Government & Economic Development

Democrats, Mourdock attack Lugar on gas prices

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar's opponents are hitting the embattled incumbent on policies they say would be driving gas prices higher than they already are.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday morning at his Statehouse office.
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Smoking ban proposal advances to City-County Council

April 4, 2012
The new proposal, which passed through committee Tuesday night, is nearly identical to the last measure except that it no longer bans smoking at existing private clubs. That addition prompted Mayor Greg Ballard to veto the previous version.
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IBM: Indiana canceled deal because of budget woes

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
The real reason Indiana canceled its nearly $1.4 billion contract with IBM for a troubled welfare automation system was state budget problems, a lawyer for the computer giant argued Tuesday. But the state said IBM was more concerned about profit than getting assistance to needy people.
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Former Evansville mayor joins Faegre Baker Daniels

April 3, 2012
Jonathan D. Weinzapfel will use his political experience as a member of the firm's government practice. He served two terms as mayor before leaving office in January.
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Ex-Democratic official charged in ballot petition forgery

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
A former Democratic Party county chairman in northern Indiana has been charged with leading a scheme to forge signatures on petitions to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the state's 2008 presidential primary ballot.
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Whirlpool agrees to pay state $800,000 for job losses

April 3, 2012
Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. has agreed to pay Indiana $800,000 after failing to maintain employment levels called for in an economic development incentives agreement.
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Right-to-work boosting job-marketing efforts in IndianaRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Scott Olson
Local economic development groups are wasting no time touting Indiana's new right-to-work law, a spot check shows.
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Tax caps zap schools in Zionsville; Lebanon district awash in cashRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
J.K. Wall
Changes made five years ago in state property-tax laws have strangled the school district in wealthy Zionsville, while schools in neighboring blue-collar Lebanon are in solid financial shape.
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Brainard seeks deal on maxed-out TIFRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard might relinquish his political trump card in an effort to refinance some of the $240 million in debt that’s weighing on the city’s tax-increment finance districts.
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City narrows field of contenders vying to develop Mass Ave parcel

March 31, 2012
Cory Schouten
A midrise mix of apartments and first-floor retail is the most likely replacement for a 1.45-acre Mass Ave parcel occupied by the Indianapolis Fire Department.
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Developer, contractors brawling over FBI construction projectRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Cory Schouten
The developer and contractors who built the FBI’s new $39 million Indianapolis field office, just north of Castleton Square Mall, are squabbling in court a year after wrapping up work on the project.
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Deal allows Lugar to move Indiana voter registration

March 30, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar will switch his voter registration to his family farm in resolving a dispute with local election officials who ruled that he couldn't vote using the address of an Indianapolis home he sold in 1977.
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Carmel consulting firm plans to expand, add 96 jobs

March 29, 2012
enVista LLC, which provides enterprise and supply chain consulting services, plans to add nearly 100 workers by 2016 as part of a $1.2 million expansion at its Carmel headquarters on North Meridian Street.
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Westfield seat-belt maker plans to add 65 workers

March 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Westfield-based safety company IMMI said it plans to hire more than 65 full-time workers and 50 temporary employees to keep up with demand for lap and shoulder belts for school buses.
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Bloomington-based employment agency plans to add 307 jobs

March 28, 2012
Employment Plus Inc. said it plans to add the positions by 2015 at it establishes a new headquarters and staffs new branches in the state.
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Firm to reimburse vehicle owners for illegal towing

March 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Interstate/Delaware and South Towing will pay about $80,000 to owners of more than 300 vehicles unlawfully towed from the Indiana Avenue parking lot under an agreement reached with the city prosecutor.
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Amazon plans another Indiana warehouse, 1,000 jobs

March 27, 2012
The online retailer said it will open a new warehouse in Jeffersonville and create up to 1,050 jobs by 2015 as part of a $150 million investment. The distribution facility would be the company's fifth in Indiana.
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Judge rejects some of Indiana's claims against IBM

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
The core issue in a dispute over a project to modernize Indiana's welfare system — whether IBM breached the billion-dollar contract — wasn't addressed when a judge dismissed 17 of the state's claims against the computer giant, an attorney for the state said Monday.
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Judge tosses claim that IBM misled to land state contract

March 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Marion County Superior Court Judge David J. Dreyer on Sunday dismissed the state's claim that IBM knowingly or intentionally provided false information to the Family and Social Services Agency in order to obtain a contract with the agency.
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Libertarians pick Boneham to run for governor

March 24, 2012
Associated Press
Former television reality show star Rupert Boneham has been selected as the Libertarian Party's candidate for Indiana governor.
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Chamber merger stirs fears in regional economic development groupsRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Develop Indy, the economic development arm of Indianapolis, is working on a merger with the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce that has suburban economic development professionals concerned central Indiana will lose an independent voice in marketing the region to new business.
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Education reform on legislators' hot seatRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Key parts of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s education reforms will be put under a miscroscope this summer by a special commission of state legislators.
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Manufacturer expanding northeast-Indiana operations

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
Busche Enterprise Division Inc. said it will spend about $17 million to buy, expand and equip a factory near its headquarters in the Noble County town of Albion, adding up to 120 workers by 2015.
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Court: Indiana can't deny welfare without reason

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court said Thursday that the state Family and Social Services Administration can't deny Medicaid, food stamps or welfare to people without first doing a better job of telling them why.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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