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The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Thursday, September 17, 2015. (Interview With BioCrossroads and Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Flanner House About 16 Tech Starts At 3:25 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Indianapolis, the city, was founded at the junction of the White River and Fall Creek, just northeast of the corner of 10th Street and White River Parkway.  Just north of that junction is land where the headquarters of the Indianapolis Water Company stood for years, along with property of businesses owned by political leader and businessman Dr. Beurt SerVaas.

16 Tech

Proposed 16 Tech Development. Looking South from 16th Street / BioCrossroads/CICP

Now that large plot of land is about to be acquired for a unique economic development plan called 16 Tech.  Which, like an office park, seek to lure and attract private companies in the field of medical research, high tech research and other professions wanting to work in a collaborative effort in an area adjacent to four major hospitals (Eskenazi, VA, Riley and IU Health/Methodist), the Indiana University Medical School, IUPUI and close to Eli Lilly.  16 Tech is an effort spearheaded by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), a collaboration of the major businesses and universities in the Indianapolis area and region and BioCrossroads, an effort to make Indianapolis a central of business and research activity in the bio and medical research fields.  16 Tech is applying for authority from the City and City-County Council to be able to utilize some $75 million in bonds to develop the site bounded by Indiana Avenue, 16th Street, White River and Fall Creek to create this unique research park.  Baltimore, Seattle and the “research triangle” of North Carolina have created similar efforts.  David Johnson, CEO of the CICP and BioCrossroads and CICP COO Betsy McCaw appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about the unique project.  They were Joined by Tyrone Chandler of Flanner House to talk about that longtime organization’s support for 16 Tech and how it would directly and indirectly benefit the African-American-majority neighborhood adjacent to the area and for our Black community as a whole.

Steve Collier

Lawrence Mayor Candidate Steve Collier

(Interview With Republican Lawrence  Mayor Candidate Steve Collier Starts At 53:01 Mark On Media Player). Lawrence is one of four cities and towns in Indianapolis and Marion County that were given special privileges when UniGov was created in 1970.  Lawrence, along with Speedway, Beech Grove and Southport retained their ability to have their own Mayor, Council, Police and Fire Departments and some city services and responsibilities.  Standing alone, Lawrence, in the county’s northeast corner, is the 17th largest city in Indiana, with a 2014 estimated population of 47,550.  The city is 25.9% Black, 11.8% Hispanic and 60.3% Non-Hispanic white according to the 2013 Census ACS.  Lawrence always has lively races for Mayor and this year promises more of the same.  In an Afternoons with Amos exclusive, Steve Collier, a former educator and coach at Lawrence North High School, is the Republican candidate for Lawrence Mayor.  He talked about the issues in the race from crime and public safety, to improving economic development within the Lawrence., Collier talked about the impact of property tax caps on a city like Lawrence and that the challenge of living within the city’s means, yet providing services.  Collier talked about the problems of absentee landlord apartment complex owners, a problem in the sotuhern part of the city. Collier also wants to look at more economic development in the older areas of the city, including Pendleton Pike closer to Shadeland which has seen lots of vacant storefronts for several years.  Collier says he’s going door-to-door in the city within our city and wants to make sure to he’s reaching out to all Lawrence residents.  The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Thursday, September 17, 2015 Runs 93 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.