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State job fair part of Speedway's May festivities

April 26, 2010
Scott Olson
The central Indiana WorkOne Center is teaming with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to present Career Day @ the Brickyard, an event that mixes job searching with racing.
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NCAA to expand March Madness from 65 to 68 teams

April 22, 2010
The three-team expansion is much more modest than 80-team and 96-team proposals the NCAA outlined just a few weeks ago at the Final Four.
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Butler's Hayward declares himself eligible for NBA draft

April 14, 2010
Butler University star sophomore Gordon Hayward does not plan to hire an agent, which means he could return to school if he does not like his draft status.
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CIB takes Black Expo grant request under consideration

April 13, 2010
Local not-for-profit wants annual $150,000 grant from the Capital Improvement Board restored to better market the Circle City Classic.
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HETRICK: Much more than economic impact from a Final FourRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
This year's events delivered a return on investment far more powerful than the estimated economic impact.
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Obama, Manning, Letterman help Butler celebrate

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
From the White House to Main Street, the Bulldogs opened eyes and turned heads.
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NCAA title game earns best TV rating since 2005

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
More than 48 million viewers watched at least some of Monday night's game, the most since 50 million tuned in for Arizona-Kentucky in 1997.
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Butler loses title game, but wins massive publicity

April 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler received so many visits to its main Web site, school officials had to beef up the computer system. School President Bobby Fong is commissioning a study to gauge the value of the publicity earned through the Bulldogs' run to the Final Four.
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Butler's near-miss run captivates thousands of fans

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
It was the third runner-up finish for the city in the past six months. The Indiana Fever lost in the WNBA finals, the Indianapolis Colts lost the Super Bowl and now Butler.
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Butler victory would mean big payday for school

April 5, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler BookstoreButler is winning the war of merchandise sales, leading the other three schools in the Final Four. A victory tonight, sports marketers said, would increase those sales fivefold.
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Tickets still remain for Butler-Duke game

April 5, 2010
National ticket search engine says about 4,500 remained Monday morning for the NCAA championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Butler coach Stevens expected to get lucrative offers

April 3, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler University basketball coach Brad Stevens has an annual base pay of $350,000 with another $37,851 in benefits and deferred compensation. Not bad for a 33-year-old. But it's no comparison to what big-time men's college basketball coaches make.
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NCAA, city still hammering out long-term deal

April 2, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA and city put together a deal to cover insurance and liability issues for this year's Final Four, but are still finalizing an agreement that assures the event comes back regularly through 2039.
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VIDEO: The mysteries of predicting Final Four's impact

April 2, 2010
Mason King
EcoImpact Watch
                           VideoA debate rages over how Butler's spot in the Final Four will blunt the event's economic impact. But predicting the Final Four's true impact is fraught with unknowns.
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Expansion of NCAA tournament now seen as likely

March 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Money proving to be a powerful motivator in earning Big Ten's support of NCAA tournament expansion plan.
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Shortage of big programs slows secondary Final Four ticket sales

March 31, 2010
Scott Olson
Ticket brokers say a flood of tickets became available on the secondary market following losses by the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats.
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Final Four corporate hospitality spending on the rise

March 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin, Anthony Schoettle
Corporate hospitality at sports events has been stagnant in recent years, but organizers expect a big bounce for this year's NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis.
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Final Four helps Indianapolis warm up for 2012 Super BowlRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The goal of any host city of a major sporting event is simple: Rake in as much cash as possible during the days the event is in town and maximize future economic potential by boosting the city’s image among everyone who watches on television. Execution is more difficult.
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Butler benefiting big from basketball run

March 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Besides an immediate bump in apparel sales, the university is expecting a jump in student applications, alumni contributions and season-ticket sales, as well.
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Record visitor spending expected for Final Four

March 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Tickets were snapped up fast for this year's Final Four, almost assuring a record economic impact for Indianapolis. But two more wins for Purdue or Butler could bring down projected visitor spending.
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Insurer lending $7M for east-side Super Bowl project

March 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The aim is to spur redevelopment on the city's blighted near-east side before the 2012 Super Bowl is played in Indianapolis.
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City, NCAA forge 30-year event pact

March 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
It started as a meeting seven years ago between the NCAA, city and state officials, representatives of the Indiana Sports Corp. and a few others. The result was an agreement assuring Indianapolis hosts a major NCAA event every year between now and 2039.
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BENNER: A bigger--and better--Final Four awaits fansRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Over and above its predecessors, this year's event is going to blow you away.
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Big Ten tourney attendance rises by nearly 20 percent

March 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Organizers credit stronger ticket-selling efforts and new promotions for boosting attendance to more than 81,000, the highest it's been since the tournament became an annual event in Indianapolis.
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Speedway, F1 discussing race's return to Indianapolis

March 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Officials from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Formula One say they're in discussions to bring a Formula One race back to the city. F1 left the city in 2007 after an eight-year run.
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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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