Government & Economic Development

UPDATE: Presidential debate interest renewed at Purdue

April 28, 2014
Associated Press
The appointment of Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to the Commission on Presidential Debates raises the question of whether the university would bid to host one of the debates for the 2016 race.
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City predicts rising property values around justice center

April 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The argument that the complex could help revitalize the neighborhoods near the former GM stamping plant southwest of downtown could be crucial for securing the support of residents.
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MORTON: Indy's road to Oz will end soon for sports team owners

April 26, 2014
David B. Morton
The seemingly endless yellow brick road to Oz, or what residents of central Indiana have come to accept as privately owned professional sports franchises seeking financial sustenance to build and upgrade, is nearing a tipping point of practical expenditures.
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Herb Simon: $160M Pacer deal helps heirsRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Herb Simon, 79, says the $160 million deal the city struck with the Indiana Pacers this month for operating costs and stadium improvements is an outgrowth of negotiations that began way back in 2007.
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City picks former GM site for new criminal justice complex

April 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The city of Indianapolis announced Friday that it is asking development teams to use part of the former GM Stamping Plant property west of downtown in its proposals for a new criminal justice center.
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Council advances smoke-detector requirement

April 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis homeowners and landlords would have to buy smoke detectors with non-removable, non-replaceable batteries under a proposal that’s advancing through the City-County Council with bipartisan support.
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City cites apartments for hundreds of violations

April 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Five local apartment complexes and one owner of multiple rental properties were accused of unreasonably consuming city, public, and law enforcement resources.
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Turner skips hearing, documents claim no misdeeds

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner missed an ethics review Wednesday but claimed in filings submitted to the panel that he did nothing wrong when he fought legislation that could have cost him millions of dollars.
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Council sues city over public safety lease deal

April 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The City-County Council wants to force officials to produce documents relating to the controversial lease of the public safety operations center on the east side. It was vacated in September due to safety and health code violations.
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City controller floats idea to change retirement plans

April 23, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
If the plan is carried out, new city employees wouldn't be eligible for pensions through the Indiana Public Retirement System. Instead, they would have a defined-contribution plan similar to the 401(k) plans offered by private-sector employers.
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Ethics panel set to review Turner lobbying situation

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana House Ethics Committee on Wednesday will review the actions of a senior lawmaker who worked in private to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars.
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FEMA approves aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by storm

April 22, 2014
Associated Press
FEMA officials had initially rejected Indiana's request for federal aid for local governments and some not-for-profit groups in 49 counties following the Jan. 5-9 snowstorm.<
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City's animal care and control chief resigns after suspensions

April 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
An interim administrator plans to get to the bottom of an apparent morale problem and fill at least 10 openings within the department.
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Removing false homestead exemptions to yield bonanza

April 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County stands to receive tens of millions of dollars from property owners who’ve been claiming false homestead deductions when this spring’s tax bills are collected.
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Zionsville, Perry Township move toward consolidation

April 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zionsville could remain a town and gain an elected mayor if residents approve a government reorganization plan that’s speeding toward a November vote.
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Pork packer planning to produce 98 positions at Indiana plant

April 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Packers Corp., which makes Indiana Kitchen bacon, said it will spend $2.3 million on a 56,500-square-foot facility on 5.9 acres about 45 miles from Indianapolis.
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Pence: Agency switch not mandate on volunteering

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence said an executive order placing an independent state agency that promotes volunteerism under the authority of the agency that administers unemployment benefits isn't a precursor to requiring volunteerism.
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Turner case tests bounds of 'citizen legislature'

April 20, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Lacking black-and-white guidelines on Eric Turner's actions, the members of the House Ethics Committee will have to examine shades of gray in deciding which conflicts of interest are acceptable and which ones go too far.
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BECKER: Indianapolis transit hub will redeem eyesoreRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Lynn Becker / Special to IBJ
Buses get no respect. Romance clings to the rails and to the grand stations that serve them. When you take a train, you may well find yourself in a replica of a Greek temple or the Baths of Caracalla.
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Transit advocates step up push to sway policymakersRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A grass-roots effort to salvage daily train service from Indianapolis to Chicago is solidifying into year-round advocacy for passenger rail in Indiana.
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City’s $160M deal adds to Pacers' financial winning streakRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The Pacers' revenue stream this season has increased about $42 million from where it was during the 2008-2009 season, and the team’s finances could get even brighter as the NBA negotiates a new national television package.
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IPL wants rate hike to fund car-sharing charging stations

April 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard’s hope of making Indianapolis the first U.S. city with an all-electric car- sharing service hinges on a rate hike to cover $16 million in costs to Indianapolis Power and Light.
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Gov. Mike Pence tours GermanyRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence seemed to be looking for ideas about education as much as economic development deals on his recent trip to Germany.
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Brokers fear criminal justice complex could harm downtown

April 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials and real estate professionals debated on Thursday the pain from moving jails, courts and other criminal justice functions to a proposed complex outside of downtown.
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German companies pledge to create Indiana jobs

April 18, 2014
Jeff Newman
Coinciding with Gov. Mike Pence’s economic development trip to Germany this week, three German companies agreed to hire more than 100 workers in Indiana.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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