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IMA chooses new CEO from Kentucky art museum

August 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Charles L. Venable, 52, the director and CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville since 2007, was chosen to replace Maxwell Anderson, who left the IMA in January to become director of the Dallas Museum of Art.
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Indy Zoo gets $2M gift for planned orangutan center

August 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Zoo said Thursday it that it received a $2 million gift toward its planned orangutan center from the family foundation of hotel developer Dean White.
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State fair opens with attendance increase

August 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana State Fair attendance is officially up so far this year thanks to a pair of opening-weekend concerts. Those concerts, however, took place in downtown Indianapolis, so crowds at the state fairgrounds actually may be down a little.
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Fair handles first thunderstorm under new procedures

August 5, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana State Fair officials say they're happy with the first real test of their new, 425-page emergency plan implemented after a stage collapse amid high winds killed seven people and injured dozens of others a year ago.
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Orlando dwarfs Indianapolis in tourism, conventionsRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
The Indianapolis and Orlando metro areas both have roughly 2 million residents, but Orlando’s theme parks drive a huge convention and tourism industry concentrated around a convention center miles from its downtown.
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Attorney general ties $6M for fair victims to private settlement

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
To get some of the additional $6 million the state is offering, victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse would agree to clear Mid America Sound and J. Thomas Engineering of any wrongdoing. In return, they also would get a portion of $7.2 million the companies are offering.
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Former Kentucky amusement park in bad shape

May 30, 2012
Associated Press
The new partners who are working toward reopening the former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say the facility is in bad condition and may not reopen until 2014.
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Plan seeks to turn towpath into arts corridorRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Indianapolis and private-sector players are lining up behind an effort to rebrand the Central Canal Towpath as an art-themed destination dubbed Art 2 Art by adding artwork and improving the trail.
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Georgia Street redevelopment looking old already

May 5, 2012
Cory Schouten
The newly spruced-up stretch of Georgia Street between the Indiana Convention Center and Bankers Life Fieldhouse is looking older than its age. Stone pavers are dislodged and stained. The wooden boardwalk is badly discolored. Bollards are askance after taking hits from errant vehicles.
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Canal Walk popular, but full of opportunities missedRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Cory Schouten
City leaders once envisioned the Canal Walk as a bustling pathway lined with restaurants and shops, but residential and office buildings have sprouted instead on most of the parcels along the meandering 1-1/2-mile stretch--making it more of a local amenity than a visitor attraction.
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Austin, Indianapolis comparable across range of tourism benchmarksRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Many Austin attractions are related to its music scene and its status as a state capital and the home of the University of Texas.
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Radio host buys site of burned Brown County music hall

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana business owner and radio show host plans on rebuilding a southern Indiana concert hall that hosted some of country music's top acts before it burned down in 2009.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Downtown officials outline future plans for Georgia Street

February 13, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The three-block stretch that served as the Super Bowl Village will complement, not compete with, traditional downtown gathering places such as Monument Circle, officials said.
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Quick Hits: Indianapolis offers more convention space, but as many people visit Baltimore

February 11, 2012
The Baltimore metro area, a larger market than the Indianapolis area, offers attractions and events related to its waterfront location.
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Super Celebration site turnout less than expected

February 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Outlying communities say they saw steady ridership on free shuttles heading to and from downtown Indianapolis, but the sites received fewer Super Bowl visitors than expected.
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