Year in Review

Top 2012 news and newsmakers

December 29, 2012
Reflect on the biggest business news of 2012 with IBJ's complete year-in-review coverage, including a photo gallery, video highlights and A&E recap.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 2012 A&E favorites

December 28, 2012
Lou Harry
With so much to choose from, it's impossible to say what was best. Instead, here are some of my favorites of the year.
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Indiana adopts right to work

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indiana in February became the first state in a decade to pass such a law, and it was all the more significant because of the state’s heavy concentration of manufacturing jobs and sizable union presence.
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WellPoint investors force Braly ouster

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Braly’s five-year tenure leading the Indianapolis-based health insurer was hurt by the recession but also by repeated missteps.
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In election shocker, voters bounce schools chief Bennett

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
After becoming a celebrity in national education reform for spearheading sweeping changes in Indiana’s schools, Tony Bennett was bounced out of office by strong opposition from teachers, parents and their friends.
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City projects move ahead, following clash over TIF

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard charged forward on government-supported downtown development efforts after successfully shepherding an expansion of a TIF district over Democratic opposition.
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Digital marketer ExactTarget splashed onto NYSE

December 28, 2012
After an aborted attempt to go public in 2007, marketing software giant ExactTarget rang the bell on the New York Stock Exchange last March in an IPO that raised $162 million.
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Daniels wins presidency ... at Purdue

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
About a year after deciding not to campaign for president of the United States, Gov. Mitch Daniels agreed to become the next president of Purdue University.
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Indy airport sends CEO Clark packing

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard apparently was unhappy with the pace of economic development at the airport under Clark. The CEO's extensive overseas travels also generated controversy.
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Bernard bounced as IndyCar Series CEO

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The ouster of Randy Bernard as IndyCar CEO led to new leadership for Hulman & Co., parent of the series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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ISO reaches new contract, launches fundraising spree

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Negotiations over musicians’ contracts hit a crescendo in September with a month-long lockout that ended when performers agreed to a shorter schedule to save money at the cash-strapped Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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Developers unleash blitz of apartment projects

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Construction began or was to begin soon on dozens of projects with thousands of units, most quite upscale and aimed at one of two growing segments of the population who increasingly see no stigma in renting: aging boomers and young families.
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Judge lays into Durham, sentences him to 50 years

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Tim Durham, the Indianapolis businessman who used to dream of becoming the world’s richest man, ended 2012 broke and facing a 50-year prison sentence for orchestrating a $250 million Ponzi scheme.
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City successfully stages Super Bowl, shoots for another

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
More than 1.1 million people poured into downtown Indianapolis for Super Bowl festivities in the 10 days leading up to the big game, held Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Hoosier voters tap Pence to continue Daniels' legacy

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Pence, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001, left his strident rhetoric on abortion and other social causes in Washington, D.C., as he toured Indiana in a red pickup truck and talked about his policy “Roadmap.”
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Other news: From Allison's IPO to Lugar's defeat

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Politics and real estate helped round out 2012's news of note.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: School librarian Ritz won with grass-roots campaign

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Democrat Glenda Ritz pulled off a David-versus-Goliath victory to unseat Republican Tony Bennett as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: Crime stance returns Hogsett to political spotlight

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett’s openly tough-on-crime approach has some political insiders speculating whether he’s seeking a higher office.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: Council Dem Mahern plays role of antagonist

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
City-County Council Vice President Brian Mahern emerged as the chief foe of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s redevelopment agenda.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: CEO keeps Simon stock surging

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
If there were an MVP for local CEOs, David Simon would again find himself at or near the top of the list in 2012.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: Miles adds to diverse business, sports career

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Veteran executive Mark Miles now has one of the most difficult jobs in sports—putting open-wheel racing on sound financial footing.
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State's economy still stuck in neutral

December 24, 2011
The year started with a sense that slowly—not fast enough for anyone’s liking—but steadily, Indiana’s economy was coming back. But then a spike in gas prices and the never-ending sovereign debt crisis in Europe created a summer of setbacks.
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Indictment: Durham looted Fair Finance

December 24, 2011
Indianapolis financier Tim Durham was indicted on wire and securities fraud charges in March—the culmination of a federal probe that began in 2009.
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Political neophyte Ballard cruises to second term

December 24, 2011
A contentious battle for Indianapolis mayor culminated in a second term for Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, who won the race with 51 percent of the vote. His Democratic challenger, Melina Kennedy, garnered 47 percent.
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City backs string of high-profile real estate projects

December 24, 2011
The administration of Mayor Greg Ballard found its stride in the final year of its first four-year term, at least when it comes to major publicly supported real estate projects.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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