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Southwest Indiana Fuels Automotive Sector Growth

As other Midwest communities struggle with changes in the economic landscape, Southwest Indiana's automotive sector is growing. Leading the way is Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, one of the most highly advanced auto assembly facilities in the world. It is the new home of the Highlander, Toyota's fuel-efficient, midsize SUV, as well as the Sienna and Sequoia.

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An Infrastructure That Works for You
Southwest Indiana offers excellent transportation infrastructure, efficient and affordable utilities, rich natural resources, and available developed and undeveloped sites for business.

The transportation infrastructure provides easy access and distribution to every major U.S. market by Interstate highway, rail, air, or water routes.

New transportation infrastructure includes the Southwest Indiana portion of Interstate 69. The highway will link the U.S. with Canada and Mexico, connecting North America. Construction on the Southwest Indiana leg of the interstate highway began in July 2008.

Southwest Indiana is served by two Class I railroads: the CSX and the Norfolk Southern. They provide access to every major eastern and Midwestern market. Rail routes include the main line of the CSX from Chicago to the southeast U.S.; CSX rail service between Evansville and Chicago; and northbound and southbound train service to Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, and Jacksonville, Florida. The CSX Howell Yard in Evansville sorts and makes up trains, and has intermodal facilities to handle 3,000 cargo containers and piggyback trailers per month. The Norfolk Southern main line connects Southwest Indiana to the West via St. Louis, and to the entire eastern seaboard; it provides critical service to the region's automotive and metal manufacturing sectors.

Gas and electric power are competitively priced, and the region's utility companies are strongly committed to business development. Both Vectren and Duke Energy-Indiana are consistently ranked among the best run and most competitively-priced utility companies in North America. Vectren is Indiana's largest natural gas utility, and Duke Energy-Indiana is the state's largest electric utility. Together the assure consistent and reliable sources of energy.

The region offers an abundance of water and other natural resources for manufacturing processes. Southwest Indiana is strategically bordered by the Ohio River to the south and the Wabash River to the west. The region sits atop one of the largest aquifers in North America, which promises companies a clean, dependable source of water for manufacturing and cooling.

The infrastructure of Southwest Indiana also includes ideal industrial sites, manufacturing sites, development sites, and buildings.

A True Public-Private Partnership

The active partnership between top government officials and key corporate leaders illustrates the pro-business mindset of Southwest Indiana.

Within the region, the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana acts as the umbrella economic development organization for Gibson County, Posey County, Vanderburgh County, and Warrick County in Southwest Indiana.

The Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana offers a proactive program of free and confidential services to assist with facility relocation, business expansion, and the retention of existing industry. The coalition staff specializes in location studies, building and site searches, and feasibility studies.

The coalition's coordinated approach saves businesses time and effort. The Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana maintains databases of industrial sites and buildings, regional workforce data, incentives and assistance programs, and other information key to site selection.

Southwest Indiana's public and private partners also work closely with state and federal government agencies, local economic development groups, and railroad and utility economic development offices for continuous improvement of the region's infrastructure. These successful efforts include the construction of the Southwest Indiana portion of Interstate 69, the nation's newest automotive corridor.

Southwest Indiana: Make It Yours
With a booming automotive industry, a highly-trained work force, an ideal business climate, solid infrastructure, and effective public and private partners, Southwest Indiana is one of the most accessible communities in the world. We invite you to make Southwest Indiana yours.

To find out more, contact the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana through our website. All services are free of charge, and information related to facility location projects is kept strictly confidential.

Greg Wathen, President and CEO
Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana
100 N.W. Second St., Suite 208
Evansville, IN 47708
Phone: 812-423-2020
Fax: 812-423-2080

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