Wayne County perfectly placed for economic success

RICHMOND, Ind. — Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wayne County is well-placed for economic success, needing to “sell, sell, sell” itself.

“You already have the location, location, location,” Holcomb said while answering questions for about 175 people who attended Thursday’s Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Governor’s Luncheon at Forest Hills Country Club. 

The governor said 40,000 vehicles a day pass through Wayne County, many carrying freight. The county is “on the 50-yard-line” of a partnership involving the Indiana Department of Transportation and federal agencies that stretches from Indianapolis to Columbus, Ohio. 

“Being on that flight path, being on that thoroughfare is a huge, huge benefit,” Holcomb said.

The border county also has an advantage attracting out-of-state residents to move to Indiana.

“You have a target-rich environment over there in Ohio,” Holcomb said.

Gov. Eric Holcomb answers questions from Jeff Carter on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, during the Governor's Luncheon at Forest Hills Country Club.

The state has tripled foreign investment, Holcomb said, and it must decide what industries to attract and must consider the industries of the future and what supplies those industries. He said that drawing new investment means being fast and first, something that’s in Indiana’s DNA because of its auto racing roots.

“We made a ton of 2 a.m., 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. phone calls,” Holcomb said about courting foreign investors.

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