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First Financial gets sweet deal on Irwin Financial's bank assetsRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
It’s good to be among the favored few, those blessed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to scoop up the remnants of failed banks. Because it was on the FDIC list of approved buyers, Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp was able to acquire Columbus, Ind.-based Irwin Financial Corp.’s banking operations under terms that would make any deal-maker proud.
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Public transportation entities in Indianapolis region might be reorganizedRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, IndyGo and other Indianapolis-area transit groups are the subject of a study that could result in them being reorganized.
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Cook Group Inc. owner says health reform's tax on medical devices could kill jobs

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. might have to cut as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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Gas City dealer offers electric versions of Cadillacs, HummersRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Of all the inappropriate postmarks for the largest distributor of plug-in electric vehicles in Indiana, Gas City, about an hour north of Indianapolis, takes the prize. But Steve Mitchell, proprietor of Electric Cars and Carts, figures he’s in the right place as far as business prospects go. Despite a stalled economy, Mitchell’s electric vehicle sales are up 35 percent over the same month last year.
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Cook: Tax could kill 1,000 jobs in Bloomington

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. could find itself cutting as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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German company to buy Eli Lilly's Lafayette plantRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. will sell its manufacturing plant in Lafayette to a German company in its first major move toward reducing its work force by 5,500 employees and cutting its operating expenses by $1 billion.
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Carmel entrepreneurs with ties to ExactTarget hope SmartFile outshines competitorsRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
File-hosting firm is launching new security software that could set it apart in a crowded field.
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Virginia homebuilder enters market

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Home-building powerhouse Ryan Homes is marketing lots in 10 subdivisions it has taken over from the defunct local builder CP Morgan Communities.
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Bloomington mayor to roll out chain-store ordinance for downtown

October 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan believes this beloved college town loses a bit of its identity every time a national chain sets up shop.
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Area building permits fall for 23rd straight month

October 16, 2009
The number of building permits issued in the nine-county Indianapolis area fell 20 percent in September from the same time last year, marking 23 consecutive months of declines.
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Fishers water park developer hopeful despite setback

October 15, 2009
Scott Olson
The developer of a proposed hotel and water park in Fishers remains optimistic the project will get finished, despite the latest setback delaying the start of construction by at least two years.
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Proposed Fishers medical park faces uncertain demandRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Scott Olson
The business park would encompass about 900 acres on the town’s northeast side and require rezoning of much of the land, from residential and agriculture to commercial.
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'Godfather' game-maker sued over 'Dillinger Tommy Gun'

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Mooresville-based company that owns John Dillinger’s publicity rights has made an “offer” of sorts that the Godfather can’t refuse.
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Cabela's puts Greenwood property up for sale

October 7, 2009
Cabela's is selling the land on which it had planned to build a store in Greenwood.
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Ivy Tech building new campus in Anderson

October 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Ivy Tech Community College will build a $20 million campus along Interstate 69 in Anderson, school and city officials announced Tuesday.
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Fishers officials propose huge medical park

October 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Fishers development officials anticipate unveiling plans for a huge medical business park near Interstate 69's Exit 10 Wednesday night at the town's regular council meeting.
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Carmel performing arts center betting big on fund raisingRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel’s $137 million performing arts center is still a year from completion, but Executive Director Steven Libman already is pounding the pavement for donations.
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Carmel man's coupon app for iPhone grabbing Yowza responseRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Marc D. Allan
A Carmel software developer's app has gotten a lift from a Hollywood actor's unrelenting promotion.
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American Water wants to raise rates

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is seeking public input on a proposed rate hike by American Water Inc., which has 283,000 customers in the state, including in Noblesville and Greenwood.
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SEC fines former CFO of American Commercial Lines

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Christopher A. Black, a former investment banker in Indianapolis and former chief financial officer of Jeffersonville-based river barge transportation firm American Commercial Lines Inc., has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.
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Connersville progresses on Carbon Motors deal

October 2, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Connersville Mayor Leonard Urban says the city soon will clear legal and environmental hurdles that stand in the way of Carbon Motors’ launching its operations in the former Visteon plant.
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Indiana hospitals settle Medicare lawsuit

September 30, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Six hospital systems, including three in Indiana, have agreed to pay the federal government $8.3 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the hospitals deliberately overcharged Medicare for routine back surgeries.
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Carmel officials confirm Feinstein appointment

September 28, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Singer Michael Feinstein will make as much as $400,000 in a single year to serve as artistic director of the Regional Performing Arts Center that’s still under construction in Carmel, officials confirmed this morning.
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Elwood rock store expands inventoryRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Marc D. Allan
Spencer Lapidary expands offerings to include stained glass and silver.
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Pennsylvania city not giving up Harley without a fightRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The motorcycle manufacturer is considering a Shelby County site at the same time that it's pushing for concessions from the union in York, Pa.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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