Indianapolis Business Journal

MARCH 4-10, 2013

This week, meet the Indiana Pacers executive who literally wrote the book on teamwork and read about why central Indiana's mass transit bill faces a tough road in the Senate. In Focus, see how First Internet Bank is leveraging is online roots. And in Forefront, columnists ask Gov. Mike Pence not to cut taxes. Say what?

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Quirky campaign aims to win new listeners for WFYI

National Public Radio is spending $750,000 on an aggressive advertising campaign designed to boost its audience in four test cities, including Indianapolis, by pointing out the wide variety of people who listen to public radio.

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Airport puts parking operations under review

The revenue-hungry Indianapolis Airport Authority is reviewing its entire parking operation, including opening up its valet parking contract in search of new services that would appeal to business travelers and in turn boost the airport’s bottom line.

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Transit bill to face tough road in Senate

A bill to create a rapid-transit system in central Indiana is headed for the crucible of the Senate, where skeptics stand ready to tear apart the proposal’s $1.3 billion financing plan.

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Pacers general manager wrote the book on teamwork

Indiana Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard believes character is forged in losing as much as in winning. He’s shared that philosophy in a recent book he co-wrote called “Help the Helper: Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork.”

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United Way sees promise in new CEO’s connections

Ann Murtlow has no experience running a not-for-profit, yet she is charging into the top job at one of the city’s largest charitable groups. The people who hired the former Indianapolis Power & Light Co. CEO say her connections to the Indianapolis business community are a big plus in her new role at United Way of Central Indiana.

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JONES: Lessons for the 2013 IPO market from Facebook

With the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index hovering at or near all-time highs, one would think the stock markets would be highly receptive to initial public offerings in 2013, even if the economy disappoints.

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EDITORIAL: Good choice for United Way

When the longtime CEO of United Way of Central Indiana last year announced her plans to retire, the not-for-profit’s board embarked on a search for a seasoned executive with deep community ties. They found both in Ann D. Murtlow.

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MAURER: Big Q’s lofty mission didn’t involve flying

Quentin Paige Smith died in January at age 94. If you didn’t know the Big Q, you missed a hell of a man—his own man—unbowed by the evil racism of the pre-Civil Rights era. I wrote his biography for my book “19 Stars of Indiana—Exceptional Hoosier Men,” and now I can tell you the rest of that story.

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RUSTHOVEN: The sky really isn’t falling

If our president is right—and who doubts a word he utters?—writing this is wasting time, as it is scheduled for publication that day after the “sequester” takes effect and life comes to an end. But on the off chance the world survives, let’s soldier on for the fraction of readers who might not always find this column a waste of time.

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Put citizens first

Are there not any really decent people to run for Congress [Maurer column, Feb. 18]? Too many of these candidates have the ability to speak smoothly, show an engaging personality and make a good impression. The real essence of their character is not revealed until they are caught taking advantage of their slick-lip shenanigans.

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Hempstead needs a grip

I surely hope Sarah Hempstead [Feb. 25] was joking when she suggested we ask anybody about Indianapolis—inferring, I would guess, a blank stare.

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Morris column hit home

I enjoyed Greg Morris’ [Feb. 25] column. However, I wish he had taken it one step further to explain the absurdity of these so called “sequestration” cuts as they relate to baseline budgeting.

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WTHR meteorologist leaving for position in Texas

WTHR-TV Channel 13 Meteorologist Chikage Windler is scheduled to sign off the local air Tuesday afternoon before departing for a new position in Texas in the latest in a series of shakeups involving local weathercasters.

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IU, Marian set to launch wave of docs

Between the new Marian college of medicine and an enrollment expansion at the Indiana University School of Medicine, the state will have 88 percent more med students by next fall.

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PROXY CORNER: Hillenbrand Inc.

Batesville-based Hillenbrand Inc. sells burial caskets and other death-care products. The company also operates a Process Equipment Group, which makes material-handling equipment and systems.

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