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Indianapolis Business Journal - April 20-26, 2018

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Front Page

Mainstreet retools, says old strategy 'broke down'

For more than a decade, Zeke Turner built scores of senior-care facilities But in the past year, Mainstreet has been reeling from an unexpected slowdown in sales for its properties.

Trade tensions put Indiana farmers and manufacturers in crosshairs

As the United States and China face off over tariffs and trade policy, some of Indiana’s most important industries are right at the center of the dispute.

St. Vincent rethinks how to deliver care; struggling parent cuts costs

Jonathan Nalli has a message for his 16,000 employees at St. Vincent Health: Get ready for more transformation and disruption.


Top Stories

Integrating criminal justice center is key to lifting Twin Aire neighborhood

Ensuring the $572 million criminal justice center connects with the surrounding neighborhood and doesn’t sit isolated presents a big challenge for project planners and community leaders.

Class-action lawyers rebuked over Anthem fee request

A federal judge has put off deciding whether to approve the $115 million data-breach settlement and has appointed a special master to closely scrutinize the request for $38 million in attorney's fees.

Indiana's U.S. Senate GOP candidates stake positions

It can be a little tough to distinguish between the three Republicans running in the primary to take on Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly.

Q&A: ‘Queen of Fuzz’ creates memorable mascots

Jennifer Q. Smith says making costumes for mascots like the Pacers' Boomer is a serious business.

IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee withdraws as candidate for same job in Los Angeles

Ferebee said he made the call after discussing his options with his family, IPS board members and those handling the L.A. search process.

Phoenix Theatre seeking city's help in financing new $11M building

The theater building is nearing completion downtown at the northeast corner of Illinois and Walnut streets, and has a grand opening scheduled for April 28.

Momentum for Central State site mounts as homebuilder stakes out $15M project

M/I Homes has plans to build 40 single-family units and 20 town houses on the former hospital campus, bringing even more investment to an area on the mend.

Carmel postpones hearing on St. Vincent project after neighbors, officials demand details

Carmel has postponed a rezoning hearing on a developer's vague plan to build a medical complex at 96th Street and Spring Mill Road for St. Vincent Health. Carmel officials say they won't consider a rezoning without specifics about the project.

Circle Centre lands Purdue Polytechnic High School, five other tenants

Purdue Polytechnic plans to operate at the mall for the 2018-19 school year. Other new tenants include three restaurants, an Indiana-themed shop and an executive coaching consultant.


Focus

Architectural firm Odle McGuire Shook helps schools become safer

Currently, the firm is overseeing building expansions at Mt. Vernon Middle School in Fortville and Delta High School in Muncie. Both projects include plans to make the buildings more secure.

Neighbors debate proposal to build homes next to Little League HQ site

Pulte Homes of Indiana has filed plans to develop 78 single-family homes on land adjacent to the proposed site of the new Little League International regional headquarters in Zionsville.

Proposed $15M rehab promises offices, vast rec center on Mass Ave industrial corridor

Stenz Construction Corp. is seeking a city tax break to help offset costs for reclaiming a ramshackle set of buildings and creating fitness facilities, climbing walls, and office and restaurant space, among other features.

EPA begins cleanup of lead-tainted former battery store site in Indianapolis

The site on Indianapolis' southwest side was the location of a retail battery sales store from about 1962 until 2008.


Opinion

EDITORIAL: ‘Brain gain’ should be new focus for Indiana’s business community

The idea is that Indiana has fixed the problems that forced graduates to go elsewhere to find good jobs in tech, finance and other industries. Instead, it now needs to find and recruit talent to fill all the jobs Indiana firms are creating.

MORRIS: Inspire yourself, others and the world

Lance Secretan's book on leadership, "The Spark, the Flame and the Torch" is worth your time.

AMY CORNELL: It’s time to bring NAFTA into the 21st century

Canada and Mexico rank as the top three agricultural export markets for 37 states, including Indiana.

MEG WHITMAN: Investing in educational equity, excellence is imperative

Indianapolis has deeply benefited from highly effective, diverse leaders who are committed to collectively driving progress for educational equity.

MAGGIE PHELPS: Take the time to really see, hear your co-workers

It’s human nature for us to make assumptions about the people around us and fill in the unknown gaps of their identity ourselves.

KIM: Fear of trade war rocks stocks, investor confidence

We hope/believe much of this talk is “saber-rattling” and posturing ahead of negotiations that will occur between the United States and China in the coming weeks.

BOHANON & CUROTT: Let the sharing economy take flight

The Aviation Empowerment Act creates a class of pilots called “personal operators” who can use flight-sharing apps without being subject to common-carrier regulations.

LETTER: Corrie Meyer must renounce Mickey Maurer attack on Mike Delph

What seems to aggravate Maurer more than anything is Delph’s traditional Christian orthodoxy on issues involving the institution of marriage and family.


In Brief

South-side manufacturer Brehob plans expansion of 65-year-old plant

The Indianapolis-based manufacturer plans to spend more than $3 million to renovate its aging headquarters on South Meridian Street in an expansion that is expected to grow its workforce of 113 employees.

UPDATE: Independent candidate Nathan Altman jumping into U.S. Senate race

The Carmel native and Indianapolis-based tech entrepreneur filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission declaring his candidacy earlier this month.

Tom Sugar, former Evan Bayh aide, lands job at national education research firm

Tom Sugar, who founded Indianapolis-based Complete College America with the late Stan Jones, hopes to “build seamless pathways” for students between community colleges and four-year institutions.

Purdue University trustees back contract extension, raise for Mitch Daniels

Purdue board chairman Mike Berghoff said the former Indiana governor is enhancing the university's reputation nationally.

Trove of author Ray Bradbury's papers set for preservation at IUPUI

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, which is devoted to the study of the science fiction-fantasy author's works, won a $50,000 grant this month from the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin planning the giant archive's conservation.


Explore

Indy Cultural Trail Food Tours offer walkable feasts

Developed in collaboration with longtime local food expert Jolene Ketzenberger, the guided tours offer an afternoon of culinary adventure along the eight-mile downtown trail.

LOPRESTI: Ivy League making its mark at Victory Field

Harvard history major, Yale philosophy grad give Indians a seemingly brainy battery.

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