Government & Economic Development

Local IT consulting firm plans to add 200 workers

December 1, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' largest computer consulting firm is seeking property-tax abatement relating to its plans to create 200 high-paying jobs and invest $600,000 in new equipment.
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Lilly Endowment grant extends jobs program

December 1, 2009
A $2.3 million grant awarded by Lilly Endowment Inc. on Monday will enable the Indianapolis Private Industry Council to continue a jobs program through 2011.
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Smoking ban bill sent back to committee

November 30, 2009
Brock Benefiel
The fate of a proposal that would impose a stricter workplace smoking ban in Indianapolis remains up in the air after the City-County Council voted Monday night to send the bill back to committee for further review.
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Sponsor: 'No way' smoking ban would pass in current form

November 30, 2009
Brock Benefiel
A proposal to strengthen Indianapolis’ workplace smoking ban is set to come before the City-County Council on Monday night, but one of the bill’s sponsors wants to send it back to committee for more work before a final vote.
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Advisory panel urges EPA to back plan to pay for green projects via property taxRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By issuing “voluntary environmental improvement bonds,”, local and state governments could create special taxing districts that finance homeowner purchases of everything from solar panels to rain gardens.
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Downtown life sciences corridor flagged for development

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A new task force is charged with making recommendations for development of the city’s downtown certified technology park.
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HICKS: New breast cancer recommendation not supportedRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mike Hicks
Under the current proposal, the same type of groups that made the CDC's recommendations will outline guidelines about which treatment will be offered under a government program.
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Indianapolis Sustainability Awards will honor green projects

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Deadline for nominations is Dec. 15 for projects in the categories of air, energy, land, water and “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
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EPA: IPL electric plant upgrades were deficientRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light faces potential fines and capital expenditures after allegedly updating three generating plants over 23 years without adding the most modern pollution controls.
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Alcohol distributor fights decision allowing big competitor into Indiana

November 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
National Wine & Spirits Inc. suffered a staggering reversal of fortune when the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission ruled Nov. 5 that Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. could distribute here.
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Brizzi dropped plan to serve on board of Durham company

November 25, 2009
Greg Andrews
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he agreed this fall to serve on the board of Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co., but changed his mind several weeks later after Durham told him a newspaper was working on an investigative story about the company.
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Neighborhood revitalization group calling it quits

November 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
BOS Community Development Corp., created in 1982 to revitalize the Indiana Avenue and Midtown area, says its mission is accomplished.
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Ballard set to shake up CIB with staff moves

November 24, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
CIB Treasurer Ann Lathrop will become board president, replacing Bob Grand at the helm of the organization that oversees the city's professional sports stadiums and the Indiana Convention Center.
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Heavyweights may vie to manage venues for troubled CIBRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
An aide to Mayor Greg Ballard says he hopes a private operator can find “operating and maintenance savings in the millions."
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Indianapolis looks to Cleveland, Philadelphia for City Market examples

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The troubled Indianapolis City Market is looking East for a new direction. This summer, its executive director, Jim Reilly, visited Philadelphia and Cleveland to observe their successful urban markets and seek pointers that might be applied here.
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Leader of Fishers chamber stepping down

November 20, 2009
Christi Wolf has served 13 years as president and CEO of the Fishers Chamber of Commerce.
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State lands $4 million grant to aid autoworkers

November 18, 2009
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Indiana Department of Workforce Development a $4 million grant on Wednesday to help autoworkers transition into alternate careers.
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Lawrence Township exploring fire department merger

November 17, 2009
A Lawrence Township trustee is proposing to merge the township’s fire department with the Indianapolis Fire Department, in an attempt to further reduce its operating deficit.
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Property tax-cap issue could dominate next Indiana Legislature

November 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Lawmakers meet Tuesday for Organizational Day and will begin debating measures Jan. 5 when the Legislature officially convenes for a short session.
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Biz interests expect tax issues to vex Legislature

November 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Increases in property and payroll taxes are among the key issues again confronting the business community when the General Assembly convenes in January.
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City Market gets OK to evict anchor Constantino's

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The cash-strapped, half-vacant City Market is playing legal hardball with five current or former tenants that are behind on rent, a move that’s led to the imminent eviction of Constantino’s Market Place.
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Rokita builds rep as tough enforcer of securities lawsRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Secretary of State Todd Rokita has relied on fines and fees to greatly increase his office's firepower without a tax hike.
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Teachers' pension fund poised to buy downtown building from DukeRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana State Teachers’ Retirement Fund is negotiating to buy a 12-story office building across from the Statehouse in what could be the year’s largest downtown office transaction.
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Indy route not part of high-speed rail funding applicationRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The decision to sidetrack a 110-mph Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati train hasn’t received any attention locally. High-speed rail could someday become an economic development engine here, but it has not gained as much attention here as improved highways or a commuter rail line from downtown to Noblesville.
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Aarden Pharmaceuticals chose Indianapolis over San Diego for headquarters

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Thanks partly to a state grant and support from Indiana’s BioCrossroads life sciences initiative, principals “decided locating here would give Aarden a better chance of success.
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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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