Hamilton County

Honda West negotiating to open Fishers dealershipRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
It's not clear if the car dealer would leave its long-time home on West 38th Street.
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Businesses move, close for U.S. 31 transformationRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The 13-mile, $600 million upgrade of U.S. 31 that carves through some of Hamilton County’s fastest-growing suburbs is a temporary inconvenience to motorists, but for some business owners it’s a life—or livelihood—altering event.
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Cousin wins minor damages in Mike's Carwash lawsuit

July 6, 2012
Dan Human
A Hamilton County judge has ruled that a former co-owner of Mike’s Carwash Inc. receive just $140,000 in damages in a civil case that sought close to $30 million.
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State scrubs contractor-financing plan for U.S. 31Restricted Content

June 30, 2012
Chris O'Malley
INDOT still plans to complete project three years sooner with traditional financing.
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Performing arts center's new chief to chase donationsRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Dan Human
Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, incoming CEO of The Center for the Performing Arts, turned a $500,000 deficit into a $300,000 surplus at her current organization in Tennessee. The 18-month-old Carmel center’s budget is almost seven times larger.
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Brainard requests more money for Carmel arts center

June 18, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel Mayor James Brainard wants to give the Center for the Performing Arts another $840,000 to cover its bills through December—on top of a $5.5 million subsidy he orchestrated last fall.
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Lauth embarks on turnaround of The Congressional in Carmel

June 12, 2012
Tom Harton
The local developer moved its offices into the building and plans more than $2 million in upgrades to reposition a property that fell on hard times at the dawn of the national real estate crisis.
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Carmel performing arts center hiring CEO from Tennessee

June 11, 2012
Scott Olson
A spokesman for Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel on Monday afternoon confirmed that it has hired Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, executive director of the Germantown Performing Arts Centre in Germantown, Tenn., near Memphis, to replace Steve Libman.
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Buckingham reviving Gramercy project with smaller plans

May 29, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Buckingham Cos. has revived plans to redevelop the massive Mohawk Hills apartment complex in Carmel, but the latest version of its Gramercy project takes a huge step back from the original dense, urban-revival-style plan the developer proposed six years ago.
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Developer Kite to remake key corner in CarmelRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust is planning a Rivers Edge-like overhaul of two shopping centers it owns at 116th Street and Rangeline Road in Carmel. The Indianapolis-based real estate firm already has landed new tenants, including a natural and organic grocery store and a handful of restaurants.
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Live Nation drops beer prices at outdoor concert venuesRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
The $2.75 drop is meant to enhance the concert experience at Klipsch Music Center and The Lawn at White River State Park.
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Carmel event firm sold, relocated to Castleton

May 12, 2012
EventzPlus, besides hosting large gatherings, will also offer daily office space rentals to small business owners.
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MediaSauce co-owner leaves firm, starts new ad agencyRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Magnitude already has landed several big clients, including the Indiana Pacers and Northwestern University.
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Brainard says he's OK with council oversight of debt

April 20, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
An ordinance giving the Carmel City Council final say over debt issued by the redevelopment commission is on track for approval, and Mayor James Brainard said he won’t stand in its way.
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Carmel arts center makes room for more sponsors

April 20, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel expects the 2012-13 concert season, announced this week, to bring a healthy bump in sponsor revenue.
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Former Mike's Carwash partner seeking $30M

April 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Jerry Dahm is asking a Hamilton Superior Court judge to force the two owners of the company to buy his stake in its real estate arm for more than $26.2 million, on top of another $3.3 million he wants from his share in the car wash chain. The two owners already have agreed to pay him $17.1 million.
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SMC plans $19M Noblesville expansion, 163 jobs

April 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
SMC Corp. of America plans to spend $19 million to expand its North American headquarters in Noblesville, making room for an additional 163 employees by 2017, the company announced Tuesday.
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Carmel consulting firm plans to expand, add 96 jobs

March 29, 2012
enVista LLC, which provides enterprise and supply chain consulting services, plans to add nearly 100 workers by 2016 as part of a $1.2 million expansion at its Carmel headquarters on North Meridian Street.
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Commuter lines expand with Carmel, Fishers shuttles

March 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority has announced fares for a new reverse-commute shuttle-bus service from park-and-ride lots in Carmel and Fishers. The service begins Monday.
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Westfield seat-belt maker plans to add 65 workers

March 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Westfield-based safety company IMMI said it plans to hire more than 65 full-time workers and 50 temporary employees to keep up with demand for lap and shoulder belts for school buses.
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Conner Prairie freshens up Prairietown exhibitRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Attraction not updated since 1974 will unveil new look in June.
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Mike’s Carwash trial awaits closing arguments

March 22, 2012
Lawyers on Wednesday finished presenting evidence to determine the true value of Mike’s Carwash Inc. and how much a former co-owner should have been paid for his share in the company.
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Fishers hires former Duke exec to lead economic development

March 20, 2012
As the town's first community development director, Tom Dickey will oversee economic development, planning and zoning.
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Supreme Court allows Fishers to pursue reorganization

March 16, 2012
Scott Olson
Under the reorganization proposal, Fishers would become a city but council members would appoint a mayor. The proposal will be presented to voters in a Nov. 6 referendum.
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Carmel councilors want final say on city's debt

March 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel City Councilor Eric Seidensticker on Thursday morning proposed an ordinance that would require the council to sign off on any additional debt. The ordinance is backed by at least five of the seven councilors.
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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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