Strategic Planning

Indiana, Michigan library groups merge to cut costs

December 24, 2009
The Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority, known as ICOLSA, has merged with the Michigan Library Consortium to form the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.
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Lilly revises playbook in effort to score more 'touchdowns'

September 19, 2009
J.K. Wall
The drugmaker has successfully moved experimental drugs into position to win approval by regulators. But only once in the last four years has a new drug actually made it to market—the industry’s equivalent of getting across the goal line.
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A new centerpiece for city's convention strategy: medical, science groupsRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association is putting together an all-star corporate consortium to make the city a hub for medical and life sciences conventions, meetings and trade shows. The ICVA began running the initiative full-speed this year and already has signed deals to bring 40 medical meetings to Indianapolis through 2015, including annual meetings for the American Association of Diabetes Educators in 2012 and the American College of Sports Medicine and American Chemical Society in 2013.
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Ritter's buyer retools custard chainRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Sam Stall
Indianapolis residents have been passionate about Ritter's handmade frozen custard ever since it debuted almost two decades ago. But while the ice cream is sweet, the story of the former mom-and-pop company's attempts to morph into something grander is decidedly bitter. Now, New York-based TruFoods, which bought the company in May 2008, is trying to get the formula right.
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Steak n Shake hoping to roll out lower-cost, limited-service storesRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Cory Schouten
TV spots for Steak n Shake Co. used to play up the chain's full-service restaurants, complete with friendly servers, real plates and glass ketchup bottles—a departure from the "workaraunts" operated by McDonald's and Burger King. Now, Steak n Shake is developing plans for its own workaraunts.
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Not-for-profits: Treat donors as investorsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Derrick Feldmann
Nonprofit organizations should treat their donors as shareholders because they invest in the organizations just as shareholders do in public companies.
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Linking specialties is key to life sciencesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
The Indiana Innovation Alliance will bring together researchers from both IU and Purdue and keep much intellectual property innovation in Indiana.
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Conner Prairie Balloon ride will carry up to 20 people 350 feet highRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Conner Prairie will begin its outdoor season April 2 not as a pioneer-era museum but as an "interactive history park."
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IU journalism school's enrollment spike bucks slumpRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
At a time when the field of journalism is shedding thousands of jobs, Indiana University's journalism department is seeing record growth.
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Giving bad news the right wayRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Layoffs don't have to be brutal.
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Manage your way through this recessionRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Jon Ford
The job of a CEO has never been tougher.
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Finish Line ready to test new storeRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
Finish Line is rebranding its Man Alive stores as Decibel stores.
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Arts leaders brainstorm for new funding streamsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin

A panel convened by IBJ discusses the lack of funding dilemma and need for broad-based support in the Indianapolis arts community.

 

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Katterjohn's optimism is upliftingRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
I think it is so important to remind people that the one thing we have control of is our attitude. I think you conveyed that beautifully.
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Lyon takes Finish Line helm as shoppers cut spendingRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Cory Schouten
Glenn S. Lyon, the new head at The Finish Line Inc., has plenty to tackle. Traffic is down at Finish Line stores, sales have slowed and competitors are slashing prices.
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Businesses on MLK give revitalization another shotRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Whitney Lee
The newly organized MLK Business Revitalization Association aims to bring new life to the neighborhood west of downtown by uniting area business owners behind a common goal -- cleaning up the community to attract other entrepreneurs.
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Indianapolis AdClub gets major overhaulRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis AdClub is getting another face-lift, and this time some heavy hitters are coming in to make the changes.
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Note to Hoosier entrepreneurs: Fight on!Restricted Content

December 22, 2008
Jon Ford
Great leaders are not born out of good times â?? they are born out of severe challenge.
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How can we lure high-paying jobs?Restricted Content

December 15, 2008
Morton Marcus
Industries want to be where they get high output per dollar spent on compensation for workers — wages, salaries and benefits.
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We need an adequately funded census to manage growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Morton Marcus
Without good data, public and private decisions will be hampered in the next decade.
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Sign Craft experiences record growthRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
While many central Indiana manufacturers are feeling the pinch of the downturned economy, locally based Sign Craft Industries Inc. is posting record growth this year and projecting another robust year in 2009.
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Manufacturing Extension Partnership nearly doubles Indiana clients servedRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Scott Olson
Manufacturing Extension Partnership, an initiative formerly managed by the state, is thriving under Purdue University's leadership.
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Indiana Venture Center shutting downRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Indiana Venture Center, a local not-for-profit that mentors Hoosier entrepreneurs and startup companies, is shutting its doors.
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HHGregg looks to grow as other consumer electronic businesses falterRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Greg Andrews
HH Gregg has grown from a local to a national consumer electronic store chain and has its eye on expanding further, given Circuit City's bankruptcy filing.
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Self-serve chili could help Charlie & Barney's grow nationallyRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Sam Stall
Charlie & Barney's is quietly expanding into unorthodox niches, placing its product in unusual places — like convenience stores.
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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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