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
Indiana offers excellent transportation infrastructure, efficient and
affordable utilities, rich natural resources, and available developed
and undeveloped sites for business.
infrastructure provides easy access and distribution to every major
U.S. market by Interstate highway, rail, air, or water routes.
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.
infrastructure of Southwest Indiana also includes ideal industrial
sites, manufacturing sites, development sites, and buildings.
A True Public-Private Partnership
active partnership between top government officials and key corporate
leaders illustrates the pro-business mindset of Southwest Indiana.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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