Tourism & Hospitality

NFL borrows from Indy's Super Bowl playbook

April 13, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
League officials said a Super Bowl Village like the one in downtown Indianapolis will now be a requirement for future cities hosting the big game.
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Faulty stage, lack of emergency plan played roles in disaster

April 12, 2012
Associated Press
The stage rigging that collapsed and killed seven people at the Indiana State Fair last summer did not meet industry safety standards and the tragedy was compounded by the absence of a fully developed emergency plan, investigators concluded.
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CIB loss from Super Bowl in line with projections

April 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Preliminary financials show the board that manages the city's sports and convention facilities so far has lost nearly $350,000 due to the Super Bowl. That figure is expected to grow to $800,000.
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Public tours planned for Indianapolis catacombs

April 6, 2012
Associated Press
Public tours are expected start this summer of catacombs dating to the 1880s underneath City Market in downtown Indianapolis.
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Zoo extends hours as warm weather brings big crowds

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
Zoo officials say the zoo will be open an extra hour, until 5 p.m., through this week to accommodate the visitors coming out during the early spring warmth as many area school districts are on spring break.
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Deal puts Farm Bureau's name on downtown concert venue

March 27, 2012
Farm Bureau Insurance is putting its name on outdoor concert venue The Lawn at White River State Park under a sponsorship agreement with event promoter Live Nation Entertainment, the companies announced Tuesday.
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Judge orders Sugarland to testify in April on stage collapse

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
The country duo's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush had proposed giving depositions in May regarding the deadly 2011 state fair accident, but on Friday Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin instead ordered testimony early next month.
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State launches grant program aimed at tourism

March 22, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman says the $400,000 initiative will help draw visitors and have a "lasting impact" on Indiana's towns and cities.
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City hopes for big splash from NCAA swimming events

March 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NCAA swimming championships being held at the IU Natatorium this week kick off six years of collegiate swimming championships that are expected to generate millions of dollars for the local economy.
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CityWay hires IMA curators to populate new hotel with artRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Curators have selected 24 contemporary artists to create work for hotel, to be known as The Alexander.
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Shelbyville casino fined $150,000 by state gaming agency

March 16, 2012
The most serious offense by horsetrack and casino Indiana Live involved sending electronic promotions to dozens of people who had voluntarily excluded themselves from receiving casino solicitations.
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Indiana Live parent seeks Chapter 11 loan extension

March 15, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis Downs LLC, parent company of Indiana Live horserace track and casino in Shelbyville, wants lenders to grant a one-year extension of financing for the Chapter 11 reorganization that otherwise would expire in April.
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Study finds $124M in visitor spending at fairgrounds

March 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fairgrounds generated $124 million in visitor spending in 2011 and has an annual impact on the local economy similar to a factory employing 500 people, according to a study released Wednesday.
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Sleeping-products event a real eye-opener

March 14, 2012
Scott Olson
About 3,200 visitors are in the city as part of the International Sleep Products Association's biennial event, which showcases the latest technology in mattress manufacturing.
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In with the new in IndianaRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Every year, there’s something new and different at Indiana attractions. Here’s our rundown of some of the changes you’ll find as you explore options for an in-state getaway.
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How to score a seat in a studio audienceRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Lou Harry
Did Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" tapings at Hilbert Circle Theatre during Super Bowl week make you want to be a part of other studio audiences? Here are some tips on scoring seats in Chicago, New York and L.A.
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IU success spurs Big Ten tourney ticket sales

March 8, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials are confident attendance at the Big Ten men's basketball tourney will top last year's total of more than 86,000 and could surpass 90,000 for the first time since 2006.
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Bill requiring stage inspections heads to governor

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 41-5 Thursday in favor of the bill giving the state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission the power to regulate stages and other temporary structures.
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Indiana House passes bill requiring stage inspections

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
All large, temporary outdoor stages like the one in last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse would face temporary state inspection standards under a bill approved Monday by the Indiana House.
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Historical society reports more visitors at Indiana ExperienceRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Attendance at the living-history attraction that opened in 2010 grew 71 percent last year.
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Downtown Comfort Suites seeks bankruptcy protection

February 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The hotel, owned by an affiliate of Dora Brothers Hospitality Corp., says its largest creditor is New York-based German American Capital Corp., which is owed $12 million.
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Sugarland attorneys: Injured fair fans share in blame

February 21, 2012
Associated Press
Attorneys for country duo Sugarland say concertgoers were at least partly to blame for injuries suffered in the 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. The stance drew a sharp reaction from fans Tuesday and prompted the band's manager to issue a statement criticizing the finger-pointing.
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Koch family could get Kentucky Kingdom answer this week

February 21, 2012
Associated Press
The Kentucky State Fair Board will discuss and vote on a tentative operating agreement with the owners of Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind. A spokeswoman said the Koch family may rename Kentucky Kingdom.
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Indiana fair victim testifies on state plan for found money

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A high school tennis player who was crippled in last summer's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair testified Thursday as legislators considered whether to double the amount the state is paying for victims.
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Indianapolis Downtown Inc. leader Zahn stepping down after 19 years

February 16, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Downtown Inc. announced Thursday morning that President Tamara Zahn plans to leave her position by June. Zahn was IDI's first president and has been in the post for 19 years.
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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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