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Letter from the Editor June • July 2016 I realize Tipton isn’t in Hamilton County. So why put Tipton’s Diana Theatre on the cover of the Hamilton County Business Magazine? Simply put, I can’t resist a good story. And, the Paikos family has one: ninety years running a local business in an industry that is dominated by national conglomerates, where they compete against multi-screen megaplexes. And they’ve managed to stay in business despite setbacks that could have been fatal, like the fire that destroyed their theater in the 40’s. As Nick tells it, in those days before air conditioning, his dad would open the back doors to the theater in the late afternoon to let a breeze in and cool things down before the evening show. In those days businesses often burned their garbage in the alleys. Blowing cinders found their way into the theater, igniting a fire. No one was injured, the family rebuilt and continues to welcome movie-goers, half of whom live in Hamilton County. Congratulations to the Paikos’s for hanging in there in a tough industry.

Mike Corbett Editor and Publisher

Speaking of Show Biz We’ve ventured into a different kind of show biz here at HCBM. For the past five years we have produced the Hamilton County Home Show at the 4H Fairgrounds in Noblesville. I’m into home improvement as we restore our 150-year-old house in old town Noblesville, so I’ve always enjoyed interacting with our vendors. We had two problems however: over the past few years the only week-end dates available were in January, when the weather is always iffy. Also, we were competing with two other, larger Indianapolis home shows in that month. In our five years two of them (including last January) featured ice and snow, plus we had nothing to distinguish ourselves from the Indy shows (other than being local, which has limited appeal). I was ready to throw in the towel on the show business when two things happened: a March date opened and a friend suggested we expand into pets. In fact, she wanted to turn the entire thing into a pet show, which I’m not ready to do. But a combination home and pet show sounds interesting. I googled homeandpetshow.com to see what others had done and guess what: the domain was available. Apparently no one else is doing it. That could mean it’s a lousy idea. Or it could mean it’s a good idea but no one else sees the potential. Feedback so far has been positive and I choose to view it as an opportunity. So, the first ever Hamilton County Home and Pet Show debuts next March 18 and 19. The idea is to feature goods and services that will improve your home and the environment for your pets. Families are encouraged to bring their pets along and learn more about home improvement and pet care all in one place. We’ll offer more details as the year progresses but if you want to get involved just let me know and I’ll keep you in the loop. I’m excited about the possibilities and am looking forward to exploring this new venture. See you around the county,

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Poor Richard’s Views on Business, Money and Life Benjamin Franklin’s Principles & Truths are Ageless Over 250 years ago Poor Richard* shared the following observations, proverbs, and aphorisms about life, business, and money with readers in Colonial America in his publication Poor Richard’s Almanack (1733-58). They are as fresh, appropriate, and timely for us today as they were back then when our nation was still thirteen English Colonies. Here are just a few of the over 900 sayings he published that can help today’s readers to be better in business and better in life: • Speak little, do much. • Ill Customs and bad Advice are seldom forgiven. • After crosses and losses most men grow humbler and wiser.

• Poverty wants some things; luxury many things, avarice all things.

• When two Knaves betray each other, one can scarce be blamed or the other pitied.

• He who lies down with dogs, shall rise up with fleas. • There is no little enemy.

• For Age and Want save while you may; no Morning Sun lasts all day.

• Would you persuade, speak of Interest, not of Reason.

• Spare and have are better than spend and crave.

• All things are easy to Industry, all things difficult to Sloth.

• Wealth and Content are not always bedfellows.

• He who cannot obey, cannot command.

• Laziness travels so slowly that Poverty soon overtakes him.

• One does not possess Wealth; it possesses him.

• Where there is Hunger Law is not regarded. Where Law is not regarded there will be Hunger.

• Success has ruined many a man. • Haste makes waste.

• There was never a good knife made of bad steel.

• Money and Man a mutual friendship show. Man makes false Money; Money makes man so.

• Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

• He who would catch Fish must venture his Bait.

• Diligence is the mother of Good Luck.

• Industry spares debts; Despair increases them.

• He that is of the opinion Money will do everything may well be suspected of doing anything for Money.

• Work as if you will live one hundred more years; pray like you will die tomorrow.

• Avarice and happiness never saw each other; how then should they become acquainted? • The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money. • A penny saved is a penny earned. Save and have. • An open foe may prove a curse; but a pretended friend is worse. • He that has a Trade, has an Estate. • As Pride increases, Fortune declines. • Industry, Perseverance, & Frugality, make Fortunes yield. • Content makes poor men rich; Discontent makes rich men poor. • Well done, is twice done. • No gains without pains. • Great spenders are bad lenders. • Beware of little Expenses; small leaks will sink a great ship. 8

• When the well runs dry we know the value of Water. • To be forewarned is to be forearmed. • He who speaks much is much mistaken. • Creditors have better memories than debtors. •

• If you desire many things, many things will seem like a few. • When befriended remember it. When you befriend, forget it. • To serve the Publick faithfully, and at the same time please it entirely, is impractical.

I have never seen the Philosopher’s stone that turns lead into gold, but I have seen the pursuit of gold turn a man’s gold into lead.

• Lost time is never found again.

• God helps them that help themselves. • Most people return small Favours, acknowledge middling ones, and repay great ones with Ingratitude. • Don’t judge a man’s true Wealth or Piety by their Sunday appearances. • He who pursues two hares at once, does not catch one and lets t’other go. • Diligence overcomes Difficulties; Sloth makes them.

• There is neither Honour nor Gain in dealing with a Villian.

