Government & Economic Development

Daniels outlines agenda for General Assembly

January 3, 2012
 The Statehouse File
In a wide-ranging interview, Gov. Mitch Daniels discusses his goals for the General Assembly, which convenes Wednesday. Among them: Implement a statewide smoking ban, make Indiana a right-to-work state, and end what he calls "credit creep" for college students.
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Sales of Colts license plates wanesRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The number of people ordering the specialty tags declined after the team started losing.
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UPDATE: Daniels places Litebox rollout on his 'Oops List'

December 30, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is placing his early endorsement of a company that plans to make giant mobile LED screens on a list of mistakes he keeps in his office.
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Indiana Statehouse capacity limit angers Dems

December 30, 2011
Associated Press
A plan by Indiana officials to limit the number of people who can be inside the Statehouse at any given time has angered Indiana Democrats and union officials.
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State's job-creation agency claims record year

December 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Friday that it secured job commitments from a record 219 companies in 2011, an increase from 200 companies in 2010.
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Daniels to focus on job creation Super Bowl weekend

December 29, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and state job-creation officials will tackle Super Bowl weekend by entertaining corporate executives with the potential to bring more jobs to the state – but the governor has purchased his own ticket for the game.
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Daniels, Beshear reach agreement on bridges

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Construction on two new bridges costing $2.6 billion and spanning the Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana could begin in late 2012, with the spans open before the end of the decade, Kentucky and Indiana officials said Thursday.
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Daniels: Lawmakers will decide on more state fair money

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels will push for more money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, but lawmakers will have to decide how much.
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Indiana: Two percent fail job-training drug tests

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials say a drug-testing program that started in July for people seeking job training has led to about 2 percent of applicants failing.
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Northern Indiana RV maker to add up to 250 jobs

December 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The company plans to invest $3.9 million to buy land and construct a 93,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its existing 45-acre campus in the town of Topeka.
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Anderson mayor resigns, takes back police job

December 27, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana city's mayor has resigned with less than a week left to go in his term. Anderson Mayor Kris Ockomon submitted his resignation at a safety board meeting Monday.
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Amid leadership issues, Indiana Dems fight over future

December 26, 2011
Associated Press
Before he changed his mind, Dan Parker's decision to step down as party chairman was seen by many as an opportunity to find fresh blood to lead Democrats through fights to win back the governor's office and a U.S. Senate seat next year.
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Lugar: Tea Party could cost Senate GOP majority

December 26, 2011
Bloomberg News
Tea Party supporters that helped the Republicans win a U.S. House majority last year also prevented the party from taking control of the Senate and could do it again in 2012, Senator Richard Lugar said.
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Turkey processor to hire up to 600 for new Vincennes plant

December 22, 2011
Huntingburg-based Farbest Foods Inc. said it will invest $69 million to build a 220,000-square-foot facility.
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City-County councilor, two others indicted in scheme to defraud

December 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A City-County Council member and two associates persuaded an Indiana physician to invest $1.7 million in their foundation and an ethanol-production business they said would fund it, but instead spent the money on personal luxuries, according to a federal indictment filed late Tuesday.
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State SBDC network gets new director

December 20, 2011
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday morning that Jacob Schpok officially has been named director of the agency. He was appointed interim director earlier in the month.
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City goes after tow-company license

December 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis is moving to revoke the license of a prominent local towing company that officials say has violated local ordinances and elicited more than two dozen consumer complaints.
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Indiana jobless rate stays at 9 percent

December 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The state’s unemployment rate held steady in November at a seasonally adjusted 9 percent, slightly higher than the overall U.S. rate that dropped to 8.6 percent, the state’s Department of Workforce Development said Tuesday morning.
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Democrats rankled by 'flawed' leadership vote

December 20, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Democrats admit they face a significant challenge trying to unite the party in time for important 2012 elections after a messy leadership squabble over the weekend left key officials divided.
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Rolls-Royce employees begin move to downtown campus

December 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Rolls-Royce Corp. began moving employees to its new downtown office building on Monday—a shift an IUPUI analyst projected could generate $510 million in annual economic activity.
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Neighborhood eyesore headed for demolition

December 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city is soliciting bids from companies to tear down four buildings on the 16-acre Avanti Development Corp. property, which is tucked in a residential area a few miles west of downtown Indianapolis.
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Indy Partnership leader leaving organization

December 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Executive Director Scott Fulford said he is retiring and handing over leadership to Troy Whittington, who currently is director of business development. He officially becomes interim director on Jan. 1.
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Warnings about broker's tactics went unheeded

December 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
Several state employees openly questioned how John Bales' real estate brokerage did business long before the FBI launched an investigation that led to his indictment.
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Indiana may be ground zero for right-to-work fightRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana’s anticipated battle next month over a right-to-work law is expected to rival last year’s epic Wisconsin union fight that drew 180,000 protestors to Madison rallies and became the focus of national media attention.
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Transit plan may boost real estate investmentRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A proposed $1.3 billion transit system might bring redevelopment to urban neighborhoods. Yet transit proponents have surprisingly little to say about how much the system could generate in new real estate investment.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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