Angie's List, a national provider of consumer reviews on local service companies, plans to invest approximately $1 million to expand its Indianapolis, Indiana operations center, creating up to 850 new jobs by 2017.
The company, which currently employs more than 1,000 people in Indianapolis, launched in 1995 in Columbus, Ohio, with one employee , co-founder Angie Hicks. The company moved its headquarters to Indianapolis in 1999 and has since expanded to serve members in more than 200 cities across the United States.
In August 2011 Governor Mitch Daniels joined executives from Angie's to announce the company's plans to expand its Indianapolis headquarters, creating up to 500 new jobs by 2015.
At that time Indiana Economic Development said company will invest $11.5 million to expand its four-city-block campus on Indianapolis' near east side to accommodate the job growth and training of its new employees.
"If anyone still wonders why we stress promoting small business and entrepreneurism, here's their answer," said Daniels at that time. "From zero to over a thousand good Hoosier jobs, and a well-known national company headquartered right here, Angie and Bill are economic heroes."
"When word got out that we were outgrowing our space here, we had offers from a lot of places inviting us to relocate. We gave them serious consideration because we wanted to make a smart business decision no matter what our hearts might want us to do," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List chief marketing officer and co-founder when the expansion was first announced. "I want to thank our state and city leaders for helping us stay here on Indianapolis' east side, where our hearts are, and where we'll continue to grow."
In August 2011 The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Angie's List, Inc. up to $7 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. In addition, at that time, the city of Indianapolis agreed to invest $7.1 million for infrastructure and neighborhood improvements through a combination of tax increment financing contributions, New Market Tax Credits and RebuildIndy funds.
Angie's List has served as a catalyst for change along the East Washington Street corridor, city officials said. The Angie's List campus is currently bordered north by Ohio Street, south by East Washington Street, to the west by Interstate 65/70 and to the east by Highland Avenue. The area is part of the Historic Holy Cross Neighborhood and centers around Whiskey Hill, the third highest point in Indianapolis.