Indianapolis Business Journal

FEB. 21-27, 2020

John Russell has a story of dissension in one of central Indiana’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Geist Reservoir is in serious need of regular maintenance to clear out weeds and algae, and more than 1,400 households want the state to approve a special taxing district to pay for it. But others oppose the move, saying the taxes would mostly benefit lakefront property owners, not those who live a few blocks away. Also in this week’s paper, Samm Quinn reveals that the state’s schools for the deaf and blind in Indianapolis will need nearly $100 million in upgrades over the next 20 years, which has spurred officials to consider building new schools on a shared site. But some advocates, lawmakers and alumni worry that the state is motivated by the value of the real estate for the two campuses on the north side, which would be very attractive to developers. And Lindsey Erdody explores scenarios for the outcome of the investigation into a former Indianapolis gambling company and how two casinos planned for Gary and Terre Haute might be affected.

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AgriNovus names new board members

The United Nations in December named current CEO Beth Bechdol to serve as deputy director general of its Food and Agriculture Organization, and the AgriNovus board is working on the transition.

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April Klein: State should leverage its outdoor-recreation economy

In Indiana, the BEA estimates outdoor recreation is 2.8% of the state’s economy, with nearly 110,000 direct jobs. Just one segment of this important sector, the RV industry, has an economic impact of $32.4 billion and supports more than 126,140 jobs and $7.8 billion in wages paid to Hoosiers.

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Ed Feigenbaum: Slow second half creates puzzle for bill authors

The legislative process is a puzzle-solving exercise, dependent upon precisely positioning those pieces. The committee to which a bill is assigned might portend a fast-track or slow death. Even a “good” bill could find itself behind the legislative eight-ball should several other major bills be scheduled for a hearing, and simply die from lack of time.

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