*Years before he became one of America’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin toiled long and hard to become a prosperous printer and publisher in Philadelphia, then a “metropolis” of some 5,000 souls. ”Poor Richard” was one of several pen names Franklin used when writing for his annual edition of Poor Richards’ Almanac, 1733-58. How many of these “instructive sayings” originated with Poor Richard/Franklin we do not know, certainly not all. Nevertheless,

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most are still worthy of consideration— and doing—today. In addition to the Almanac Franklin was also the publisher and editor of the weekly Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper. Coming from humble beginnings and little formal education, he became a co-author and signer of the Declaration of Independence; was Ambassador to France during the American Revolution, securing tide-turning French military and economic assistance for the fledgling United States of America; and was a noted scientist and inventor. He truly was “a man for all seasons,” an “American original,” and some said “a most pleasant and likeable scoundrel.”

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Marketing Kristin Fettig

You Won’t Believe What Happens Next When You Click on that Ad! Be wary of third party apps in social media You know that you have succumbed to the social media time waster temptation. The term clickbait describes content that is created to psychologically exploit the reader’s curiosity using compelling headlines or calls-to-action that encourage them to click on the post. When someone clicks on the article to read it, the service promoting the article generates online advertisement revenue.

quickly and became a viral phenomenon. A third party app generator steps into the mix called Blobla which made a tool that allowed Facebook users to create their own “Be like Me” post and thousands took the bait. What these users didn’t know is that they gave Blobla the right to use and edit their content permanently with “no limit and no recover.” Translation: they just signed away all rights to use and free rein to have all of their personal information.

What kind of flower are you today? What kind of personality should you marry? Who is your BFF for life? We can GUESS your favorite Before you click, give some food? The click-bait quizzes that show up in your thought to everything that you social media timelines just beg you to click them are giving up. to find the answers. The advertisers behind these “surveys” know exactly Not to just pick on Blobla but the same what they are going to get or better generally goes for many other apps and yet get you to GIVE UP, but do you? Do games. Even if you immediately erase you read the privacy policies on any of an app or game right away it doesn’t those quizzes you take? Probably mean that the developer will give you not and those advertisers back the information they took or erase count on that. What you it from their database! don’t know won’t hurt you but the informaBefore you click, give some thought tion you are giving to all of the other things that you are up just might. Some of giving up. these sites are really just You are giving up access to your social elaborate ways to hack media profile, which can include your and share content on your picture, age, gender, and birthday. behalf. So for your own sake and your friends’ sake, try to recogYou are giving your city of birth, potennize the signs. tially and also where you live now.

Giving up Your Rights Recently the “Be like Bill” memes have taken over. This actually started out as a Facebook page that was a funny way to remind people of online etiquette or best practices. It caught on rather 10

You are giving up your entire friend list. You are giving access to your life story through your timelines. If you geo-tag your locations on photos you are also giving a trail of your frequented hangouts and circle of travel.

You are giving access to your educational history and background. You are giving your preferences by a trail of everything you have ever liked, shared or commented on. Scary eh? You are giving access to your IP address. Remember NOTHING on the Internet is private and there is always a way to trace back to you. Along with your IP address you are telling about the type of device you are using and if you are mobile or stationary and info to your browser and language you use. In many cases, you are also giving the government access to you. Facebook began providing information to the government when they request it about three years ago. Apple and Microsoft also share similar policies and provide information to the government.

Cut Your Losses So you have succumbed to the temptation and you are realizing the error of your ways. What do you next and how do you mitigate the mistake? Your next steps, although painstaking can protect you and after this exercise will definitely make you think twice about giving into the temptation next time! • Change your Facebook or social media password • Enhance all of the Security features on your settings page

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• Each platform has a way to uninstall or remove third party permissions so access each one and follow instructions • Delete all of the shared content • Run a Scan on your computer for viruses or malware • You also can remove and reinstall the platforms • AVOID Clicking on the next malicious clickbait • Repeat as necessary. Deceptive marketing tactics have been around for as long as there have been things to sell. Being an informed consumer and social media user and keeping abreast of the latest information will help protect you AND your friends and let you enjoy social media in the way that it is intended. Be social, be smart, be wary of Bill! HCBM

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Guest Column Nate Lichti

Parting Thoughts on Affordable Housing in Hamilton County Outgoing HAND Director urges creative solutions Dear Hamilton County, I wanted to express my gratitude to the people of Hamilton County for extending me your trust during my service as the Executive Director of HAND. My first time in downtown Noblesville was when I interviewed for the position in 2012, and since then I’ve gotten to know this community in exceptional ways. In addition to city leaders and neighborhood advocates, the Good Samaritan Network, Chambers of Commerce, and Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) all provided great introductions to the best of what Hamilton County has to offer.

with neighborhoods and designing local solutions. I hope communities can jump on board and find ways to make meaningful pledges so everyone can move quickly into the more important conversations—what local solutions would we like to explore? HAND’s Board recently reaffirmed its commitment to two local solutions—the Noblesville Granary and Blackhawk Commons. After assessing the results and learning just how close each project came to getting funded in February, we know these projects have a very high probability of getting funded in 2017. Since they also provide the greatest potential community

If not these funds, how about another ongoing source? For example, Hamilton County could start a program to help teachers, firefighters and police officers to purchase housing in the communities they serve; provide emergency and transitional support to victims of domestic violence; develop housing that Millennials can afford; and more. Smart private developers could easily leverage these funds to generate $3+ for every $1 committed locally (HAND typically achieves a $20:$1 leverage). Let’s not let your fears of what might happen stop you from addressing real pressing problems faced by those living with unstable housing.

