Global Indy: Creating a Globally Competitive Region
The Indianapolis Region, which is the center of the United States from a logistics perspective, already possesses the air support, rail and freeway assets, and proximity to major US and Canadian markets. We see the successful growth of our area in moving products around the US and the world. While we will continue to promote this region as a top logistics hub in the US, we cannot just excel in moving goods. We also need to move people around as well.
Regional Transit is an issue that has been an important pillar of the Indy Chamber to move people from where they live to where they work. But it is also the assumption that global regions provide the ability to move around with mass transit. If you go to almost every other major population center in the world, a strong regional transit system is something that most take for granted. However, it is not just moving people around our region that is important, it is moving people in and out of our region globally that is key. We will continue to support the Indianapolis International Airport’s efforts to bring additional direct flights both domestically and internationally to support our companies that need to get to customers and suppliers, wherever they are located, on a daily basis.
Finally, an examination of the existing base of companies in our region shows a great depth of supply chain that can support numerous industries. This is an essential strength of our regional economy. The diversity of the economic sectors that make up the Indianapolis Region will support global companies that we seek to attract to our area. From designing, engineering, prototyping, building, and moving product, the Indianapolis Region has companies that can support those who want to locate, grow, and diversify here. Some regions do not have suppliers in one or more of these areas, and companies have to look inconveniently far away to get the entire cycle of support. This strength in our region is important to companies looking to locate here from around the world, and is another asset that we need to tell the world about.
In a time of change in a global economy, companies that are willing to plan, take risks, and look both within and beyond our borders for business growth will find the key assets to succeed in the Indianapolis Region. We are here to welcome them and to lead them to these factors of success. In the end, we will grow to become the best global region we can be.
By Maureen Donohue Krauss, Chief Economic Development Officer, Indy Chamber