By Matt Werner
Boone County and Indiana are ready to bounce back in the next three to four years, according to one economist.
Kyle J. Anderson, Ph.D. and clinical assistant professor of business economics at the Indiana University Kelly School of Business, said he believes Boone County and Indiana will bounce back from the economic downturn in 2009. Anderson spoke Thursday, Feb. 7, at Boone County Economic Outlook sponsored by the Boone County Economic Development Corp. and Zionsville Chamber of Commerce at Traders Point Christian Church.
“Over the past four years, I’ve given speeches like this, and it’s been kind of depressing,” he said. “Of the last four years, I’ve never been more optimistic about the economic outlook than I am right now.”
Anderson said that Boone County has not been hit as hard as other communities in Indiana in recent years.
“I was out in Richmond, and their challenges are much greater than what you have here,” he said. “Boone County has more to offer than other areas. This region is where we see a lot of growth, and I think this region will contribute well to the Indiana economy.”
Boone County Commissioner Jeff Wolfe said that Boone County thrives in some areas that other counties do not.
“One of our biggest jobs is to promote and maintain roadways, and that’s a challenge for some counties,” he said. “That is something that we really focus on.”
Wolfe said he recently met with the Indiana Department of Transportation on improving traffic flow in and out of the Anson area.
“INDOT said that a lot of counties would like to have that problem (of too much traffic flow in certain areas),” he said. “That highlighted to me that we have had opportunities that most counties do not have.”
Anderson outlined some areas that have rebounded since the downturn.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.