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Making Downtown Streets Safer Making Downtown Streets Safer - Indianapolis Downtown Inc. is providing bicycle and foot patrols in downtown Indianapolis. The primary focus is enforcing the panhandling state law and the city's passive solicitation ordinance. Watch Video

Indy VIP Campaign 'Indy VIP' Campaign - Hoosiers are invited to Indy for certain holidays, including Fourth of July weekend, as part of Visit Indy's new "Indy VIP" campaign, offering Indiana residents up to 30-percent off rates at Indianapolis' top hotels. Watch Video

Five-Year Strategic Plan, Velocity Five-Year Strategic Plan, Velocity - In April, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. unveiled Velocity, a five-year strategic plan, to focus on innovations and challenges that could affect the city over the next decade. Since that rollout, IDI has invited the public to provide input on six areas of improvements. Watch Video

Downtown IN Depth Insiders Downtown IN Depth Insiders - You don't have to walk very far in downtown Indianapolis to notice numerous housing projects going up. Developers are investing and reinvesting in hopes of continuing to bring people downtown to live, work and play. That was the focus of this special Downtown in Depth-INsiders panel. Watch Video

 

Downtown IN Depth

Downtown IN Depth is a quarterly series from Inside INdiana Business exploring the issues central to the downtown Indianapolis business community. Throughout the year we will look at how investments, amenities and sports shape the experience of doing business downtown.


Downtown IN Depth 2013, Quarter 2

In this quarterly series spotlighting downtown Indiana, we'll look at how safety, tourism, future planning and housing continues to shape the downtown experience. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indianapolis Downtown Inc. have teamed up to provide additional bicycle and foot patrols downtown. Plus, Hoosiers who haven't made travel plans yet for the summer can take advantage of a new "closer to home" campaign. And, a strategic planning effort for the future of downtown Indianapolis is underway and focuses on six components for a healthy downtown.

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Downtown IN Depth 2013

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In this quarterly series spotlighting downtown Indiana, we`ll look at how investment, amenities and sports continue to shape the downtown experience. Major plans are in the works for Georgia Street this year. We`ll tell you what upcoming events and improvements you can expect to see soon. Plus, once again the Circle City will play host to some major sporting events downtown: four NCAA events in just the next few months. And the Indianapolis Cultural trail is now complete. We`ll have details on a major celebration and some surprising numbers on the economic impact of the 8-mile trail.

New Events Planned for Georgia Street New Events Planned for Georgia Street - A year after taking over Downtown`s newest outdoor venue, Georgia Street is active, programmed and being rented. Several outdoor events are on the calendar for this year including a St. Patrick`s Day and New Year`s Eve events. Watch Video

Major NCAA Events Headed to Indy Major NCAA Events Headed to Indy - Four NCAA events are coming to downtown Indianapolis this year: Women`s Swimming & Diving Championship, Men`s Swimming & Diving Championship, Division I Men`s Basketball Regional Championship and the Division I Men`s Lacrosse Quarterfinals. Indianapolis is one of only six cities to be included in the NCAA Championship City program, which brings a variety of championships over several years. Watch Video

Indianapolis Cultural Trail Completed Indianapolis Cultural Trail Completed - The $63 million, 8-mile long, Indianapolis Cultural Trail is now complete. An economic development study reports the trail has created more than 11,000 jobs and has an economic impact exceeding $864 million. A grand opening ceremony is planned in May. Watch Video

Downtown IN Depth Insiders Downtown IN Depth Insiders - Each week a group of Insiders joins me to offer perspective on the week`s top stories. This week we`ve put together a special INsiders panel to weigh-in on a strategic plan for downtown, new development and how to keep downtown vibrant and fresh. Watch Video


Downtown IN Depth 2012

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In our quarterly series spotlighting downtown Indiana, we talk with Indianapolis Downtown Inc.'s new president. Sherry Seiwert is only the second person take the helm in the organization's 20 year history. Plus, Downtown Indianapolis is seeing strong residential and a recent flurry of building sales. And, it's a holiday tradition that draws a crowd estimated at 100,000 to downtown Indianapolis the day after Thanksgiving. This year, the Circle of Lights is marking its 50th anniversary.

