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Discover Connersville details its busy first year to improve downtown in 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Michigan City annexes 426 acres of land for economic development
Sunday, December 16, 2018
40-foot tall, $150,000 sculpture adds unique presence to Shelbyville gateway
"this is one piece of several different mediums that we’ve started to encourage in the community in the last five years," mayor says
Friday, December 14, 2018
Stellar Community sights ahead: Greenfield, Fortville, Hancock County chosen
Team focused its regional plan on health, heritage and heart — preserving the historic components of the region while still adding new, modern amenities
Friday, December 14, 2018
ROI invites residents to participate in 11-county housing survey
Asks residents their perceptions of the current housing market
Friday, December 14, 2018
Goshen RDC pledges funds for school manufacturing facility
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Harrison County Council creates ERA at Lanesville I-64 interchange
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Could Gary lose both casino licenses?
Terre Haute state senator suggests relocating both of them a better bet for Indiana
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Huntington Sheet Metal get tax break on $1 million worth of machinery
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Opioid crisis: Chamber encourages supportive employment as one response
Thursday, December 13, 2018
IEDC reports another record-setting year in 2018 for job commitments
The average wages pledged for the jobs committed in 2018 is $26.86 an hour, about 25 percent above the state average wage, says IEDC
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
APC approves Ossian plan for amphitheater and pavilion in 28-acre park
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
St. Joseph County Redevelopment Commission OKs deal with Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
COMMENTARY: Indiana holds economic data close to the vest

Ken Davidson, an adjunct scholar of the Indiana Policy Review Foundationand  publisher of the Northwest Indiana Gazette, is a lifelong resident of Hammond. This is excerpted from a larger paper in the winter issue of The Indiana Policy Review. His column appears in Indiana newspapers.

