Tourism & Hospitality

Herd of nominees up for $250K animal conservation prize

August 28, 2013
Lou Harry
Thirty-nine protectors of pronghorn antelope, sea turtles, jaguars, ibis, puffin and other endangered species have been named as nominees for the Indianapolis Prize.
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Good weather helps Indiana State Fair set crowd mark

August 19, 2013
Associated Press
Fair officials announced Monday that the crowds for the 17-day fair totaled about 4,000 more than the previous record in 2009.
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Well woes blamed on new Indianapolis sports park

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Some Indianapolis residents living near where the World Sports Park is being built say its new irrigation system is sucking their home water wells dry.
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IUPUI to show off elaborate game at Gen Con

August 13, 2013
Associated Press
The entire Indiana Convention Center will be the stage for the game, which uses video mapping and projectors that will create a large crystalline display showing the game results. The four-day Gen Con event begins Thursday.
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Crowd funding taps passionate fan base for fantasy figurinesRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Dan Human
A growing number of small game companies will join a pantheon of industry titans starting Aug. 15 at the Gen Con Indy gaming convention. The small guys are there largely because they can get the money they need to keep themselves alive via the fundraising technique known as “crowd funding” or “crowd sourcing.”
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Holiday World family takes dispute to Indiana appeals court

August 7, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
An agreement meant to keep a popular amusement park in the family has sparked a bitter dispute that has reached the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Indiana golf course lands Senior PGA Championship

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
Officials are expected to announce Tuesday that the 2015 Senior PGA Championship will be played at the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Springs Resort.
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State Fairgrounds to debut new $10M Youth Arena

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
The 30,000-square-foot Youth Arena will debut as the site of 4-H Horse & Pony classes and events. The fairgrounds' newest building will also host livestock shows, draft horse competitions and other events.
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Indiana tourism spending is fraction of nearby states'

July 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
As Indiana slashed its tourism budget, Michigan increased its widespread Pure Michigan ad campaign from $17 million to $27.4 million. Illinois, where budget problems have earned the state the nation’s worst credit rating—A3 by Moody’s Investors Service—spends more than twice as much as Michigan.
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Indy tourism officials take aim at close-in target

July 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
New program is designed to lure Indiana residents to capital city with large discounts at hotels, attractions
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Indy attracts more visitors than much-larger Houston

July 27, 2013
A comparison of convention and tourism cities.
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DEGARIS: Ballard’s cricket plan makes good business senseRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Larry DeGaris / Special to IBJ
The mayor’s $6 million plan to renovate an east-side park to accommodate cricket, rugby, hurling and lacrosse has generated a lot of controversy, with the idea of cricket in Indianapolis receiving particularly close scrutiny.
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HENEGAR: Proposed panhandling ban appears unconstitutionalRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Jane Henegar / Special to IBJ
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana believes in the power of the First Amendment to give the powerless a voice. Our constitutional right to free expression allows us to confront our greatest challenges, including poverty and homelessness.
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Construction on orangutan center halfway done

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
The zoo says construction is expected to be complete by December. The center is being funded by a $30 million capital campaign.
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Hamilton County wants squirrels on parade

June 15, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Inspired by more than 100,000 migratory squirrels that swarmed through Westfield and Fishers in the 1820s, a group of up-and-coming Hamilton County leaders is working on a public-art initiative celebrating the bushy-tailed rodents.
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Woodard sells Canterbury Hotel to Ohio firm

June 11, 2013
Scott Olson
Local businessman Turner Woodard had owned the upscale downtown hotel since 2010. Terms of the deal with Columbus, Ohio-based RockBridge Capital LLC, a hotel investment firm, were not disclosed.
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500 Festival hires Atlanta marketing exec as CEO

May 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Bob Bryant, a veteran sports marketing executive from the Atlanta area, has been named president and CEO of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis-based organization announced Wednesday morning.
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Indy 500 fans will find track security tighter this year

May 24, 2013
Associated Press
Fans coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's Indy 500 will notice some changes in the traditional routine in response to last month's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
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Senior curator leaving IMA after 11-year stay

May 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Lisa Freiman directed the opening of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres in June 2010 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. and is credited with transforming the experience of contemporary art in Indianapolis.
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IUPUI to move men's hoops to fairgrounds Coliseum

May 9, 2013
 IBJ Staff
School and fairgrounds officials announced the five-year deal on Thursday. Playing in the 74-year-old landmark will more than quintuple seating capacity for Jaguar games.
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Local enrollment for culinary schools risingRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The surprising growth corresponds with the recent expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, and an explosion in the popularity of The Food Network and chef-centric programming. But don't expect to make a mint.
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New lights only the beginning for Brickyard changesRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Everything is on the table for consideration, says new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles.
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San Diego tourism market significantly larger than Indy's

April 27, 2013
A side-by-side comparison of the tourism and convention industries in Indianapolis and San Diego.
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Visit Indy weaves Speedway into marketing campaignRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Greater consistency is expected to pay tourism dividends.
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Speedway's Speed Zone redevelopment project in high gearRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Some goals have been realized, while others are moving through the pipeline.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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