We encourage the city to not only complete implementation of the site but to fully fund continual upgrades. The public’s expectation of being able to interact with city government online, without a trip downtown, will only grow.
A proposed public-private partnership to build two convention hotels with 1,400 more rooms as well as a $120 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center will give downtown and Visit Indy a big boost.
Indiana has had a series of fiscally responsible administrations that have maintained strong reserves and spent them down only when faced with especially tough times. But there’s no guarantee such conscientious leadership is in the state’s future.
IBJ urges leaders from Downtown Indy and the city to continue looking for ways to better fund infrastructure improvements both on the Circle and its Meridian Street and Market Street spokes. That must be a funding priority.
We think the city’s plan to provide $16.7 million to help finance construction for two Keystone Realty Group projects downtown totaling $141 million stands up to scrutiny about using public money to help private investment.
We understand that companies face difficult decisions when it comes to protecting their brands. But IBJ posits that Lilly's decision to punish a race car driver for something his father said before he was born is the kind of decision that can set back progress made on racial tolerance and equality.