial tax base are taking steps to ensure land targeted for development doesn’t end up in the hands of organizations that don’t pay taxes.
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Manufacturer plans $30.2M expansion in Franklin

June 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
NSK Corp. and NSK Precision America Inc. said the project will allow them to hire 46 additional workers by 2016 at their 63-acre corporate campus.
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Defendant in trial over Palladium defects tries to halt repairs

June 7, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Attorneys for the Michigan contractor being sued over construction defects at Carmel’s Palladium concert hall have asked a Hamilton County court to stop repair work immediately to preserve evidence in the case.
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Muncie council backs $60M project near Ball State

June 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Muncie City Council has approved financing for a six-story parking garage as part of a planned $60 million project with apartments and commercial storefronts.
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Carmel council clashes over support of Midtown project

June 4, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Carmel City Council will not support Pedcor Cos.’ application for a state tax credit to help pay for a $100 million redevelopment project—a contentious decision Mayor Jim Brainard called “unusual and illogical.”
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Sierra Club puts Harding coal plant in crosshairs

June 1, 2013
The Sierra Club wants the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to block an IPL plan to spend $511 million on pollution controls at its 39-year-old Harding Street plant, plus a four-unit station in the southwestern Indiana town of Petersburg.
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Are hospitals on trajectory to pair up?

June 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals are undergoing such profound and permanent changes that some predict, eventually the four major hospital systems will merge and shrink down to two.
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Explanations vary for dearth of women in top rungs of business

June 1, 2013
Dan Human
Of 112 public and large private-company CEOs, only four are women, although women make up 47 percent of Indiana's work force. The four Indiana companies with a woman as CEO at the end of 2012—Bioanalytical Systems, Fortune Industries, Defender Direct and HP Products Corp.—were among a tiny group nationwide with women at the helm.
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Carmel panel refuses to back Midtown redevelopment plan

May 29, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A $100 million proposal to reinvent an old industrial area in downtown Carmel hit a snag Tuesday, when a City Council committee decided not to pursue a state tax credit that could help fund the project.
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Fishers buys properties, moves dirt to draw developers

May 28, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Officials have quietly struck deals with more than a half-dozen property owners in the triangle-shaped targeted area west of Lantern Road, east of the railroad tracks and north of 116th Street.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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