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. 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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