Garner Economics has issued a new report for the Economic DEvelopment Coalition of Southwest Indiana entitled “A Blueprint for Success."
The master plan for strengthening Evansville’s regional economywill require broad community support to achieve the plan’s numerous recommendations.
Funding for the project came from a $231,482 federal grant secured as a result of Whirlpool’s closure of its Evansville refrigerator plant in 2010.
The study recommends four target areas for job growth in this region: advanced manufacturing, plastics, health and life sciences and logistics/distribution. The four were selected because they build on the area’s strengths, pay above-average wages and represent growth industries.
The study also includes 32 recommendations for improving the area’s business climate and infrastructure, its approach to economic development and its marketing efforts.