Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

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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Chamber recommends IPS explore selling real estate

February 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools should immediately consider selling five of its buildings and work with IndyGo to transport students, according to a study by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
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Downtown plan proposes street changes, parks, lighting

December 3, 2013
Scott Olson
A not-for-profit's proposal for downtown Indy focuses on making it more comfortable and dynamic for urban dwellers.
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New Indy Chamber chief Huber broadens group's agendaRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Michael Huber is about to step out from behind the curtain. As CEO of the Indy Chamber, he’ll be the face of the metro area’s largest business membership organization, rather than the brains behind top city initiatives.
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Former Ballard deputy Huber to lead Indy Chamber

August 22, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Michael Huber will replace Scott Miller, who resigned this year to pursue his own business consulting practice. Huber will leave his role as senior director of commercial enterprise for Indianapolis International Airport.
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Former Indy Chamber prez scores consulting work

June 4, 2013
Dan Human
Scott Miller, who resigned from the chamber post after less than two years to follow his entrepreneurial bent, will help two local startups get off the ground.
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Chamber prez Miller resigns after 18 months

April 11, 2013
Norm Heikens
Scott Miller, 45, will leave the Indy Chamber after a short tenure that included leading the body through mergers with several like-minded groups. He tells IBJ he felt that he had already accomplished his major goals and wanted to shift to the private sector.
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Indianapolis chamber absorbs World Trade Club

March 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The 46-year-old World Trade Club of Indiana is becoming part of the Indy Chamber—a move organizers hope will give the not-for-profit additional firepower as it works to educate, connect and grow Hoosier businesses in the international marketplace.
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Ballard: Don't measure trade missions by new jobsRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
About to embark on his eighth trade mission since 2008, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is committed to keeping up the city’s international profile, regardless of whether that results in a major economic-development deal.
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Greater Indy chamber elects new leadersRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
John Thompson of First Electric Supply will lead the organization's 120-member board.
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Former chamber head Dorson joins startup ViewYouRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Dan Human
Startup ViewYou, which launched in October 2011, provides matchmaking services for job-seeking college students and companies with open positions.
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Chamber to merge with economic development groups

May 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce will lead economic development efforts for central Indiana by merging with Develop Indy, Indy Partnership and Business Ownership Initiative, the groups announced Thursday.
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Chamber merger stirs fears in regional economic development groupsRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Develop Indy, the economic development arm of Indianapolis, is working on a merger with the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce that has suburban economic development professionals concerned central Indiana will lose an independent voice in marketing the region to new business.
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Indy Partnership leader leaving organization

December 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Executive Director Scott Fulford said he is retiring and handing over leadership to Troy Whittington, who currently is director of business development. He officially becomes interim director on Jan. 1.
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City chamber of commerce, Develop Indy might merge

August 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chamber Chairman John Neighbours said he "wouldn't rule out" combining the economic development groups.
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Chamber names former utility leader as interim president

April 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Past board chairman David N. Griffiths will fill in for Roland Dorson, who resigned as president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce last week in the wake of a dispute with board leaders.
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Indy Chamber will award cash prizes to businesses that tell of challenges overcome

April 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A panel of judges, including Hoosier native, former NBA player and entrepreneur Jon McGlockin, will select three winning entries.
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Dorson resigns from chamber post

April 22, 2011
Roland Dorson, president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce since 1996, resigned Friday. He had taken a leave of absence earlier in the month.
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UPDATE: Chamber leaders clashed on transit strategy

April 14, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A turf battle over mass transit may have fueled Roland Dorson's apparent departure from the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
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Dorson on leave amid fallout with executive committee

April 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Roland Dorson, president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, has had a falling out with the group’s executive committee and has gone on leave from the organization.
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Indy Chamber rolls out app

February 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The MyChamberApp works with the usual suspects, such as the iPhone, iPod, Android and Blackberry.
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Chamber props up graduation initiativeRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
A cash crunch at its Common Goal education program forced the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce this month to start covering the program’s bills out of its coffers.
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Business groups bless Mayor Ballard's utility sale plan

May 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis support sale of water, sewer utilities.
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Chamber launches biz networking online siteRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce has launched an online business networking site called Indylink.com.
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Residents to decide fate of township assessorsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
In this election, citizens must decide whether the assessing duties of the elected township assessor in the township should be transferred to the county assessor.
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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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