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How many wind turbines does a renewable energy company want to build in Posey County?
There are seven wind farms with a total of 1,095 turbines in Indiana, producing about 1,800 megawatts of power
Monday, December 17, 2018
I-69 ORX project team announces preferred route for new Evansville-Henderson bridge
The team recommends the existing northbound U.S. 41 bridge remain open for two-way local traffic
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Discover Connersville details its busy first year to improve downtown in 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Vigo County ponders: 'What now?' for jail siting as city reject zoning for location
Will likely wait to hear thoughts of federal judge in federal lawsuit
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Michigan City annexes 426 acres of land for economic development
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Indiana's infant mortality remains one of the highest in the nation
Governor proposes programs to help more babies reach age 1
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Residents at workshop: Madison County shouldn't lose identity
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Governor: Expanding mental health services won't be last in school violence solutions
At the time of its fall report, more than $100 million had been spent for Indiana school safety including state, federal and matching fund
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Authors of controversial 2007 government reform report still say townships must go
The absorption of township services into county government has been tried piecemeal in some areas over the past decade
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Fewer seeking to protect and serve in their local communities
Nationwide drop in police applications felt here, too
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Stop the rage: Tempers flare on Indiana roads during holidays
Police anticipate increase with construction
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Funds approved for two railroad northside overpasses in Terre Haute
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Holcomb announces $121 million in matching grants for state rail projects
New competitive Local TRAX Rail Overpass Program due to make eliminate dangerous crossings
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Funds approved for two northside overpasses in Terre Haute
Friday, December 14, 2018
Terre Haute City Council votes down jail rezoning, 8-1
Riverscape plan, environmental concerns cited in decision
Friday, December 14, 2018
Lead poisoning present in dead Hammond swans
Friday, December 14, 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
Sense of optimism for Anderson center pervasive among restaurant owners
Some sprinkle their conversation phrases like “revival” and “renaissance'
Friday, December 14, 2018
State incentives help keep FFA convention in Indianapolis through 2031
The event had an estimated economic impact of $39.8 million when it took place in Indianapolis in late October 2018
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
Township trustee in Henry County pleads guilty to five counts of felony theft
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
Latest trash-to-fuel project promises to invest $600 million and hire 160 in Gary
Similar biofuels plant outside Reno, Nevada that would become the first commercial waste-to-fuel biorefinery in the United States producing both diesel and jet fue
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Jasper mayor resigns to become senior staffer for U.S. Sen.-elect Mike Braun
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
APC approves Ossian plan for amphitheater and pavilion in 28-acre park
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Griffith gets cold shoulder from St. John Township, still courting North Township
Town now turning to North Township officials as their final hope of winning a new township before the end of 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Terre Haute casino opponents gearing up again
Wabash Valley economists also dubious about city's odds
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
St. Joseph County Redevelopment Commission OKs deal with Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Unclear future for Elkhart police following chief resignation at mayor's request
Media reports also suggested that disciplinary action against officers had dropped under Windbigler’s command
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Elkhart, city police police named in 2016 death civil suit
Claim department leaders interfered with an independent investigation of the incident
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
New Elkhart police chief from inside or outside the department?
Mayor says he will consider 'all qualified candidates'
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Elkhart police chief stepping down at mayor's request
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Rising Sun casino owner doubles down on Terre Haute
But state approval will be 'a heavy lift,' says one gaming expert
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Markers coming to Logansport trails
Project part of city's plan to increase safety
Tuesday, December 11, 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
Bird scooters: West Lafayette resorts to towing as promises fall flat
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
Pacers Bikeshare rolling out major expansion for Indianapolis in 2019
Many of the new stations along or near the Monon Trail, the White River Trail and the Central Canal Towpath
Monday, December 10, 2018
Fishers Nickel Plate District earns statewide arts, cultural designation
Is one of three Statewide Cultural Districts in Hamilton County
Monday, December 10, 2018
EDITORIAL: Is it time for the state to take over running the city of Gary?
