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Toyota adding 100 workers at Indiana factory

June 22, 2010
Associated Press
The hiring follows Toyota's announcement this month that it would move some of its Highlander SUV production from Japan to the Princeton plant.
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Comcast's pledge to NBC stations keeps Olympics, NFL off cable

June 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Television station owners affiliated with NBC agreed to support Comcast Corp.’s purchase of NBC Universal after the company pledged it won’t shift events such as the Olympics and U.S. football to cable, an executive said.
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Lilly layoffs pare communications department

June 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
The giant drugmaker is in the process of trimming 35 percent—or about 19 people—from its 55-person communications staff. Most of that staff is based in Indianapolis.
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Durham poised to turn over proceeds of mansion sale

June 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
Beleaguered financier Tim Durham acknowledges owing millions to Fair Finance and is turning over artwork and selling assets to reduce the loan, according to an attorney overseeing the company's bankruptcy.
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City Market lands another fresh-food vendor

June 21, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Pretzel-maker A Taste of Philly expands from its current location at 42nd Street and College Avenue to take 200 square feet of space inside the historic downtown market, slated for a major overhaul.
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Westfield residents to hear plans for $1B development

June 21, 2010
Scott Olson
The Estridge Cos., a Carmel-based home builder, will present details of the massive project—mixing condos, apartments and retail with a $15 million stadium—at a public hearing Monday evening.
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Walton charity pledges $1.2M for Indy charters

June 21, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An Arkansas-based charity, formed by Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton, will run a competition to award grants to five community organizations that want to start charter schools.
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Durham's Geist mansion listed for $5.5 million

June 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Beleaguered local businessman Tim Durham's Geist home is listed for sale with a $5.5 million asking price.
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Mount Comfort Airport revs up growth plansRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
For the six general aviation airports that ring Indianapolis, landing business jets is like finding silver dollars in a bucket of pennies. Though relatively few compared with the number of piston-engine planes, jets consume three times as much fuel at the area's small airports.
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INDIANA 100: Taking measure of state's largest companies

June 19, 2010
Few companies eked out revenue gains last year, and profits were hard to come by. See which companies overcame the odds to climb ahead, and which ones took a shellacking in our annual Indiana 100 section.
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Circle Centre vies to keep anchor stores

June 19, 2010
Cory Schouten
Deals for both Nordstrom and Carson Pirie Scott are up for renewal in the coming months.
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City takes risk with debt-laden IT-overhaul pickRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
To spearhead a once-in-a-generation overhaul of local government's antiquated back-office computer system, Mayor Greg Ballard has chosen an unprofitable software firm that as recently as March 31 warned investors that debt-refinancing issues could force it out of business.
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Recession hammered revenue of Indiana's largest public companies

June 19, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Few escaped the Great Recession unscathed, and unusual circumstances helped some appear as though they did.
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Slow economy bruises profits of Indiana's largest public companiesRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Marc D. Allan
One-time events influenced bottom lines of some of the few companies that made more money in 2009.
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Indiana's biggest private companies majored in the basics in 2009Restricted Content

June 19, 2010
Martha P. Allan
Health care, plastics, other fundamental consumer needs kept some companies on upswings.
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Some Indiana entrepreneurs hit the gas pedal in tough timesRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Marc D. Allan, Martha P. Allan
What recession? Some firms are enjoying explosive growth.
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Promising ethanol yeast nears market launchRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A firm that may have developed a breakthrough yeast for ethanol production has landed new investment and high-octane board members. Two-year-old Xylogenics Inc. also says it plans to license its first bioengineered yeast later this year.
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Website aims to help grads with life after collegeRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Partners Cate McLaughlin and Kyle Falk started the website askcateandkyle.com last July to help recent graduates deal with the trials and tribulations of life after college. Their potential audience is huge.
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JA working its way out of real estate troublesRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
If the debt refinancing is completed, Junior Achievement would be nothing more than a tenant at the Gene B. Glick Junior Achievement Education Center.
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Braly's political skirmishes hurting insurer, critics say

June 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
When WellPoint Inc. named Angela Braly its CEO three years ago, it touted her experience dealing with politicians and government regulators. But WellPoint is now the poster child for health insurer bad behavior—credited in Washington with reviving a dead health reform bill the company opposed.
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IPL mulling hydroelectric power on Ohio RiverRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Expecting to be burned by greenhouse gas legislation that will make electricity generated from coal costly, Indianapolis Power & Light is studying whether to buy power from two hydroelectric projects proposed for the Ohio River, near Evansville.
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IU grads carve Greek-based niche in newsRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
What started with a casual meeting between two Indiana University students in a business class in 2008 has grown into an operation with projected revenue of $2 million this year. Despite long odds and little capital, Evan Burns and Adrian France launched a weekly print newspaper at IU last September.
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Katz Sapper caught up in Simon estate battle

June 18, 2010
Greg Andrews, Cory Schouten
The longtime accounting firm for Simon family interests objected to subpoenas it received from Melvin Simon's daughter Deborah, saying the information requested was far too broad.
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Colts ponder effects of possible NFL season expansion

June 18, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts officials have not taken an official position on expanding the NFL regular season from 16 to 18 games, but they don't think it would boost revenue significantly.
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Process begins to change name of Mount Comfort Airport

June 18, 2010
Suggested moniker of Indianapolis Regional Airport needs approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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