The last year has been an inspiring and encouraging one for economic development in Boone County, said Boone County Economic Development Corp. Director Bryan Brackemyre on Thursday, June 12, at the organization's annual meeting held at Traders Point Christian Church in Whitestown.
He anticipates this next year to be even better.
"I cannot be more optimistic about our future," he said. "I'm confident that 2014-15 will be another year to remember."
Present and past Boone County EDC board members and other community members celebrated the organization's 25th anniversary at the annual meeting. Brackemyre shared about the successes of the past year, including several expansions of existing businesses and new projects that came to fruition, including Weaver Popcorn, Lids and GNC.
"These companies saw the potential here in Boone County, and they could have gone anywhere in the world," Brackemyre said.
The featured speaker, President of Subaru of Indiana Automotive Tom Easterday, spoke about the truly global nature of economic development today. Easterday, a Zionsville resident, said Indiana cities are competing with low-wage and low-benefit countries around the world now, not just with each other. He shared the top 10 reasons companies choose a manufacturing site, and said Boone County isn't quite up to par with two of them -- a generally healthy population and low utility costs. The other eight reasons are a skilled workforce, good transportation infrastructure, low business taxes, strong education systems, cooperation between state and local government, a favorable regulatory environment, shovel-ready sites, and air quality.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.