Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Mass transit group kicking off promotional campaign

January 10, 2013
Indy Connect, the local initiative supporting a $1.3 billion expansion of the transit system, plans to begin an advertising campaign for the proposal on Friday.
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Car-rental companies say higher tax will hurt locals, too

January 8, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis is poised to raise its tax on car rentals, drawing the ire of the auto-rental industry. Though local politicians routinely say such taxes hurt only visitors, more than half of car rentals are actually local, industry figures show.
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Mayors organize to tackle regional issuesRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The leaders of 18 central Indiana cities and towns have formed a group that intends to address regional concerns, starting with a proposed $1.3 billion, 10-year mass transit plan.
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Celadon snaps up two more trucking companies

January 4, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis-based company's Celadon Trucking Services subsidiary has agreed to acquire Warren-based Rock Leasing Inc. in northeast Indiana and Wadley, Ala.-based Kelly Logistics Inc.
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Republic shares hit two-year high on revised outlook

January 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Stock in Republic Airways Holdings rocketed into 2013, closing 19.5 percent higher Wednesday after the Indianapolis-based company raised its quarterly outlook. The shares climbed to a two-year high Thursday morning.
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500 Festival chief heading to AAA Hoosier Motor Club

January 2, 2013
Kirk Hendrix, who has served as president and CEO of the 500 Festival since 2003, is stepping down to take the same positions at AAA Hoosier Motor Club, the club announced Wednesday.
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Celadon plans $5.2M driver training center, 182 new jobs

January 2, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based trucking carrier Celadon Group Inc. plans to build a $5.25 million driver-training center and add 182 workers to its 633-employee local work force by 2016.
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Airport winds down 'public service officer' team

January 2, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The last of what had been about 100 civilians who helped provide security at Indianapolis International Airport after the 2001 terrorist attacks have had their jobs eliminated. Severance agreements were struck with 38 public service officers.
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Report: Plug-in vehicles slow to spark interest in Indy

January 2, 2013
Dan Human
Plug-in electric vehicles, which are struggling to gain traction nationwide, have even less appeal in central Indiana than they do in most areas of the country, a new study says.
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Airport speeds demolition of former passenger terminal

December 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The former passenger terminal and administration building at Indianapolis International Airport could be rubble by this time next year. Offering a "blank slate" should improve marketability of the site, airport officials say.
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UPDATE: Storm cancels Indy flights, triggers mall closings, snarls traffic

December 26, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis International Airport expected to have about 300 passenger flights arriving or departing on Wednesday, but a third of those were cancelled before midmorning. In addition, mall operator Simon Property Group announced its local shopping centers would close for the day.
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Fishers to kick in $8M toward new I-69 interchange

December 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Fishers Town Council voted Monday to spend $8 million in local funds toward construction of an Interstate 69 exit at 106th Street that will cost an estimated $25 million to build.
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Indiana Republicans already clashing over budgetRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
What the 2013 legislative session lacks in spectacle, it’s sure to make up for in surprises.
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Kenley pitching license plate tax to fund highway projectsRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
A license plate tax of $20 to $50 per car will be one of a raft of proposals considered by the Legislature next year as a way to fix a hole in funding for road maintenance, and to keep expanding Indiana’s system of highways.
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Hamilton County airport closer to extending its runwayRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Federal, state grants will fund study of project intended to serve growing corporate clientele.
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Study calls Indiana Toll Road lease a bad deal

December 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Toll Road lease may have paid off in the short term, but a new study concludes it'll be a bad deal for taxpayers in the long run. Indiana officials say the report is flawed.
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Japanese automakers help drive economyRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Dan Human
A deal struck 25 years ago brought Subaru-Isuzu to Indiana. Toyota followed in 1996, and Honda came in 2008. The three Japanese automakers now collectively employ 10,000 and support thousands more jobs at suppliers across the state.
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Midwest Energy oil firm drilling for $15MRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis investment advisory oil firm has been looking for blowouts in its own back yard. Midwest Energy Partners is preparing for its seventh—and largest—round of funding to pay for oil drilling in southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
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Indiana considers private firm for final I-69 legs

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana is considering hiring a private firm to design and build the stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
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New section of Interstate 69 getting positive reviews

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Users of the new 67-mile stretch of Interstate 69 that opened two weeks ago in southern Indiana say it is already saving them time and money.
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Monarch turns to natural gas to run trucking fleet

December 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
In a sign of the rising popularity of natural gas engines, the Indianapolis-based distributor of alcoholic beverages will make 85 of its 105 trucks run on natural gas by 2015.
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Railcar shipments making a comeback in IndianaRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Scott Olson
High diesel prices are turning companies to trains.
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BrightPoint buyer Ingram Micro mulls cost-cuttingRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
A top BrightPoint Inc. executive expects little employment change for the distribution and logistics company’s 1,100-person central Indiana work force, despite the potential for job cuts and facility closings across the country.
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IndyGo to sweeten the deal for driver recruitingRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Bus system taking page from trucking firms to find people to staff new routes.
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Design stars land contract for transit hubRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Cory Schouten
Architect Daniel Libeskind is part of an international team chosen to design a proposed IndyGo transit hub.
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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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