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July 2020 IP

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amounts to which Indianapolis and Indiana would commit to land the Amazon HQ2 and a general overview of incentives, The response included the total amount of EDGE tax credits the state would commit to granting over a 10-year period. The response included commitments from the Skills Enhancement Fund for training of new Amazon employees, an Industrial Develop- ment Grant for infrastructure improvements, and detailed legislative initiatives that could be pursued to assist in the creation of the headquarters. The response led Amazon to announce that Indianapolis had made the cut to 20 finalists for the HQ2. Amazon officials visited Indianapolis in March 2018 to gather more information on the proposal, but that was the last Indianapolis heard from Amazon. Amazon announced on Nov. 13, 2018 that it would split HQ2 between New York and Arlington, Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee, as a new logistics and transportation hub. Lorrichio made her records request for Tax Analysts in January of 2019. In March, Chris Cotterill, COO for the IEDC, denied the request, saying that there was no final offer made – that its initial offering of incentives could not be considered a final offer. Luke Britt, Indiana's Public Access Counselor, declined to conclude that IEDC had violated the state's public records law without the ability to see the document in question. Tax Analysts then filed the lawsuit as allowed under APRA. Judge Chavis did determine that "final offer" does mean the last offer made by IEDC to a prospect." The proposal was the last in a process as Indianapolis' negotia- tions ended with Amazon. … Giving the words [in the statute] their plain, ordinary, and usual meanings, Indianapolis' proposal appears to meet the dictionary definition of a 'final offer.'" That should have been the winner for Tax Analysts, Key wrote last month in the Indiana Publisher, but Chavis didn't stop there. The judge determined that if the IEDC didn't certify the accuracy and completeness of the informa- tion, then the offer wouldn't qualify as a final offer that would be required to be released to the public upon request. "If the terms of a final offer are not certified for accuracy and completeness, then statutorily under I.C. 5-14-3-4-(b)(5)(C), it cannot be considered a final offer, Otherwise, Clause (C) would have no meaning whatsoever," Chavis wrote. Key says the trial court ruling gives the IEDC the ability to never release a final offer by merely refusing to certify the last offer made. This would gut the intention of the legislature to allow the public to know what the IEDC was committed to providing a commer- cial prospect. In the case of Amazon, the secrecy would cover what is estimated to be a commitment of at least $1.5 billion. That's the amount that was offered by the IEDC and Gary in that city's proposal to Amazon, which Tax Analysts obtained from the northwest Indiana city. July 2020 Page 12 Reporter Seeking reporter/news clerk for award-winning community newspa- per in central Indiana. Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or related disci- pline, or relatable experience. Must be proficient in AP style, social media, photography and all aspects of community journalism. Duties include telling a story through a variety of media platforms, producing quick write-ups on break- ing news along with in-depth features and investigative pieces, communi- cating with a diverse population, abil- ity to multi-task and enterprise. Competitive pay and benefits. Send cover letter, resume, work references and clips to The Lebanon Reporter, attn.: Editor Kathy Linton at Sports Reporter KPC Media Group Inc. is search- ing for a new sports reporter to cover sports and other assignments in north- east Indiana. This open position will primarily focus on high school sports in Steuben and LaGrange coun- ties and Trine University in Angola, although assignments may take them throughout the wider area. Duties will include covering sports events on deadline as well as producing features and news stories for the daily sports page. In off-seasons, sports reporters may also be utilized to cover other news and features around the region. Principal Duties Reports and writes stories for the newspaper, the website and/or social media accounts, including posting breaking news to the web as soon as possible. Takes photos to accompany sto- ries when needed. Promotes content via the news- paper website and social media accounts to increase readership and reader engagement. Compiles a weekly budget of story ideas presents ideas for stories at regular meetings. Job Requirements Bachelor's degree in journalism/ communications or equivalent experi- ence and/or previous experience as a reporter or writer at a newspaper or publication. Photography skills to shoot, crop and send digital photos. Knowledge and application of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter as well as submission of stories in an online format via KPC affiliated websites. Adobe InDesign pagination expe- rience a plus, but not required Send cover letter, resume and at least three writing samples (please also include sports photography work, if available) to KPC Media Group Executive Editor Steve Garbacz at with the subject line "Sports Reporter." Reporter The Pharos-Tribune in Logansport seeks a reporter to fill a key newsroom role as we continue to tell our com- munity's stories, which we have since 1844 when the newspaper started six years after the city's founding. We're seeking a journalist with experience covering local politics and government, breaking news and general-assignment beats and who's interested in writing features or columns. The right candidate will not only possess excellent reporting and writ- ing skills, but will be a savvy user of social media tools, using it share our content and mine information for their stories; have strong research capabilities; have basic photographic skills (with cellphones or professional cameras) and be comfortable work- ing on video assignments. The Pharos-Tribune also puts a premium on presentation in our print edition, with a strong commitment to visual storytelling through photogra- phy and informational graphics. As a result, the paper has brought home top honors the last three years for design and infographics. Multilingual ability is a plus — particularly Spanish and Burmese. The schools district's ESL program serves 23 distinct languages and dialects. Our industries bring in workers globally, and this year alone saw the opening of Guatemalan, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Mayan restaurants and a Haitian grocery, in addition to Mexican, El Salvadoran, Thai-Philippine and Chinese restau- rants and bodegas and an Asian/ Burmese market. Job Responsibilities: The reporter is responsible for providing written content and associ- ated components used in editorial products. The reporter must maintain a collaborative relationship with all other editorial departments and func- tional organizations and ensure com- pliance with established standards of customer service. Talented newcomers are welcome to apply, and the editorial team has experience from some of the country's largest newspapers and holds report- ers to those standards. For a full description, visit https:// Include in your cover letter what beats/stories you're best at covering or would like to cover. Candidates should direct letters, resumes and work samples to: Kevin Burkett, editor Pharos-Tribune 517 E. Broadway Logansport, Indiana 46947 Have a job listing you want to promote? Contact Shawn Goldsby, View listings at Employee Sought Amicus Continued from Page 1

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