Indiana Gov. Mike Pence had high praise for Boone County, saying it was an example of what makes communities work.
Pence spoke at length about the economic development and growth throughout the county and state during the Boone County Economic Development Corporation annual meeting Tuesday morning, June 11.
“I want to say congratulations to Boone County, which has truly experienced a year of economic development and growth,” he said. “(Boone EDC Board President) Rick (Isenhower) personifies why this county is a mixture of the best of the past, best of the present and best of the future.”
Isenhower, a fourth-generation Boone County resident, said growth of the EDC and county since he has been around has been incredible.
“It’s exciting to see the times and changes that have happened in my 25 years, maybe it’s a bit longer than that,” he said. “There is a balance to keep the rural area and way of life while growing the community, and we have been able to do that.”
Pence said Indiana is poised to become a great state for economic development.
“Our state is strong and growing strong,” he said. “As you look at other states, because of the leadership of the last eight years and the leadership that was renewed this year, Indiana is the fiscal envy of the nation. We are demonstrating that you can have a government as good as the people that live here.”
Pence pointed to a recent revenue forecast which states that Indiana’s job rate is growing faster than 42 other states and the economic output is growing quickly as well.
“We’ve still got some work to do,” he said. “Our projections are not matching the hopes, inspirations and dreams of people.”
Pence laid out four strategies to help economic development in the state.
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