Indianapolis Business Journal

SEPTEMBER 20-26, 2010

This week, read about the similarities between the proposed deal to privatize city parking operations and a much-aligned pact in Chicago. Also, see what niche the Melody Inn has carved out for itself in the local music scene. In Focus, supporters and detractors of the Bush tax cuts debate the merits of extending the program, which expires at the end of the year. And in A&E, Style columnist Gabrielle Poshadlo talks to fashion students about their plans for after graduation.

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Incoming NCAA chief already making major changes

Mark Emmert, who takes over the NCAA next month, already has removed three high-level executives, met with NBA Commissioner David Stern about changing basketball eligibility rules, and sent signals he will take a hard line against cheating.

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IU hits license jackpot; Purdue royalties surge

Indiana University had a license or two to print money from the commercialization of its technology over the last year—and did it ever. While Purdue University didn’t collect as much in royalties from commercialization, it pulled down record levels of research grants.

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City’s parking deal similar to much-maligned Chicago pact

Officials promoting a 50-year lease of Indianapolis’ parking meters have taken pains to point out the differences between their proposal and a controversial 75-year parking meter lease in Chicago. But a close look at both contracts shows Indianapolis’ pact largely uses the Chicago template.

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Alliance aims to boost adult learning in Hancock County

Three separate colleges will hold classes in Hancock County—if a business-led education alliance can finance the space. The Hancock Community Education Alliance has lined up a vacant retail building on State Road 9 in hopes that Ball State, Purdue and Vincennes universities can offer classes next spring.

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EDITORIAL: City’s parking plan needs work

Mayor Greg Ballard strikes us as someone who puts pragmatism over politics. That’s why we’re hopeful he’ll reconsider details of the controversial plan to turn over the city’s metered parking to a private vendor.

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MAURER: Get and keep control

To create a disciplined investment philosophy, I evolved from my experience, “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School”. Over the course of 10 columns, I will feature each of these essential principles. This is the sixth installment.

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GARNER: Multifamily housing is not the enemy

It would be easy to blame the economy for our blighted urban neighborhoods. True, these tough economic times have led to more vacant and foreclosed houses than we can count. But the key to revitalizing a neighborhood stretches far beyond boarded-up houses.

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Meter deal is a bad idea

I read with interest [Cory Schouten’s] article in the Aug. 30 IBJ, “City vendor may get $1.2B,” detailing aspects of the city’s proposed deal to privatize the city’s parking meters.

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Maurer ‘walks the talk’

Re: Mickey Maurer’s Sept. 6 article, “Kindness is a measure of success,” my experiences with him show he “walks the talk.”

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Praise for Maurer columns

I am enjoying [Mickey Maurer’s] articles in IBJ about the essential principles of entrepreneurship. They are very worthwhile and well-written.

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Indiana leads charge on electric cars

In Indianapolis, it looks like the electric car is much closer to rounding the corner, with Energy Systems Network’s recent announcement that the partnership is launching a pilot project that will, it seems, make electric commutes a reality here and eventually across the United States.

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Community moves to integrate doctors

Health Care watch videoCommunity Health now has about 550 physicians, either on its payroll or committed through integration contracts, who have some of their pay hinge on measures of quality and communication. CEO Bryan Mills says the hospital system is looking to add even more.

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State insurance chief Cutter dies

Indiana Insurance Commissioner Carol Cutter passed away Sept. 6 in Indianapolis after a months-long struggle with illness. She was 67. Cutter had been on leave from the department since January.

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