As you continue to lead the State in so many ways, I encourage you to maintain I trust you will continue to support a long view and pursue HAND by thinking globally and What if 10% of the COIT funds comprehensive strateacting locally. Everyone in Hamwere deployed to start a Hamilton ilton County can play an imporgies that will lead to a tant role by supporting the soon healthier, more vibrant County Housing Trust Fund? to be unveiled public awareness region. Through a participatory process, HAND has campaign. Started by an HCLA developed a comprehensive team, the campaign will spread set of strategies to deal with the message by distributing decals to impact and best housing options posprominent community issues such as: be displayed by HAND’s supporters. sible, HAND will continue to explore Growth, General Affordability, SustainChurches, schools, and civic groups these possibilities. ability and Senior Housing. In building can help spread the message that Another potential path to long-term, these partnerships, HAND has proven Hamilton County can be sustainable, substantial change comes in connecto be a true community asset, and I diverse and livable by promoting a tion to the recent COIT disbursement hope you will continue to invest in and “Housing for All” strategy. approved by the State. Local commusupport HAND’s mission. With your help, HAND will be an esnities maintained control over 25% of Once the new director begins, I encoursential community partner that helps the $65 Million, so I’m going to throw age you to get involved in helping to you build quality, safe and sustainone idea into the hopper: What if 10% able neighborhoods. I urge you to get define concrete action steps that can be of the funds were deployed to start involved, pledge your support, and taken. These actions require resources, a Hamilton County Housing Trust contribute real solutions to the cause. and HAND has come a long way withFund that would support the developout substantial local support. This will ment of innovative, quality affordable With gratitude, need to change for HAND to maintain housing projects? Nate Lichti a robust presence across the county. These Trust Funds are a common way HAND’s Board of Directors is going to to pool community resources to suplead a campaign to generate long-term Nate Lichti was Executive Director of port projects that provide real impact. support, and I hope communities step HAND (Hamilton County Area NeighOnce capitalized, a county-wide Housforward to address these needs. borhood Development) from 2012-2016. ing Advisory Council could provide Local support could allow HAND to forecommendations on what investcus on delivering services, partnering ments would have the greatest benefit. 12

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90 Years in Reel Time No Biz Like Show Biz for the Paikos Family By Rosalyn Demaree, Photos by John Wright artha Paikos says you have to love a job if you’re going to work seven days a week. Spend a few minutes with her, spot the twinkle in her husband’s eye as he staffs the ticket window, talk to her son, Nick, and you’ll be convinced that all of them love every minute of what they do: Run the Diana Theatre in Tipton. It’s been their family business for 90 years. It’s been the delight of audiences night after night, decade after decade. “More than 300 people erupting in laughter is one of the most satisfying experiences you can imagine,” said Nick, whose first job at the Diana was cleaning, followed by usher, concession seller and projectionist.

The original Diana in the mid-30’s.

He’s now co-manager with Martha and his father, Jim, whose first job was filling bags of popcorn. He had to stand on a box his father made him to reach into the popper. Hamilton County residents grew up with the Diana and love the bargain prices—$5 for adults, $3.36 for a large buttered popcorn, and 10 cents to $1.87 for candy. “We sometimes go out and check the license plates in the parking lot. It’s often 29, 29, 29,” Nick added, referring to the Hamilton County number on the plates. Many nights, more than June • July 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

Redesigned Diana after the fire.


Surround sound arrived in December 1989, a new screen was installed in March 2001, and the Diana went digital in 2013. Saying goodbye to film reels wasn’t easy for the younger Nick; he still has “Mary Poppins” on film that he shows to his grandchildren.

Free Movies Gimmicks, giveaways and giving back are part of the Diana’s storied past and current operations.

The Diana seats 400 people.

half the vehicles are from outside Tipton County. The Paikoses are able to keep prices low because the Diana is a family business and they own the building at 137 E. Jefferson St. Nick’s children and grandchildren often work there. “I have been going there since I was a baby,” said Stephanie Coy-Lykes, a department manager at Always In Stitches in Noblesville. “My mother, Georgia Harmon, owned a restaurant in Arcadia. Back in the day, the Diana

The Early Days Tickets were 25 cents when the Diana opened on June 26, 1926. Accounting for the cost of inflation, those tickets would be $3.36 today. Another Nick Paikos, Jim’s father, bought the former vaudeville theater— the stage is still behind the screen—to start a cinema when it was new technology. He, the Tipton mayor and some other civic leaders chose the name “Diana” through a contest open to residents. Portraits of the Roman goddess Diana flank the stage, a portrait of Nick, a Greek immigrant, is flanked by yellowed news clips and memorabilia hanging in the lobby. The Diana’s first movie was “The Devil’s Circus,” produced by a then-2years-old MGM. Talkies wouldn’t debut until October 1927, so for more than a year the Diana had a piano player, a couple of horn players and sometimes a drummer, depending on the movie.

Nick saved a few reels of film from the old days. The projection booth has been upgraded to digital projection and a state of the art sound system.

had posters they would post in storefront windows and in turn the store owners would get some free passes to go to the movies.” Coy-Lykes takes her grandchildren there now. “It is one of the few things you can do with kids that doesn’t break the bank. I love the Tipton Diana.” 14

Jim Paikos usually works the box office.

In appreciation of the community, the Diana started offering a free movie at Christmastime in 1926. The tradition has never stopped, and isn’t likely to do so anytime soon. Like many theaters in years past, the Diana had bank nights and shows when the audience could win prizes. People that were kids at the time still talk about the elder Nick holding a turkey giveaway around holiday time. Joan Wray was one of the winners and recalled the day in a 2001 “Remembering the Diana” feature in the Tipton Tribune: “I was so excited that I ran down (the aisle) and gave Mr. Paikos my ticket. Nick knew everyone, includ-

During the Depression, Nick bought several other theaters. The family owned the Diana in Noblesville in the 1960s. A fire ripped through the Tipton Diana in 1947, causing $20,000 in damages. The city’s total losses due to fire that year were $23,995, according to the Tipton Tribune. But the Paikoses couldn’t be stopped. They rebuilt.

Moviegoers enjoy the affordable prices for tickets and snacks.

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ing all the kids who went regularly to the movies, by name. He informed me I could pick up the turkey the next day.”

for each show. She’s been cataloging them for about 30 years and sells them for $5 each.

Her surprise at pick-up? It was a live turkey. “My mother and I tied the legs together until we could get it home.”

Audiences “are like our second family. We know them,” added Martha. Remember the “Noooorrrrrmmm” greeting on “Cheers?” Spotting regulars at the Diana’s doors is the cue for the concession stand to start getting their orders ready.