Indy Downtown Inc. Leader Lays Out Vision 10/18: Indy Downtown Inc. Leader Lays Out Vision - Indianapolis Downtown Inc. named Sherry Seiwert its new president in July. She previously served as executive director of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Seiwert replaced Tamara Zahn, who announced plans in February to step down once a successor was in place.
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Real Estate Sales on The Move in The State Capital 10/18: Real Estate Sales on The Move in The State Capital - Downtown Indianapolis is seeing strong residential sales and a recent flurry of building sales: Ober Building, Consolidated Building and the Circle Tower. And still others including the Indianapolis Star building and Marrott Center are on the block. Watch Video

Hoosier Tradition to Celebrate 50th Anniversary 10/18: Hoosier Tradition to Celebrate 50th Anniversary - Hoosiers recognize the holiday lighting that takes place each year the day after Thanksgiving as the event that kicks off the holiday season with a crowd of 100,000 people and a TV audience of 50,000 households. This year the event marks its 50th anniversary. Watch Video

The INsiders: Downtown Development Discussion 10/18: The INsiders: Downtown Development Discussion - Each week a group of Insiders joins me to offer perspective on the week's top stories. This week we'll explore some of the developing stories in downtown Indianapolis, including the new CityWay project taking shape, Indy as a technology hub and mass transit plans. Watch Video


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In this special edition of Inside INdiana Business, we'll take an in-depth look at how the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a huge impact on the city of Indianapolis. Our quarterly Downtown IN Depth series features Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, who talks about just what the Indy 500 means to the city on a global stage. Also, leaders of the 16 Tech Project will unveil new information on the redevelopment efforts that include old Bush Stadium and the historic Riverside neighborhood. And the month of May also means the 500 Festival and nearly half a million people participating in events leading up to The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

The Economic Impact of Motorsports 5/27 - The Economic Impact of Motorsports - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is recognized globally as the leader in professional motorsports entertainment, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world every year. Indeed, motorsports has a huge impact on the economy of the Indianapolis region. Mayor Greg Ballard will discuss the motorsports impact on hospitality, conventions and economic development. Watch Video

16 Tech Project Update 5/27 - 16 Tech Project Update - Only two miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a massive redevelopment project is underway. The 16 Downtown Technology District, otherwise known as 16 Tech, is an effort between the city of Indianapolis and Develop Indy, which aims to attract high-tech businesses. Besides providing up to one million square-feet of development and redevelopment opportunities, 16 Tech will be able to accommodate motorsports research and development. Watch Video

Month of May Events 5/27 - Month of May Events - Just coming off hosting the Super Bowl in February, nearly half a million Hoosiers will participate in one of the largest festivals in the nation…the Indy 500 Festival. The series of events take place throughout the month of May in Indianapolis lead up to the running of the Indy 500. Watch Video

Insiders Insiders - Each week a group of Insiders joins me to offer perspective on the week's top stories. This week we're talking with motorsports experts about the industry and its impact on the city of Indianapolis.
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It this special edition of Inside INdiana Business, we'll take an in-depth look at the years of planning that went into Indianapolis hosting Super Bowl XLVI, from transforming Georgia Street into Super Bowl Village to revitalizing the city's near eastside. We'll also show you how the city is connecting the worlds of art and football, and what it all will mean after the big game. Plus, details on the lasting legacy of Super Bowl 46. Gerry Dick sits down with local leaders for perspective on those stories and much more.


Downtown IN Depth 2011

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In our quarterly series spotlighting downtown Indiana, we'll take you inside major new development and projects in downtown. Plus, new details and reaction to the ambitious roadmap for mass transit in Central Indiana and what to expect when Super Bowl XLVI arrives in the Capital City. Gerry Dick sits down with local leaders for perspective on those stories and much more.