Monday, December 10, 2018
Richmond auto parts company plans to triple its workforce by 2022
Monday, December 10, 2018
Jackson County inmate count daily average falls below jail capacity
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
OPINION: Unbalanced economic news
Eye on the pie
Monday, December 10, 2018
State Sen. Phil Boots wants to curtail 4-mile zoning reach of towns
Monday, December 10, 2018
State audit: Madison County inter-agency $81,000 check not deposited for one year
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
Some of Gary mayor's political donors also receive lucrative contracts
A Times review of Lake County and Gary records found 67 city vendors contributed to the mayor's campaigns and they have received more than $38 million in city business
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
Indiana Farm Bureau mission: Stop township reform
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Indiana Legislature to wrestle with township budget surpluses
On average, Indiana townships hold a balance of 116 percent above their annual budgets
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Will lawmakers listen? Schools want laws, stiffer penalties, funding to make busing safer
Lights, cameras action could help curb the massive number of stop-art violations in Indiana, USA TODAY's Network 5 newspapers find
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Hancock County crams record number of 259 inmates into jail with 157 beds
An additional 53 county offenders are in other Indiana jails, says sheriff-elect
Friday, December 7, 2018
Terre Haute becomes Indiana's 8th Statewide Cultural District
Joins Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Madison, Nashville, Noblesville and Lafayette-West Lafayette
Friday, December 7, 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
More drug treatment could cost less than a new jail, mental health worker suggests
Henry County grapples about when it might need a new jail 
Friday, December 7, 2018
Portage growth called 'almost unprecedented'
Friday, December 7, 2018
Governor unveils legislative agenda, but teacher salary increase is years away
Governor's administration wants to evaluate teacher pay in other Midwest states, a process that could take between two and four years
Friday, December 7, 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
Hancock County trails plan tries to balance connectivity and rural sensibilities
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Mayor Neese says he will seek independent review of Elkhart Police Department
Wednesday, December 5, 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
Hoosier jails react to growth in female populations
Mental-health, addiction programs springing up
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Indiana voter turnout for 2018 midterm elections was highest since 1994
The highest turnout in the state this year was recorded in Henry County at 64 percent
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
Lake County sheriff seeks $360,000 armored vehicle
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Cass County gathering info on wind turbines
Commission continuing with plans to reexamine local rules
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Drinking and scootering is public intoxication in Blomington, not drunken driving
“Scootering while intoxicated” is not defined under Indiana law, so every jurisdiction can decide how to proceed in such cases
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
Indiana lawmakers seeking more oversight of toll road lease decisions
Bremen state representative said they’re also discussing whether some of the projects Holcomb has proposed to spend the $1 billion on qualify as “transportation” projects
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Elkhart council members: Private investigation of city police may be necessary
One council member, Richard Shively, a Republican, says he is unsure how long the council would wait for the mayor to act
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Chesterfield and Daleville open to plans for Mounds Greenway
Would be a linear park along the White River connecting trails in Anderson and Muncie
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
COMMENTARY: Another academic study suggests the value of local newspapers
Monday, December 3, 2018
Porter County tourism group to join in effort to battle Lake Michigan erosion
Caused by combination of unusually high lake levels, sand starvation caused by structures blocking the normal drift of sand along the shoreline and the increasing number of extreme storms
Sunday, December 2, 2018
'Newest fad:' Concerns rise over kids' use of addictive e-cigarette variant
JUUL comes in a variety of flavors and also uses nicotine salts, which can allow high levels of nicotine to be inhaled more easily and with less irritation
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Some lawmakers wonder why tolling is only OK for northern Indiana
"If you put them (tolls) throughout the state, you won't win elections," says South Bend state representative
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Wabash County law enforcement officials say meth is a growing local problem
Crystal meth mainly comes from Mexico while the homemade “bottle dope” is a more old school approach, says detective
Sunday, December 2, 2018
LouVelo bike share service coming to Jeffersonville
Saturday, December 1, 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
New website offers free legal resources for qualified Indiana residents
Saturday, December 1, 2018
7 experts and Delaware County leaders address challenges, solutions to opiate crisis
Local drug statistics show that the number of possession of heroin cases nearly doubled from 2015 to 201
Friday, November 30, 2018
EDITORIAL: Gary mayor sets sights on national role while city crumbles
Friday, November 30, 2018
Illinois steel company's move to Gary is hinging on $1.4 million incentives proposal
Friday, November 30, 2018
East Chicago residents unnerved with EPA cleanup
About 235,000 tons of soil will be removed and institutional controls put in place
Friday, November 30, 2018
Gary owes $3 milion to CIGNA as it switches health coverage to save
Friday, November 30, 2018
Residents discuss lack of sidewalks with Terre Haute officials
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
COMMENTARY: Economic development' has lost its meaning in Indiana
Force, coercion by government are behind LED proposals
Friday, November 30, 2018






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