Years later, Wray’s youngest son would win a live rabbit from the Diana, given during the city’s Easter festivities. The theater will offer door prizes to movie-goers on June 26 and 27 to celebrate its 90th anniversary. Nick is mum about what the prizes will be. Probably no live turkeys or rabbits this year, though.

his own film to show. It ended with “Will you marry me?” He went to the Diana. She said yes. It is one of Martha’s favorite memories. The Paikoses often have been told that movies won’t last. Prognosticators said TV doomed the industry, then VCRs, and then cable and satellite. The people this family listens to are their customers, and they’re still coming seven nights a week, twice on Friday and Saturday.

In early 2001, two regulars from Noblesville stayed in their seats after the feature ended, Martha recalls. UnNow that’s a Hollywood ending. HCBM beknownst to his date, the man brought

Challenges, Opportunities One of the biggest challenges to running the Diana today is probably the thing most would think would be the most fun: Selecting the movies. The industry requires theaters wanting movies when they’re released to book them for at least three weeks. It doesn’t take an economist to predict the impact of that policy on a one-screen theater

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Founder Nick Paikos, Jim’s father, taking tickets at the door around 1970.

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Nick remembers when he and Jim would visit the Indianapolis offices of major producers to book movies. Now they use a booker that works with the companies. On Mondays, they choose the film that will be shown Friday through the following Thursday. “Being with the people” is the best part of the business, said Martha, who does a little of everything but also is keeper of movie posters. The Diana gets two June • July 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

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Celebrations of Life seek to honor loved ones with unique events By Deb Buehler ust as baby boomers are influencing many facets of aging, they are also creating a shift in end of life decisions such as funerals. From preplanning to cremation or burial to the funeral service itself they are influencing more personalized approaches. “Advanced planning and cemetery planning has become more popular,” said Michelle Haslock, director of sales and preplanning specialist for Leppert Mortuary & Crematory. “Surveys show that today, people are careful planners concerned about preparing for their future needs. As part of their concerns, they have questions regarding cemetery and funeral arrangements and their related costs.” She said the reasons people choose to preplan is as varied as the individuals themselves, but an incredible 50 percent of adults between age 50 and 74 have preplanned. Preplanning guarantees that you get what you want, save money and lessen anxiety, expense and burden on surviving loved ones. Preplanning offers peace of mind while making personalization possible. Jim Shirley, vice president and funeral director at Shirley Brothers said that 16

preplanning really begins with conversations around the dining room table. Informal conversations help family members understand the wishes of their loved one in advance of a death. Conversations like these help family members understand each other’s wishes. He added that it is harder for surviving family members when they don’t know what their loved one would have liked.

Somber to Celebration Shirley stated that the traditional dimly lit room with organ music of the past has been replaced by multi-media videos and music reflecting the life and death of loved ones. “Today, people are planning funeral services that are as unique as the person who died,” added Haslock. “The personalization has resulted in an explosion of unique services that reflect hobbies, passions and interests of the deceased.” Last year, Leppert added funeral plans with Celebration of Life products such as collage photos, photo sign-in boards instead of registration books and other personalized printed materials. They also included the availability of a certified funeral celebrant to officiate a more personalized service.

Celebrants have been specifically trained to design a service that is completely personal; incorporating unique stories, family-selected music, and sharing of experiences that defined the loved one and their legacy. Celebrants take time to meet with surviving family members, for as long as needed, to gather important memories, anecdotes and defining moments of the individual’s life. From this meeting the celebration of life becomes a shared experience that includes participation of family members in telling the life story of their loved one. “Celebrants have a sound background in history of ritual, ceremony and funeral traditions in many cultures and religions,” Haslock added. “I often hear people say that celebrants are only for families without faith, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether a family is secular, religious, spiritual or interfaith, or if they simply wish to express themselves in a manner of their own choosing, a celebrant can help create a meaningful end of life tribute.” Technology has offered the industry additional capabilities. Memorial services can be video or audio taped or even broadcast live online enabling family members who are too far away or

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infirmed to attend a service to participate from a remote location. Funeral homes can also record a DVD for a family to have as a keepsake. Both resources adding to the sense of highly personalized funeral services.

Cremation Versus Burial “The most recognizable trend in the industry is the increase in cremation as opposed to burial,” Shirley said. “Most families are still celebrating the life of their loved one with the body present for services but are now choosing cremation after the service.”

cations from the increase in cremation. Not every family chooses to inter cremains; instead keeping them or sprinkling them. As a result, there are fewer burials (and lower revenues). This has driven the cost of burials up to accommodate the change in demand. “Cemeteries may be struggling to remain relevant and provide the same services,” Shirley explained. “Some are addressing this challenge with the addition of columbaria or niches for the placement of cremains.”

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Shirley believes that there is real benefit Whether cremation or burial, funeral serfor family members to see their loved one vice or celebration of life, funeral homes once more. He said this helps us accept continue to seek ways to be responsive that a death has ocwhile providing the highest quality of curred—seeing with care. As Hamilton our own eyes helps “Today, people are planning County continues to us move through the funeral services that are as experience growth, early stages of grief. including richly diunique as the person who Haslock noted a verse cultures, there study by the Cremadied…the personalization are opportunities tion Association has resulted in an explosion for funeral homes to of North America support traditions, of unique services that which forecast that religious diversity by the years 2017 or reflect hobbies, passions and new preferences 2018 50 percent of and interests of the while honoring U.S. residents would loved ones. deceased.” be cremated when “We focus on doing they die. As popularMichelle Haslock, one thing; helping ity of cremation has Director of Sales and families through the grown, so has its Preplanning Specialist loss of a loved one,” acceptance among Leppert Mortuary & Crematory Shirley said. “We revarious faiths. Religions that previously main open-minded frowned upon cremaand work to accomtion are now understanding its value to modate people’s unique wishes. We want families and adjusting accordingly. to provide the best service for families to remember and celebrate a loved one.” Cemeteries in Hamilton County and across the country are seeing other impli- HCBM

