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JA inducting four into Business Hall of Fame

January 13, 2011
Ceremony at Indiana Roof Ballroom on Feb. 17 will honor Michael G. Browning, David R. Frick, Stephen Russell and the late Eli Lilly.
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Not much optimism in commercial real estate outlook

January 13, 2011
Cory Schouten
Another challenging year is in store for commercial real estate thanks to high unemployment, a still-struggling housing market and an unforgiving credit environment, Cassidy Turley plans to report Thursday at its annual State of Real Estate event.
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Analyst predicts modest year for REIT returns

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
Goldman Sachs & Co. analyst Jonathan Habermann expects a return of 5 percent to 10 percent this year after last year's 29-percent total return for REIT stocks.
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Indiana chief justice endorses sentencing changes

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
A report suggests allowing judges to sentence people convicted of lesser felonies to community corrections, which would help free up prison space for the state's worst offenders and potentially saving more than $1 billion that would otherwise go toward building new prisons.
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Casinos to escape smoking ban proposal

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
An estimate from a nonpartisan agency showed a statewide smoking ban that includes casinos could cost Indiana more than $180 million in lost gambling tax revenue.
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Neighboring states gleeful over Illinois tax increase

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
Neighboring states are plotting to take advantage of what they consider a major economic blunder and lure business away from Illinois.
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Panel says Lilly’s Solpura isn’t ready for approval

January 12, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. failed to win an FDA advisory panel’s recommendation to introduce the first pancreatic enzyme that isn’t derived from pig parts.
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Roche back in court as partner looks to sell to competitor

January 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics requested a temporary restraining order against Medical Automation Systems Inc. Tuesday after receiving word the company is speeding up plans to sell itself to Roche rival Alere Inc.
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Area home-sales slump continues in December

January 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Home-sale agreements last month dropped 15.4 percent compared to December 2009, capping a year in which sales overall dropped 10.9 percent from the previous year.
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Stadium construction issues nearly resolved

January 12, 2011
Scott Olson
More than two years after it opened, some construction problems persist at Lucas Oil Stadium, particularly with outside lighting and with some of the plumbing. The work was performed by contractors that are now defunct.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Wheeler CEO focuses, plans more beds

January 12, 2011
Mason King
LQ_RickAlvis_Watch_VideoRick Alvis looks back on 20 years at Wheeler Mission and ahead to a capital campaign and expansion of a downtown shelter.
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Hurco reports fourth quarter, annual losses

January 12, 2011
Indianapolis-based machine tool maker lost $1.1 million in the fourth quarter and $5.7 million in fiscal 2010.
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Deal could give Lilly full diabetes deck

January 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.'s diabetes partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH represents a new kind of disease-focused strategy that some consultants think is key to pharma companies’ futures.
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Q&A: Derek Bang

January 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Derek Bang, practice leader of health care advisory services at the Crowe Horwath accounting firm in Indianapolis, spent a week in March studying health care in the United Kingdom, especially its universal health care program. He was surprised by the “daily barrage of criticism” he heard about the National Health Service, but also found that the United Kingdom and United States face very similar issues when it comes to constraining growth in health care costs.
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Local tech consultant to expand, add 60 jobs

January 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis technology firm MMY Consulting Inc. will spent $700,000 to expand its local operations, economic development officials said early Wednesday, nearly doubling its staff over the next four years.
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Education dominates Daniels' State of State address

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels urged Indiana lawmakers Tuesday night to be aggressive in making sweeping changes to the state's education system.
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Emmert has full plate at his first NCAA convention

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Mark Emmert would like to get tougher on rule-breakers and plans to expand the push for academic reforms started by the late Myles Brand.
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Brightpoint will handle supply chain for Allied

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Brightpoint said it will take over direct sales of Allied Wireless, as well as billing, shipping of equipment and other functions.
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UPDATE: Analysts praise Lilly diabetes deal with Boehringer

January 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
The deal Eli Lilly and Co. announced Tuesday morning with Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH sounded a lot like a baseball trade—with five drugs and payments to be named later—but analysts and investors generally liked what they heard.
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Emmis reports $1.6 million quarterly loss

January 11, 2011
The Indianapolis-based media company suffered a loss in the fiscal third quarter despite a 3-percent rise in revenue.
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ICVA executives sharing leadership duties

January 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Three hospitality industry executives are holding down the fort as the ICVA board searches for a new leader to replace outgoing CEO Don Welsh. Directors are on no timetable to name a replacement.
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Bill would lift ban on booze at Indiana State Fair

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Robert Cherry of Greenfield says alcohol sales could provide needed revenue to the State Fair and allow the event to showcase Indiana wine and beer.
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Interactive Intelligence expecting strong earnings

January 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based business-communications software firm said it is expecting higher profit and revenue for both the fourth quarter and fiscal 2010. Lucrative product orders in the fourth quarter should help boost earnings.
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Trail Side funding finally closes

January 11, 2011
Tom Harton
Financing for construction of a $10 million, mixed-use building at 875 Massachusetts Ave. closed Dec. 22, allowing developers to proceed with the project after a funding snag nearly killed it.
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Citimark rejoins development game

January 11, 2011
Tom Harton
The company last month broke ground on an 8,000-square-foot medical building near 86th Street and Allisonville Road. The project is the first of three buildings it plans to develop as part of Gardens at Castle Creek.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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