Indianapolis Business Journal – November 16-22, 2018


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In This Issue

Front Page

Radio stations embrace older audiences, rather than be millennial-obsessed

The five stations with the highest market share in the Indianapolis market last month count people 45 or older as a considerable part of their audiences.

After downing Delph, Ford brings new message to Statehouse

This month, in his second try, J.D. Ford toppled state Sen. Mike Delph, the controversial, conservative Republican who had represented the 29th District since 2005.

Insurance stalwart might be on sale block

Trucking insurer Protective Insurance Corp., long known as Baldwin & Lyons, has skidded into red ink and now is pursuing “potential strategic partnerships or transactions.“

Top Stories

Home-products e-tailer offers one-stop shopping

Matt Phillips of Zionsville spent 13 years working in retail before leaving the corporate world to launch his own online retailer last year.

Carmel-based enVista helps retailers navigate e-commerce

The rise of e-commerce, technology and big data has brought big changes to the retail industry—and big opportunities for Carmel-based software and consulting company enVista LLC.

Entrepreneur’s firm off to a healthy start

Amazon bypasses Indy for massive logistics hub in Tennessee

Indianapolis is known as the Crossroads of America, but a site-selection expert said Amazon didn’t tell local officials that it was considering creating a 5,000-worker logistics and operations hub. Amazon has picked Nashville, Tennessee, for the hub, which will be the largest economic development deal in the state’s history.

Rethink 65/70 group to pitch below-ground downtown interstate plan

The group says its alternative vision for the north-split project includes building below-grade highways, reducing the amount of land currently used for public rights of way and freeing dozens of acres for development.

New restaurant expected to open in Union Station space

The venue will occupy more than 23,000 square feet in the historic railroad station, in the area that housed Cadillac Ranch and the Bartini’s lounge before they closed in 2017.

Backlash to big changes in Indianapolis Public Schools fuels board upsets

Two outsiders who have been critical of the Indianapolis Public Schools board ended up defeating incumbents in last week’s election, a change that could prove pivotal for a district that has garnered a national reputation for its partnerships with charter schools.

Purdue launches ‘brain gain’ initiative to bring college grads back to Indiana

The effort, which has been in pilot mode, is expanding by enlisting more corporate partners and schools to beef up the state’s talent pipeline.

Developer plans $31M redevelopment of junkyard in Noblesville

Jackson Development received approval to redevelop 38 acres along 146th Street occupied by an auto salvage business into a business park featuring office and retail space.


State programs aimed at cutting energy usage aren’t enough, critics say

Indiana, one of the largest per-capita energy consumers in the nation, ranks 40th among states for energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Favorable weather helps push up profit at IPL

Air, groundwater tests in Franklin detect cancer-causing chemicals

The EPA is expanding its contamination testing area near a former electronics manufacturing facility. The federal government has also begun installing air filtering systems in some residences.

Hotter climate likely to hurt tourism in Indiana, study says

Study finds decline in nitrogen levels


Editorial: Indy must learn from Amazon loss

Officials say the region is a winner for becoming a finalist, but the proof is in what we do better next time.

GREG MORRIS: Marianne Glick keeps family legacy alive

This year’s Charles L. Whistler Award winner joins a long list of those who’ve put community service first.

Tim Cook & Katie Culp: What Indy won in the Amazon HQ2 process

The cost of the project, while critically important, never trumped its key determinative factor: people. Size, skill levels and growth rates of the qualified labor pool were indispensable considerations. With that criteria, Amazon chose New York and D.C.

Dennis Sasso: On patriotism, religion, culture—and humanism

It is the documents and values that inspired and shaped American democracy—the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the advocacy of civil rights and the ongoing vigilance to preserve and enhance our constitutional rights of equality and freedom—that I treasure.

BOHANON & CUROTT: Our nation’s economic future depends on immigrants

In 2030, because of population aging, immigration is projected to overtake natural increase (the excess of births over deaths) as the primary driver of population growth for the country.

HAHN: A dose of gratitude can be good for your finances

We so often look at the world and our personal situation and see what’s wrong or what’s missing. Gratitude is an ongoing action, a state of being or a way of life.

