Government & Economic Development

City’s Covanta deal discourages rival recycling programs

August 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Details of a pending recycling deal with Covanta are emerging. Under the pact, the city of Indianapolis would face financial penalties if it launches other recycling programs.
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ITT Educational shares reeling after deal falls through

August 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
The real estate deal would have brought as much as $119.1 million for the struggling, Carmel-based education firm.
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State eyes downtown site for $17M archives project

August 4, 2014
Mason King
Officials want developers to submit plans for a site on the American Legion Mall, including an existing historic building and a 36,000-square-foot addition.
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Indiana ethics cases draw watchdog frustration

August 4, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Lawmakers say they are going to look at new transparency rules after public officials skirted the law in three separate ethics cases this year.
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Investor reimbursement fund off to slow start

August 2, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Time required for investigations, prosecutions caused delays.
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Center Township trustee used invalid police license plate

August 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Center Township registered a police plate to a 2011 Dodge Charger driven by Trustee Eugene Akers, then used the plate for three years after the BMV declared it invalid.
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UPDATE: Report clears ex-state official, finds gaps in law

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's inspector general has determined a former state highway official didn't violate any laws in a series of land deals. But Inspector General David Thomas said it went "right up to the line."
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Top deputy to head local U.S. attorney's office

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
The top deputy for the federal prosecutor's office for central and southern Indiana is taking over following the resignation of U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.
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Green BEAN Delivery plans $3.8M expansion

August 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The fast-growing local company, which already employs more than 200, plans to add up to 105 workers by 2024.
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Two promoted in state attorney general's office

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
Former Chief Deputy Attorney General Gary Secrest will take over as assistant attorney general, a new post. Deputy Attorney General Matt Light will succeed Secrest as the chief deputy attorney general.
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Head of Indiana alcohol agency taking Ivy Tech job

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
Ivy Tech announced Thursday that Alex Huskey will become the Marion campus president beginning Aug. 25.
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State highway official leaving before review done

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Department of Transportation chief of staff Troy Woodruff, who is under state investigation, sent an email to agency employees on Wednesday saying that he would step down Thursday.
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Pence pushes Medicaid alternative with HHS chief

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence told U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell that he wants to maintain Indiana's "freedom and flexibility" under any expansion of Medicaid.
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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday.
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Ballard proposes $50M preschool program as part of crime initiative

July 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday proposed a 5-year program to pay for preschool for 4-year-olds from low-income families. He also floated hiring another 280 police officers. The cost to the average household would be $86 per year.
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Pence wants immigrant children returned to home countries

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
Pence said Tuesday he did not learn about the placement of more than 200 immigrant children with Indiana families until reading about it in news reports. Thousands of unaccompanied children have migrated to the U.S. illegally this year.
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Indiana BMV asks court to delay vanity plate sales

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has asked the state Supreme Court for permission to continue its suspension on sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
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State campaign pushes students to finish college on time

July 28, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
The statewide effort is designed to push more Indiana students to graduate from college on time by completing at least 15 credits each semester.
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Hogsett takes position at Indianapolis law firm

July 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
U.S. attorney Joseph Hogsett, a rumored candidate for Indianapolis mayor, plans to join Bose McKinney & Evans on Aug. 1 as a partner in the litigation practice group.
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Mitchell departs state job for treasurer's race

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
Kelly Mitchell announced Friday she was leaving her job as an investment director in the state treasurer's office Aug. 1.
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Leg of I-69 project now due to open by end of 2015

July 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation now plans for Interstate 69 to reach Bloomington by the end of 2015, a year later than originally planned.
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Pence, Bayh, crowd 2016 field with questions

July 27, 2014
Associated Press analysis
In the 2016 political landscape, a pair of the state's political big dogs—Republican Gov. Mike Pence and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh—has potential candidates holding their breath and waiting on them.
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State eases into rollout of software in tax fix

July 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Revenue is five to seven years from replacing the 1990s software that processes the bulk of the state’s tax dollars and that auditors cited in the wake of massive accounting errors.
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Carmel budget hawks want harder line on deals with developers

July 26, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Carmel Redevelopment Commission’s 2014 revenue is estimated to exceed expenses by less than $100,000—a narrow margin for an agency with annual debt payments totaling $17.5 million.
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Carmel residents balk at sewer-overflow tank planned next to church

July 25, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Clay Township Regional Waste District has made a $106,800 offer to King of Glory Church to buy land for the above-ground tank, which would be the size of a one-story McMansion.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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