Tourism & Hospitality

Plaza being built near state fairgrounds coliseum

September 12, 2014
Associated Press
Crews have started building a $2 million pedestrian plaza next to the newly renovated Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum.
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Community Health buys Hilton North for redevelopment

September 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The hospital network will close the 221-room hotel along the Interstate 69 corridor by the end of the year and will begin exploring redevelopment opportunities to meet the growth of the network.
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Hilton boutique hotel slated for renovated Consolidated Building

September 10, 2014
Scott Olson
Plans call for a 102-room Home2 Suites by Hilton to be built in what’s known as the annex of the Consolidated Building, at the rear of the vacant, 15-story structure on North Pennsylvania Street.
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Ideal owners needed for tricky north-side properties

September 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Size and age complicate the sale of several prominent structures in Boone and Hamilton counties.
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U.S. prosecutors from across nation meeting in Indy

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
Federal prosecutors from across the country are gathering in Indianapolis to discuss ways to reduce the number of guns in the hands of criminals, among other violent crime initiatives.
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Star caterer Jack Bayt on upswing after tumble

August 23, 2014
Sam Stall
Six years after having the area's largest catering business sold out from under him, Jack Bayt is back, leading a revamped Crystal Catering. But the new iteration is much smaller than in the days when Bayt and his partners wanted to become a regional or even national player.
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Gaming convention sets another attendance record

August 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gen Con 14, which wrapped up Sunday, drew 56,614 unique visitors to the Indiana Convention Center, surpassing 2013’s previous record of 49,530.
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UPDATE: Indiana State Fair attendance tops 950,000

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
This year's 17-day run goes down in the books as one of the three most attended.
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CIB to provide $5M for natatorium maintenance

August 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County voted Monday to give the Indiana Sports Corp. $500,000 a year for the next 10 years to create a reserve fund for maintenance on the IU Natatorium at IUPUI.
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REI Investments agrees to buy site of former GM stamping plant

August 4, 2014
Scott Olson
The local developer plans to purchase the entire 102-acre property, which has been earmarked for a 15,000-seat outdoor concert venue and the city's new criminal justice complex.
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Two-hotel tower proposed across from fieldhouse

August 2, 2014
Scott Olson
A Minneapolis developer wants to build two high-end hotels in the same 15-story building on a surface parking lot downtown across from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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UPDATE: Fair opens with first alcohol sales since 1946

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
The first person to sample alcohol under the new law was 67-year-old Ed Swafford of Liberty. He tried a Bavarian-style ale and declared it tasty.
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Grand Park helps Hamilton County hotels run up score

July 31, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Hotel business is booming in Hamilton County, with mid-year occupancy up 9 percent from the first half of 2013. Open since March, Westfield's massive Grand Park Sports Campus has thrown its weight behind the surge.
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Marketing firm hired to find Fairgrounds Coliseum sponsor

July 30, 2014
Scott Olson
Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment announced Tuesday that it’s been retained to secure a naming-rights sponsor for the recently renovated coliseum.
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Three-drink limit for beer, wine at Indiana State Fair

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
Strict limits will be in place when the Indiana State Fair sells alcoholic drinks for the first since 1946 when its 17-day run begins Friday.
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Indiana tourism group sharpens mission

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
New director changes organization’s name, launches initiatives catering to businesses.
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PENNY: Collegiate reform could hurt Olympic teamsRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Steve Penny / Special to IBJ
Changes in governance might risk pipeline of athletes in sports that generate little income.
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BOHLER SMITH: Forsaken vacation hits business two waysRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Jamie Bohler Smith / Special to IBJ
There is truth in the old adage that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but it also makes Jack unhappier, less healthy and not as effective of an employee.
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Tech entrepreneur launches Indy Visitors Channel

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Folksy chief cements deals with handshakes, promotes tourism spots with video network in hotels.
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Holiday World plans $22 million winged roller coaster

July 25, 2014
Associated Press
The Holiday World amusement park in southern Indiana is building a new $22 million roller coaster that it says will launch riders to 60 miles an hour in 3.5 seconds, with a 14-story loop and four inversions.
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Street performers to make debut in Indianapolis

July 24, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
A special project aims to foster the art of street performance in downtown Indianapolis. The project is being promoted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. and arts group IndyFringe.
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New downtown concert venue to seat 15,000

July 16, 2014
Scott Olson
A music amphitheater soon will take center stage on the site of the former General Motors metal-stamping plant on the western edge of downtown, sources tell IBJ.
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Relics from investigated collection on display

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
A central Indiana museum is displaying numerous Native American relics belonging to a man from whom the FBI seized many artifacts this spring.
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Dozens of brewers, wineries set for Indiana State Fair

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
About 40 Indiana craft brewers and wineries will be setting up shop in the new wine and beer garden inside the fairgrounds' Grand Hall.
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Group backs out of deal for Anderson's Wigwam

July 9, 2014
Associated Press
Officials say a private group has decided not to take over Anderson's closed Wigwam gymnasium, leaving the fate of the 9,000-seat venue uncertain.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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