Government & Economic Development

Charter-school boosters tout findings of new study

March 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charter-school advocates are touting a Stanford University study released Wednesday as support for their case to expand charters throughout the state.
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Smoking concerns cloud city’s hosting of Big Ten tourney

March 9, 2011
Scott Olson
A group of Michigan State University alumni are upset that their school is paired with the Slippery Noodle Inn, a smoking establishment, in a city promotion that matches Big Ten universities with downtown bars and restaurants during the men's basketball tournament.
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Competition seeks ideas for Monument Circle

March 9, 2011
A competition that could influence the future look and use of Monument Circle was unveiled Wednesday morning by a partnership that includes the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.
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GOP leaders consider ways to move on without Dems

March 8, 2011
Associated Press
Frustrated Republicans say they won't be bullied into changing their agenda, and Democrats showed no signs of backing down — with one lawmaker vowing to stay in Urbana, Ill., "until hell freezes over."
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Prosecutors seek another probe involving White

March 8, 2011
Associated Press
Two special prosecutors have asked the Indiana inspector general to investigate whether indicted Secretary of State Charlie White improperly accessed a report detailing evidence of alleged voter fraud against him.
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Indy Partnership makes leadership change official

March 8, 2011
In a move IBJ reported Feb. 15, Scott Fulford, a member of the organization's business development team, has been picked to lead Indiana Partnership, the group announced Tuesday.
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Indiana House Democrats still refusing to work

March 7, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana House Democrat threatened Monday to continue the caucus's ongoing boycott "as long as it takes" to get changes made to Republican-backed proposals, even if their absence shuts down state government.
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City launching mobile app for potholes, other problems

March 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city of Indianapolis plans to launch a free application for Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches that will allow residents to report potholes, high weeds or stray dogs as they spot them.
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Democrats try to explain boycott in Web meetings, calls

March 6, 2011
Associated Press
As pressure mounts for Indiana Democrats to end their Statehouse boycott and get back to work, some members of the exiled caucus are holding town hall meetings to explain to their constituents why they are holed up in an Illinois hotel.
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Broad Ripple Village awaits garage bids

March 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
City leaders in February put out a request seeking ideas for how to design and finance a parking garage in Broad Ripple to ease traffic tensions. Responses are due March 11.
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City's street-paving project to resume as weather warmsRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Contractors last September began milling worn-out asphalt on downtown streets, but most remained unfinished over the winter, leaving raised manhole covers and uneven pavement. Now work is resuming as asphalt plants are fired back up for the season.
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Study reveals military veterans' attitudes about community service

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
There is a connection between military service and civic engagement for some groups of veterans, but the overall relationship is not that robust.
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City hires project manager for international district improvements

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The plan would enhance the area around West 38th Street and Lafayette Road with landscaping, monuments and murals.
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Appellate court upholds state alcohol permit quotas

March 4, 2011
Scott Olson
Judges' decision deals blow to state's package liquor stores, which sought to stop the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission from issuing new permits until the judges could clarify state quota laws.
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Indiana House sets $250 daily fines for boycotters

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
Most House Democrats skipped Thursday's floor sessions, extending their stay at an Urbana, Ill., hotel to a 10th day and preventing action on the bills because too few members are present.
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Indiana House speaker set to fine boycotters

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
Most House Democrats skipped Thursday morning's floor session, extending their stay at an Urbana, Ill., hotel to an 11th day and preventing action on labor and education bills they oppose.
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IEDC unveils statewide entrepreneurship initiative

March 3, 2011
Elevate Ventures could attract an additional $30 million in matching federal and private funding to support entrepreneurs statewide, Indiana Economic Development Corp. officials say.
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Unemployment aid requests fall to near 3-year low

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
Applications for unemployment benefits fell by 20,000, to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday. Applications are now at their lowest level since May 2008.
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Daniels: Legislative impasse may preclude White House run

March 2, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said he would stay focused on state matters even if doing so means he would miss a window of opportunity to launch a possible run for the White House.
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Partnership aims to help Midwest manufacturers

March 2, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration is creating a $4.5 million partnership between the private sector and government to help Midwest manufacturers access high-tech computing to speed up design cycles for future products.
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DeVry wins abatements for nursing school

March 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission awarded the tax abatements for the nursing school, set to open in October, despite opposition from the Nora-Northside Community Council and Metropolitan School District of Washington Township.
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Bosma considers fines for boycotting Democrats

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says fines are among the only options left to try and persuade boycotting Democrats to return to the Statehouse after a week spent in Illinois.
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Key House Republican praises Obama housing plan

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration's plan to gradually dissolve ailing housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and to shrink the government's role in the mortgage market drew praise from House Republicans on Tuesday.
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Indiana private-school voucher bill faces changes

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
To win solid support for the bill from his own caucus, House Speaker Brian Bosma said Republicans are considering limiting the number of students who could receive vouchers and may further restrict qualifying income levels.
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City-County Council OKs new crime grants board

March 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation will administer the city's tax-supported crime grants program, under a proposal approved Monday night 26-0 by the City-County Council.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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