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Denver, Indianapolis are close match on major tourism measuresRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
The recently expanded Indiana Convention Center gives Indianapolis more space than Denver, but Denver has more hotel rooms and a larger budget.
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Dallas lessons should strengthen Super Bowl in Indy

February 7, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
There’s a lot Indianapolis can learn from the folks in Dallas about hosting a Super Bowl. One of the biggest lessons: Plans are important, but they’re not everything.
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Will city be ready for Super Bowl blitz?

February 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The compact nature of downtown Indianapolis—long seen as a major draw for conventions and other events—is creating challenges for organizers of next year’s Super Bowl.
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Super Bowl committee fields weather questions in Dallas

February 2, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Members of Indianapolis’ 2012 Super Bowl host committee spent most of Tuesday and the early part of Wednesday in Dallas answering questions about central Indiana weather and downtown amenities.
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Bill would make Indiana schools start after Labor Day

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel said it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together.
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Smaller meetings key to convention center expansion

January 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Large conventions typically get the most attention, but it's the smaller meetings that will be critical to ensuring the expanded Indiana Convention Center is adequately occupied.
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New commission could run state museum

December 14, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Interim leader is hoping that a more streamlined governance will help the struggling, state-supported museum be more successful in raising private donations and keeping CEOs.
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City Market tenant agrees to move to alternate space

December 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Under a settlement, the Indianapolis City Market dropped its attempts to evict the Grecian Garden after the restaurant said it would relocate to accommodate a renovation.
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Quick Hits: Indianapolis dwarfs Milwaukee in convention, tourism business

November 13, 2010
Indianapolis and Milwaukee are about the same size, with 1.7 million and 1.6 million people in their respective metro areas, but Indianapolis' convention trade is better developed.
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Interpretive naturalist helps park visitors commune with natureRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
Sam Brattain
Angie Manuel is an interpretive naturalist at Mounds State Park in Anderson. Many make the mistake of calling her a park ranger, but she is quick to correct them.
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Part of City Market renovation project put on hold

November 4, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City planners have downsized their renovation plans because project bids came in too high to meet the $2.7 million budget.
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Hendricks County launches tourism campaign

October 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Six months into a $750,000 plan to increase Hendricks County’s profile as a tourist destination, officials say group travel has doubled and hotel occupancy is up almost 3 percentage points—before an end-of-the-year push to get travelers to “Spend the Holidays in Hendricks County.”
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Fourth Artsgarden skywalk gets approval

October 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Despite objections, the Metropolitan Development Commission agreed to provide $600,000 in city funds to help build an enclosed pedestrian walkway connecting the downtown PNC Center with the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
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Indiana pumpkin patches, orchards see visitors swell

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
Attractions like apple orchards and corn mazes are reporting bigger crowds this year, especially with cooler temperatures and dry weather.
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Local ordinance could be key in City Market discrimination flap

September 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Unlike state and federal law, city ordinance prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. That may be enough for the city to take action against Just Cookies, which operates in City Market, for declining a request based on the customer's sexual orientation.
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Museum group recognizes 'Indiana Experience' exhibit

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Association of Midwest Museums recognized the attraction for bringing history to life.
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Liquor board OKs permit for City Market beer sales

September 7, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Marion County Alcoholic Beverage Board voted to approve a carryout liquor license for the historic downtown site. The permit will allow the Indiana Brewers Guild to open a bar featuring local craft beers.
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Auto auction's new owner calls first event a success

September 7, 2010
Associated Press
Auctions America by RM, which bought the former Kruse Auction Park in Auburn two months ago, said more than 25,000 people attended this past weekend's event, during which sales topped $13 million.
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BASILE: For an in-state outing, you can bank on Wabash

August 28, 2010
Frank Basile
Instead of writing about some international location this time around, I thought I’d rediscover something near home: Wabash, southwest of Fort Wayne.
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Indiana State Fair ends with slightly smaller crowd

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair has wrapped up a 17-day run during which officials say it drew 952,020 visitors.
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Vonnegut memorial library to open this fall in Indianapolis

August 18, 2010
Associated Press
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library scheduled to open this fall in downtown Indianapolis will be part library and part museum.
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Vendors unsure of benefits from more State Fair days

August 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Many say it's too early to tell whether last year's decision to extend the Indiana State Fair schedule by five days is resulting in stronger sales.
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Quick hits: Indianapolis and Kansas City are close match in tourism

July 31, 2010
Indianapolis and Kansas City, a metro area with feet in both Missouri and Kansas, are not only similar demographically, but the cities' convention and tourism trades have some measures in common, like number of annual visitors.
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New Conner Prairie exhibit could be set in 20th century

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Work is starting at the former site of Liberty Corner on a new exhibit that will be announced in late summer or early fall.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 100 thoughts on 100 Acres

June 26, 2010
Lou Harry
Watch video icon for 100 Acres100 Acres, a new art and nature park, opened behind the Indianapolis Museum of Art June 19. This major addition to the city’s cultural and social landscape seemed worthy of at least 100 thoughts—and two videos.
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  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

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  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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