Indianapolis Business Journal

JAN. 18-24, 2019

Ersal Ozdemir, the owner of the Indy Eleven, has big plans for a stadium surrounded by housing, retail and office space—but where to put it? Mickey Shuey explores the most likely candidates around Indianapolis. Also in this week’s issue, Susan Orr reports that FullBeauty Brands, a retailer of plus-sized apparel with a deep history in Indianapolis, has a debt load of $1.3 billion and is about to declare bankruptcy. And Anthony Schoettle asks Daniel Jones—the son of famed tech entrepreneur Scott Jones—about his plans to take market share from Uber and Lyft with an unusual approach to ride-sharing.

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Decimation of daily newspapers sets stage for ominous Star sale

Days after Gannett Co. agreed to buy Central Newspapers Inc., parent of The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic, for $2.6 billion in 2000, then-Gannett CEO Doug McCorkindale toured the Indianapolis newsroom and declared, “It’s going to be business as usual, for the most part.” It was the last four words that worried Star staffers—who were […]

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Local sports analytics firm scoring big with NFL

A trio of jocks and computer geeks from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has produced computer software that has had a major impact on the top level of college baseball and softball. Now the small, self-funded firm is making a big play in the NFL with data analytics.

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Lawmakers want to pay teachers more, but struggle over how to do it

Democrats and Republicans agree—teachers need higher pay. Holcomb But there is little to no agreement about how much higher or how to get dollars directly to teachers, so the issue is shaping up to be one of the major education debates in the Indiana General Assembly this year. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposed two-year, $33.8 billion budget […]

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Access, money key to building Indiana’s tech workforce

Last month, hundreds of schools and thousands of K-12 students across Indiana participated in the annual “Hour of Code.” They joined an estimated 100 million of their peers around the globe in giving programming a try for at least one hour. An offshoot of Computer Science week (the second week in December), the Hour of Code […]

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A path to more good jobs in central Indiana

There has never been a better time to do business in Indiana. However, new research shows our region will need the combined efforts of business, government and civic leaders if we’re to ensure that more people have access to family-sustaining jobs. Last month, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program released a report commissioned by the Central […]

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In new year, consider a new workplace culture

January is traditionally the time of year when we take stock of our lives, but it’s also a great time to re-evaluate your company’s culture. Even though the month is half over, it’s not too late for you to resolve to improve the workplace environment for your employees. Given the current low unemployment rate that […]

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Disruptive Statehouse issues tough to anticipate

The annual legislative parlor game asks what issue will crop up this session and disrupt leadership efforts to efficiently manage the proceedings. Sometimes this is a partisan clash, but more recently—with super-minority Democrats unable to throw the proverbial monkey wrench into the process—this phenomenon has morphed from the partisan to the philosophical or fiscal realm. […]

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Cartoonist captured leaders’ fear of marijuana

In the Jan. 4 editorial cartoon, Shane Johnson effectively and humorously showed the truth and reality of the perpetuated fear and hardheadedness of Indiana leadership, including Gov. Holcomb, over the legalization of marijuana. Well done! Also, my hat is off to IBJ for publishing such a timely subject, with the lame excuses and rationalizations recently […]

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Condescending left doesn’t get Hoosiers

A few thoughts after reading the Jan. 4 Q&A with Joe Donnelly’s campaign strategist, Peter Hanscom. His obvious arrogance and disdain for folks not in possession of a college degree and implication of them in his candidate’s loss sent me straight to my keyboard without even finishing the interview. He seems to be saying, “Yes, […]

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Bill would boost CIB funding, require new 25-year deal with Pacers

A bill filed by Senate Appropriations Chairman Ryan Mishler would extend the life of multiple tourism- and entertainment-related taxes that help fund the Capital Improvement Board and expand the footprint of what’s known as the Professional Sports Development Area to capture even more tax revenue for the CIB. But there’s a catch.

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