Tourism & Hospitality

Class in Hoosier hospitality launched for Super Bowl

September 10, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The class is being launched Oct. 3 with the goal of getting tens of thousands of front-line hospitality workers—from hoteliers, caterers and restaurant servers to cab drivers and airport employees—prepared for the barrage of Super Bowl visitors coming in February.
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Costs of State Fair stage collapse investigation could be steep

September 9, 2011
Scott Olson
Officials say it's too early to know how much the state will pay for the investigation of the tragedy. But fees stipulated in contracts with investigators show costs easily could surpass seven figures.
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Indianapolis Cultural Trail takes 'pause' for Conrad hotel

September 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
Planning around the Conrad's valet parking operation posed the most challenging dilemma faced by organizers of the 8-mile Cultural Trail.
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State Fair victims could receive funds in next few weeks

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
A State Fair Remembrance Fund now containing more than $800,000 likely will be distributed before the state pays out a maximum $5 million in damages allowed by law, officials said Wednesday afternoon.
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Indiana classic car auction sees attendance jump

September 5, 2011
Associated Press
Officials of the company that has taken over a long-running classic car auction in northeastern Indiana say they believe it has bounced back from the financial and legal troubles of its former owner.
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State preparing to pay maximum in stage collapse damages

August 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana will pay $5 million and get advice on distributing the money to victims of the State Fair tragedy from an expert who administered compensation funds following 9/11.
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Another lawsuit filed in Indiana fair stage collapse

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
The family of a Fort Wayne woman killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair filed a lawsuit Monday alleging gross negligence and recklessness by the promoters and producers of the concert.
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Sculpture headed back atop Indianapolis monument

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
A 38-foot-tall bronze sculpture will soon be back atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.
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MotoGP race-day attendance up; three-day total down

August 29, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Speedway officials expect an announcement within 30 days about whether the MotoGP race will be held in Indianapolis in 2012.
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Backers seek support for 2-mile streetcar line downtownRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Downtown Indianapolis Streetcar Corp. said a circulator route between downtown and the Indianapolis Zoo in White River State Park might cost $20 million to $25 million to build and equip.
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'Expand the smorgasbord' at former GM siteRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Gordon Hendry / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis has a rich history of turning challenging redevelopment projects into local success stories, and I have no doubt the GM Stamping Plant will become part of that history as officials determine the best uses for the expansive site near downtown.
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City expects weather to boost MotoGP's economic impact

August 26, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Sunny, mild weather could provide a 15-percent increase to the economic impact of this weekend's MotoGP events. Motorsports business experts said the city could see a $30 million impact.
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Class-action lawsuit filed over State Fair tragedy

August 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The lawsuit brought by the Indianapolis law firm of Cohen & Malad hopes to include anyone who suffered injuries from a falling stage at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13.
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Ohio cheerleading coach 7th Indiana State Fair death

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
Meagan Toothman, 24, was confirmed as the seventh person to die from the Aug. 13 stage collapse, according to a statement from the Marion County coroner's office released Monday night by the Indiana State Police.
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Wife of man killed in fair tragedy suing Indiana

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who is representing the family of Glenn Goodrich, said the family has filed a tort claim notice against the state regarding intent to file a lawsuit.
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Indiana State Fair attendance slips 8 percent

August 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The 2011 Indiana State Fair drew 872,312 visitors, down 8 percent from the 952,020 that attended in 2010, the fair announced Monday, citing preliminary figures.
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Super Bowl party space scramble begins

August 20, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Owners and operators of Indianapolis meeting venues are in the midst of a high-stakes game of musical chairs. The winners will land the biggest parties and events affiliated with Super Bowl XLVI.
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Lawsuits filed for Indiana stage collapse victims

August 19, 2011
Associated Press
Two of what are expected to be many lawsuits were filed Friday on behalf of people injured when wind toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair.
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Indiana State Fair victims fund continues to grow

August 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Central Indiana Community Foundation's State Fair Remembrance Fund is on pace to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims of the stage collapse.
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Indiana hires outside firm to review state fair disaster

August 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana has hired an outside firm to help with its investigation into a fatal stage collapse at the state fair after questions were raised about the state's ability to conduct an objective probe itself.
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Damage cap limits state's potential losses from concert tragedy

August 18, 2011
Scott Olson
An Indiana law that limits damages paid by state entities likely will prompt lawyers to sue several other parties besides the state fair to try to recover as much as possible for victims of the concert calamity.
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Elaborate outdoor concerts amp up safety concerns

August 17, 2011
Associated Press
As the multi-billion-dollar outdoor concert business has evolved from little more than shows under a canopied stage to productions featuring up to 20 tons of lighting and video equipment, experts point to the Indiana State Fair's fatal stage collapse as evidence of the necessity for caution — and regulation.
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State fair attendance, revenue expected to decline

August 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Attendance through Tuesday was down 7 percent compared to the same time last year following the collapse of a concert stage on Saturday that killed five people. The loss of four shows will be a blow to revenue projections.
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Colts to keep camp in Anderson for 5 more years

August 17, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday they had agreed to a five-year deal that will keep training camp at the Division III school northeast of Indianapolis through 2016.
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Indiana State Fair emergency plan just 1 page

August 16, 2011
Associated Press
An emergency plan outlining what to do if severe weather threatens the Indiana State Fair takes up a single page and does not mention the potential for evacuations.
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  1. I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.

  2. Great news IRL fans: TURBO the IMS sanctioned movie about slugs running the Indy 500 has caught the Securities and Exchange Commission because Dreamworks had to take a $132MILLION write down...because the movie was such a flop. See, the Indy/IMS magic soiled another pair of drawers. Bwahahahahahaha! How's CARTOWN doing? HAHAHAHA...Indy is for losers.

  3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

  4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

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