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What’s Ahead for Hamilton County? County leaders learn from past, glimpse the future By Andrea Muirragui Davis

wenty-five years ago, Hamilton County was emerging from its rural roots as much more than an Indianapolis suburb. Its population of 116,000 was twice the size it had been two decades before—and then the growth really began. Last year, nearly 310,000 people called Hamilton County home, according to Census Bureau estimates, and that number is expected to approach 550,000 by 2050. Local leaders have played a crucial role in ensuring their communities keep pace with the growth, but their work is far from done. Given the challenges that lie ahead, Hamilton County Leadership Academy has put together a panel of municipal executives to discuss future leadership needs. The unusual gathering is scheduled for June 9, during the organization’s 25th anniversary lunch. In anticipation of that conversation, Hamilton County Business Magazine posed four questions to County Commissioner Christine Altman and the mayors of our four largest cities: Jim Brainard of Carmel, John Ditslear of Noblesville, Andy Cook of Westfield and Scott Fadness of Fishers. Here are edited versions of their responses:

What lessons learned from the recent population boom will help local leaders handle future growth? ALTMAN: “Rapid growth has highlighted the need for a careful, thoughtful, longterm vision for where development will 18

occur in the community and the investments in public safety, education, and infrastructure needed to meet growth demands. It will be critical to not only invest in flexible and scalable infrastructure, but also to maintain investments that have been made and continue community support of our schools and higher ed.”

BRAINARD: “Hamilton County learned some very good lessons about the need for good city planning, smart zoning and transportation. So many rooftops were being added each year, there was a tendency to succumb to being overrun with subdivisions—the essence of sprawl. But with good planning, we could make

“I see these cities continuing to evolve into strong unique urbanized communities with amenities that will attract and retain all ages.” Christine Altman County Commissioner sure these developments were connected, rather than islands among each other. … Overlay zones helped us direct commercial growth along the US 31 corridor and other areas; and the redevelopment of our central core continues to attract a

new generation of employers and residents who are embracing a culture where the car is not necessarily the primary mode of transportation.”

DITSLEAR: When the population boom began, “Noblesville didn’t have a planning department or inspectors to make sure things were done right. Now we have the comp plan and other tools, so we can be more strategic about what we want where. …I think we’ve done a pretty good job the last 25 years trying to control growth.” COOK: “The most challenging thing I’ve found is how difficult it is to grow a city. By that, I mean the tax policies, the state laws, are biasedly anti-growth. …And I have not yet fully figured out why that is. …So as I look at the next 25 years, I think we have to figure out a way for the legislature to support growing cities.” FADNESS: “If there’s one takeaway I would have, it’s this philosophy of being proactive versus reactionary. Hamilton County could be a consequence of its proximity to Indianapolis, or it could be a truly unique place because of the direction and vision that the communities wanted to go and their willingness to get it there…Without that, there’s an almost tragic predictability to what would occur, which is this slow and steady decline as the new and shiny developments to the north and east occur. The fact that we’re all being so proactive …at least gives us a fighting chance at remaining sustainable.”

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What kind of leadership skills are needed to guide communities through the upcoming challenges—and be in a position to take advantage of any opportunities? ALTMAN: “We will be successful if we engage people who are skilled at convening, communicating and collaborating. We need leaders who are willing to be open to planning for the wants and needs of the generations to follow in addition to their own.”

“The biggest challenge is keeping that sense of community as the city grows.” John Distlear Noblesville Mayor

BRAINARD: “We need smart community leaders who listen more to the experts and less to the prevailing winds of social media; leaders who are not afraid to iden-

tify a vision and then work hard to see it through, even in the face of criticism.”

DITSLEAR: “No. 1 is vision—what do you

“…we have to figure out a

see—and a desire, I think, to grow and to accomplish what the citizens want. That’s why we do the comprehensive plan. Hundreds of people had input into that, and it’s not just sitting on a shelf somewhere. It is real. Relationship building is also important…and cooperation. We need to work together, be on the same page.”

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COOK: “Private sector experience is extremely valuable in government. I tell our leadership within the city that my best employees come from or are destined for the private sector. …Running a city in today’s environment is really no different than running a business. If you stand still, you’re going to die. …We have got to move on to the next technology, to better serve our people and to become more efficient.”

FADNESS: “The ability to execute on a vision is equally important as having that big vision. And then, frankly, communication and collaboration. …It’s also becoming more evident, as we get bigger and denser, that we literally don’t have the ability to stay isolated. We have to interact with the county, with the other cities, on

support growing cities.” Andy Cook Westfield Mayor

issues as critical as law enforcement and drug control all the way to planning and zoning and trails. That collaboration is critical to moving forward.”

Vision is a key component of leadership. Where do you see the community being in 25 years? ALTMAN: “The county is blessed with communities that are each developing an individual niche and investing in a sense of place—collaborating rather than competing. Over the next 25 years, I see these cities continuing to evolve into strong unique urbanized communities with amenities that will attract and retain all ages.”

BRAINARD: “When it comes to conventional suburban growth, Carmel will

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no doubt be maxed out in the next 25 years. We simply don’t have much more farmland that can be turned into residential living. But what we do have is an excellent start on a number of redevelopment areas—from the Proscenium to City Center, Midtown to the Arts & Design District—which will be in a constant state of growth over the next few decades. So we should look forward to seeing a new central core that will include mixed uses, offices and residential units, green spaces, public art, creative public spaces, trails, pedestrians, bike amenities…all included and connected through these areas.”

“…Carmel will no doubt be maxed out in the next 25 years.” Jim Brainard, Carmel Mayor

DITSLEAR: “The biggest challenge is keeping that sense of community as the city grows. We want more and more redevelopment in our historic, authentic downtown, on both sides of the river. We know we need a parking garage [there] and hopefully we can get one. We want to do everything we can to have more urban living. …[Elsewhere,] I see Noblesville expanding southeast first, then going into Wayne township more and more. …My thought is the train’s coming down the track. We can either get on the train and try to guide it—manage, in this case, growth—or we can get run over.”

