Indianapolis Business Journal - August 28 - September 3, 2017
In This Issue
Faces of Indy tech: Breaking down IT workers in Indiana
About 35,000 people work in tech in the Indianapolis area, according to CBRE. The commercial real estate firm recently released a study with details about the tech workforce here, including its gender breakdown, average salaries and more.
Lilly insulin prices come under microscope
Over the past 20 years, while the price of a gallon of milk climbed 23 percent and the sticker on a Dodge Caravan minivan rose 21 percent, the list price of the insulin Humalog shot up 1,157 percent.
University Loft calls out rivals as cheaters, lowers legal boom
Competitors in the business of making low-cost furniture for dorm rooms and military bases keep accusing one another of fraud.
Northern Hamilton County hopes to cash in on tourism with new train excursions
Trains might be permanently stalled on the Nickel Plate Railroad in southern Hamilton County, but officials in the northern communities are embracing the idea of getting passenger trains moving.
Lawrence cleans up financial turmoil, seeks boost in utility’s junk bond rating
Lawrence officials say they are recovering from financial mismanagement and budget challenges of the past several years—and gearing up to invest in the future.
Can we teach computers to learn like kids do?
Amid widespread efforts to help computers teach themselves, a group of Indiana University researchers is looking for guidance from some of the best learners on the planet: infants and toddlers.
Owner of historic downtown building pitching 24-unit condo project
The project would stand six stories and blend new construction with old by incorporating the facade and another portion of the original building at 119 S. Meridian St.
Fishers City Council approves agreement for sports complex
The more than 500,000-square-foot facility is expected to accommodate training or play for 31 sports on six turf fields, 12 hard-surface courts and in a baseball training center.
Preservationists cry foul over state plan to log 300 acres of state forest
Preservationists say they are concerned about the potential impact on recreation and endangered species. Forestry officials say selection techniques will be used to improve, not harm, the forest.
Pacers lift curtain on $50M downtown training center
Abundant building keeps home prices low
A new study shows that Indianapolis area home values have increased just 12.8 percent increase over a 15-year period. That's less than in metro areas on the coasts and even some in the Midwest.
HOME TOUR: Tiny house rental attracts guests seeking serenity
Visitors enjoy all the comforts of home, but on a very small scale. Indeed, the place looks like someone crammed an impeccably decorated, shabby-chic cottage into a phone booth.
2016 All-Star Real Estate Agents
See which solo real estate agents and which teams rack up the most home sales in central Indiana.
Residential Real Estate: Marketplace for August 28, 2017
Inventory remains tight at just about 8,600 active listings in July, continuing a slight uptick through the summer.
Area home sales slip amid tight inventory, rising prices
The total number of active home listings in the 13-county area dropped 15.6 percent in July. New listings were down 3 percent.
Indy-area builders seeing more demand for new houses
Home builders continued to see strong interest in new homes in central Indiana last month, according to the latest numbers from the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis.
LOU'S VIEWS: Art exhibit accentuates architecture
"Exhibit Columbus" doesn't just park art on the streets. Instead, it features art that connects to the surroundings.
LOU'S VIEWS: Low-key ‘Columbus’ hits big screen
Indiana-set film may try your patience, but it has rewards. And the city looks great.
DINING: Columbus dining goes beyond Zaharakos, national chains
Columbus Pump House and Henry Social Club bring atmospheric dining to town.
LOPRESTI: Try this dirty dozen of college gridiron match-ups
From South Bend to Bloomington and points between, these are the games you won't want to miss.
EDITORIAL: Planets align for near-east side as TWG, others invest in key corridor
What East Washington Street needs more than bricks and mortar is jobs.
DALTON: A challenge—aging with disabilities
It is expected that, by 2025, approximately 25 percent of individuals receiving developmental disability services will be over age 60.
GUY: Why teacher evaluations don’t work
Using student test scores to measure teachers, and, by extension, their schools, is impossible, irrelevant, misleading, unfriendly and manifestly unfair.
WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: Dear millennials, we need you
Millennials, rest assured. There is a silver lining in the national shortage of skilled labor. Quite simply, it’s you.
BOHANON & STYRING: Solar-panel tariff faces opposition from two sides
The subsidy says we want cheaper solar costs to encourage more solar projects. Tariffs on cheaper imported cells and panels say we want higher-cost solar projects.
KIM: Is new Greek bond deal deja vu all over again?
With bailout support and shackles both expiring next August, I’m afraid we’ve seen this movie before.
LETTER: Senator right on health care
We are hopeful that now the Senate can work together in a bipartisan way to improve our nation’s health care system and ensure that all Americans have quality and affordable health care.
LETTER: Lobbyist wrong on ethanol
Thanks to ethanol, Indiana farmers and the biofuels industry are saving consumers at the pump, providing higher octane at a lower cost, all while lowering tail pipe emissions.
Tech marketer Viral Launch plans to add 250 workers by 2021
The company, which helps clients grow sales on Amazon, said it is investing $2.22 million and doubling its office space.
Indiana governor to lead trade mission to Japan
Tthe trip is intended to strengthen relationships and encourage continued investment and trade with the state's largest foreign investor.
State unemployment rate edges up after almost hitting record low
The U.S. Labor Department said unemployment rates were relatively stable in most states in July.