A City-County Council coup, Bren Simon’s big donation, direct flights to Paris and scooters were among the news IBJ covered in 2018.
However, lawmakers did not approve a proposal to allow grocery stores and convenience stores to sell cold beer.
Indianapolis, along with nearly 250 other cities, submitted an application, pitching the metro area as an ideally located, low-cost place to do business that the tech behemoth could really put its stamp on.
Donnelly ran against Republican Mike Braun, who shook up Indiana politics this year, as he defeated U.S. Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer in the GOP primary in May.
The hotels will together have 1,400 rooms, and the development is expected to invigorate the once-celebrated Pan Am Plaza.
Several well-known Indiana companies were acquisition targets, including biotech firm Endocyte Inc., retailer The Finish Line Inc., racino owner Centaur Gaming, auto body chain Church Brothers Collision Repair, banking company MainSource Financial Group, and gas and electric utility Vectren Corp.
Carson’s left a 145,000-square-foot hole in Circle Centre mall when the three-story department store shut down April 29 following a three-month liquidation sale.
In response to public input, INDOT said in September it would not add extra through lanes to the interchange as planned. INDOT also said its plans now call for the construction of retaining walls in certain areas that are only 7 to 11 feet high at the top of existing berms, rather than the much-higher retaining walls at the foot of the berms that it had originally proposed.
The projects range from full-service hospitals in Bloomington, Brownsburg and Shelbyville to a flurry of “micro-hospitals,” free-standing emergency rooms and urgent care centers.
The year’s big projects include construction at The Yard at Fishers District, a culinary district developed by Indianapolis-based Thompson Thrift.
The 360 Market Square apartment tower opened in March—a $120 million, 27-story structure that redefined downtown’s eastern skyline. Much of the year’s other development took in the Mass Ave district.
It was the year of the improbable, especially in politics—starting with the resignation of Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and ending with the election of Mike Pence as vice president. Then there was Carrier’s flip-flip, Eli Lilly’s changing of the guard, ITT Educational Services’ collapse—and much, much more.
Donald Trump’s big victory in Indiana means his running mate Mike Pence will be vice president. It also swept Eric Holcomb into the governor’s office and Todd Young into the U.S. Senate.
Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan tried to take his company private but fell short again, among other stories.
A longtime provider in the for-profit college education world shuttered this fall after years of pressure from federal regulators over its recruiting methods and students’ educational performance.
Political newcomer Jennifer McCormick was elected Nov. 8 as state superintendent of public instruction—a surprise to many who expected Democrat Glenda Ritz to keep her seat.
Massive real estate developments continued to roll into Hamilton County in 2016, especially in Carmel and Westfield.