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Arts Commission to share duties with regional groups

April 19, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Arts Commission revamped the way it allocates money out of concern about future state budget cuts, which would further reduce grants available to arts organizations.
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Hendricks County scales back hospitality plan

April 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The convention bureau has shelved its plan to attract a full-service hotel and instead will boost spending on tourism marketing.
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Carbon Motors' prototype cop car is crammed with technology

April 17, 2010
Norm Heikens
Carbon_WatchVideoThe specialized vehicle can read license plates, sniff for weapons of mass destruction and see people and animals in the dark.
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MZD lands tourism account for Hendricks County

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Seventeen agencies submitted proposals for the account.
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Expansion set for Camp Atterbury training site

April 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The proposed plan will expand the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury, bring economic development to south-central Indiana, and open a new fish and wildlife area in Putnam County in western Indiana.
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Judge OKs sale of cemetery, funeral home company

April 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Pennsylvania company is one step closer to purchasing the Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp., whose former owner pleaded guilty to theft and securities fraud.
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Indiana Design Center lines up tenants

April 13, 2010
Tom Harton
The $25 million project, which is the cornerstone of Carmel's Arts & Design District, has signed 11 interior design-related tenants and a restaurant.
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Noblesville company has high hopes for pomegranate

April 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Verdure Sciences, a botanical-extract distributor, has invested more than $1 million in marketing and research, and hopes to see its product in more foods and drinks, perhaps even mouthwash.
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$15M loan brings EnerDel closer to launching productionRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The locally based battery maker serves as collateral on the financing lined up by its New York-based parent, Ener1.
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AIG's American General unit said to be seeking $3B term loan

April 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Bank of America Corp. is arranging a five-year loan that will be sold at a discount of 98 cents to 98.5 cents on the dollar, according to a source who declined to be identified because the discussions are private.
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Shelbyville insulation company laying off 100 workers

April 8, 2010
Knauf Insulation will idle employees in June for at least six months, as demand for its building products remains soft.
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Carter Lumber plans to hire as many as 100 in Franklin

April 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
Ohio-based Carter Lumber plans to open new wholesale lumberyard and truss-making facility in Franklin in June.
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Former Shelbyville office manager charged with embezzlement

April 1, 2010
Federal prosecutors allege man embezzled $1.6 million from a title insurance company.
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Fishers approves $19M auto mall development

April 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The town has agreed to create a tax-increment financing district to help fund infrastructure improvements for Butler Automotive Group's proposed development.
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Cummins cuts CEO's pay by nearly one-quarter

March 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Columbus-based engine maker Cummins trimmed Solso's total compensation by $2.3 million last year; remainder of management team took similar pay cuts.
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Tokusen USA planning 135 jobs at new Scottsburg plant

March 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Arkansas wire-maker Tokusen USA Inc. plans to establish a manufacturing plant in Scottsburg, state economic development officials said Wednesday, touting the nearly 135 jobs expected over the next two years.
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Judge: Bren Simon can't liquidate Simon Property holdings

March 16, 2010
Greg Andrews
A Hamilton County judge says Mel Simon’s widow can’t cash in partnership units worth more than $500 million.
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Cummins expects profit to grow 10 percent a year

March 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
Columbus-based Cummins Inc., North America’s largest maker of heavy-duty diesel truck engines, expects pretax profit to increase 10 percent a year and sales to grow 13 percent annually over the next five years.
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Bakehouse drives growth for Scholars Inn

March 16, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Bakehouse watch
                           video
                           iconScholars Inn’s growth engine is its wholesale bakery, which distributes granola and other fresh products across state lines thanks to deals with partners like Kroger.
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Flood leaves redevelopment opportunity for Franklin

March 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Franklin watch
                           videoThe city of Franklin is using the post-flood era to push for comprehensive redevelopment in and around downtown. The cornerstone of the plan is a flood plain southwest of the courthouse.
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Lawyers in Simon estate case fight over what should be public

March 10, 2010
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
Parties disagreed over public disclosure in the first major court hearing in the dispute over how to divide the billionaire's fortune.
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Logistics firm CEVA to lay off 250 workers in Plainfield

March 10, 2010
Jeff Newman
CEVA Logistics U.S. Inc. plans to permanently lay off nearly all of its workers at its warehouse operations in Plainfield, resulting in the loss of more than 250 jobs.
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Developers line up for Westfield sports complex

March 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Westfield’s Sports Commission is evaluating proposals from three firms interested in helping the town become “The Family Sports Capital of America.”
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Bottled-water company ramps up production in PlainfieldRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Niagara Bottling LLC recently hired 55 for its plant on Whitaker Road, which will make half-liter bottles of purified municipal tap water.
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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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  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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