Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Business

November 8, 2013

Online data elevates economic efforts

(Continued)

Three other magazines recently listed Indiana near the top: sixth nationally in business environment, according to Area Development in fall 2012; second most competitive state in the nation, said Site Selection in May; best business climate in the Midwest and fifth nationally, noted Chief Executive that same month. Indiana also is second in the nation for lowest workmen compensation rates just after North Dakota. Lane maintained, “That’s a huge incentive for companies.”

Indiana’s recent right to work legislation has been another selling point. Some companies’ representatives told him, “‘We never would have contacted you if you weren’t right to work.’”

Simple geography also can help boost the economy here. Lane beamed when he pointed out 80 percent of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of Indiana.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at debbie.blank@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

Second in a two-part series • Part 1: IEDC director advises Franklin County leaders, Nov. 5

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