Tourism & Hospitality

Conservationist awarded for his dogged pursuit to save endangered speciesRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mickey Maurer
Through the efforts of The Indianapolis Zoo, the animal conservation world lasers in on Indianapolis every two years — presenting our community an opportunity to recognize and learn from a hero in science and conservation.
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MacAllister awarded for service to community

November 17, 2008
Sam Stall
P.E. MacAllister has helped turn Indianapolis into a culturally vibrant city.
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Speedway on track to develop tourism year-roundRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
As the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approaches, the town of Speedway, at long last, is making an aggressive play to turn the world-famous oval into an economic engine that runs year-round.
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Hospitality industry needs state supportRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
At this difficult time in the country's economic life, state leaders should invest in tourism promotion and development.
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FFA is grateful to sponsors, funders for successful conventionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
The National FFA Organization and the city of Indianapolis can celebrate the record-breaking success of the 81st National FFA Convention, thanks to the generosity and assistance of committees, funders and citizens.
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Bloomington wins recognition for being gay-friendlyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
A national newsmagazine for the gay and lesbian community has named Bloomington as its top U.S. small-town vacation destination.
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ICVA embarking on new direction with new CEO WelshRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Don Welsh is quickly making a name for himself as a change agent. Though few knew what to think when Welsh announced he was leaving Seattle to become Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association CEO, he's shown he didn't come here to simply wind down his career.
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Holiday promotional campaign helps Indianapolis venues boost their attendanceRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Scott Olson
The 12 Free Days of Indy Christmas promotion runs through Dec. 24 and gives patrons of several city destinations the opportunity to enjoy them without the cost.
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IU study looks into future of Orange County tourismRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Scott Olson
Professors at Indiana University's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies are conducting an analysis of new tourism attractions in Indiana's Orange County.
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Downtown development great for citizens, visitorsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
The development of shopping, restaurants, museums, public arts and hotels downtown in the past 25 years has made Indianapolis a vibrant, more interesting place to live—and to visit.
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Pacers reforms, new Lucas Oil Stadium, NCAA 2010 tournament boost Indy's sports reputationRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Bill Benner
The Pacers opening victory, new game innovations at Conseco Fieldhouse and retaining Danny Granger are bright spots in the city's vast sports scene.
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City prepares to compete for mega-conventions, risks losing small eventsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Over the years, the city has made a name for itself by hosting a handful of large conventions and a bevy of small and midsize gatherings.  But as companies and other organizations tighten their belts, the number of conventions held nationwide is expected to shrink in the months ahead.

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Super Bowl group hires Sports Corp. official as CEORestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

The woman chosen as president and CEO of the city's Super Bowl host committee isn't exactly a household name, but those who hired her think she'll make Indianapolis the best host city ever. Allison Melangton, 46, is the first paid member of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, and is expected to throw planning and organization into overdrive over the next 30 days.


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Greenwood company hits it out of the park: Big League Tours tripled its revenue this yearRestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
While most Major League Baseball fans are focused on this year's playoffs, local entrepreneur Glenn Dunlap is already thinking about next year. Dunlap formed Greenwood-based Big League Tours in 2006, offering group trips to big-league baseball games and other related attractions. One such trip took swings through games at Fenway Park in Boston, Yankee Stadium in New York, and the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Other trips hit fabled ballparks in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and San Francisco....
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Tough economy touching all industries, but some are hurting more than othersRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten

Stock markets are falling, jobs are disappearing, and the outlook for the economy seems grim. Banks, real estate developers, retailers and manufacturers are taking the worst hits, but all types of businesses in central Indiana are hurting. From health care to technology, education to philanthropy, every industry is trying to take the setbacks in stride.


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Plan would make Monument Circle grand public spaceRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Cory Schouten

A group of local business and civic leaders is working on a plan to transform the city's most visible symbol into a public-gathering space without equal in the United States. Monument Circle already hosts dozens of activities each year--including major concerts like last year's NFL Kickoff--and it will host several events connected to the 2012 Super Bowl. But many stakeholders believe the Circle has yet to live up to its true potential.

