Government & Economic Development

Governor signs bill regarding residents resisting police

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a bill laying out when Indiana residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers.
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Fishers hires former Duke exec to lead economic development

March 20, 2012
As the town's first community development director, Tom Dickey will oversee economic development, planning and zoning.
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Delaware County regroups after green factories fizzle

March 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A central Indiana county is pulling back its financial support for a pair of green-energy companies who so far haven't delivered on plans for factories with hundreds of workers.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

March 19, 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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Daniels signs public access, nepotism bills

March 19, 2012
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is toughening penalties for public access violations and cracking down on nepotism in local government.
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East-side contract manufacturer plans to add 144 jobs

March 17, 2012
Scott Olson
Mansfield-King LLC is asking the city for property tax abatements as part of its efforts to create the jobs by 2016 through a $3 million expansion. The company currently has 45 employees.
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BURTON: Accountability care organizations need good data

March 17, 2012
Michelle Burton / Special to IBJ
Concept is likely ahead of technical ability to make it work.
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Colleges ramp up Statehouse media coverageRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Student-reporting programs at Franklin College, Butler University aid cash-strapped newspapers statewide.
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Ozdemir emerges as powerhouse in Indianapolis real estateRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Cory Schouten
Keystone Group, Turkish immigrant Ersal Ozdemir's 10-year-old development firm, is orchestrating some of central Indiana’s most ambitious projects, including a $15M Broad Ripple parking garage and the $60M million mixed-use Sophia Square in Carmel.
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Hospitals push preemptive care with special programsRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Hospitals around Indianapolis and the nation are expanding programs to help people before they become patients. They are trying to teach cooking as well as treat cancer, to do social work as well as do surgery.
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COLVIN: Get ready for a perfect storm in Worker's Compensation

March 17, 2012
Ryan Colvin / Special to IBJ
Rates are set to rise as insurers increasingly note the link between older workers' health and productivity.
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Legislative assistants keep wheels of state government turningRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
State lawmakers finished their work in Indianapolis this month, but the end of the 2012 General Assembly signaled the beginning of crunch time for a full-time staff charged with sorting out what happened during the contentious short session.
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Deal rekindles $45M downtown projectRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Cory Schouten
Former partners in Kosene & Kosene Development have settled a legal dispute that jeopardized redevelopment of the vacant former Bank One Operations Center downtown. Milhaus Development has until May 1 to begin construction.
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Next Purdue chief must cut costs but boost researchRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
The successor to France Cordova, who is stepping down this summer when her contract expires, will have to tip-toe between two almost contradictory demands: Cut costs for students yet spend more to ramp up Purdue’s research enterprise.
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Mass transit backers regroup for next yearRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Despite years of intensive public and politician outreach, a transit bill died in the House Ways and Means Committee in late January by an 11-10 vote. Supporters plan education push, one-on-one meetings.
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How key bills fared during 2012 Indiana legislative sessionRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Right-to-work, smoking ban were only two of a long list of actions taken.
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Drive to boost highway funding is run off roadRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Indiana would have received nearly $300 million in additional funding if the proposal by Sen. Dan Coats had been successful.
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Daniels says he has no interest in vice presidential nomination

March 16, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who declined to seek the U.S. presidency this year, said he isn’t interested in being selected as the Republican vice presidential nominee.
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Daniels names longtime state senator as secretary of state

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana state Sen. Connie Lawson will replace ousted Secretary of State Charlie White as Indiana's top elections official.
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Supporters say fines will give teeth to Indiana access law

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill approved by lawmakers allows judges to order civil fines of up to $500 against open-records law violators. Gov. Mitch Daniels has until Tuesday to decide whether to sign the bill into law.
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Supreme Court allows Fishers to pursue reorganization

March 16, 2012
Scott Olson
Under the reorganization proposal, Fishers would become a city but council members would appoint a mayor. The proposal will be presented to voters in a Nov. 6 referendum.
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Company says right-to-work not reason for expansion

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
MBC Group President Eric Holloway said Thursday that he always planned to expand his Brookville operations and that a state press release issued two weeks ago mistakenly quoted him as saying right-to-work legislation factored into his decision.
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Elections board: Lugar must register elsewhere in county

March 15, 2012
Associated Press
An elections board ruled Thursday that U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar can't vote at the Indianapolis home he sold in 1977 but can register elsewhere in the county, a partial victory for tea party activists who allege the Republican incumbent has committed voter fraud for decades
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Mayor names two new department directors

March 15, 2012
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Thursday appointed new directors for the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation.
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Carmel councilors want final say on city's debt

March 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel City Councilor Eric Seidensticker on Thursday morning proposed an ordinance that would require the council to sign off on any additional debt. The ordinance is backed by at least five of the seven councilors.
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