“…we literally don’t have the ability to stay isolated. We have to interact…” Scott Fadness, Fishers Mayor

COOK: “I see a city that will probably decide not to be 100,000 people. …People move here for the schools and trails and small-town feel. Well, how do we keep that? I’ve asked our council this year to heavily consider how big of a city do you want to be? We could build out every lot that’s planned and under construction and zoned right now and be 60,000 or 70,000 people. Or we could continue to expand our city limits—we’re about a third or a half of the township right now—and we could be 100,000 or 120,000 people. The more and more people I talk to, it’s like, let’s not sprawl. …I think you’re going to see a move towards quality, as opposed to quantity.”

FADNESS: “Our mantra has been to be a smart, vibrant, entrepreneurial city, right? I want to have a community that’s well-balanced in the sense of having a strong local economy coupled with a great quality of life. Which is kind of cliché, but the execution of it is not. It is the desired outcome everybody says, but the ability to actually deliver it is an entirely different thing.” HCBM

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Notes from all over the county The Town of Cicero received a $50,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and Office of Community and Rural Affairs through “The Placed Based Investment Fund.” The money will be used to construct a pier on Morse Reservoir for recreation, education and entertainment. Fishers-based Open Gym Indy is now the Fitness Concierge of the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders.

New officers were elected for the Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation. The new Chairman is Tom Dickey, Managing Director–Real Estate at Hageman Group. Sue Finkam, a Carmel City Councilor, will serve as Vice Chairman. Corby Thompson, President at Boomerang Development, LLC, will serve as Treasurer. And Mark LaBarr, District Manager at Duke Energy, will serve as Secretary.

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Karen F. Gregerson is the new President and CEO of The Farmers Bank.

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The Noblesville Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic spayed or neutered its 100,000th animal since opening in December, 2006, preventing more than 553,052 animals from being born and ending up in the shelter.

Noblesville High School student Zack Baker was named Rookie of the Year Purgatory Golf Club during TechPoint’s 17th Purgatory Golf Club was named one annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech of the “Top 20 Courses in Indiana” by GolfAdvisor. in Indiana.

Donna M. Howell is the new Chief Operating Officer of Citizens State Bank.

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Noblesville Farmers Market is partnering with FarmersMarket.com, to offer vendors’ offerings online. Customers can browse products on their computers or smartphones, place an order and pick it up at the Saturday market. Jonathan Byrd’s entered a multi-year partnership with the City of Westfield

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant in Noblesville is partnering with Parker Mortgage to raise funds for the Humane Society of Hamilton County. Maria’s named a menu item, the Parker Especial, after the business’s beloved Sheepdog Parker, who died last year, and will donate $1 to the Humane Society for every Parker Especial ordered. HCBM

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A Summary of Recent Retail Activity

By Samantha Hyde

NORTHERN HAMILTON COUNTY Wingfield Diving Dryland, a new 8,000 SF indoor diving training facility, is under construction at 108 S. Olive Street in Atlanta. Fluid Waste Services at 21239 SR 19 in Cicero is expanding with the construction of new warehouse space.

CARMEL Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is under construction at 9611 N. Meridian Street and slated to open in August. In April, Canature WaterGroup held the grand opening of its new manufacturing and distribution facility—and U.S. headquarters—at 9760 Mayflower Park Drive. Hageman Group is relocating its offices from Indy’s north side to 12821 E. New Market Street in the Village of West Clay. Precision Products Group has also announced that it is moving its headquarters to Carmel. The Bridges continues to add new tenants, including a Regions Bank that is being built at 11447 Spring Mill Road. Other new businesses include national chain Pet Valu, Indiana’s first Shred415 fitness center, and a Great Clips. New dining spots at The Bridges will include Italian restaurant Convivio, Mexican restaurant Los Arroyos, and a Starbucks. Envista continues its expansion with the renovation of over 17,000 SF of office space at 11555 N. Meridian Street.

Other recently opened businesses in Monon Square include Reggae Grill, PJ’s Alterations, Antique Emporium, Unraveled Boutique, Serene Core Physical Therapy and The Music Playhouse.

mel’s Midtown. The Warehouse music venue has created The School of Music at its 254 1st Avenue SW location. Feel Good Hitting, a baseball training facility for middle and high schoolers, has opened at 409 Industrial Drive.

Better Being Float Center has moved into a space at 20 Executive Drive. A new Smoothie King is coming to Carmel at 1366 S. Range Line Road.

Cilento Photography has a new studio in the former Sprint Store space at 2325 Pointe Parkway. Café Patachou is moving from its location at 4733 E. 126th Street to 5790 E. Main Street near Hazel Dell Parkway. OEC Japanese Express has opened at 14580 River Road. Classic Cleaners is opening a new pick up and drop off location at 14560 River Road.

Lash Lounge is opening in June at 726 Adams Street. College Nannies + Tutors of Carmel opened in late April at Range Line Road and East Carmel Drive. AppleCrossing Inc. is opening a new office at 108 E. Carmel Drive. After closing its Clay Terrace location in 2012, Bar Louie is returning to Carmel and expected to open this fall at Olivia on Main on Old Meridian Street. OrthoIndy is opening a new location at 13450 N. Meridian Street on the campus of St. Vincent Carmel Hospital. Popular downtown salon Eclectic Beauty Salon opened a second location in March at Clay Terrace. Downtown salon do-tique has merged with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Too at its 110 W. Main Street location. Crust Pizzeria Napoletana has moved from 12505 Old Meridian Street to a larger space at 840 W. Main Street. A new Juice Bar location is under construction at 1420 W. Main Street. F.C. Tucker is relocating from its offices from 1119 Keystone Way to Car-

FISHERS A new Junk King franchise is now operating out of 9840 North by Northeast Boulevard. Hunter Law Offices has a new building under construction at 10978 Allisonville Road.

