The area places an emphasis on maintaining its diverse and highly educated populace though an excellent educational system which included Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College, and Harrison College. Top industry clusters include advanced manufacturing, bio/life sciences, agriculture, and business services.
The well-educated workforce and diverse employment base make West Central Indiana primed for business and industry growth. The region's low-cost, low-environmental-impact investment ranks West Central as a best place for business and careers, a place where businesses and families grown big and strong.
We are home to world-class businesses such as Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly, Sony DADC, Staples Midwest Distribution Center, ThyssenKrup Presta, ADVICS naming a few. Our location positions us to be within a two-day drive of two-thirds of the U.S.
The regions transportation infrastructure gives one global connection. The area is served by Interstates 70 and 74, and US Highways and State Roads. CSX Transportation and Indiana Rail Road have lines serving this portion of the state. And West Central is within equal distance to both deep sea (Burns Harbor) and river ports (Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon). The area is served by Terre Haute International Airport which has the fourth longest runway in the state, at 9,020 feet. It can accommodate most any size aircraft including a 747. The Indianapolis International Airport is the states largest airport and is approximately 60 miles from most points in West Central Indiana. It is also home to the second largest FedEx hub in the country.
- A skilled, capable, highly productive workforce with experience in building and operating facilities of the highest magnitude and complexity, from power plants and steel mills to advanced manufacturing and major distribution facilities;
- Abundant and economical utility services provided by Duke Energy, Hoosier Energy, Vectren and others, who maintain a robust utility infrastructure capable of serving most any need, and the abundant Wabash River aquifer, which can be tapped to provide a nearly unlimited supply of water as needed;
- Fifteen nearby institutions of higher education, which draw students from around the nation and many foreign countries, collaborate with business and industry in developing problem-solving technology and training the workforce;
- A highly sought after quality of life boasting state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and doctors in most specialties; a regional retail hub and rich cultural amenities; abundant, affordable housing choices; excellent community schools; and varied recreational opportunities and leisure activities; and
- Close to 30 industrial sites and buildings that stand ready for development.
With its wide variety of shovel-ready sites and adaptable buildings for large to small business needs, West Central Indiana has the resources and incentives, the can-do attitude–and the proven ability–to streamline the site selection and development process.