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Homeownership losing cachet due to housing bust, job losses

November 21, 2009
Cory Schouten
Multifamily housing may not benefit anytime soon from falling rates of homeownership.
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Fledgling technology park is development bright spotRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Kim Puckett
WestGate@Crane Technology Park is adding office buildings for defense contractors next to the secretive Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane.
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Top local money managers hedge against stagflationRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Faced with the potential for another bout with stagflation, investment managers are scrambling to decide how to face a future when markets may again be thrown into turmoil by the two-headed monster of frisky price increases and crummy economic conditions.
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Fewer firms reimbursing workers for tuitionRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Scott Olson
As corporations continue to dig out from the worst recession in decades, tuition-reimbursement programs are a common casualty. A survey estimates that 63 percent of companies will offer undergraduate educational assistance this year compared to 67 percent in 2005.
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Denison light-replacement project shows expanding base of green vendors in regionRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis parking garage operator Denison shuns sexy LED lighting for Fishers supplier’s induction lights.
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Hotel TV program touts Indianapolis, helps businesses reach travelersRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Indianapolis Visitors Channel, which airs on closed-circuit networks in more than 6,400 area hotel rooms, highlights some of the city’s most popular attractions and promotes local businesses—both through traditional advertising and sponsored features.
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Airport retailers want relief from street pricing policy

November 21, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Airport concessionaires stung by a 10-percent drop in passenger traffic have asked the Indianapolis Airport Authority to ease a policy that was implemented more than 10 years ago to keep prices in line with what consumers pay outside the airport.
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NCAA, NBA launch iHoops to promote sport of basketball to future players, fansRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
One of the legacies left behind by the late NCAA President Myles Brand is a 10-person startup company tucked in a high-rise office building in downtown Indianapolis that is just starting to make its mark on the basketball world.
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Heavyweights may vie to manage venues for troubled CIBRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
An aide to Mayor Greg Ballard says he hopes a private operator can find “operating and maintenance savings in the millions."
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Some observers fear return of rising prices, stagnant growthRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In the 1970s, stagflation—the unprecedented combination of stagnant economic growth and inflation—threatened to ruin financial institutions. Now some fear it might make a return.
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State's jobless rate ticks up

November 20, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana's unemployment rate inched up to 9.8 percent in October, reversing small declines recorded in the previous three months, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Friday morning.
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Reinsurance deal helps Conseco raise cash

November 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based Conseco's second deal with Minnesota-based Wilton Reassurance Co. will bring in $45 million.
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Leader of Fishers chamber stepping down

November 20, 2009
Christi Wolf has served 13 years as president and CEO of the Fishers Chamber of Commerce.
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Boot, apparel sales boost Shoe Carnival profit

November 20, 2009
Shoe Carnival Inc.'s quarterly same-store sales, which measure revenue from locations open at least a year, climbed 10.2 percent.
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Local SBA lending dropped 17 percent in 2009

November 20, 2009
Mason King
Local loans issued through the Small Business Administration's popular 7(a) guarantee program plunged by an astonishing 64 percent for three of the city's four largest banks during 2009, while overall lending in the program slipped 17 percent in the metro area.
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Emmis loses license to operate Hungarian station

November 19, 2009
Hungarian officials took off the air Wednesday a national radio station operated by Emmis Communications Inc. and awarded the license to one of the country’s political parties.
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Speedway breaks ground on redevelopment project

November 19, 2009
Scott Olson

Speedway officials broke ground Thursday morning on the first phase of a $500 million redevelopment project they hope will transform the small town into a year-round racing-themed destination.

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Computer woes slow air traffic across the nation

November 19, 2009
Associated Press
The Federal Aviation Administration said the problem was fixed about 10 a.m. Thursday, but it was unclear how long flights would continue to be delayed. Dozens of flights to Indianapolis International Airport have been affected.
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Conseco plans new stock offering

November 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Conseco Inc. plans to sell about $230 million in stock and use half of the net proceeds to repay debt under its senior credit agreement.
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Egg industry debates ethics of cage sizes

November 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The answers could have big implications for the egg industry, which counts Indiana as one of its leading producers. The Hoosier state ranked third in egg production in 2008, trailing only Iowa and Ohio.
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Financial flexibility drew Civic Theatre to Carmel center

November 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Civic Theatre could take as long as 20 years to pay the $10 million fee it agreed to as part of a deal to relocate to the state-of-the-art Regional Performing Arts Center in Carmel.
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Premier Properties founder gets home detention for fraud

November 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
A judge on Wednesday afternoon sentenced Christopher P. White to one year on home detention and three years of probation in connection with a $500,000 bad check he wrote last year as he tried to save his real estate development firm, Premier Properties USA Inc.
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State lands $4 million grant to aid autoworkers

November 18, 2009
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Indiana Department of Workforce Development a $4 million grant on Wednesday to help autoworkers transition into alternate careers.
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Inlow estate decision reversed by high court

November 18, 2009
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered some good news to the widow of former Conseco Inc. Chief Counsel Lawrence Inlow, reversing a lower court’s order that she pay his estate $284,034 for funeral expenses.
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Conner Prairie reports rising attendance, revenue

November 18, 2009
Scott Olson
Conner Prairie is ending 2009 in relatively better health than last year, as attendance and revenues are up at the same time donations are lagging, executives of the living history museum said Wednesday.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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