Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ News

Hayleigh Colombo

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Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Past articles by Hayleigh:

Would-be independent candidate sues after he's rejected for mayoral ballot

At issue is the Marion County Election Board's decision to disqualify 1,115 signatures because the addresses listed by eligible voters on a petition did not match their official registered addresses. → Read More

City to tie incentives to $18-an-hour pay

Starting Jan. 1, Develop Indy will change the way it awards millions of dollars in tax abatements and training grants annually. Only businesses that pay workers at least $18 an hour, give them access to health care benefits and support other community programs will be eligible. → Read More

New group antes up cash to help poor make bail

The Bail Project is challenging the cash bail system that keeps poor people awaiting trial locked up in Marion County jails, often putting their jobs and homes at risk. → Read More

City's poor often have few affordable options for banking, other financial services

Banking is more expensive for the people who most need it to be affordable, a reality that experts say plays a significant role in preventing many Hoosiers from snapping the cycle of poverty. → Read More

City officials hope scooters can help solve residents’ transit challenges

City officials and transportation advocates want to increase access to scooters for low- and moderate-income residents who live outside the downtown areas where they’re most heavily used. → Read More

Indy Chamber reveals videos from city's Amazon HQ2 bid package

Indy Chamber President Michael Huber said the local bid package was “one of two that were personally handed to Jeff Bezos” by the Amazon team. The chamber is now repurposing some of the materials from the package for more economic development efforts. → Read More

Hogsett raises nearly 3 times more than Merritt in first quarter

State Sen. Jim Merritt will be able to campaign for mayor full time after the legislative session ends this month, representatives say. In the meantime, Merritt is "very pleased" with his fundraising. → Read More

Indianapolis Star's latest cuts include columnists Swarens, Pete the Planner

The Indianapolis Star eliminated at least two newsroom employees Wednesday and dropped at least two business columnists. → Read More

Republicans Jose Evans, Jefferson Shreve eschew 2019 city elections

Jose Evans has decided to not to run for mayor and has thrown his support behind State Sen. Jim Merritt. And City-County Council member Jefferson Shreve, who replaced Jeff Miller last year, won't seek a return to the council after his current term ends. → Read More

Six newsroom employees at IndyStar take early retirements

Among the longtime newsroom employees who accepted buyout packages were well-known names in the local newspaper field, including editorial cartoonist Gary Varvel and writer Will Higgins. → Read More

Hogsett, Develop Indy tout efforts to foster jobs, corporate investment

The mayor and Indianapolis' economic development agency said their negotiations with companies this year resulted in 74 relocation or expansion deals leading to pledges of 13,320 new or retained jobs. → Read More

Billboard proposal riles neighbors, sign firms

Digital billboards seem poised to make an official entrance in Marion County soon—but almost no one, including the sign industry, is happy about it. → Read More

Moody's removes 'negative' outlook on city's credit rating

Moody’s also assigned an initial Aa2 rating to $30 million in revenue bonds issued this year by the Indianapolis Bond Bank to pay for long-term transportation funding. → Read More

Born into similar finances, black and white children earn differing incomes as adults

White adults in Indianapolis on average outearn black adults whether both groups were born to poor, middle class or wealthy parents. → Read More

Purdue launches 'brain gain' initiative to bring college grads back to Indiana

The effort, which has been in pilot mode, is expanding by enlisting more corporate partners and schools to beef up the state's talent pipeline. → Read More

Voters approve tax hikes to raise more funds for Indianapolis Public Schools

Voters in the state's largest school district voted to approve two referendums that will raise about $272 million to help pay for operating costs and building improvements. → Read More

City considers eminent domain in quest to acquire abandoned apartment complex

The Indianapolis City-County Council's Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee unanimously approved a proposal to buy the Oak Tree Apartments near 42nd Street and Post Road from Indy Diamond LLC. → Read More

Deal to give Dow Agro successor $30M in incentives rankles some councilors

A panel of City-County Council members on Monday advanced a plan to provide Corteva Agriscience with incentives to maintain operations in Indianapolis, but not before several councilors expressed objections. → Read More

Circle at crossroads: Monument Circle faces growing calls for upgrades

Downtown Indy leaders say the city can't afford to let the Circle fall into disrepair or become a turnoff for visitors. → Read More

City-County Council member Kreider to resign after 'painstaking' decision

Scott Kreider, who was elected to the council in 2015, is one of 11 Republicans on the 25-seat council. → Read More