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CIB finances faring better than expected

December 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board, through the first nine months of the year, was running $12.3 million ahead of budget, by posting $6.5 million more revenue than planned while cutting $5.8 million in expenses.
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Longtime local Cadillac dealer loses fight to sell car

December 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Tutwiler Cadillac, which has sold Cadillacs in the Indianapolis area for almost five decades, has lost its franchise despite a long battle with General Motors.
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Steak n Shake's annual profit sizzles

December 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based restaurant chain grew pretax profit in fiscal 2010 to $37.7 million, a 331-percent increase compared with the previous fiscal year.
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Area home sales continue downward spiral

December 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county central Indiana region dropped 17.5 percent in November compared to the same month a year ago, the seventh straight month that year-over-year home sales have slumped.
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Brightpoint making $80M acquisition

December 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Brightpoint Inc. said Monday it has agreed to acquire Touchstone Wireless Repair and Logistics LP in an $80 million deal expected to close by the end of the year.
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British mall owner rejects Simon financing plan

December 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc, Britain’s biggest shopping-mall owner, rejected a financing plan that would have given potential suitor Simon Property Group Inc. a larger stake in the company.
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Insurer Baldwin & Lyons names new CEO

December 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Baldwin & Lyons Inc. has named Joseph J. DeVito its new CEO, replacing Gary W. Miller, who has led the insurer for 13 years.
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Bayh says he will not run for governor in 2012

December 12, 2010
Associated Press
Many Indiana Democrats had hoped a Bayh candidacy for governor could begin reversing a string of setbacks for their party.
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IU's health care budget could be $25 million short

December 11, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana University's board of trustees has learned that the school's health care budget is $24.9 million short of projected expenses in 2011-12.
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NFL owners start planning for possible lockout

December 11, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts—and the team’s National Football League brethren—this month laid out plans for how teams would refund money to season-ticket buyers in the event owners lock out players and games are canceled next season.
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Former Allison executive alleges bribery

December 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Stephen Lowe, a former Allison Transmission managing director based in Shanghai, claims the company booted him from a top post in China because he raised concerns about bribery.
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Controversial airport scanners identify more crooks than terrorists

December 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The federal government’s latest, more-intrusive airport screening measures appear more useful in finding drugs and wads of cash than tools of terror, a review of Indianapolis Airport Police records suggests.
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Summit Realty plans to grow into new headquarters

December 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
Summit Realty Group is building out a new headquarters in a historic downtown building as its principals embark on an aggressive growth plan for the privately held company.
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Distribution deal to stoke sales at pain-pump maker SymbiosRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis company expects the pact will boost revenue from $1 million now to more than $10 million in 2013.
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Language Training Center finds lucrative niche in sportsRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Women's golf tour, other sports properties turn to local firm for language, cultural skills
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One Click buys, rejuvenates retail websites using online marketing savvyRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Greenwood company buys sites on the cheap and turns them into profit centers.
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Online 'daily deals' coupons transform local advertisingRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
A big-dollar offer from Google for Groupon—the undisputed king of a U.S. daily deal industry already worth $2.5 billion a year—has emboldened an armada of coupon competitors looking to grab a piece of the fast-growing market.
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TJX closing A.J. Wright brand, cutting 4,400 jobs

December 10, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis has four A.J. Wright stores that are slated for conversions rather than closures.
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CB Richard Ellis names new managing director

December 10, 2010
The local office of the commercial real estate brokerage has named firm veteran John Merrill as its new managing director. He replaces David Reed, who left in late August.
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Printer suing Indianapolis Woman publisher for $271K

December 10, 2010
Scott Olson
Mignone Communications claims Weiss Communications, which publishes Indianapolis Woman, owes it $271,196 for printing costs dating to November 2007.
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Feds charge Marsh with unfair labor practices

December 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint after investigating charges that Marsh Supermarkets threatened and intimidated employees to discourage them from forming a union. The grocery chain also allegedly fired an employee for supporting the union.
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FinishMaster to be acquired in $172M deal

December 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based FinishMaster Inc. announced late Thursday it will be acquired by a unit of Uni-Select Inc. of Canada for $172 million.
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Duke, others withdraw cost deal on Indiana project

December 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Duke, the Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor and other groups will renegotiate the terms of a plan to boost rates to raise $530 million for Duke’s Edwardsport plant, the Charlotte, N.C.-based company
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Two states lose federal high-speed rail money

December 9, 2010
Associated Press
The Obama administration is taking $1.2 billion in high-speed rail money away from Ohio and Wisconsin and awarding it to 12 other states, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday.
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Daniels names Massa to lead state alcohol board

December 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Gov. Mitch Daniels on Thursday appointed Mark Massa, who served as Daniels’ general counsel before leaving the post earlier this year to run for prosecutor, to run the state’s Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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