Government & Economic Development

Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Influential Miles enjoys wide reach

June 3, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Miles_WatchVideoWhat's the status of the Super Bowl? Mass transit for Indy? Economic development? How is one man so connected? Mark Miles shrugs off "power broker" but fits the bill.
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Appraisal services firm plans local expansion, 150 jobs

June 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based StreetLinks Lender Solutions plans to expand its operations, adding 150 employees by 2013, the real estate appraisal management services provider announced Friday morning.
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State eyes possible takeover of 18 failing schools

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said it's simply unacceptable to have six straight years of failing schools.
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Defense spending bill leaves out Rolls-Royce jet

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. House committee rejected efforts by some in Congress to spend more money on construction of an extra engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
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Government cutting rates for hard-to-insure patients

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
So far, about 18,000 people have signed up for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, well short of government projections that some 375,000 people would gain coverage in 2010. Rates in Indiana will fall 26 percent.
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General Mills plans $36M distribution center

May 31, 2011
Associated Press
General Mills Inc. announced Tuesday it would spend $36 million in building the new distribution center in Fort Wayne and potentially add 65 jobs by the end of 2012.
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Chambers of commerce take bigger role in politics

May 30, 2011
Associated Press
After years of advocating pro-business positions, many chambers are taking the next step and issuing endorsements in hopes of ensuring business-friendly mayors get elected.
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Budget cuts will limit Indiana inmate education

May 29, 2011
Associated Press
ndiana lawmakers' decision to cut off grants to state prison inmates attending college could make it harder for prisoners to find employment when they're released, supporters of the program fear.
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Gregg's chances in governor's race may hinge on Obama

May 28, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat John Gregg's chances of winning the governor's office next year will likely hinge on whether President Barack Obama's supporters can work some of the same campaign magic they used in 2008 to turn Indiana a presidential blue for the first time in four decades.
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Legal bills make it tough for City Market to become self-sustainingRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city’s mounting legal bills to cover lawsuits involving Indianapolis City Market are adding to the taxpayer cost of subsidizing the venue and making it tougher for the market to become self-sufficient.
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Indiana welfare workers indicted for stealing $191K

May 24, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Tuesday the three created 126 benefit cards in the names of welfare clients and used them to withdraw money at bank machines, buy retail goods and sell them from 2008 until April 2010.
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Indiana GOP chair: Daniels to help shape 2012 debate

May 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will continue to influence the national debate surrounding the 2012 presidential campaign even though he isn't a candidate, the leader of Indiana's Republican Party said Monday.
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Governor's race shaping up to be entertaining

May 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's 2012 gubernatorial race features two strong front runners. Democrat John Gregg is a gregarious and folksy former House Speaker. Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence is an outspoken and articulate conservative.
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Straub: Funding cut poses no threat to Super Bowl security

May 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis metropolitan area is among 33 nationwide that have been eliminated from a federal Homeland Security grant program for 2011.
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Daniels ends speculation, decides against run for presidency

May 22, 2011
Associated Press
In overnight e-mail to supporters, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels cites family considerations as reason he will stay out of race.
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New TIF districts could spur urban development

May 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis leaders have targeted four core urban areas for renewal, taking steps to create new tax-increment-financing districts to seed economic development there.
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SHEPHERD: Credit cards hurting too many businessesRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Connie Shepherd
Expensive personal credit undermines credit scores and ultimately the odds of more traditional lending.
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Credit unions gun for more traditional bank business

May 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A push by credit unions for more leeway with small-business lending is fueling an old fight with their banking rivals.
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Indiana court denies delay in White election case

May 20, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court says the state recount commission should proceed with reconsidering whether Secretary of State Charlie White was a valid candidate for the office to which he was elected.
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State’s jobless rate falls again, to 8.2 percent

May 20, 2011
Despite a decrease in private sector jobs, Indiana's unemployment rate in April dropped 0.3 percentage points, to 8.2 percent, the lowest it's been since December 2008.
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Indiana BMV nixes fee to see driver record online

May 20, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers can now review online records including citations, suspensions and violations without paying a fee.
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City proceeding with public safety complex at Eastgate

May 18, 2011
Scott Olson
City-County Council grants approval for the city to enter into a 25-year lease with the owner of the former Eastgate mall to take 76,000 square feet for a Regional Operations Center.
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Gregg's lobbying record doesn't worry Democrats

May 17, 2011
Associated Press
Many of the same Democrats who blasted Republican Sen. Dan Coats last year for his time spent as a federal lobbyist are backing Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, who's a registered lobbyist in Indiana.
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New laws affect commercial property owners

May 17, 2011
Tom Harton
Three bills with implications for owners of commercial real estate were approved by the General Assembly and have been signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
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