City of Indianapolis

Business and political leaders in the Indianapolis-area announced Monday that the city will make a proposal for Amazon’s next headquarters. The group has 30 days to submit their proposal to the tech giant.

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett made the announcement alongside Scott Fadness, mayor of Indy suburb Fishers. The bid to lure the Amazon headquarters to Indiana will be a region-wide effort, including nine counties.

American Fitness Index Measures More Than Health

May 16, 2017

The American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis released its annual American Fitness Index this week. The index was first created 10 years ago when it was the first report to combine personal and community factors into a health score, having that environment included has changed the conversation.

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A federal grant will let Indianapolis hire an economic recovery counselor to help put out-of-use industrial sites – and laid-off employees – back to work.

The city qualified for the $355,000 grant comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Agency after thousands of recent manufacturing layoffs – especially those at Navistar and, earlier this year, Carrier.

"We can't keep suffering these job losses and not try to mitigate it in the future,” says Indianapolis economic development administrator Brent Pierce.

Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly will have a new CEO in January.

Lilly's retiring chief, John Lechleiter, led the company to new prosperity during his eight-year tenure.

 

His replacement, David Ricks, will have the challenge of keeping that going, according to experts like Indiana University corporate leadership professor Ken Wendeln.

 

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Mississippi-based Hancock Fabrics is going out of business, shutting down its four Indiana stores and nearly 200 more.

The fabric and crafts retailer filed for bankruptcy in February, but no company came forward to buy its $280 million in retail assets.

Hancock Fabrics' Indianapolis, Carmel, Fort Wayne and Clarksville locations will hold clearance sales over the next few months before closing down. They employ about 40 people total.

 

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Steelworkers rallied outside the Carrier factory in Indianapolis Wednesday to protest plans to close the heating and air conditioning plant, sending 1,400 jobs to Mexico.

That announcement was caught on video in February and has drawn national attention. But analysts say the dramatic footage isn't the only reason Carrier is standing out.

 

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The City of Indianapolis is courting Hollywood.

Visit Indy, the Indy Chamber and the Central Indiana Community Foundation have launched a new two-year marketing project called "Film Indy,” with the goal of luring more television and film production to the Circle City.

The public-private partnership will position Indianapolis as a production-friendly city in an attempt to also boost exposure and tourism dollars for the region. Visit Indy spokesman Chris Gahl says there’s significant economic impact.

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Indianapolis Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett (D) and outgoing Mayor Greg Ballard (R) are pledging a smooth transition from a Republican administration to a Democratic one.

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Indianapolis officials predict some of the country’s most notable politicians will likely make stops in the city next June as it hosts the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Visit Indy and Mayor Greg Ballard announced Tuesday that the Circle City had won the rights to the conference. Ballard says the conference is often a popular stop on the presidential campaign trail.

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Wednesday‘s announcement of a nine-year commitment from the Future Farmers of America, or FFA, is Indianapolis‘s first big score in the convention market since the religious-freedom controversy.

But officials say they need more data before they can assess whether the RFRA storm has passed.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says he believes the city and state have taken the right steps to prevent more damage, with legislators following RFRA with a bill declaring it can‘t be used to justify discrimination.

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