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Web startup Bookit planning expansion

July 7, 2014
Dan Human
Bookit Commerce Inc., which operates the website bookacoach.com, plans to hire 93 people by 2018, the locally based company announced Monday morning.
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Indy Chamber fights shrinking membershipRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The chamber has lost 19 percent of its members since the start of 2011, even while other chambers of commerce around the country see renewal rates recovering along with the economy.
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Book publisher plans 313 distribution jobs in Indiana

July 2, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Penguin Random House LLC, the world's largest consumer book publisher, plans to consolidate much of its U.S. distribution operations in Crawfordsville, the company announced Wednesday morning.
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Local software startup plans expansion, 74 hires

July 1, 2014
Dan Human
Software startup Lesson.ly LLC is looking for new space to accomodate the expansion. It is eyeing three possible locations, all downtown, and it will likely move within the next three months, CEO Max Yoder said.
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Tech firm plans 400 jobs in Kokomo, Carmel

June 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Systems in Motion LLC, a California-based technology consulting firm, expects to invest up to $5.4 million to lease, renovate and equip its new digs.
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Notre Dame, GE plan turbine-research facility in Indiana

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
The University of Notre Dame and General Electric Co. on Thursday announced plans to partner in a $36 million research and test facility for massive gas turbine engines used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants, and the oil and gas industry.
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Indiana to study peer cities to learn growth strategies

June 25, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. will conduct a study to compare Indiana cities to others across the region that are economically booming, the IEDC announced Wednesday.
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Muncie leaders keeping close eye on vehicle project

June 22, 2014
Associated Press
Muncie officials are carefully watching a project that promised to bring hundreds of jobs to the city, saying the company's production schedule doesn't match up with timeframes announced last year.
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Audit finds 'intentional misuse' of funds by Elevate Ventures

June 19, 2014
Dan Human, Associated Press
The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury Department says Elevate Ventures “intentionally misused” almost $500,000 in taxpayer funds when the state contractor invested in a company run by its board chairman.
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Interactive Intelligence seeks city tax breaks for expansion

June 17, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis is considering nearly $2.6 million in tax breaks over 10 years as an incentive for Interactive Intelligence's planned $28 million investment.
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ConAgra expanding Indiana popcorn facility

June 11, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
ConAgra Foods says it will spend nearly $9 million to expand its popcorn production operations in northwestern Indiana, where it expects to add up to 80 workers in the coming year.
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Roberts leaving downtown location as part of $2.5M expansion

June 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The retailer of photo, video and electronics equipment will move from 255 S. Meridian St. to larger downtown space at 220 E. St. Clair St. Roberts plans to add 35 workers by 2018.
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OurHealth to add employer clinics, 450 jobs by 2018

May 28, 2014
J.K. Wall
The 5-year-old firm has pledged to invest $20 million to double the size of its corporate headquarters in Indianapolis and lease real estate for a series of 3,500-square-foot health clinics across the state.
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Indiana names new director of eco-devo office in Japan

May 23, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Toshikazu "Tony" Suzuki brings more than 40 years of executive and senior management experience, working in both Japan and the United States.
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Automated systems provider expands downtown

May 22, 2014
Mason King
Open Control Systems LLC is investing $1.6 million to renovate, equip and lease 14,000 square feet of space over two buildings at 905 N. Capitol Ave.
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Tower manufacturer plans 639 jobs in Indiana expansion

May 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Nello Corp. Inc., a designer and manufacturer of galvanized steel towers and poles for the wireless industry, plans to move its Fort Worth, Texas, operations to Indiana, the state announced Thursday morning.
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Indiana manufacturer plans $7M expansion

May 8, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Yorktown-based Mursix Corp. on Thursday announced plans for a headquarters expansion that’s expected to create 108 jobs by 2017.
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Interactive Intelligence plans $28M building, 430 hires

May 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Local software firm Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. announced Thursday afternoon that it plans to hire 430 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a major expansion of its headquarters.
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Jasper engine firm to hire 235 for new plant

April 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchange expects to buy, renovate and equip a 220,000-square-foot facility near its headquarters in the southwest Indiana city.
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Japanese manufacturer plans 220 jobs in Mooresville

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of TOA Industries Co. Ltd. plans to spend $72.1 million to construct and equip an additional 360,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space at its existing facility in Morgan County.
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Pork packer planning to produce 98 positions at Indiana plant

April 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Packers Corp., which makes Indiana Kitchen bacon, said it will spend $2.3 million on a 56,500-square-foot facility on 5.9 acres about 45 miles from Indianapolis.
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German companies pledge to create Indiana jobs

April 18, 2014
Jeff Newman
Coinciding with Gov. Mike Pence’s economic development trip to Germany this week, three German companies agreed to hire more than 100 workers in Indiana.
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City christens Market East cultural district downtown

April 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The area—roughly 14 square blocks—anticipates a passel of new development on and around the former site of Market Square Arena.
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Sweetener-maker Heartland to add up to 160 jobs

April 14, 2014
The Carmel-based company said it will invest $21.2 million to renovate and equip its 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on Indianapolis' north side.
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IEDC urging government bets on spec-buildingRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is encouraging local governments to help finance speculative industrial buildings, which could land new businesses but could put at risk hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars.
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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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