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City lands major expo with $19M economic impact

October 11, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The National Safety Council’s Annual Congress & Expo will come to Indianapolis for the first time in September 2019. It's expected to draw 14,000 delegates, likely making it one of the five biggest conventions the city hosts that year.
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UPDATE: CIB backs grant for Big Ten football championship

October 10, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The $125,000 in funds from the city’s Capital Improvement Board will help the Indiana Sports Corp. put on the Big Ten Football Championship game in December and basketball tournament in March.
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Mayor has monumental plan for Georgia Street, delays name change

September 30, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard temporarily calls off plans to rename the historic street to instead focus on a project that would line it with 30 monuments saluting famous Hoosiers.
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Prime business events making a comeback in IndianapolisRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Tawn Parent
Room rates are on the rise after a three-year lull.
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Some NFL teams would make for a more lucrative Super Bowl

September 24, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A 2012 Super Bowl between the Chicago Bears and New York Jets is one of the matchups that would give local businesses plenty to cheer about, experts say. National Football League officials have told Indianapolis to expect 150,000 visitors for the Super Bowl. If two prime teams make it, the number will be closer to 250,000.
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Councilor launches opposition to Georgia Street renaming

September 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Democrat City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield has submitted a resolution that urges Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to "cease and desist from all efforts to rename Georgia Street."
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Texas firm buys water-park hotel on northwest side

September 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
General Hotels Corp. has finalized the sale of the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Water Park, averting closure of the 344-room hotel and saving 266 jobs.
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MotoGP race-day attendance up; three-day total down

August 29, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Speedway officials expect an announcement within 30 days about whether the MotoGP race will be held in Indianapolis in 2012.
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City expects weather to boost MotoGP's economic impact

August 26, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Sunny, mild weather could provide a 15-percent increase to the economic impact of this weekend's MotoGP events. Motorsports business experts said the city could see a $30 million impact.
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Colts to keep camp in Anderson for 5 more years

August 17, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday they had agreed to a five-year deal that will keep training camp at the Division III school northeast of Indianapolis through 2016.
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Gen Con Indy convention scores record attendance

August 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Gen Con Indy, one of the city’s largest annual conventions, drew a record 36,733 unique visitors to this year's event, organizers announced Thursday.
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Hampton Inn to become Bud Light Hotel during Super Bowl

August 10, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Bud Light name and logo will replace Hampton's all over the hotel, from the outside signage and canopies to the in-room soap, shampoo and pens.
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Gen Con convention betting on attendance surge

August 4, 2011
Scott Olson
Organizers of the four-day gaming conference think this year's event will draw 35,000 visitors to Indianapolis, thanks in large part to a bigger convention center.
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Former Nordstrom space could find Super Bowl use

August 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The massive space in Circle Centre mall vacated by high-end retailer Nordstrom could be used to host corporate events surrounding the big game.
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Indiana tourism effort honors famed course designer Dye

July 28, 2011
Scott Olson
The Pete Dye Golf Trail includes seven public courses chosen by Dye: Brickyard Crossing, The Fort Golf Resort, Maple Creek Golf & Country Club, Plum Creek Golf Club, Mystic Hills Golf Club, Kampen Course and the Pete Dye Course at French Lick.
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Downtown hotels beef up tech offerings to remain competitiveRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
The new JW Marriott is one of the factors motivating other hotels to do multi-million-dollar updates.
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Local homeowners trying to cash in on Super Bowl

July 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The approach of the 2012 Super Bowl has prompted some Indianapolis-area property owners to start looking for a chance to lease their homes and condos for the big game.
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ICVA expects to fall short of 2011 room-night goal

June 14, 2011
Scott Olson
The convention association set out to book 725,000 hotel room nights this year for future meetings but so far is trending below the goal. An aggressive drive last year exhausted many of its prospects, new ICVA CEO Leonard Hoops said.
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Indianapolis lands Big Ten football title game through 2015

June 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis outbid Chicago for the rights to host the Big Ten Conference football championship game through 2015 and also landed the 2014 and 2016 title games in men's and women's basketball.
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Better Wi-Fi sought for stadium, convention center

June 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is accepting proposals to improve Wi-Fi service at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center. The systems are expected to be operational in time for the Super Bowl in February.
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CIB reports quarterly revenue increase

May 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board saw revenue of $22.5 million in the first three months of the year, a jump of 28 percent compared with the same three months in 2010. More taxes generated by hotel stays and restaurant visits helped drive the increase.
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Volleyball tourney expected to bring 20,000 to city

April 8, 2011
The 2011 Lids Team Sports Mid-East Qualifier, which will run Friday through Sunday, will feature top female high school players on 65 courts inside the Indiana Convention Center.
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Women's Final Four crowds smallest since 1990s

April 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Tuesday night's NCAA women's basketball championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis was a near-sellout, but it was the smallest crowd to see the title game since 1997.
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UPDATE: City lures new convention chief

March 24, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association has hired Leonard Hoops, executive vice president for the San Francisco Travel Association, to replace Don Welsh as its new president and CEO.
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New convention chief impressed with Indianapolis' vision

March 24, 2011
Chris O'Malley
An executive headhunter had been dogging Leonard Hoops for years about various career opportunities around the country. He always dismissed the leads—until recently, when he was told about the CEO vacancy at the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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  1. If what you stated is true, then this article is entirely inaccurate. "State sells bonds" is same as "State borrows money". Supposedly the company will "pay for them". But since we are paying the company, we are still paying for this road with borrowed money, even though the state has $2 billion in the bank.

  2. Andrew hit the nail on the head. AMTRAK provides terrible service and that is why the state has found a contractor to improve the service. More trips, on-time performance, better times, cleanliness and adequate or better restrooms. WI-FI and food service will also be provided. Transit from outlying areas will also be provided. I wouldn't take it the way it is but with the above services and marketing of the service,ridership will improve and more folks will explore Indy and may even want to move here.

  3. They could take the property using eminent domain and save money by not paying the church or building a soccer field and a new driveway. Ctrwd has monthly meetings open to all customers of the district. The meetings are listed and if the customers really cared that much they would show. Ctrwd works hard in every way they can to make sure the customer is put first. Overflows damage the surrounding environment and cost a lot of money every year. There have been many upgrades done through the years to help not send flow to Carmel. Even with the upgrades ctrwd cannot always keep up. I understand how a storage tank could be an eye sore, but has anyone thought to look at other lift stations or storage tanks. Most lift stations are right in the middle of neighborhoods. Some close to schools and soccer fields, and some right in back yards, or at least next to a back yard. We all have to work together to come up with a proper solution. The proposed solution by ctrwd is the best one offered so far.

  4. Fox has comments from several people that seem to have some inside information. I would refer to their website. Changed my whole opionion of this story.

  5. This place is great! I'm piggy backing and saying the Cobb salad is great. But the ribs are awesome. $6.49 for ribs and 2 sides?! They're delicious. If you work downtown, head over there.

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