Government & Economic Development

U.S. unemployment rate dips despite weak jobs report

September 7, 2012
Associated Press
The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, the Labor Department said Friday. But that was only because more people gave up looking for work. Hourly pay fell, manufacturers cut the most jobs in two years and the number of people in the work force dropped to its lowest level in 31 years.
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Foreign companies drop bids to run Indiana lottery

September 6, 2012
Associated Press
Two foreign companies have dropped out of the bidding to become the first private manager of Indiana's lottery, with one charging the state's process encourages bidders to set expected revenue levels too high.
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Architecture firm plans to expand, add 27 employees

September 6, 2012
Guidon Inc. said it will add the jobs by 2016 as part of a $545,000 expansion that includes upgrades to its facility at 2453 N. Delaware St. in Indianapolis.
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Indiana legislators want to defend immigration law

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Three state senators say Indiana's attorney general effectively nullified their votes when he opted not to defend sections of a state immigration law he said were rendered invalid when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar sections of an Arizona law.
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Not-for-profits urge lawmakers not to kill plates

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers from not-for-profit groups urged Indiana lawmakers Wednesday not to kill the sales of specialty license plates that raise some of their funding.
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Indiana's tax revenue down slightly in August

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Figures released Wednesday by the State Budget Agency show August's tax revenue came in at about $948 million, or 1.7 percent below projections.
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Daniels says he didn't seek Purdue office upgrades

September 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he never asked Purdue University to spruce up the president's office before he takes over the university's helm in January.
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Steak n Shake paying $3.8M for Ober Building

September 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
An affiliate of the Steak n Shake restaurant chain has agreed to pay $3.8 million to acquire downtown's Ober Building from the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County. The restaurant chain likely will move its headquarters to the 1910 building.
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Senatorial candidates angling for advantage in tight raceRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Central Indiana residents will have a front-row seat on the close race for U.S. Senate, as Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock drill into each other’s partisan strongholds to pick up crucial votes.
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Fishers reorganization plan to appear on November ballot

August 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Following a legal battle decided by the Indiana Supreme Court, the Hamilton County Election Board has agreed to give residents of Fishers and Fall Creek Township the opportunity in November to vote on merging the two into a single city.
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Romney pitches change for veterans in Indiana speech

August 29, 2012
Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told veterans Wednesday in Indianapolis that he's already started planning how to change veterans' services to help them find jobs during a Romney administration.
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Romney to address veterans in Indianapolis

August 29, 2012
Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will focus on veterans' issues with a Wednesday afternoon speech to the American Legion in Indianapolis as speakers at the GOP convention in Florida address defense and foreign affairs.
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Pence seeks cheap energy, new nuclear reactors

August 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence is calling for more innovation on energy sources, improved transmission infrastructure and a renewed focus on nuclear energy.
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TIF district expansion proposal gets committee OK

August 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A proposal that would expand a downtown tax-increment financing district to the northeast and northwest was approved Monday by the City-County Council's Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee.
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City builds modern database to manage aging infrastructureRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will spend $2 million this year to create its first comprehensive, modern inventory of its streets and sidewalks.
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Some see troubles with Indiana's second-chance law

August 24, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are discovering there are challenges in implementing a new state law designed to give people a chance to have old low-level criminal conviction records sealed by a judge.
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Mayor signs off on domestic-partner ordinance

August 23, 2012
The ordinance covering city employees offers insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. The mayor also signed the "Complete Streets" proposal.
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Packaging manufacturer plans to expand, add 32 jobs

August 23, 2012
Cicero, Ill.-based Royal Box Group LLC said it plans to add 32 employees by 2017 and spend $3.8 million to build and equip a new plant in Greenfield.
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Spokane hires Indy's former public safety director as police chief

August 22, 2012
Associated Press
Frank Straub will be the new police chief in Spokane, the mayor of the Washington city announced Wednesday. Straub was director of public safety for the city of Indianapolis until Aug. 10.
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Web services firm plans downtown office, 300 jobs

August 22, 2012
San Francisco-based cloud-computing service provider Appirio Inc. said it will spend $2 million to open an office in downtown Indianapolis' Pan Am building, where it will employ 300 by 2015.
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Indiana governor hopefuls talk education, infrastructure

August 21, 2012
Associated Press
Despite their political differences, the three men running for Indiana governor outlined similar outlooks for running the state during a forum Tuesday, from proposing improved job training to imposing tax cuts. But which taxes should be cut and when highlighted their differences.
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Pence asks Daniels to deny state-run exchange

August 21, 2012
Associated Press
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence is asking Gov. Mitch Daniels to reject a state-run health insurance exchange called for by the federal health care law.
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Bell Techlogix plans local expansion, 204 jobs

August 20, 2012
The provider of information technology services said it will lease, equip and renovate part of a 100,000-square-foot facility on the city's northwest side as part of the $1.4 million expansion. Bell has about 450 employees in the metropolitan area.
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GOP govs: Not enough Medicaid 'flexibility'

August 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Obama administration is giving states like Indiana a little flexibility in how to expand their Medicaid programs—but nothing like what state officials hoped for after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the law in late June.
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Veteran educator running against Bennett for state postRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Glenda Ritz' opposition to pass-fail tests is fueling her campaign to unseat Tony Bennett as Indiana's education czar.
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