Saturday, December 13, 2014

Major economic development plan for southern Indiana unveiled

By Mike Grant Times Herald
 A year long study looking at opportunities for development in southwestern Indiana was unveiled in French Lick. The study completed a regional economic development strategy aimed at fostering new growth and capitalizing on existing assets in the region. Since the $650,000 grant was awarded hundreds of meetings, interviews and focus groups have taken place at the direction of the planning initiative's steering committee.

The study focused on an 11 county area that included Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Martin, Lawrence, Monroe, Orange, Brown, Owen and Washington Counties. The end result was a 132-page report that is expected to produce a blueprint from growth and development in the region.

"I think the end result was very positive," said Ron Arnold with the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation. "A lot of work and hours went into this. They talked with a lot of local people and tied it in with some expert information."

The study calls for the area to look for ways to maximize some of existing assets including Indiana University, Crane, and I-69. "There were some things in the study related to the Tech Park at Crane that were new," said Arnold. "The I-69 corridor was also a high priority in the study."  More here.

No comments: