SEPT. 28-OCT. 4, 2009
This week's issue includes a story about the battle among job-hungry states—including Indiana—all vying for a Harley-Davidson manufacturing plant. Also, find out how the city Department of Waterworks' to-do list could cost ratepayers more money and learn how new IU Athletic Director Fred Glass is revving up the school's advertising efforts. And see what Lou Harry thinks about the Eiteljorg Museum's annual "Quest for the West" art show and sale.
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Hospitals, doctors finally integrating patient care
The stitching together of doctors and hospitals—two groups that historically have kept each other at arm’s length—is
a trend picking up speed locally and nationally and could accelerate even further if Congress passes health care reform.
Widow likely biggest beneficiary of Simon’s estate
Bren Simon likely will inherit at least one-third of her billionaire husband’s fortune and potentially much more,
wealth managers speculate, based on the legal and tax issues involved in such a large estate.
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Pennsylvania city not giving up Harley without a fight
The motorcycle manufacturer is considering a Shelby County site at the same time that it’s pushing for concessions from the
union in York, Pa.
Influential team owner thinks hot rod group should move HQ from California to Brownsburg
A meeting between high-level National Hot Rod Association executives—including NHRA President Tom Compton—and
Gov. Mitch Daniels and members of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. has fueled speculation that the drag racing group
might be looking to significantly expand its presence here.
Water utility wants millions for treatment-plant upgrade, dam repair
Already swamped with higher debt costs due to a bond refinancing fiasco, the city’s Department of Waterworks is asking
the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to OK a rate hike to pay for capital projects.
Fred Glass takes center stage in IU football’s ad campaign
Athletics Director Fred Glass isn’t just calling an audible, he’s changing the advertising
playbook in Bloomington. Glass, along with his new senior assistant athletics director for marketing, Patrick
Kraft, are upping the ante this football season, with a 67-percent boost in television advertising and 20-percent boost in
the total media buy.
Region below average on Obama’s health care cost measure
The tool the administration is using to measure waste shows that expenses in Indianapolis might be low enough
not to get whacked. But the region isn’t performing so well that it’s likely to get much praise, either.
Entrepreneur hopes real estate venture will rebuild neighborhoods, fund charities
David Sexauer has $250,000 and a list of about 120 properties he’d like to acquire from the city of Indianapolis.Read More
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New Indiana law requires schools to teach financial acumen
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett plans to meet a state mandate to offer financial instruction by
incorporating the topic in the classroom via real-world example.
A battered stock market is no reason to stop investing for a college education
It’s no time to be cautious about investing for a college education. Rather, the drop in the stock market presents an ideal time to be aggressive.Read More
PITTSFORD: Business ownership brings stability and greater financial rewards
Owning your own business is more attractive today than ever, especially if you are in your 20s or 30s.Read More
COX: Converting to a Roth IRA offers considerable tax breaks
The deadline for converting traditional individual retirement accounts to Roth IRAs arrives at the end of the 2009.Read More
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EDITORIAL: Go with care on energy projects
One of the great conundrums of our time is how to maintain the most comfortable and convenient lifestyle in the history
of the human race without destroying the environment.
KATTERJOHN: Buy some underwear, men
It turns out the purchase of men’s underwear is an esoteric economic indicator for economists all over the world.
Alan Greenspan himself apparently considers it important. That was news to me.
MARCUS: Let’s help keep legislators in check
All last week, I felt good that Todd Rokita, Indiana’s secretary of state, is pushing
for less partisan redistricting of political offices after the 2010 census.
FAENZI: Can Kindle and books co-exist?
While on a long flight recently, I noticed that the woman sitting next to me was using a “Kindle,” the e-book
device that allows one to download books and click through pages. I mourn the fading away of the tangible,
the sensual—books, newspapers, letters.
ALTOM: Take the time to set up smartphone security
It’s remarkable how many people don’t bother setting security features on their expensive smartphones. Because
they keep the phone somewhere close to them most of the time, they believe it’s secure, but that’s not true.
HAUKE: Gold-crazed investors keep pushing price up
Gold has been part of our story since the beginning of time. For at least 5,000 years, humans have been able
to find it, mine it, process it and shape it into all kinds of things.
HICKS: Stimulus job creation has been surprisingly small
Earlier this month, the Obama administration released its estimate of the impact of the fiscal stimulus on job creation.Read More
Hartman story hit close to home
I worked with Mike Hartman at Lauth briefly. Your [Sept. 14] story about him is heart-wrenching and hits very close to
Novel partnership promotes peace
Through partnership with Indy Parks, Peace Learning Center is making a difference in the lives
of central Indiana youth and families while enhancing Indy Parks’ mission.
Survey showed need for mass transit
Last summer, we said central Indiana was experiencing the perfect storm for mass transit. But this summer, the story was different.Read More
Nucor story was fair and balanced
We understand that it’s never easy to report on a dispute between two local companies and we appreciate the balanced
way in which you reported the [Sept. 14] Nucor story.
Health care reform: Prepare for change
With the uncertainty surrounding health care reform, only
one thing seems definite: Some level of change is coming. In that light, employers have two options: Fret over the impact
these changes might have on their businesses, or act now, meeting the needs of today while forging a plan for addressing a
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Clarian CEO pines anew for public insurance option
Most business groups cheered when Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., introduced a health reform bill with no so-called public option,
a controversial government-run insurance plan for working adults. But there’s a big group that would like
to see it back on the table—hospitals.
Current Publishing launches another Hamilton County newspaper
Publishers of the weekly Current in Carmel newspaper launched a publication this month in Noblesville.Read More
New technology sparks growth for plastics welder
Genesis Plastics Welding plans to double the size of its Fortville facilities to 50,000 square feet and add to its staff
of 49 people
Sisters start new trucking firm
Two former executives of Carmel-based Performance Marketing Group have launched Rapid Freight Solutions.Read More
Architecture firms launch energy venture
Architectural and engineering firm Schmidt Associates Inc. and mechanical contractor Johnson Melloh Inc.
have partnered to form Energy Solutions by JMS, which will promote energy-savings programs to school
districts, libraries and units of local government throughout the state.
NFL helps spruce up high school’s football field
The George Washington Community High School football team played its season opener at a newly renovated field and stadium,
thanks to a joint effort of the National Football League, the Indianapolis Colts and Local Initiatives Support Corp.
Historic building gets reprieve
The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and the Salvation Army have worked out a deal that could save a Queen-Anne-style
building on Michigan Street just west of Alabama Street.
Tour highlights alternative energy in central Indiana
An event stretching from Noblesville to Bargersville might be the best opportunity ever to check out wind- and solar-energy
projects in one afternoon.
MZD, Kron add clients to roster
Two local advertising agencies recently signed new clients: MZD Advertising signed a deal to be agency of record for Edward’s Transmissions and Engines, and Kron & Associates recently was named agency of record for the School of Adult Learning at Anderson University.Read More
NFP of NOTE: St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild
St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild’s mission is to raise funds for the services and programs of Wishard Health Services.Read More