Economic Development/Workforce

Economic Development 

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Nearly 75% of the country’s population is within a 12-hour driving distance of  Southern Indiana.  St. Louis, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville and Louisville can all be reached by interstate within three hours, while Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, and Cleveland are an eight-hour drive or less.  With this central location Southern Indiana is ideal for businesses needing to purchase or supply goods or products anywhere within the central or eastern United States.

House District 75 top two industries are manufacturing and healthcare (see figure 1 below).  Locally House District 75 is  excelling in health care innovation, but  falling behind in manufacturing. In addition local population growth is stagnant and there is a noted rise in poverty.  Although there is population growth in areas such as Warrick County, the population is simply shifting, it is not coming into Warrick County from outside of the economic development region.  This places economic growth in District 75 at risk.

Southern Indiana cannot move into the future without a government focused on innovation and real innovation originates with change.  It is well known that the rules of government and the customs of a region can influence economic activity.  Because of this it is imperative to avoid policies which may permanently lower growth rates and to introduce sensible policy that will create a circle of growth which will permanently accelerate economic expansion.

The amount of tax costs for businesses matters for investment and growth. Sensible policy includes accumulating capital by keeping tax rates at a reasonable level which will encourage the development of the private sector and the shape of business.  Businesses care about what they get for their taxes; quality infrastructure, a healthy workforce and quality education and training allow economies to innovate thus moving up the value chain.

By respecting the past and balancing future innovation with the commitment of conservative principles, Warrick, Spencer and Pike counties can maintain what is good and worth tending while improving services and processes which will lead to economic  growth.

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Figure 1

Workforce

Across Indiana, companies are looking to hire hardworking Hoosiers to fill great jobs – jobs in high-demand industries like manufacturing, life sciences, technology, and logistics. By 2025, there will be more than one million job openings across the state due to retirements and the creation of new jobs.

Through Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Jobs plan, Hoosiers have the opportunity to build the skills needed to fill these in-demand, high-wage jobs.  Next Level Jobs provides Hoosiers with free classes and access to certificate programs through partners like Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University.

Next Level Jobs also helps Hoosiers already on-the-job by providing employers with grants to skill-up their workforce! To learn more about Next Level Jobs, visit https://www.nextleveljobs.org/.

Moving forward the challenge lies in the lack of alignment between economic development and workforce development.  When elected to I will work to help  identify the gaps in communication, data, information and services so that we can meet the goals and objectives necessary to improve our local workforce as well as our local population and income levels.