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Small cities fret over feds redefining metro areas

Mar 21, 2021 | KSMLA

This article originally appeared on thehill.com More than 140 small cities across America are worried that the federal Office of Management and Budget is about to hand them a demotion. Their anxiety stems from a group of technical advisers who proposed the office change the standard by which it measures what qualifies as a Metropolitan … Continue reading Small cities fret over feds redefining metro areas

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Senate committee approves bill to take away zoning control from Indianapolis

Feb 5, 2021 | KSMLA

This article originally appeared on IBJ.com. An Indiana Senate committee has approved a controversial bill that would strip most of the zoning control for Marion County away from the city of Indianapolis. Senate Bill 392, authored by Republican Sen. Mike Young of Indianapolis, would give each township in Marion County—except for Center Township—its own board … Continue reading Senate committee approves bill to take away zoning control from Indianapolis

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State’s Skills Enhancement Fund Works but Is at Risk

Apr 22, 2019 | Tim Cook, JD Katie Culp, MBA

This article originally appeared on IBJ.com. Indiana’s success (or failure) at talent development is key to its future. Legislators and Gov. Eric Holcomb have spent a lot of time addressing this challenge. They’ve created new programs, talked of consolidating agencies, and devoted a lot of money trying to do it better, smarter. We support and … Continue reading State’s Skills Enhancement Fund Works but Is at Risk

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Any Lessons Learned From Amazon’s HQ2 Debacle in New York?

Mar 8, 2019 | Tim Cook, JD Katie Culp, MBA

This article originally appeared on REJournals.com. During the dawn of Amazon’s announcement that the world’s most beloved business was in search of a second headquarters (HQ2), economic development watchers predicted a bold, new day in site selection. Renowned renovator of so many fundamentals of our everyday lives – from how we purchase goods to how … Continue reading Any Lessons Learned From Amazon’s HQ2 Debacle in New York?

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Legislature Should Learn From New York’s HQ2 Flameout

Mar 4, 2019 | Tim Cook, JD Katie Culp, MBA

This article originally appeared on IBJ.com. A collective sigh of relief could be heard from the losing cities that competed for Amazon’s HQ2 as they watched the frame-by-frame wreckage of the company’s flameout in New York. On an economic development disaster scale of 1 to 10, Jeff Bezos’ decision to pull out of the Empire … Continue reading Legislature Should Learn From New York’s HQ2 Flameout

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Alexa, What Just Happened? Trying to Make Sense of the Amazon Debacle in NY Yields Valuable Lessons

Feb 27, 2019 | Tim Cook, JD Katie Culp, MBA

This article originally appeared on siteselection.com. Alexa, what happened? Amazon’s decision to cancel its New York headquarters project means different things to different people, depending upon their perspective. For state and local supporters of the deal, it means lost jobs, lost sources of new tax revenue, lost redevelopment opportunities, and the lost multiplier effect associated … Continue reading Alexa, What Just Happened? Trying to Make Sense of the Amazon Debacle in NY Yields Valuable Lessons

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Cook Weighs in on Indianapolis’ Efforts to Lure International Flights

Oct 1, 2018 | KSMLA

In an effort to up its economic development game, the state of Indiana has committed $20 million in incentives to attract international flights to Indianapolis. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb outlined this spend in his Next Level Connections program, the state’s infrastructure improvement plan. Airport accessibility is critical to any state’s ability to compete for economic … Continue reading Cook Weighs in on Indianapolis’ Efforts to Lure International Flights

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Are Tax Incentives an Economic Development Answer?

Sep 19, 2018 | Tim Cook, JD Katie Culp, MBA

This article originally appeared on InsideINdianaBusiness.com. Economic development deals are in the news all the time. As companies announce expansions or headquarter relocations, the media is rife with details about incentives offered to secure these projects. Some argue that these incentives would not be necessary if governments did not compete against one another for projects. But … Continue reading Are Tax Incentives an Economic Development Answer?

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