Sunday, November 24, 2019

Two Mr Basketball candidates lead LC

3 years ago, the Lawrence Central basketball Bears were bounced from the opening round of the playoffs. The following year, D'Andre Davis and Nijel Pack advanced to the Sectional championship. Last year, LC posted a 22-4 overall record on their way to a Regional appearance. A loss, if you will, but still a Sectional Win. Either way you look at it is bittersweet. They're hoping to drop that bitterness when they contend for a State title in March of 2020; but right now, this dynamic duo is focused on it's annual Thanksgiving Eve matchup against Lawrence North. May the games begin. 

Speaking of rivalries, Purdue hosts Indiana at Noon in their annual Thanksgiving Saturday matchup, aka The Old Oaken Bucket game. IU who is looking for their 8th regular-season win, is hoping for a Gator Bowl invite in warm, sunny Florida this New Year... or maybe that's just me. And before you ask: Yes, I'll even take Notre Dame as a consolation prize. 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Hamilton Co tops 2 more lists

SmartAsset recently released a new study which found Hamilton County to be ranked #1 where people are best prepared for retirement. The study weighed four criteria: 401(k) performance, pension performance, local economic conditions (#1 in state), and access to financial advisors.

Another study by the same publication ranked the top places for small business owners to thrive. The study examined three factors: the percentage of people in a county with small business income, the proportion of that income to overall income and taxes paid by small business owners. Again. Hamilton County ranks #1 - beating dozens of top contenders. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Fishers Medals Again

In the bustling Nickel Plate District of Fishers, Indiana, Tracy Gritters can recall a time when things looked very different.

“It was a two-lane road 17 years ago,” she said of the property around her boutique store, Gallery 116, where she has sold locally made goods since 2002. “We were worried about Target coming to town.” The retail giant eventually did — it's located about an 11-minute walk from her store — but the city's expansion hasn’t been the scenario she feared.

Fishers, which was named MONEY's Best Place to Live in 2017, officially upgraded from a town to a city and swore in its first mayor on January 1, 2015. Mayor Scott Faddness is still in office, and in the years since his inauguration, the city itself has been transformed.

The newly developed downtown area became the Nickel Plate District, now home to an outdoor amphitheatre, plenty of retail stores and restaurants, a brewery, luxury apartments, and a high-speed internet coworking space. Soon, The Yard — an upcoming 18-acre mixed-use development — will add even more amenities, including at least 15 highly anticipated restaurants, an incubator for start-up chefs, 250 apartments, and a Hyatt Place Hotel.

“We have everything we need right here,” said Gritters of the city, which is located about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis. “We have great food, great shopping, [and] activities for the kids.”

Not only is the amped-up downtown increasing the entertainment value and sense of community for Fishers' residents, it’s bringing a lot of money into the young city’s economy. Fishers has seen $90 million worth of investments from four finished projects, and over the next few years it’s expecting another $170 million — $157 million of which will come from The Yard alone.

That kind of growth usually comes with growing pains, but the city appears to be handling it well, according to Gritters. (Fishers was one of the safest cities on our list as of 2018.) “Some of the people who have lived here longer than I have, they don’t like the traffic, but the city’s doing a good job of keeping up with the street developments and all the nuts and bolts of growing so fast.”

Employment is seeing the benefits, too. Job growth has expanded by an astounding 30.4% since 2010, according to Moody’s Analytics, and is projected to go up another 9.2% by 2023. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, was a low 2.7% in 2018 and the median household income was upwards of $104,300, which is even more impressive considering the low cost of living in Fishers.

Renters have it particularly good, but for anyone hoping to invest, now’s the time. The median sales price for a single family home was up 1.14% in 2018 to $263,500 — just about 2.5% times the median household income, commonly considered the rule of thumb for how much to spend on a home.

Overall, the future looks bright. “I love where [Fishers is] going to be,” says Gritters. “Because I think about our kids in 40 or 50 years. It’s going to just be beautiful.” — Prachi BhardwajFishers, Indiana population, median household income and home price, projected growth, average commute, and clear days per year

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Indy-area concert venue ranked as world's top amphitheatre

The 24k-capacity music center (affectionately known as Deer Creek by locals for the past 30 years) finished 2018 as the top-ranked outdoor concert hall in the nation world. Also known as 'Ruoff' something-or-other to outsiders, it's home in Noblesville is nestled upon 228 beautiful acres in Hamilton County, recently ranked #1 place to live.
Selling over 588k tickets to 50+ shows during it's Summer Series, Indy outpaced Houston, Denver, SF, LA, DC, Detroit, Philly, Boston and even Berlin - all ranked in the top 10.

Indy's largest indoor venue, Lucas Oil Stadium, had one concert all year (Taylor Swift) which sold 55k+ tickets at 100% capacity.  

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