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Statewide Assessment Regional Cities’ Economy

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January 29, 2014 —

INDIANAPOLIS- Indiana’s regional cities would be the subject of a statewide assessment to evaluate their economic potential, under a bill passed Tuesday in the House.

House Bill 1035, authored by Rep. Steven Braun, R- Zionsville, would order the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to create a report listing both the needs of each regional city and recommendations for initiatives to improve them.

“It is impossible for us to develop a statewide economic development plan without understanding the unique differences and strengths and weaknesses of our distinct regions and regional cities that are at their core,” Braun said.

Braun made it clear that bringing qualified workers into the state was a main priority.

“The overall intent of this bill is to improve our state’s ability to attract talent and investment by making our regional cities more attractive places to live and work,” he said.

The bill passed 93-3 and now moves to the Senate for further consideration.


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