TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Indiana is No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in the Midwest when it comes to doing business. That's according to Chief Executive Magazine.
The survey asked 500 CEOs to evaluate states' tax policies.
The ranking comes after Gov. Mike Pence signed a $600-million-per-year tax cut.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski (D) said each Indiana community helped achieve the high ranking.
"I think local communities in general play a big part in those rankings," Roswarski said. "You look at everything from incentive packages to local tax structures. You look at building roads, and the water and sewer companies need."
Greater Lafayette Commerce President and CEO Joe Seaman said Tippecanoe County has had some shining moments that have boosted business in the state.
"We've had over the past 12 to 24 months over a billion dollars of capital investments," Seaman said. "We've had the big announcement when Nanshan America relocated here. We've had Alcoa with their major expansion."
Seaman said there is still a problem in the community. Unemployment is at 8 percent.
He said the GLC has tried to combat it with programs like the Advanced Manufacturing Program. It gives qualifiers the opportunity to work closely with local factories and learn certain trades.
"I think we have the jobs," Seaman said. "I'm a little frustrated that we have such a high unemployment rate. I wish we could figure out where the disconnect is, but we continue to work on it."
However, Seaman and Roswarski remained hopeful.
Roswarski said projects like the Wabash River Corridor and improvements to Veterans Memorial Parkway will continue to attract businesses to Tippecanoe County.
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