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Magazine names Fishers 'top affordable suburb'

March 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Bloomberg BusinessWeek survey gives the town north of Indianapolis high grades for "livability, safety, education, and economic performance."
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Medline opens Plainfield distribution center

March 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Illinois-based medical supplies maker Medline Industries Inc. has opened a distribution center in Plainfield, hiring 50 workers.
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Ford supplier Lear to add 200-plus jobs in Hammond

March 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Michigan-based auto components maker Lear Operations Corp. plans to invest more than $2.2 million to expand and upgrade its manufacturing facility in Hammond, adding more than 285 jobs this year.
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Tech-savvy Scotty's owner eyes national expansion

February 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Scotty watch videoScott Wise has five Scotty's Brewhouse locations and is set to debut the Scotty's Lakehouse concept Monday. Within 10 years, he'd like to have restaurants in the Southeast and on the West Coast.
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Adesa parent turns profit, beats expectations

February 26, 2010
Scott Olson
KAR Auction Services reported a profit of $5.3 million in the fourth quarter after sustaining a loss in the same period in 2008. The company's CEO attributed the turnaround to several factors, including the completion of an initial public offering.
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Medco profit rises as mail-order generics business grows

February 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The pharmacy benefits manager, which has major operations in Whitestown, said fourth quarter profit rose 24 percent.
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Moongate Technologies acquired by Michigan firm

February 23, 2010
Local computer consultant will become part of Dewpoint Inc., upon completion of the acquisition, and will move to Dewpoint's Carmel office, which already has about a dozen employees.
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Foes keep up 31-year fight over central Indiana landfill

February 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A developer who has been trying for 31 years to build a central Indiana landfill says he's ready to start construction after receiving a state permit.
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Earthbound RV plans Marion plant, 300 jobs by 2013

February 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A startup firm that makes fuel-efficient recreational vehicles plans to locate its manufacturing operation in Marion, state officials announced Tuesday night, creating as many as 300 jobs by 2013.
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Census expected to show Hamilton County tops in coveted demographics

February 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hamilton County is poised to become the demographic all-star of the decade. Its 269,785 residents make up the fastest-growing, most educated and wealthiest county in the state, according to estimates from the Indiana Business Research Center.
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East-west rail line could boost Indianapolis' coreRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
With traffic congestion growing, the idea of sending streetcars zipping down Washington Street—from far-east-side Cumberland to Indianapolis International Airport on the west—is making a return. And the route could offer the best bang for the buck in spurring transit-oriented development.
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Startup VoCare Inc. might move to find venture capital dollars

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Lebanon-based startup wants to build a call center here and add up to 300 jobs, but state and local officials are struggling with a big obstacle to keeping the company here.
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City of Franklin selling two buildings, including former City Hall

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bids for one or both of the properties will be accepted from Feb. 17 through March 16 at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 70 E. Monroe St.
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Development firm Sandor leaving midtown for CarmelRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Strip-center owner and developer Sandor Development Co. is moving its headquarters to Hamilton County after almost 50 years in Indianapolis.
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Carmel performing arts center raises curtain on new name

February 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel's new 1,600-seat concert hall will be called "The Palladium," part of a marketing effort designed to generate more financial support for the city's performing arts center.
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Task force endorses regional taxes for mass transit

February 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
After 30 years of government studies of a regional transportation system, a private-sector group on Wednesday is set to unveil its own plan that includes commuter rail and toll lanes added to congested interstate highways.
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Covered bridge project draws special attention

February 6, 2010
Norm Heikens
A plethora of experts like Dan Collom are restoring the Moscow bridge, built in 1886 and destroyed by a tornado in 2008.

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Shelbyville tech park keeps tax incentives

February 5, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
State officials are giving Shelbyville's struggling Intelliplex business park another chance to use tax incentives to land new companies and high-paying jobs.
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New emissions standards drive up Cummins profit

February 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Columbus-based diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. posted its most profitable fourth quarter in company history, thanks to a rush on engines that won't have to conform to new emission standards.
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Apartment developer investing $100M in Hamilton projects

January 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
Carmel-based developer J.C. Hart Co. is making a $100 million bet that luxury apartment communities will continue to thrive in Hamilton County, particularly along 146th Street.
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Litigation slows entrepreneur behind laser weapons, flying scooterRestricted Content

January 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Anderson entrepreneur Pete Bitar has been slowed by litigation but still plans to spearhead a team in the competition to put a rover on the moon.
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City of Greenwood might fund launch of insulin makerRestricted Content

January 30, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Greenwood-based Zimmerman Biotechnologies LLC hopes to become the first company in the United States to make generic insulin, a long-awaited development in diabetes treatment. The Greenwood Common Council on Feb. 1 will consider an $8.4 million deal that would finance construction of an insulin factory, as well as help Zimmerman with FDA-approval and equipment expenses.
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Independent bookstore in Carmel ends seven-year run

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Mystery Co. in the Arts & Design District plans to host a farewell party Jan. 30, and close for good a few days later.
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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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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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  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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