Government & Economic Development

Study finds $124M in visitor spending at fairgrounds

March 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fairgrounds generated $124 million in visitor spending in 2011 and has an annual impact on the local economy similar to a factory employing 500 people, according to a study released Wednesday.
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Indiana says it can't afford to add seat belts to buses

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A state education official said Monday's accident was the first fatality of a school-age child riding or getting on or off an Indiana school bus since 2009.
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County commissioner pushes to invalidate I-69 vote

March 13, 2012
Associated Press
A Monroe County commissioner is pushing to invalidate a Bloomington planning panel's vote that added a contentious section of the Indianapolis-to-Evansville Interstate 69 extension to the group's local highway plan.
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State unemployment rate dips to 8.7 percent

March 13, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in January as the state added 13,000 private-sector jobs, the largest monthly increase in more than a year.
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Minor Indiana school reforms find last-minute success

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers signed off on minor school changes at the close of the 2012 session while reining in broader efforts sought by state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett.
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Daniels: Indiana added more jobs than thought in 2011

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Daniels said Monday that the state is set to release new data showing that 43,000 jobs were added in the private sector last year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics originally stated Indiana added 27,000 jobs.
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Indianapolis bond bank chief Kintner is clutch hitterRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Sam Stall
Deron Kintner has stepped up to fund a string of high-profile real estate projects at a time when private-sector financing is scarce.
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SULLIVAN: New consumer agency could hinder economyRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Charlene Sullivan / Special to IBJ
Protection must be balanced with allowing credit to flow
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SBA lenders optimistic about year's loan outputRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Volume nevertheless is expected to fall short of last year's record numbers
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Southport faces steep budget cuts after years of procedural errorsRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
New Southport Mayor Jesse Testruth and Clerk-Treasurer Diana Bossingham are sorting out years of financial woes that plagued the previous administration, including two unsatisfactory state audits that were forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office for review.
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Indiana legislators approve smoking restrictions

March 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has narrowly approved a statewide smoking ban proposal, sending it to the governor for his expected signature into law. The ban exempts Indiana's bars, casinos and private clubs such as veterans and fraternal organizations.
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Indiana House approves statewide smoking-ban bill

March 8, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted Thursday night to approve a statewide smoking ban bill, setting up a vote Friday in the state Senate on whether the restrictions will be on their way to becoming law.
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Retail chain plans 135 distribution jobs in Greencastle

March 7, 2012
Charming Shoppes Inc., a retail chain specializing in women's plus-size apparel, plans to upgrade its distribution operations in Greencastle and add up to 135 jobs by 2014, the company said Wednesday.
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Still no decisions on Indiana smoking, police-entry bills

March 7, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators finished work Wednesday without an agreement yet on just how comprehensive a statewide smoking ban they might adopt and without the support of a major police group for a proposal laying out when residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers.
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Anderson eyes improvements to I-69 corridors

March 7, 2012
Associated Press
Improvements to two major corridors from Interstate 69 to downtown Anderson, reconfigurations of complicated interchanges, and changing one-way streets to two-way streets are among Mayor Kevin Smith's goals.
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Indiana tax revenues concern Senate budget leader

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate's budget leader says a two-month shortfall in state tax revenues won't threaten plans for directing more money toward full-day kindergarten programs and victims of the state fair stage collapse.
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Rolls-Royce plans $42M local investment, more jobs

March 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Rolls-Royce Corp. plans to invest $42 million to set up a new manufacturing plant in Indianapolis and create 100 jobs by 2014, the company announced Tuesday morning.
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Fixes to historic preservation tax credits may have to wait

March 6, 2012
Cory Schouten
Fixes to the state's historic preservation tax credit program pushed by Indiana Landmarks may have to wait another year after the Indiana Senate put the brakes on a bill that garnered unanimous support from the Indiana House.
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Talks continue on Indiana tax, spending plans

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are working toward final agreement on several tax and spending issues in the last days of this year's legislative session.
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Maker of truck bodies plans to add up to 350 jobs in Goshen

March 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Supreme Industries said it will invest nearly $8 million to refurbish and equip facilities on its 100 acre-campus in Elkhart County.
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Tornado damage could spell the end of tiny towns

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
Nearly every home in Marysville was destroyed or so badly damaged it will probably have to be torn down — a realization that raised an emotional question for people still gathering belongings from the debris: Is it worth rebuilding a place that has so little?
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Indiana tax collections below target for 2nd month

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
Figures released Monday by the State Budget Agency show tax revenues for February came in less than expected by nearly $29 million, or about 4 percent. That follows a shortfall of about 3.5 percent for January.
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Talks start on Indiana smoking-ban compromise

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators began negotiations Monday toward a compromise on proposed statewide smoking restrictions, with a leading supporter of a comprehensive ban saying the bill shouldn't prevent cities and counties from adopting tougher ordinances.
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Ohio River bridge plan calls for tolls on 3 spans

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
The governors of Indiana and Kentucky on Monday agreed to use tolls to pay for two new Ohio River bridges and a revamped Interstate 65 bridge over the river, all in the Louisville metropolitan area.
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Indiana retailers face penalties over 'bath salts'

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House has given final legislative approval to a proposal toughening state laws that prohibit businesses from selling synthetic stimulants nicknamed "bath salts" or other drugs that mimic marijuana.
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