Government & Economic Development

Indiana life sciences leaders look toward the futureRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Eli Lilly and Co. vice president Richard Dimarchi, BioCrossroads President David Johnson, angel investor Oscar Moralez and Purdue University Senior Vice President Alan Rebar discuss issues ranging from the depth of the life sciences industry in Indiana to venture capital and Purdue's Discovery Park.
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Senior housing project replacing retail center

July 29, 2011
Cory Schouten
A run-down former retail plaza along Lafayette Road south of 30th Street will be torn down to make way for a senior housing development.
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Police, health department busted by state environmental cops

July 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says an inspection of the State of Indiana Forensic and Health Sciences Lab found open jugs of hazardous materials during an inspection.
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Democrats appeal Indiana elections chief decision

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Democrats on Thursday appealed a decision allowing embattled Republican Secretary of State Charlie White to stay in office while he fights voter fraud charges.
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Experts tell state panel marijuana prohibition has failed

July 28, 2011
Associated Press
A state panel heard from a parade of experts Thursday as it began studying whether to legalize marijuana in Indiana or reduce criminal penalties on small amounts of the drug.
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State commerce chief backs right-to-work law

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's chief economic development officer told state lawmakers Tuesday that Indiana has lost deals to attract businesses because it lacks a right-to-work law.
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Nearly 100 Indiana post offices to undergo review

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
The financially-troubled U.S. Postal agency announced Tuesday that it will study more than 3,600 offices, branches and stations throughout the nation for possible closing.
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Housing agency buying its building for $2.1M

July 25, 2011
Scott Olson
The City-County Council's Metropolitan Development Commission is set to hear a proposal Monday evening to allow IHA to purchase its headquarters building at 1919 N. Meridian St.
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Indianapolis eyes TIF surplus to shore up city coffersRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city is considering ways to channel money captured for economic development in some of its 22 tax-increment-financing districts to units such as libraries and city-county government.
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City poised to rebrand, revamp Georgia Street

July 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Community and business leaders are considering whether to change the name of a three-block portion of Georgia Street as part of a $12 million streetscape overhaul.
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Tech district could boost Indianapolis' convention businessRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association plans to attract more life sciences conferences.
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Mayoral foe: Utilities sale money should fund 'human capital'

July 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Democratic mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy unveiled a proposal Friday to set aside $150 million in proceeds from the sale of the city's water and sewer utilities to fund early education, crime prevention and job training.
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Indiana's unemployment rate ticks up to 8.3 percent

July 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
After remaining stagnant in April and May, the state's jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in June.
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Birth control coverage required in U.S. health plan

July 19, 2011
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. would be required to cover birth control pills and devices at no cost to patients under the recommendation of a top U.S. scientific advisory board. .
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Lugar going on TV early in 2012 Senate race

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar is attacking President Barack Obama and showing himself with former President Ronald Reagan in his first campaign ad in what will likely be a tough re-election contest.
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Indiana AG won't appeal immigration ruling

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he won't appeal a federal judge's decision to temporarily block part of a new state immigration law but will continue to fight against a ruling that would make the ban permanent.
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Former federal prosecutor plans run against Burton

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Susan Brooks announced Tuesday she will challenge Dan Burton in the May 2012 Republican primary to represent Indiana's 5th District.
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City ready to take down 1,100 abandoned homes

July 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
With the sale of its water and sewer utilities cleared by regulators, the city of Indianapolis is preparing to deploy $15 million to $25 million in funds from the deal into tearing down abandoned houses.
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Notorious I-69 interchange slated for big upgradeRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Getting onto and off of Interstate 69 at the 116th Street exit has long been a nail-biting experience, but traffic planners are about to propose reconstruction to unplug the bottleneck.
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Attorneys to get big cut of $300K OmniSource settlement

July 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
An OmniSource executive says the company wouldn't have made the settlement with the Marion County prosecutor if it knew more than a third of the cash wouldn't be going to Indianapolis police for training programs.
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Local IT consultancy plans to add 200 jobs

July 14, 2011
Knowledge Services, an Indianapolis-based information technology firm, plans to lease additional office space on the city’s north-east side to make way for 200 more workers by 2015.
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Cities weigh new law allowing bigger tax breaks

July 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Communities across the state are trying to decide how they will use a new law that provides them more flexibility to employ economic development incentives but could increase pressure to give companies more tax breaks.
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City seeking long-term operator of Eagle Creek course

July 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Bids are due by July 29 for an eight-year contract to manage the golf club. The city intends to sue the former operator in an attempt to recover more than $200,000 after he defaulted on a $3.5 million loan.
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City seeks to close south-side hotel on nuisance charges

July 12, 2011
The owners of the Traveler's Inn on Bluff Road face public nuisance charges and are accused of operating without a proper business license, according to a lawsuit filed by the city on Monday.
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Legislative safeguards can't keep state from court

July 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana conservatives appeared to win major national victories with a trio of laws passed this year, but rebukes from a pair of federal judges and a lawsuit raised questions about how proposed laws are vetted for legal issues before they get to a vote.
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