Eric Doden

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A bill that would create an initiative granting funding to collaborating groups in regions around the state is moving through the Indiana Senate.

The Regional City Fund would grant or loan regions money to improve the area based on a proposed growth plan.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Eric Doden says it’s similar to the state’s existing Stellar Communities grants, but the new initiative is more collaborative.

Study Aimed At Improving Regional Economies In Indiana

Jul 8, 2014
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A Pittsburgh consulting firm has begun a study aimed at boosting regional economies in Indiana.

At Governor Pence‘s request, legislators this year called for a study comparing regional cities in Indiana to similar regions in other states, then examining what the comparable cities have done to spur economic development and looking for patterns which might be duplicated here.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation president Eric Doden says the legislation didn‘t specify which cities to study, or which clusters of cities constitute a region.