Unfortunately, I was unable to obtain the Project Agreement which would have more specifically addressed job creation promises, and the supposed clawback and creation of an escrow account. Section 3.2 of the Financing Agreement, which I did obtain, opens up the possibility of an interpretation that a sale of Angie's List would not obligate the buyer of the company to stay in Indianapolis:
The Company agrees that it will maintain its existence as a [corporation], will not dissolve or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of its assets, and will not consolidate with or merge into another entity, or permit one or more other entities to consolidate or merge with it; provided, however, that the foregoing provisions of this Section shall not apply, and the Company shall not have any such obligations in the event of: (a)(i) the sale or transfer of all of the ownership interests in the Company or of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company for which the costs of construction or equipping are being financed with the Bond Proceeds, or (ii) a merger, consolidation, reorganization or spin‑off involving the Company or such assets, either alone or in conjunction with other assets; if the surviving, resulting or transferee entity, as the case may be, assumes in writing all of the obligations of the Company under this Financing Agreement; or (b) the occurrence of any transaction described in Section 9.4(b) of this Financing Agreement.My guess is that few councilors have actually read the Project Agreement to know for certain what Angie's List contractual responsibilities are. They could well be signing off on an agreement as one-sided as the regional operations center contract. But what the heck...it is only $18.5 million.