Government & Economic Development

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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Excess TIF revenue would help close city budget gapRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Mayor proposes shifting $10 million out of downtown district to help make up for $65 million general-fund shortfall.
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Carmel moves toward $183 million refinancing

August 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The refinancing would free up about $8.8 million for future development projects and keep the Carmel Redevelopment Commission out of the red. But a skirmish is brewing over a CRC proposal for the city to help cover operating expenses.
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Anderson seeking new Nestle production line

August 17, 2012
Associated Press
Leaders of a central Indiana city are trying to persuade Nestle to pick it for a new production line at an existing plant that could add about 100 jobs.
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Indiana candidates scrap about farm bill failure

August 16, 2012
Associated Press
Congress' failure to pass a farm bill became a top talking point for Indiana candidates this week as Hoosier farmers continue to suffer through the worst drought in decades.
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Lieutenant governor candidates debate farm issues

August 15, 2012
Associated Press
The three candidates for Indiana lieutenant governor are talking about supporting Indiana's rural communities with strategies ranging from building better roads to improving health care.
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Council approves 'Complete Streets' proposal

August 15, 2012
An ordinance that would require new and rebuilt streets in Indianapolis to be designed and constructed with multiple users in mind has been passed by the City-County Council.
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CIB plans $5M repair to Capitol Commons plaza

August 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
The project is part of a $63.9 million operating budget board members approved for 2013, which is lower than the current year's budget because it doesn't include Super Bowl costs or special payments to the Indiana Pacers.
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Latest CIB budget contains no new payments to Pacers

August 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Payments on a three-year, $30 million subsidy ended this year, but discussions continue between CIB officials and Pacers officials on future leases involving Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Hoosier politicians offer tax cuts for all stripes

August 12, 2012
Associated Press
Hoosiers have a pick of candidates looking to succeed Gov. Mitch Daniels who are ready to slash their taxes for them.
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Ethics rulings say Daniels can lobby for Purdue

August 11, 2012
Associated Press
Two state ethics rulings have concluded that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels can lobby the state Legislature for university funding and other matters once he becomes Purdue University's president next year.
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EDITORIAL: Time to break TIF logjam in IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's aides says delayed action on funding proposals could jeopardize pending economic development proposals.
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Indiana agencies drawing right-to-work rulesRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
The new law is only the latest to hit unions with broadsides.
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Few regulations for Indianapolis food trucks to keepRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Owners, restaurateurs are hoping to avoid new ordinances.
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Indiana pension system is country's most conservativeRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
The Indiana Public Retirement System has cut its assumed rate of return from 7 percent to 6.75 percent, becoming the first large pension system in the country to go below 7 percent.
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Flood-control project could mean more trees get ax along Central CanalRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan for a $14.4 million floodwall and levee from Butler University to Kessler Boulevard is both good and bad news for woodland advocates.
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Tourism agency names ISO exec as interim director

August 10, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has named Mark Newman as interim executive director, replacing Amy Vaughan, who had led the tourism agency since 2005.
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Ballard plans to introduce merit raises for more employees

August 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard said Thursday that he plans to introduce a new system of merit raises that could put extra pressure on department chiefs to cut their budgets.
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Parking-garage connectors receive city approval

August 9, 2012
The Metropolitan Development Commission's plat committee has given local developer Flaherty & Collins Properties the go-ahead to include two upper-level pedestrian connectors in its plan to build a five-story parking garage downtown. The garage is part of a larger, $85 million development.
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Extra money for Carmel arts groups on hold

August 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel Mayor James Brainard's request for an additional $1.36 million in arts funding is lingering in a city council committee.
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Five in the running to manage City-County Building

August 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s office is reviewing proposals from five commercial property managers that want a crack at running the City-County Building for the next 30 years.
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RV parts suppliers plan to add 260 jobs in Indiana

August 8, 2012
Lippert Components Manufacturing Inc. and Kinro Manufacturing Inc., divisions of White Plains, N.Y.-based Drew Industries Inc., said they will bring the jobs to Elkhart and Goshen by 2015 as part of a $3.7 million expansion.
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Pence wants more farm promotion, technology

August 7, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence's Republican running mate, lieutenant governor nominee Sue Ellspermann, said Tuesday the state should do more to promote Indiana farm exports. She's also calling for a joint venture in developing new agriculture technology.
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