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CEO helps Conner Prairie educate by creating 'social experience'Restricted Content

March 10, 2012
Ann Finch
Conner Prairie President and CEO Ellen Rosenthal has brought to the Fishers museum her passion for creating great visitor experiences.
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Foundations try to tap grain farmers' wealthRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The average price Indiana farmers received for a bushel of corn reached a high last August of $7.18, nearly twice as much as the prior year. That kind of windfall tends to benefit farm-equipment sales, but it could also lead to more charitable giving.
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Crooked Stick buoyed by strong early sales for BMW eventRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Ticket and sponsorship sales for the BMW Championship—to be held Sept. 3-9 at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel—are well under par. In golf parlance, that means they’re exceeding expectations—big time.
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Local associations emerging to nurture small tech firmsRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Hamilton County and Bloomington are among places that are nurturing small technology firms in their own back yard. Local tech-focused organizations like theirs could stoke competition among Hoosier communities vying for coveted jobs.
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Lockhart Automotive moves Cadillac dealership to Fishers

March 3, 2012
The car retailer, rebounding from the discontinuation of some of its brands, is repurposing its former Hummer dealership.
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Serial entrepreneur builds more than business

February 25, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield resident Jenn Kampmeier is a CEO—that’s “chief everything officer” in the get-it-done world of startups—who prefers an even-loftier title: Mom.
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INSIDE DISH: Gastropub owners get aggressive after big first year

February 24, 2012
Mason King
Dish_local_eatery_watch_videoThe Local Eatery and Pub in Westfield streaked past break-even point in its first 12 months, leading its relieved but exhausted owners to plan new projects.
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Excess land at Fishers airport will be turned over to farmingRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The town's leaders had envisioned the Indianapolis Airport Authority property being developed to add to the tax base.
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Contractor uses 'process mapping' to overhaul businessRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
ProClad Inc. founder Brad Hitzfield invested in a 30-year business veteran to help him remake his specialty construction firm when profits couldn't keep pace with revenue.
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TRAVEL: Surprise! Carmel has turned into a place I'd like to visit

January 28, 2012
Frank Basile
Over the past few months, we’ve fallen in love with a charming city just a few miles north of our Indianapolis home.
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Restaurants and stores plan new Indy locationsRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Off Broadway Shoes highlights new retailers entering the market.
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Financial review questions some spending at Carmel arts center

January 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A taping of the PBS show "The Sinatra Legacy" was one of the activities the board of directors reviewed after former CEO Steven Libman resigned last summer.
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Price of Indiana farmland at a premiumRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sam Stall
A once-in-a-generation combination of strong grain prices, high farm incomes and unprecedented interest in commodities investments has caused prices for agricultural acreage to skyrocket.
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Vanpool commuter service expands, gets cars off the roadRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The latest route launched by Central Indiana Commuter Services runs from Carmel to Kokomo.
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Feinstein sees growing interest in vocal competitionRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Great American Songbook Vocal Academy and Competition will be open to students outside the Midwest this year.
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Area firms pledge 365 jobs

December 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Two Central Indiana firms will receive tax incentives for growing their operations by a combined 365 workers by 2015, Indiana economic development officials announced Wednesday.
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Marsh wins $19.5M judgment against Roche

December 20, 2011
Scott Olson
A Hamilton Superior Court judge awarded damages to the local supermarket chain in a soured sublease deal it signed with Roche Diagnostics in March 2008.
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Transit plan may boost real estate investmentRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A proposed $1.3 billion transit system might bring redevelopment to urban neighborhoods. Yet transit proponents have surprisingly little to say about how much the system could generate in new real estate investment.
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Mayors back transit tax hike in Marion, Hamilton counties

December 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard say more local transit options are needed despite the steep cost. A ballot referendum would be required so voters could consider a 0.3-percent income-tax increase to pay for a $1.3 billion project.
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Carmel office/retail complex hurt by road project gets second chance

December 13, 2011
Tom Harton
Merchants Pointe, a two-building office/retail development at 116th Street and Keystone Parkway, is getting a fresh start after major road construction drove away tenants and caused a previous owner to default.
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Lockhart Automotive co-owner recovering from losing SaturnRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Ann Finch
Lynn Kimmel, president of Lockhart Automotive Group, is helping her family business recover from losing three Saturn dealerships and a Hummer dealership when General Motors Corp. folded both those lines.
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Midwest ISO announces $6.5B in electric grid improvements

December 8, 2011
The Carmel-based not-for-profit's long-term plan recommends 215 new transmission infrastructure projects to improve reliability of its electric grid.
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Carmel's Center for Performing Arts trims staff

December 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel eliminated five positions this week as interim CEO Frank Basile tries to rein in costs at the financially challenged organization that oversees the Palladium.
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Carmel also likely competing for CME Group

December 5, 2011
Scott Olson
A letter from Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard to a company that fits the Chicago Mercantile Exchange's description says the Indianapolis suburb is prepared to offer $150 million in incentives in return for 1,700 high-paying jobs.
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Popular chain plans to launch restaurant in NoblesvilleRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Huntington Beach, Calif.-based BJ’s opened its first central Indiana location in 2008 at Greenwood Park Mall.
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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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