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Road. Hair salon and spa Suite Escape Beauty Retreat has moved into its new home at 11500 Lantern Road. The new Launch Fishers location at 12175 Visionary Way welcomed another business, Hoopes 4 Health, in March. Brooks School Self Storage, located at 11775 Brooks School Road, is under new management and has been rebranded as Extra Space Storage. Jeffrey Cummings has joined the Re/Max Integra team as the new broker-owner of Re/Max Complete, which will serve the Fishers and Geist areas from an office at 10475 Crosspoint Blvd. A new 15,000 SF daycare, Rainbow Station at Geist, is under construction at 10408 Olio Road.

new multi-tenant buildings, all part of the Shoppes at Saxony Marketplace development, are under construction at Campus and Cabela Parkways just northwest of Hamilton Town Center.

WESTFIELD Grand Park Events Center, a 400,000 SF indoor soccer facility currently under construction in Grand Park, will open on July 21. The owner of Westfield’s Urban Farmer shop plans to open a vineyard and winery called Urban Vines next summer at 313 E. 161st Street. In May, Northview Church broke ground on its new 24,000 SF Westfield Campus at 1191 W. 186th Street.

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Teachers Credit Union has opened a branch at 144 W. Main Street in the former First Merchants Bank building. Co-working facility The Union opened Central Indiana Orthopedics is open- In March, Riverview Health broke in March at 136 N. Union Street with ing a new office at 13914 Southeastern ground on a 105,000 SF outpatient space for 40 members. Six office suites Parkway on the St. Vincent Fishers center on the northeast corner of US in the building will house You Move Hospital campus. 31 and SR 32. OrthoIndy has opened Me, BlueOrange Compliance, Via new physical therapy and urgent sion One Real Estate, WKRP Indy, care facility in Monon Marketplace at North Ridge Construction and Estate 17471 Wheeler Road. A new 134,000 SF Management, and Grand Junction speculative warehouse space dubbed Properties. Westfield Business Centre is under Papa John’s Pizza is coming to 17435 construction at 17100 Oak Ridge Road. Carey Road. In April, Kizuki Ramen The owners of Union Baking Co. have opened its doors at 2450 E. 146th Street. ABC’s & 123’s closed up shop at 303 E. Main Street. Huntington Bank has opened a branch They will continue fulfilling orders at 14921 N. Meridian Street. Classic through the kitchen at Old Towne NOBLESVILLE Stone is moving from Indianapolis to The former Lutz’s Steakhouse at 3100 Carmel Bed & Breakfast at 521 First 3525 SR32 near Jolietville. HCBM Avenue NW in Carmel, which the Westfield Road is being converted into couple recently purchased. Metronet is a child care facility, ABC’s & 123’s moving its sales office from 750 LibLearning Center. Pets Vet of Nobleserty Drive to a new, larger space 330 E. ville is opening a new animal hospital Main Street. at 14765 Hazel Dell Crossing. Arbor Grove Hospital, an 18,000 SF “micro hospital,” is slated for construction at 9410 E. 146th Street. Plumbing Heating Paramedics is opening a new location at 9750 E. 150th Street. Hoosier Futbol Club is building a new 12,000 SF indoor soccer facility at 6910 E. 161st Street. Teachers Credit Union opened a new branch on SR 37 in the former First Merchants Bank building.

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Old World Charm in the Heart of Westfield The Italian House on Park By Chris Bavender, Photos by John Wright cott and Nyla Wolf are best known for Wolfies Grill. With four locations around Hamilton County, chances are you’ve had occasion to dine at one. But the couple wanted to branch out with a new concept—something vastly different from Wolfies. As they kicked around various ideas, the one concept they kept circling back to was an eatery focused on Italian cuisine.

and appreciated dining opportunity in the community.” During the week guest attire might range from jeans and tee shirts to dresses, suits and ties, Nethercott said. But the weekend crowd tends to be a bit more dressed up.

“Nothing’s better than spending time with family and friends and enjoying some authentic Italian food, a great glass of wine in a cozy atmosphere,” said General Manager Jim Nethercott. “It’s the best.”

“Many of our guests are celebrating a birthday or an anniversary. We are also able to accommodate parties of 10 to 12 so we have had many families and friends enjoying the food and hospitality,” he said.

But, the first task at hand—find a location that fit their vision.

Many of the menu offerings are prepared with a “bit of a twist.”

“This was an exhausting task but when we saw the house on Park Street (in Westfield) there was no question it was definitely a perfect fit.” Nethercott said. “This house and its location were perfect. It had the exact lay out we could work with and the mature trees and cozy front porch were bonuses.” A perfect location for the aptly named The Italian House on Park. To achieve the full vision meant gutting the house while leaving its original footprint. A commercial kitchen was installed on the first floor, and the basement was refurbished and turned into the main prep area. You’ll still find some of the original features, however, including the stair case to the second floor, the wood beam ceiling in one of the dining rooms and the bomb shelter in the basement—which became the wine cellar. “It still feels like a house,” Nethercott said. “Several of the previous residents have been in for dinner and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing their old living spaces turned into a beautiful restaurant.” A beautiful restaurant with a cozy, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

“For example the Picatta dishes do not have capers, but mushrooms instead, and we use spaghetti instead of Angel Hair,” Nethercott said. “The Calamari is served with Feta cheese and homemade Balsamic glaze.” Top sellers include the Sea Scallops, Penne Ala Vodka, Seafood Fettuccini, Lasagna, and the Spaghetti and Meatballs. The Calamari is a popular appetizer. The menu is ala carte with entrees ranging in price from $14 to $29. Most are $20 or less. Weekly appetizer and entrée specials are featured. The Italian House on Park features 45 wines, with a good selection offered by the glass, half bottle and by the bottle. “The list is about 80 percent Italian, and the rest are California, French or Spanish,” Nethercott said. “The list is designed to encourage exploration at an affordable price. Italian wines are diverse and complex so they require a bit of education and dedication to learning the many varieties and regions of Italy.”