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First-ever driving festival could put French Lick on the map of exotic vehiclesRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Chris O\'malley

Organizers of the inaugural World Class Driving Festival at the West Baden Springs Hotel Sept. 3-7 hope to put Indiana on the map when it comes to exotic cars and potentially lucrative business opportunities surrounding the accompanying lifestyle.


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NCAA mum on date to reopen fire-damaged Hall of ChampionsRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Sam Stall

Almost a full year after a fire in a single exhibit closed the NCAA Hall of Champions, the wait for the college sports museum's reopening is becoming as prolonged and agonizing as sitting through a college football game during a freezing November rain. The NCAA is apparently in no hurry to relieve the suspense.

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EYE ON THE PIE: How I spent my summer vacationRestricted Content

August 4, 2008
Morton Marcus
Helen Heavybreath is one of the most intrusive persons in my life. She always wants to know, "Where have you been? What have you been doing? Whom did you see?" At least the woman's grammar is good. Before she accosts me again, I will report my vacation activities. What do you think an economist would do this summer, given current circumstances? Quite naturally, high gasoline prices induced me to take a 3,000-mile driving vacation from Indiana into Colorado, New Mexico...
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Center at IU helps nation's rec areas become inclusive: Venues of all types, sizes learn methods to make attractions more accessible to visitors with disabilitiesRestricted Content

August 4, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Since its inception, the center's staff has worked with venues ranging from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to local parks in the Indianapolis area. Besides facilities, it also comes to the aid of individuals. Recently, the center helped a bride who wanted to get married on the beach at sunset. A family member uses an electric wheelchair, so the center offered advice to her Florida hotel on how to construct a portable wheelchair path to the ceremony that...
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State Fair brings in bounty of corporate sponsorshipsRestricted Content

August 4, 2008
Andrea Muirragui Davis

An economic dry spell may have corporate America praying for rain, but tough times have led to a bountiful year at the Indiana State Fair. Two weeks before the fair's Aug. 6 start date, corporate sponsorships were running 22 percent ahead of 2007, surpassing $1.5 million for the first time.

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Hotels feeling travel slump: City occupany rates fall, but downtown operators performing well this year thanks to convention bizRestricted Content

August 4, 2008
Scott Olson
Staggeringly high gasoline prices and a sputtering economy are preventing scores of would-be travelers from packing up their thirsty sport-utility vehicles and heading to their favorite vacation destinations. Nationwide, hotel occupancy rates slipped to 68 percent through June of this year, down from 71 percent the same time last year, according to the most recent data from Tennessee-based Smith Travel Research. For the most part, local hotel operators are feeling the same pain. Through the first six months of the...
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Tourism chief excited to sell world on Indianapolis: Former Seattle exec will have work cut out for himRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Few in Indianapolis' hospitality community knew what to think when Donald Welsh announced he was leaving Seattle to lead convention and tourism efforts here. But Seattle insiders say their loss is Indianapolis' gain. "He's behind a lot of the energy in the [Seattle] organization and getting people engaged," said Anthony Anton, president of the Washington Restaurant Association. That energy will be needed at the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, which is working to fill an expanded Indiana Convention Center and...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Sky-high gas prices are revving up the political rhetoricRestricted Content

June 2, 2008
Mike Hicks
From all the noise surrounding gasoline prices, you'd think nobody actually benefited from the high prices. But, of course, some folks do benefit. Let's figure out who they might be. Obviously, consumers don't benefit. The average car owner in the United States pays about $80 more per month with gas at $4 per gallon than he did back when it was $2.25. Not good news, of course, but hardly the end of the world. Folks who provide goods and services...
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Central Canal might get floating stageRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
A floating stage for concerts and a submarine memorial are in the works for Indianapolis' Central Canal, adding to the downtown waterway's growing base of attractions. Efforts to develop a one-acre site at the heart of the canal, meanwhile, remain stalled.
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  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....

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