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Holcomb won't dismiss criticism of Indiana despite new economic investments

Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t dismissing critiques of Indiana’s competitiveness despite recent economic investments in the state.

A few weeks ago, Eli Lilly CEO David Ricks delivered sharp criticism over Indiana’s ability to attract businesses and talent. He said the Hoosier State doesn’t measure up in the education attainment of its workforce, health care costs and the inclusion of underrepresented groups and immigrants.

Then, last week, Lilly announced a $2 billion expansion in the state.

Still, Holcomb said that doesn’t negate Ricks’s warnings.

“I think Mr. Ricks stated the obvious," Holcomb said. "The more talent, the more educated, the healthier, the more skilled up Hoosiers are, the better every company – not just Eli Lilly – but every company will do.”

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Holcomb emphasized that Indiana’s more important asset is people – and how smart and healthy they are.

At the press conference announcing Lilly’s new investment, Ricks said the company and the state would have to work together to ensure a “constant flow of highly-trained workers.”

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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.