Kirchhofer: Indiana's booming business climate

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, May 19, 2016

Indiana’s commitment to maintaining a welcoming business climate makes our state a national leader when it comes to economic growth. In fact, Chief Executive magazine just ranked Indiana first in the Midwest and among the top five in the nation for doing business.

The annual “Best & Worst States for Business” ranking is based on surveys of more than 500 CEOs. The survey takes into consideration business-friendly tax structures, regulatory climates, workforce training and desirable living environments, which includes a reasonable cost of living, strong educational opportunities and favorable state and local attitudes toward business.

Our economy can continue to strengthen by fostering an environment where entrepreneurs feel confident they can start and grow a business here, which means more jobs for hardworking Hoosiers. By investing in education, workforce development, innovation and infrastructure, Indiana is building a foundation critical to the success of small businesses.

I am committed to supporting policies helping to keep our state in the top tier for economic growth. Locally, we are benefitting from our state’s strong business climate, with The RoomPlace recently announcing an expansion in Indianapolis with a new 160,000 square foot warehouse and showroom facility located at 8301 E. Washington St. The employer will also be relocating the corporate headquarters of its rent-to-own retail division, EasyHome, to this new location. In all, these new developments, which are to open in late fall 2016, will provide over 100 new local job opportunities.

To continue supporting Hoosier employers and building on our reputation, the state now offers an online, one-stop portal serving those who are the driving force behind our strong economy. By visiting www.inbiz.in.gov, Hoosiers can register their businesses, file reports and request key corporate documents, such as a Certificate of Existence. INBiz is also home to other key resources, including tax registration, permits, trademarks, unemployment and veteran-owned business certification.

I remain dedicated to supporting policies that help our job creators succeed and employ more hardworking Hoosiers, while making it clear to entrepreneurs across the globe that Indiana is the best place to grow and expand their business.

Please contact me by phone at 317-232-9793 or by email at h89@iga.in.gov with input and ideas to better serve our community. You can also learn more about work being done on your behalf by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h89.

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Rep. Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents portions of Marion County.