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Utility locator U.S. Infrastructure Corp. buys Nebraska companyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Company that recently moved from Carmel to Indianapolis extends its market to 29 states.
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Palladium sells well, ups ante for its competitorsRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
About 40 percent of the tickets sold during the Palladium’s first half-season went to subscribers, prompting managers to expand the series offerings for the full season that begins later this month.
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Ingersoll-Rand to halt production of SecureKeyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Elimination of product is part of settlement with rival manufacturer.
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Medical implant maker plans move from northern Indiana

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
Rochester Medical Implants plans to move operations from Rochester to Noblesville in October. The company has 28 employees.
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Libman resigns from Carmel arts center

July 29, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Steven Libman, CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, resigned late Friday afternoon—less than three months after his contract was extended through 2016.
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A few restaurants close as other eateries, retailers plan growthRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Among the casualties is the downtown restaurant Hue and Carmel's The Glass Chimney. El Rodeo, Eggshell Bistro and Hotcakes Emporium are among those opening locations in the area.
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Tech consultant Allegient plans expansion, 42 jobs

July 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based IT consultant Allegient LLC plans to grow its central Indiana operations, adding as many as 42 jobs over the next five years.
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ITT Educational continues enrollment, profit slide

July 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
In the second quarter, the Carmel-based operator of for-profit colleges saw enrollment drop 19.9 percent and profit sink 17.7 percent. But the company posted strong earnings per share by continuing to buy back shares.
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Developer tries 'pocket' neighborhood in CarmelRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
A veteran local homebuilder is tearing up the suburban residential playbook with a new project in Carmel that offers tightly spaced bungalows clustered around grassy courtyards.
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Notorious I-69 interchange slated for big upgradeRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Getting onto and off of Interstate 69 at the 116th Street exit has long been a nail-biting experience, but traffic planners are about to propose reconstruction to unplug the bottleneck.
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Riverview scoops up doctors from American Health NetworkRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Nine family-practice doctors are set to leave their large physician group and join Noblesville's Riverview Hospital, more than tripling their revenue-generating potential.
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Forum Credit Union trying to rebound from recent losses

July 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Fishers-based Forum Credit Union was on the upswing from a sizable loss in 2008 when a slew of challenges hit late last year. Now Forum is rebuilding its earnings—and looking for a new leader to steer the company.
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Transportation museum eyes excursion trains to downtown IndyRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
As efforts drag on to study and fund a commuter rail system using the former Nickel Plate rail line, the group now using the 37-mile corridor to run excursion trains in Hamilton County and to the Indiana State Fair is looking at running its trains farther south—to downtown.
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Carmel home is not-your-average caddy shackRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Katie Maurer
Mike and Sally Kerr can see directly to the past as they walk around their Southern plantation-style residence built completely around the walls of Woodland Country Club's original club house.
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$100M 'Bridges' project in Carmel wins approval

June 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
A proposal for a roughly $100 million mix of retail, office and apartments along Springmill Road south of 116th Street was OK'd Monday night by the Carmel City Council after numerous concessions.
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Well-located Carmel retail center plagued by vacancies

June 18, 2011
Cory Schouten
Merchants' Square shopping center, built in 1970 as the enclosed Keystone Square Mall and redeveloped into an open-air center and renamed in the mid-1990s, is riddled with vacancies and bracing for another high-profile departure, despite its prime location.
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IHOP adding several restaurantsRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The chain is trying to regain a foothold in central Indiana with two locations under construction and at least three more in the works.
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Net Literacy teaches Internet skills to those in needRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Sean Morrison
Teen's brainstorm results in internationally recognized not-for-profit that promotes computer literacy and safety, including programs for financial literacy and computer repurposing for donation to Indianapolis areas in need of the technology.
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Positron plans $55 million cyclotron project, 80 jobs

June 10, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Medical imaging equipment maker Positron Corp. has agreed to move its operations to Noblesville, where it plans to invest $55 million to open a high-tech facility that will make isotopes used in cardiac PET scans.
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LendingTree.com office with 64 employees closing in Carmel

June 6, 2011
Tree.com Inc., the Charlotte, N.C., parent of LendingTree.com, said its Carmel office will shut down by Aug. 16, costing 64 employees their jobs.
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Merrillville-based bank targets Carmel

May 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Centier Bank, a financial firm with 45 branches in northwest Indiana, has opened a business banking office in Carmel and is considering future expansion in the Indianapolis-area market.
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IU Health buying docs in hospital ventures

May 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health is now quietly unwinding the physician ownership of its hospitals in Carmel and Avon—which sparked loud controversy when they opened in 2004 and 2005.
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Verizon amphitheater alters strategy amid industry shift

May 14, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Live Nation Entertainment has scaled back summer concert schedules at large amphitheaters across the country, and that includes one of its top performers, Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville.
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Performing arts center extends CEO's contract

May 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel has extended CEO Steven Libman's contract through 2016, the board of directors announced Wednesday.
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President transforms workplace culture at Farmers Bank

May 7, 2011
Ann Finch
Few bank presidents gather their employees once a week and pass out plastic clapping hands to keep the beat to music pulsing full volume through the lobby. Fewer still climb atop a customer-service counter to open the early-morning pep rally with a full grin. Karen Miller does both.
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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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