Indianapolis Business Journal – September 7-13, 2018


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In This Issue

Front Page

Luck’s back on field, but don’t expect blitz of sponsor deals

When Andrew Luck came into the NFL as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, local and national advertising experts called him a marketer’s dream. Now, many see a question mark.

Businesses, not-for-profits driving push for public art

In Indianapolis, the task of monitoring and advocating for public art falls largely to the Arts Council of Indianapolis. It's a private not-for-profit, though its funding includes an annual $1 million allocation from the city.

Top Stories

$24M Noblesville project aims to lift downtown without losing charm

Noblesville leaders say building a mixed-use development in their historic downtown allows them to make history while also preserving it.

Donnelly tries to keep party base happy while appealing to right-leaning voters

As a Democratic U.S. senator in a state Trump won by about 20 points in 2016, Donnelly has to court all voters if he wants to win re-election against Republican Mike Braun.

Once a downtown pioneer, developer Keller returns to residential game

Decades ago, J. Scott Keller was a pioneer of the downtown residential real estate scene. Now he’s back, building two modular homes on South Arsenal Avenue with architect Terry Bradbury.

Q&A: Keeping you safe from a Nigerian prince

As a fraud investigator at Elements Financial, Andy Shank is fighting against perpetrators who he says are largely anonymous, overseas and unlikely to be caught.

USA Gymnastics CEO forced out after just nine months

The departing CEO, Kerry Perry, had trouble garnering support in the gymnastics community, and has been criticized for making few public statements.

Big seniors-only apartment complex slated for north-side neighborhood

Sandwiched between homes to the south and commercial development to the north, the $19 million proposed project sparked concerns from nearby residents about its height and density, as well as its impact on drainage and traffic.

Holcomb plans $1B in infrastructure projects funded by hike in toll fees


Airport chief hopeful rising fuel costs won’t slow momentum

Indianapolis International Airport has been on a roll in recent years, seeing strong increases in passenger traffic and direct flights. But now jet-fuel prices are on the way up, threatening to slow the airport’s progress.


EDITORIAL: When attacking crime, recidivism, invest public dollars in what works

Elected officials, who’ve been stymied by the problems of crime and growing prison populations, should seriously consider supporting RecycleForce.

GREG MORRIS: United Way agency partners on notice

New funding model shouldn’t change the focus on helping those who need it most.

SHEILA KENNEDY: Why are we blind to shades of gray?

The issue isn’t regulation or no regulation—it’s the necessity and appropriateness of particular regulatory efforts.

KEVIN CHRIST: NAFTA has been boon for the United States

Most Americans today enjoy a wider variety of goods at lower prices than would have been possible without deals like NAFTA.

WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: Angry people win some, but lose more in negotiations

Anger expression is on the rise in the workplace and especially in business negotiations. If you use anger to get the bigger piece of the pie, you might think it’s an effective negotiation tactic.

HAHN: Adjust your saving, spending to narrow retirement gap

I think boarding a train is an apt metaphor for retirement. We leave the comfort and confines of the known and step willingly unto an unknown future with many possible destinations.

BOHANON & CUROTT: Earning, saving and sharing make you a Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan was not a Social Justice Warrior. He responded to the immediate need of a suffering person. He showed loving kindness by his actions.

A letter to scooter lovers

In Brief

Lawsuit alleges St. Vincent engaged in age discrimination

The lawsuit by a former medical director alleges St. Vincent engaged in a practice of “pushing out employees over the age of 40 and hiring substantially younger employees.”

Purdue Polytechnic eliminates Broad Ripple High School from site search

Purdue Polytechnic High School on Friday announced it was no longer considering the former Broad Ripple High School building as a site for its second Indianapolis location.

Indianapolis woman who lost family on duck boat files lawsuit

An Indianapolis woman whose husband and three children drowned when a duck boat full of tourists sank in a Missouri lake has filed a federal lawsuit.




Indy’s theater companies launch season in their own ways

First impressions matter—in life and at the box office. The first show of a theater’s season can define not only expectations, but also fortunes.

MIKE LOPRESTI: Is preseason the best time to be a Colts fan?

Here’s a game-by-game look at the season ahead.