URBAN DESIGN: Creating more car-free zones would lift city’s quality of life

Making pedestrians, cyclists a priority has driven economic development in cities around the world.

Liz Malatestinic: How not to be ‘ghosted’ by new or potential hires

The possibility of multiple employment opportunities can certainly explain why a candidate might change his or her mind about accepting a particular job, but it doesn’t explain why that person doesn’t have the courtesy to call and explain.

Letter: Thanking mentors is good practice

A mentor relationship is unique and often incredibly special—a simple thank you goes a long way.

Canal playground violates public trust

In Brief

WISH-TV restocking forecasting staff with two meteorologists

As wintry weather descends on central Indiana, Channel 8 is filling two openings on its forecasting staff with native Hoosiers—one of whom worked for a local competitor until 2017.

Town of Speedway buys PNC building to renovate for new government center

The town of Speedway said it will use the 40,000-square-foot building to centralize some of its existing offices, which are spread across several nearby buildings.

Developer scraps plan for $22M downtown hotel, citing costs

Sun Development & Management Corp said the 11-story, 150-room project slated for a surface parking lot along South Meridian Street turned out to be “cost-prohibitive.”

Credit agency Moody’s lauds Indiana balanced budget mandate

Indiana’s measure was the only state finance-related ballot measure to earn a “positive” indication in Moody’s post-election roundup, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.


Brad Rateike: Voters are smart enough to see through rhetoric

Political campaigns shouldn’t get a free pass on their tactics, nor should they automatically be condemned because they can be controversial.

Robin Winston: Focus on issues leads to big 2018 turnout

The constant debate over pre-existing conditions, jobs and immigration mattered.

Richard Feldman: Move to cut nicotine in smokes could be game changer

It is rather surprising that the FDA has moved so soon to regulate the nicotine content of cigarettes. It’s a bold and radical move that I thought would not take place for years.

Christina Hale: Democratic wins light way to party’s future

We need to take an important lesson from Donald Trump: People appreciate politicians who consistently, authentically and unapologetically behave and vote as the person they say they are.

Marshawn Wolley: Braun should reach out to black constituents

The way the Republican Party treats my community is shocking and offensive.

Michael Leppert: Indiana Democrats need to look in their own mirrors

Ignoring portions of one’s own base shouldn’t work.

Riley Parr: It’s not always what you say, it’s how you say it

Particularly for those right of center, successfully convincing the electorate of the benefits of conservative policies often depends on how an issue is presented.

Curt Smith: Kavanaugh vote was key to GOP’s keeping Senate

The American people were disgusted with what happened before the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by California Democrat Diane Feinstein.

Tom LoBianco: 2018, through the looking glass

Energizing the ideological wings of each party worked wonders for Democrats and Trump on election night—count on more of the same in the future.

Andrew Ireland: Paul Ryan’s speakership ends with a whimper

Instead of going down in history for impressive legislative accomplishments, his legacy is likely to be defined by a failure to deliver.

Jennifer Wagner: Donnelly might have lost, but he served state well

He took care of every Hoosier whether they voted for him or not.

Deborah Daniels: Words matter—especially when you’re president

While we all need to do our part, one person in the country has considerably more influence than the rest of us through his words and example.

Jim Shella: Election coverage reflects lack of voter interest

The failures on election night are the result of a lack of coverage in the weeks and months leading up to it because of a fear that viewers will change the channel.

Bill Oesterle: Matt Tully was great reporter, even better Hoosier

Matt did what great journalists do; he got the truth out.

Abdul-Hakim Shabazz: A tribute to writer and commentator Matt Tully

Matt never hesitated to get out of the office and go interact with people to bring his readers a complete picture of what was going on.

Randall Shepard: Indiana’s growing world connection

There are perhaps 70,000 or 80,000 licensed lawyers of Asian or Pacific heritage, and more than half work in law firms or corporations advising individual clients, governments and businesses.


Dishing up art monthly at the Harrison Center

Harrison Center Executive Director Joanna Taft created the monthly Art Dish series as an opportunity to encourage conversation between artists and potential patrons using the lure of first-rate cuisine.

MIKE LOPRESTI: Something to be thankful for: the all-but-anonymous Colts O-line

Andrew Luck’s unsung heroes play big role in recent win streak.