Over the course of the past three years, obtaining information on Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts has been made difficult and in some ways impossible. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Jeffersonville's arts and cultural district gets statewide designation
Joins those of Fishers and Terre Haute as 2018 Statewide Cultural Districts
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
NewAllen Alliance getting $4.5 million as Stellar Community
In September 2018 , eastern Allen County group submitted a 232-page written plan to the state that details a $64-million list of projects
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Six Huntingburg Stellar Communities projects are in the final stretch
City plans to seek other state funding to help with three leftover projects
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Fishers Nickel Plate District earns statewide arts, cultural designation
Is one of three Statewide Cultural Districts in Hamilton County
Monday, December 10, 2018
Richmond auto parts company plans to triple its workforce by 2022
Monday, December 10, 2018
First physical signs of Terre Haute's Turn to the River project expected in 2019
Plan to create a coherent, attractive path to connect the town’s two most famous landmarks — Wabash Avenue and the Wabash River.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Elevate Ventures makes 3-year investment commitment to Bloomington, Columbus
“We hope to begin to pivot local communities and regions toward making innovation a fundamental factor to their success for decades to come"
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Holcomb falling short on two of his five 'big goals' for Indiana workforce development
His three other big goals for workforce development are on track toward being fulfilled, or, in one case, already has been exceeded
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Brazilian company receives abatement to locate plant in Portage
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Japan trip about forging relationships to benefit Wayne County and beyond
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Design firm works with Fort Wayne businesses to find diamonds in the rough
Works to create a starting point to find ways to get people downtown and to create experiences to keep them there all day
Friday, December 7, 2018
New TIF district established in South Whitley
Friday, December 7, 2018
Portage growth called 'almost unprecedented'
Friday, December 7, 2018
Purdue Polytechnic looking to re-engage industry through Madjax classroom build out
“Automation is one of the biggest growing sectors, and we need to be a part in helping individuals find careers there"
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Jeffersonville's River Ridge fulfills U.S. Army lease 35 year early
About one-fifth of the 6,000-acre park has been developed
Thursday, December 6, 2018
IDEM gets an earful on coal-to-diesel permit for $2.5 billion proposed Dale plant
Air permit “would give the plant the capacity to use up to 1.6 million tons per year of coal as feedstock to produce diesel, naphtha and other products.”
Thursday, December 6, 2018
$6.6 million TIF request endorsed by Gibson County
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Perry County Development Corp. looks to Japan for growth
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Promise of state, local tax breaks lures Alliance Steel manufacturer to Gary
Company is investing $19.7 million to establish operations at a closed 250,000-square-foot facility and bringing 100 jobs from Illinois
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Browning plans $157 million mixed-use development in downtown Fishers
Will include residential, retail, a boutique hotel and a six-story office building in Nickel Plate District
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Boone County has more jobs, few workers
“You have to make $90,000 to $100,000 a year to live in Whitestown, and we don’t have very many of those jobs”
Monday, December 3, 2018
Muncie foundation announces funding opportunity for workforce development
Funding will be targeted toward collaborative efforts that create shared space and strengthen operations and programming
Monday, December 3, 2018
North Spencer schools to lobby again for legislative change during 2019 session
Want to be able to collect additional funds when  TIFs expire
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Illinois steel company's move to Gary is hinging on $1.4 million incentives proposal
Friday, November 30, 2018
Terre Haute back in play for casino
Local businessman Greg Gibson an owner of group acquiring two Majestic Star licenses in Gary
Friday, November 30, 2018
Indiana Chamber creates workforce institute to help fill jobs
73 percent of survey respondents said they did not use the state's WorkOne employment system to find workers
Friday, November 30, 2018
COMMENTARY: Economic development' has lost its meaning in Indiana
Force, coercion by government are behind LED proposals
Friday, November 30, 2018
Kokomo targets Apperson Way corridor with business retention, expansion program
Friday, November 30, 2018
Washington City Council and INDOT still grappling with final Business 50 deal
City is moving forward on a number of utility increases that are tied to the rebuilding project
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Residents say they want places to eat, shop and be entertained in Portland's downtown
Respondents who didn't visit downtown frequently said it was because of a lack of things to do and parking frustrations 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Indianapolis-based company agrees to buy Gary's Majestic Star Casino
General counsel of new firm says it is 'committed' to moving license to another city
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Fort Wayne approves $12.5 million tax abatement for Sweetwater Sound expansion
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
TIF district proposed in Ingalls for development at I-69 Exit 214
Indianapolis company wants to move its headquarters there
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Evansville Regional Airport's fresh new look celebrated
Part of $20 million in improvements funded by Regional Cities Initiative
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Common Council approves rezoning for downtown apartment complex
Developer says 58-unit, $6 million project is meant to attract young professionals
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
South Bend commits $4 million to downtown library project to cost $36 to $38 million
Includes a new $19 million Community Education Center
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Survey: Evansville area nonprofits need giving, workers
Half of all nonprofits have less than six months of revenue in reserves, according to the study
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Debate over location of new Vigo County jail continues to rage
Riverscape: 'Once in a century' opportunity at risk if locate there
Sunday, November 25, 2018
CHAIN REACTION: Standardized businesses taking up more downtown Bloomington space
Ordinance applies to businesses with more than one location that are looking to open within the University Village Overlay and the Courthouse Square Overlay
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Amazon HQ2 snub sets off alarm bells among Hoosier tech leaders
In addition to sheer volume, local tech leaders think Indianapolis lacks mid- and senior-level tech workers
Saturday, November 24, 2018
StoneGate set to open its doors in downtown Bedford
At a cost of $4.4 million, the building is bringing education, training and art to downtown
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Delaware County still hopes to find some use for $5 million, unused rail spur
Friday, November 23, 2018
Lawmakers want more coordination among workforce development agencies
Building and maintaining a large and skilled workforce is the state's top challenge, says state chamber
Friday, November 23, 2018
Skip Kuker to retire from Hancock Economic Development Council at end of 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018
Greater Clark awards $11.5 million contract to build downtown Jeffersonville school
Replaces two aging buildings which mayor feared with stall downtown growth if not replaced
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Tire recycling service to open at Vermillion Rise Mega Park in 2019
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Seymour Main Street announced as part of pilot program in nine Hoosier communities
Other communities listed for the pilot program are Dillsboro, Elwood, Fairmount, LaPorte, Rockville, Sullivan, Tell City and Tipton
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Grant County economic Growth Council reconsiders role for downtown Marion makeover
Project is taking a large focus on quality of life and place rather than attracting talent, says marketing director
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
OPINION: Amazon location choices have lessons for the losers
The clearest lesson is that people matter to business location decisions, probably more than everything else combined
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Jeffersonville's River Ridge deal for gateway project called a 'game-changer'
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Spencer County Commissioners back state permit for $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel
Many people have spoken out in support of the plant for economic reasons, while those opposed cite health and environmental concerns
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Downtown zoning overlay district may become a 2019 goal for Batesville
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Budget, workforce goals set in Indiana House for upcoming 2019 session
Legislators return to the Statehouse on Jan. 3 to conduct business through the end of April
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Miami-based media company to open Indianapolis office, hire 150 workers
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
OPINION: Amazon and Indiana
Eye on the pie
Monday, November 19, 2018
EDITORIAL: Retaining college grads recipe for economic growth
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Portage officials want casino license for north side property
The rebirth of a push for a Portage casino idea began 25 years after Porter County voters shot down a referendum that would have allowed such a development in the lakeside cit
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Bloomington seeks public art installation for Switchyard Park
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Does Muncie have 'too many' fast food chains? The data might surprise you
The truth is, we complain about the new fast food restaurants, but our city will likely support them
Saturday, November 17, 2018
NewAllen Alliance gives Stellar Communities pitch
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Markle eyes $1.5 million project to bring fiber-optic network to town
Community members said once students get off the bus, the entire town’s Internet slows to a creep
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Infosys breaks ground on $245 million investment in former airport parking lot
The company has committed to creating 3,000 new jobs by 2023
Saturday, November 17, 2018
$1 million grant to Tack Factory to start major Madison Stellar project
Saturday, November 17, 2018






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