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IEDC receives record number of commitments

With a month still to go this year, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) announced 2012 will set a record for commitments from companies to locate or expand operations in the state. Still, IEDC CEO Dan Hasler says he’d still like to see more the commitments turn into actual jobs.

The corporation reports 220 companies have made commitments to it this year to expand or establish new operations in Indiana, translating to around $3.6 billion in investments and more than 20,000 jobs.

However, those commitments aren’t guarantees.  IEDC chief Dan Hasler says on average over the last year, only about four of every five jobs promised has materialized.

“Not what you’d like.  You’d like to have 90, 95 but we also recognize we were coming through a pretty difficult economic period at that point in time.”

The IEDC has been heavily criticized in the past few years for announcing commitments, only to see them fall through.  Senator Tim Skinner (D-Terre Haute) says he thinks 81% is a good figure, and hopes IEDC doesn’t make job announcements just to, in his words, “pad their stats."

“There’s evidence that they’re working hard.  They’re trying to do what we’ve asked them to do and I think, you know, if they’re that successful, I think that shows an improvement.”

Hasler says any incentive packages offered to the corporations that make commitments are performance-based, requiring the companies to keep their promises before receiving benefits. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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