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Chamber of Commerce report card shows Indiana lagging behind other states

Indiana is improving in some key economic areas, according to the latest report card released by the state Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

But in many areas, that improvement is being outpaced by other states.

The report cards, released every couple of years, are tied to the chamber’s economic vision plan. It tracks metrics across a range of issues, everything from labor force participation and entrepreneurship to health care costs and educational attainment.

Outgoing chamber CEO Kevin Brinegar said Indiana ranks in the top 10 of only seven of the report card’s 49 national measures.

“The progress isn’t happening fast enough because other states are improving at a faster pace,” Brinegar said. “So, we need to pick up the pace.”

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Incoming CEO Vanessa Green Sinders said the chamber will bring the report card’s message to lawmakers — even as legislative leaders promise a quieter 2024 session.

“There’s many ways to accomplish things,” Sinders said. “Sometimes it’s big things, sometimes it’s small things — but we need to keep moving forward.”

Areas where Indiana lags that the chamber highlighted are health care costs and early childhood education.

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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.