Suburban Issues

New businesses follow the rooftopsRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Norm Heikens
Indianapolis and surrounding counties have continued to show growth in the number of businesses during the recession.
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Time running out for suburban bus service

August 26, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Transportation planners are scrambling to find federal funds to help pay for the popular commuter routes from downtown Indianapolis to Fishers and Carmel.
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Linking Indianapolis-area bus systems becoming priority for plannersRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Connecting rural bus systems with one another and with IndyGo must happen before commuter rail becomes a reality.
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Carmel finishes annexation of Southwest Clay

July 27, 2010
Associated Press
The community about 10 miles north of Indianapolis grew by 8.3 square miles and 8,000 people Tuesday with the long-planned annexation.
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MARCUS: Is suburbia the root of all evil?

July 24, 2010
Morton Marcus
Once upon a time, school transportation eased the journey of farm kids going to school. Today, it’s a massive subsidy for suburban kids whose parents have chosen to live far from a school in a place without sidewalks.
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Appeals court reverses Bargersville annexation

July 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned the town of Bargersville’s annexation of land that Greenwood officials also wanted to take over, saying it failed to get the required consent from property owners.
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Westfield's proposed Symphony development under review

July 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Westfield planning commission has asked city employees to further review the 1,400-acre mixed-use project that could include thousands of homes, shops, a YMCA and a baseball stadium.
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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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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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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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HENDERSON: Indianapolis getting squeezed by suburbs

February 13, 2010
Tom Henderson
Indianapolis’ successful suburbs are rapidly surrounding the city. More important, tax and cultural shifts are starting to drain Marion County.
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EnerDel has more deals in the works

January 21, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lithium battery maker EnerDel will need more business than its existing relationships with Think and Volvo to justify the $237 million investment it announced Thursday.
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School foundations step up to pay for programs as funding dries upRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Washington Township Schools Foundation on the north side is among those that wants to raise money for buildings and other high-cost needs.
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Giant Heartland Crossing housing development hangs on

December 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Short sales and foreclosures in this 2,200-unit development began cropping up several years ago and continue today.
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Brownsburg hires Texas city manager as town manager

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Dale Cheatham, who starts work Jan. 4, was city manager of The Colony, Texas, a growing community of 40,000, for eight years. Before that, he spent four years as city manager of Watauga, Texas.
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Plainfield's MD Logistics sued by Bristol-Myers over lost insulinRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Two semi-trailers of the medication were stolen in 2007 from a back lot at Daum Trucking, which isn't named in the lawsuit. Bristol-Myers charges MD Logistics with negligence in the $10.7 million suit.
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Westfield's Truss Manufacturing Co. changes name, expands product line

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Truss Manufacturing Co., a fixture along U.S. 31 in Westfield since 1959, in October changed its name to TMC Building Products to emphasize its expansion into other supplies.
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Hancock Regional Hospital goes after Geist market

November 14, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $7.8 million medical office building in McCordsville will allow the hospital to tap patients with private insurance.
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IURC conducts review of Centennial's telecom serviceRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Every neighborhood has its battles, but the 1,017-resident Centennial subdivision in Westfield is embroiled in one of the most unusual: a very public fight over the adequacy of its phone, Internet and video service.
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Suburban counties building outer loop to avoid Indianapolis

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Counties wanting to speed traffic among suburbs are building highways to avoid having to travel into Indianapolis. The result, a 100-mile outer loop beyond Interstate 465, won't be completed for years, and it won't be built to consistent standards, but it might help ease congestion.
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Study recommends upgrades for public transportation in counties surrounding IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Chris O'Malley
IndyGo, for all its faults, is the Cadillac of transit systems in the Indianapolis region. Service breaks at county lines and the absence of passenger shelters are among the deficiencies facing transit systems in surrounding counties.
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RCI to become Wyndham Exchange; says Carmel jobs are safeRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Despite a swooning economy that has hammered the time-share condominium industry over the last 18 months, Resort Condominiums International continues to outperform its market. That’s not to say there hasn’t been some pain at the company formerly headquartered in Carmel.
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American Water wants to raise rates

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is seeking public input on a proposed rate hike by American Water Inc., which has 283,000 customers in the state, including in Noblesville and Greenwood.
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Current Publishing launches another Hamilton County newspaper

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Publishers of the weekly Current in Carmel newspaper launched a publication this month in Noblesville.
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Greenwood merger would create one of state's largest cities

September 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new city would count more than 80,000 residents. In terms of population, it would zoom past Fishers and Carmel to rank sixth or seventh in the state.
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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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