WHEELER: School transformation is making noiseRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Roderick Wheeler / Special to IBJ
In business, changes in the marketplace drive decisions to turn around a poor-performing business unit, division or entire company.

KANNING: Improved productivity isn't good enoughRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Myron Kanning
The latest prolonged recession intensified the push for U.S. productivity gains.

YOUNG: Why I voted for the debt reduction billRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Todd Young / Special to IBJ
The decision to support the debt limit package, the so-called Budget Control Act, was not an easy one, but one that should be regarded as a meaningful and responsible first step on the path back to economic health.

KENNEDY: TIFs have gone from good idea to badRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The Ballard administration is proposing to turn large swatches of the urban core into TIFs, robbing school districts and libraries of desperately needed revenue.

THOMAS: Get thoughts in writing to keep your group's story straightRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
John B. Thomas / Special to IBJ
As you might guess, when I got the e-mailed responses, they didn’t support the contention that “everybody knows” the program’s objectives.

NAGLE: Beware Indiana labor force losses over next 20 yearsRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Matt Nagle / Special to IBJ
Over the next 10 years, baby boomers will begin to retire en masse. By 2030, we can expect about 18 percent of Indiana’s population to be age 65 or older, up from 12 percent today.

SLAUGHTER: The lowdown on why you can't find a jobRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Robby Slaughter
The greatest challenge in landing a new gig is making a tremendous shift in perspective.

GARNER: Diversity leads to economic successRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Sanford Garner
Creativity comes not from the brilliance of one person, or a singular “ah ha” moment, but from a collision of ideas.

KENNEDY: A regulatory no-brainer could save livesRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Cell phone users in the United States can’t choose to have radio on our phones because, when the ability to download first threatened the music industry’s business model, the carriers thought including broadcast radio would undermine their ability to sell music packages.

JOSEPH: Is working for yourself or for others riskier?Restricted Content

June 25, 2011
Hannah Kaufman Joseph
In business ownership, individual performance is the key indicator of success.

GUY: I have no predictions about the futureRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
John Guy
Those who try to predict the future do not tell us their track records, but they do ask us to buy their books.

WHEELER: A case for improving city's balance sheetRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Roderick Wheeler / Special to IBJ
Education is an investment in which our city is expected to see a positive rate of return for every dollar invested and every degree earned.

KENNEDY: We need to get our civics game onRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Right now, Americans are deeply involved in one of our periodic debates about government spending and the budget deficit. Important as that is, I am more concerned about our civic deficit—the widespread lack of basic constitutional literacy.

HENDERSON: On power players and the future of kidsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Tom Henderson
We expect IPS to take its students to the very pillars of academic success after thoroughly hog-tying them. It’s difficult to find more breathless insanity than this.

DECKERS: What are customers tweeting about you?

May 21, 2011
Erik Deckers / Special to IBJ
Where were you when you first heard about Osama Bin Laden? Did you hear about it on Twitter and Facebook? On TV? Or did you see it on the front page of the morning paper, 10 hours after the rest of the world?

SLAUGHTER: We need a remote-work revolution

May 14, 2011
Robby Slaughter
It turns out that, although we think of glass towers, cubicles and filing cabinets as the places where we go to accomplish something, the office is a terrible place to get anything done.

GROSSMAN: Here we go again with 'blueprint to nowhere'

May 7, 2011
Peter Z. Grossman
For the umpteenth time since the early 1970s, a president of the United States has issued a plan for solving all our energy ills.

KENNEDY: Legislature's bottom line is political

April 30, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Many Indiana citizens have been hit hard by the recession, and the General Assembly has reacted by kicking them while they’re down.

CROWTHER: The future needs a Hoosier attitude

April 23, 2011
Michael Crowther
We need futurists, people with a sense of balance, people who want generations to come to be blessed with the same riches we grew up with.

KHARBANDA: The case for a diverse energy policy

April 16, 2011
Jesse Kharbanda
Key utility executives and state legislators argue that Indiana’s power should come predominantly from coal and nuclear power.

GUY: Where are the progressives?

April 9, 2011
John Guy
Today, a political leader who proposes a higher appropriation to clean streets would be criticized. If he proposed going to the moon, he would be impeached.

KENNEDY: Death (penalty) and taxes aren't certainties after all

April 2, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Everyone, it seems, wants government to cost less—until someone suggests cuts to our particular sacred cows.

MADER: Design guidelines vital to city's success

March 26, 2011
No one likes to be told what to do. But, we’re told how fast we can drive, how many emergency exits we have to have in a building and, in some cases, even the color we can paint our houses.

WILLIAMS: What is the IU name worth to us?

March 19, 2011
Brian Williams
Who has the right to give away a state asset, as the IU name is, for what reasons and under what terms?

MERHOFF: Let's rethink what businesses want

March 12, 2011
Mo Merhoff
Today’s lifestyle preferences have trumped yesterday’s corporate loyalty, just as flatter organizational structures leading to greater employee interaction have replaced pyramid-shaped corporate structures.
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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.