12/18 Downtown IN Depth - Indianapolis business leaders share new details and reaction to the ambitious roadmap for mass transit in Central Indiana. Watch Video

12/18 South Side Developments - Somewhat quietly, a corridor on the south side of downtown Indianapolis experiencing robust development. The area is the target of nearly $360 million in projects announced or underway. Watch Video

12/18 Super Bowl Preview - In just about 50 days Super Bowl XLVI will make Indianapolis the epicenter of the world of sports and entertainment. What can we expect as the event draws closer? Watch Video

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In this special edition of Inside INdiana Business, we'll take an in-depth look into the economy, events, and sports in the city of Indianapolis. We'll also reveal details of an economic indicators report from Indianapolis Downtown Inc.

A new report from our partners at Indianapolis Downtown Inc. shows things are looking up for the city. Projects and investments increased last year and our panel of city executives discuss the happenings in downtown Indianapolis. Watch Video

Indianapolis Downtown Inc. President Tamara Zahn and ISO President and CEO Simon Crookall provide perspective on IDI's economic indicators report. Watch Video

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Indians have a combined 225 years in Indianapolis. We'll take a closer look at Indy's sports industry and how these two organizations have survived over time. Watch Video

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Our quarterly Downtown IN Depth special looks at some major developments in downtown Indianapolis.

Just this week, the Indiana Convention Center opened its multi-million dollar expansion and the finishing touches are being put on the world’s largest JW Marriott. We’ll have an outlook on many of the big projects and events coming to the Circle City this year. Watch Video

Downtown Indianapolis has some 87 projects announced or underway worth over $3 billion to be completed in the next four years AND over 19 projects were added in just the last 6 months... a sign the building economy is starting to improve downtown? Watch Video

A multi-million dollar gift from philanthropists Bill and Gayle Cook of Bloomington is allowing a partial restoration of the former Central Avenue United Methodist Church in Indianapolis to serve as Indiana Landmarks' new state headquarters and cultural performance center, opening in April 2011. The new center will elevate its presence among the state's arts and cultural institutions. Watch Video


Downtown IN Depth 2010

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Following aggressive public input period and technical study, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is releasing $55 million in street, sidewalk and bridge projects across the county. This boost to the city’s construction program will mean work for local firms and jobs for residents. Watch Video

This week, Indianapolis got the chance to shine on a national stage as the CEOs for Cities program kicked off its US Livability Challenge in the Circle City. Experts from around the country got the visit Indianapolis to offer thoughts on make our city more "livable." Watch Video

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard joins Tamara Zahn of Indianapolis Downtown Inc and Scott Travis of the Buckingham Companies for an in-depth discussion on downtown Indianapolis. We'll discuss the major projects ahead for the city, the Monument Circle scoping project and more. Watch Video

Sports play a central role in downtown Indianapolis and the Indiana Pacers are beginning another season, this year with nationally known Clark Kellogg at the helm of player relations. Kellogg joins us in-studio with more. Watch Video



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Going Green and Living Green in Downtown Indianapolis. Downtown IN Depth, our quarterly partnership with Indianapolis Downtown Inc, is highlighting the sustainability efforts in downtown Indianapolis and the green growth of the residential market.

Travis Vencel, Trinitas Ventures
Jim Crossin, Flaherty and Collins
Scott Travis, Buckingham Companies
Indianapolis Downtown Inc says more than 2,800 new townhomes, condos, single family homes and apartments were built in the last decade. Nearly 3,000 more new homes will be completed by 2013 many of these green as well with some projects renovating unused buildings and trying to obtain LEED certification.
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Terry Sweeney, Indianapolis Downtown Inc.
Annie Hamilton, Century 21 Scheetz
Brokers and realtors are working together to host Third Thursday open houses at for-sale and for-rent properties. More than 10 brokers and realtors are partnering on this event showcasing real estate to buyers who are empty nesters, young professionals and recent transfers. Watch Video

