Indiana is in the middle of everything, literally. The state anchors the Midwest. The fact is, Indiana's borders are within 500 miles - about a day's drive - of two-thirds of America's population. That helps when you have to move product, meet customer needs, and grow your business.
Indiana business is served by three water shipping ports, giving companies a leg up on getting finished product into the global stream of commerce. The Burns Harbor Portage is located in the north and is the state's deep-water port (via St. Lawrence Seaway) on Lake Michigan. The two river ports, Jeffersonville Portage and Mount Vernon Portage (located in the southern corners of the state), are positioned on the Ohio River.
- The Terre Haute International Airport (HUF) serves West Central Indiana with its 9,020 foot runway (the fourth longest in the state). Terre Haute International Airport can accommodate most any size aircraft including 747's. The Indianapolis International Airport, one of the country's most modern and efficient airport, is the primary airport serving the state. The Indianapolis International Airport (IND) provides both passenger and cargo services. At IND, 9 commercial carriers, many of which provide nonstop service to more than 30 domestic destinations, serve the airport. And, according to Airports Council International-North America, IND is the nation's eighth largest cargo facility. Internationally, it ranks 22nd in the world.
- Putting wheels in motion is another Indiana attribute. Seven Interstate Highways, numerous U.S. Highways and a network of limited-access state parkways serve the state. Indiana's freight transportation systems have reached out to provide efficient and cost-effective access to all points on the globe. Regional markets are also easily served from Indiana's strategic location, midway between the east coast and west coast and positioned well to the Great Lakes to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.
- Indiana enjoys a tremendous competitive advantage in the provision of electric energy, natural gas, and water supply. The region is served by major power suppliers Duke Energy Indiana, WIN Energy/REMC, Hoosier Energy, and Parke County REMC. Natural gas for private and industrial use is in abundant supply through Vectren, Ohio Valley Gas and other providers. Water, generally provided by municipal services, also is plentiful. Vermillion County holds an aquifer that can supply 100 million gallons of water per day.
- Fiber optic cable and ISDN service have been deployed throughout the region. A full array of broadband data and e-commerce services, DSL high-speed Internet access and advanced voice features are available in many areas for business customers.