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Indianapolis Business Journal - July 10-16, 2017

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Front Page

Whitestown sees flurry of industrial projects, more on horizon

Ten industrial buildings have been completed within the past 24 months, another three are under construction, and four projects are in the process of getting started.

Entrepreneur a master of ‘creative renovation’

Tom Battista's latest project is The Idle, a work-in-progress micro park between Fletcher Place and Fountain Square where visitors can contemplate downtown highway traffic.


Top Stories

Hotels, restaurants expect record payoff from 50th anniversary of Gen Con

Officials announced early this month that four-day badges are sold out for the first time in the event’s history—which dates back to 1968.

Rural Indiana: the state's next economic frontier?

Jodi Golden, the new executive director of Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs&mdash, is eager to see all the potential and assets that rural Indiana has to offer.

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site goes high-tech with 3-D printing

The Indianapolis museum at the home of the 23rd U.S. president is allowing consumers to print 3-D versions of its artifacts for free.

Influential lawmaker Kenley retiring from Indiana Senate

As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee since 2009, Luke Kenley, 72, has been one of the state's most powerful legislators and key budget writers.

Monarch Beverage loses appeal to buck state liquor laws

The Indianapolis-based alcohol wholesaler had challenged Indiana laws that prevent beer wholesalers from also selling liquor.

Fast-growing Fishers quality-control firm bought by Japanese companies

Founded in 2009, Stratosphere Quality pushed revenues to about $122 million last year. It employs about 2,300 workers in 22 states, including about 400 in Indiana.

Retirement 'bittersweet' for union boss who challenged Trump

Chuck Jones grabbed headlines in December after he publicly accused then-President-elect Donald Trump of lying about how many jobs he was saving in a deal with furnace and air conditioner maker Carrier Corp.


Focus

Former GM site provides bounty of opportunity for developer

Ambrose Property Group is proposing a massive $550 million mixed-use project that would transform downtown’s western edge from afterthought to urban gem.

Roundabout project unearths historic artifact


A&E, etc.

LOU'S VIEWS: My picks for best of Indy Film Fest

Where else are you going to see a Mexican-American/Palestinian-American lesbian wrestler romantic comedy?

LOPRESTI: Former Indians have storied history of big moments in All-Star Games

Johnny Callison, Dave Concepcion, Randy Johnson are among former Indians who have made big impacts in All-Star games past.


Opinion

EDITORIAL: Time to revisit sales tax issue

The sales tax is a long-established way for state governments to pay for the services their constituents demand—and it’s ridiculous to allow some retailers to skip it.

MORRIS: Chicago—full of fun and taxes

Chicago’s official website lists 32 city taxes, including a bag tax that's led to retailers charging customers to put their merchandise in a sack.

EDWARDS: Shovels or ladders?

Some of us are using the ability to personalize our belief systems to shut ourselves off from information and ideas that might challenge those beliefs and cause us to think and act differently.

WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: Company culture: the elephant in the room

Effective communication in the workplace among people from diverse cultures can be especially challenging, especially between a head office located overseas and the regional units in the Indianapolis metro area.

BOHANON & STYRING: Widely cited CBO scores have their shortcomings

CBO doesn’t look beyond immediate, first-order consequences of legislation.

SKARBECK: Markets humming along, despite political climate

Considering the contentious political discourse taking place in our country and across the globe, it is remarkable how steady the investment markets have been.

LETTER: Diversity museum for city hall

LETTER: ISTA leader focuses on wrong ideals

This former GOP’er ashamed of party


In Brief

Columbus girds for $50M Cummins renovation, $30M overpass project

The updates to the manufacturer's corporate offices are aimed at collaboration and efficiency. The overpass construction is meant to smooth traffic flow at a key entry point to the city.

Downtown Colts-themed restaurant abruptly closes

The eatery at 110 W. Washington St. opened in 2011 and was operated by a Florida-based food-service veteran.

Indiana adding opioid treatment programs at five sites

The new sites are located at health centers in Johnson, Allen, Vigo, Monroe and Tippecanoe counties, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced Wednesday morning.


Records

Records for July 10-16, 2017

Here are the records listings for July 10-16, 2017.

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