Mary McConnell, Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is hoping for a platinum LEED certification for its new “green” headquarters. The two-story office building is nearly 100 percent sustainable in terms of energy and waste reduction. If the building does receive platinum status, it would become the ONLY building in Indiana to achieve that certification. Watch Video

Tamara Zahn, Indianapolis Downtown Inc.
Denny Sponsel, RJE Business Interiors
Creating a walkable, pedestrian friendly downtown that boosts quality of life is one of the key efforts of Indianapolis Downtown Inc. Watch Video



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Indianapolis gets to experience another shining moment as it welcomes back the 2010 Final Four. This national event is estimated to have an economic impact of $25-35 million, some are even saying up to $50 million for the city as it welcomes nearly 45,000 out-of-state basketball fans. In this special edition, we'll take a look at the event from different angles, including the entertainment scheduled and what hosting an event like this to means to IUPUI and the Indiana Historical Society.

Jim Isch, Interim President, NCAA
Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in championships in Divisions I, II and III sports led by the non-profit NCAA which has been headquartered in downtown Indianapolis for over 10 years. The partnership between the NCAA and the city of Indianapolis has spurred a regular rotation of championships being held in the Circle City. Watch Video

Bob Whitt, Executive Director, White River State Park
The NCAA Hall of Champions lies on the grounds of White River State Park, Indiana's only urban state park. Along with Lucas Oil Stadium, the park will be the center of Final Four action, including hosting the FREE Final Four weekend concert series featuring Stone Temple Pilots, Daughtry, Darius Rucker and the Goo Goo Dolls. Watch Video

Bruce White, Chairman/CEO, White Lodging
A recent Ball State University study says the economic impact of the Final Four is about a tenth of the upcoming Super Bowl in 2012. One of the major developments currently under construction to handle that increase in visitors is the Marriott Place in downtown Indianapolis and its marquee hotel, the JW Marriott. This $450 million development is being personally funded by entrepreneur Dean White of Merrillville-based White Lodging. Watch Video

Charles Bantz, IUPUI Chancellor
Events like the Final Four set Indianapolis on a national and even international stage during the tournament which can help attract investment and jobs to the city. IUPUI is downtown Indianapolis' largest tenant and recently embarked on a $1.1 billion capital campaign to create one of the largest health campuses in the world. Watch Video

Dr. JT Finnell, IU School of Medicine
Indiana received a $10.3 million federal grant for efforts to increase health information technology and Marion and Hamilton Counties are the first places in the country to connect its paramedics to an electronic medical records network allowing access to a patient's records before they even get to the hospital. This electronic medical records network can be key for large events like the Final Four and the Super Bowl. Watch Video

Jeff Matsuoka, VP of Business and Operations
Indiana Historial Society
As more than 45,000 out-of-state visitors flood downtown Indianapolis for the Final Four, area attractions are welcoming the boost in business. A recent report from Indianapolis Downtown Inc shows annual attendance at major Downtown leisure attractions has increased by 78 percent since 1994. One of the newest attractions to launch in downtown is the Indiana Experience at the Indiana Historical Society. Watch Video

Tamara Zahn, President, Indianapolis Downtown Inc.
Turner Woodard, Entrepreneur/Owner, Canterbury Hotel
Bob Whitt, Executive Director, White River State Park
Each week a group of INsiders joins Gerry Dick to offer opinions on the week's top stories. This week, we have an in depth discussion on future business development and the potential for more national events like the Final Four coming to Indianapolis. Watch Video

Gary Roberts, Dean, IU School of Law Indianapolis
Julie Roe, Director of Enforcement, NCAA
Only a few city blocks separate the NCAA's national headquarters and Indiana University's Indianapolis Law School, but the working relationship between the two is even closer than that. Bill Benner takes a closer look at the dynamic. Watch Video


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