“We have been welcomed by lo- General Manager Jim Nethercott The Italian House on Park can seat cal residents and 50 inside. The Back Yard Bar—a sepalso the surrounding area,” arate area “nestled in a beautiful wooded landscape—can seat Nethercott said. “Westfield another 50 people and is perfect for private parties. Reservations is a growing city and we are aren’t needed, but are recommended for weekends, Nethercott proud to be a part of that said. Free valet parking is also provided. HCBM growth providing a needed

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 -


 -      -  - 

  

         

  

  


    

  

 

          


   


 

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UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS UPCOMING EVENTS JUNE 2016 Thursday, June 2 / 4:30pm ALL-COUNTY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Montgomery Aviation All County Luncheon: Luncheon speaker, Ed Cone presented information about the current status of the workforce of the future. Mr. Cone is the Deputy Director in the Leadership Group at Oxford Economics.

Friday, June 10 / 11:30am HOT TOPIC LUNCH Kristin Fettig, Social Media Optimization Monday, June 20 / 12:00pm Tee Time NHCCC GOLF OUTING Fox Prairie Golf Club Thursday, June 23 / 11:30am NHCCC LUNCHEON Red Bridge Park / Cicero

JULY 2016 February Luncheon: Shae Kmicikewycz, Community Specialist for the Town of Cicero leads a panel of Cicero town leaders including representatives from the Town Council, Economic Development Committee and Our Town Cicero (Main Street organization).

Saturday, July 23 / 8:00am Triathalon Sunday, July 24 / 8:00am Strawberry 5k and Kids Triathalon CICERO TRIATHLON WEEKEND Thursday, July 28 / 11:30am NHCCC LUNCHEON Sheridan Library

NEW MEMBERS Selective Cleaning Bill Brown

March Luncheon: Jay Ricker, Ricker Oil Company, spoke to the Chamber membership about Ricker’s business model for convenience stores and the decision to locate a Ricker’s in Sheridan.

Coffee with the Candidates Legislative Breakfast: Derek Arrowood, Superintendent and Peggy Jackson, Associate Superintendent of Hamilton Heights School Corporation talk to candidate for Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt. Chamber members had the opportunity to talk with candidates for county and statewide offices.

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Thursday, 21st The Bridgewater Club

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Thursday, 2nd All County Business After Hours at Montgomery Aviation


Thursday, 28th Business After Hours at Harmony Club


2016 Golf Outing

Monday, 6th Golf Outing at The Bridgewater Club Contact the Chamber for last minute foursome availability!


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2016 Membership Luncheons




2016 Additional Upcoming Events August 5 August 25 August 25 August 26 September 23

All-County Women’s Luncheon at 502 Event Centre New Member Breakfast at The Bridgewater Club Business After Hours at Community First Bank Economic Development Breakfast at Charleston’s Lantern Awards at the Palomino Ballroom

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Hamilton County History

ecause our county has grown so quickly in recent years, various municipal parks departments have been trying to preserve some natural scenic areas. Interestingly, an effort was made not long after the county was founded, when one of the first settlers of Delaware Township established a nature preserve of his own. James Farley was born in Virginia in 1795, and came to Hamilton County sometime in the early 1830’s. His first land purchase was in a section of Clay Township in 1835. However, he soon moved over to Delaware Township and did something very unique. Augustus Finch Shirts, in his 1901 history of the county, says, “In an early day, Mr. Farley laid off and set aside several acres of his land to be used for a park for deer. This park was surrounded by a high rail fence. Mr. Farley was proud of his deer park and maintained it for a long time.”

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This was an odd thing to do in pioneer Indiana. Deer parks had existed in Europe since medieval times. They were a section of land used by the nobility for preserving and hunting deer. It would seem to be silly and pretentious here in the United States because, at that time, deer were considered little better than pests. Still, land was cheap and there was plenty of it. If a person wanted to do something like this, they were free to do so.

No Trace Left It’s not clear where the park land actually was. The property owned by Farley was on the south side of where Keystone Avenue and 106th Street intersect today and went all the way south to 96th Street. Farley established a school at the corner of present-day LaSalle Road and 106th in 1837. In 1838, he established the Farley Cemetery which can be seen today just southeast of the Keystone/106th roundabout. Incidentally, the school was also used as a church until 1852, when the White Chapel Methodist Church was established. Farley himself was buried in the Farley Cemetery when he died in 1856. In his will, dated 1843, he asked that the 160 acres in the southeast quarter of the section be sold when his youngest son Thomas reached the age of fifteen and the money be split equally among the family. Farley outlived that deadline, and the family still owned much of the property in 1866, except for about 30 acres on the north side between

There are many ways to protect land from development and several have been used over the years in Hamilton County. We have parks, preserves, conservation districts, nature centers and more. The highest level of protection is a Nature Preserve, a state designation. There are only two in Hamilton County: Richey Woods in Fishers and Bitternut Woods in Carmel. Both are open to the public.

the school and the cemetery, which had changed ownership to members of the McShane family. According to aerial photos starting in the 1930’s, this northern area was heavily wooded until the 1960’s. Any remnants of the park would likely be gone now. The south end of the property is the Tom Wood auto dealership and the north end is subdivisions. The land has changed townships as well—this was part of the section of Delaware Township that was annexed in to Clay Township in the 1950’s. It’s unfortunate that the park didn’t survive. When John Haines wrote his history of Hamilton County in 1915, he repeated the story and spoke regretfully about the missed opportunity. If the park had been kept to the present day, it would mean that there would be a section of old growth forest in the Fishers/Carmel area. It’s a good thing that the modern parks departments are taking action now. HCBM

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