Rep. Ziemke: Attracting new business to our community and state

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, October 2, 2015

Every legislative session, when I speak with my constituents about the issues that are important to their families, there are two that regularly come up in our conversations: jobs and the economy. In the past several years, state lawmakers have taken many steps to make Indiana’s business climate more competitive. By doing so, communities all across the state, including southeast Indiana, have been able to attract new and innovative businesses to their regions while creating job opportunities for Hoosiers.

In the 2015 session, we passed a number of laws contributing toward a more friendly business environment in Indiana. For example, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 441, which passed with bipartisan support, simplifies our tax structure and also extends the Venture Capital Investment and Hoosier Business Investment tax credits until January 2021. By improving businesses’ access to capital, these measures will spur job creation across the state. I also supported SEA 436 which exempts small enterprises owning less than $20,000 in machinery and equipment from filing or paying business personal property taxes.

As I reflect upon what we accomplished last session, I am happy that we were able to build upon our past success and continue to make it easier for businesses to grow and create jobs for hardworking Hoosiers. Most importantly, I believe we are starting to see many of the positive effects in our community and throughout the state.

Last month, the Department of Workforce Development released the August unemployment figures for Indiana. At 4.4 percent, the state’s unemployment rate ranks well below the national average and marks the lowest rate since 2007. Just in the past year, private-sector job growth has increased by over 60,000 jobs and Indiana added the third highest number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

In our district, county unemployment rates also continue to decrease as more opportunities are made available to local families. For example, the city of Batesville and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation recently announced that Thrive Market, a membership-based online healthy foods and natural products store, will be opening a new fulfillment center. Serving the health needs of approximately two-thirds of their customers, Thrive Market’s 300,000 square-foot facility off of Lammers Pike is expected to create hundreds of jobs for the people of Batesville and the surrounding area. As a resident, I am excited that their company decided to expand their operations here and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on the community.

With plans to begin operations in November, Thrive Market has already started hiring. I would encourage anyone interested in this career opportunity to apply as soon as possible. Interested applicants may email jobs@thrivemarket.com for more information.

Moving forward, I will continue to focus on jobs and the economy, as well as other issues that are important to Hoosier families. If you have any questions about the new laws mentioned above, I encourage you to contact my office by calling 317-232-9815 or emailing h55@iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties.