FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Purdue’s president and former Ind. Governor Mitch Daniels talked with local business leaders Monday afternoon about the progress of the university and Indiana’s economy.
Daniels explained the state has come a very long way in economic development. Last year, experts say 29 companies expanded in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana and four new ones made their way here. That means employers invested $160 million into the area, retaining 4,000 jobs and creating 900 new ones.
“Building a better business climate, a fair and low taxes and regulation, making investments in highways and infrastructures which we done like no other state, can turn things around,” Daniels said.
Daniels said the net income growth has also played a major success in the state’s overall economy. He mentioned an article that was released in 2012 putting Indiana second when it comes to net income growth. He said we followed North Dakota, which is at number one because of the oil boom in the state.
Daniels said the state could do a better job of bringing and retain jobs to the state.
“The thing that could still hold us back is if we don’t have the workforce ready with the skills and the work habits to fill those jobs,” he said. “I think that’s the area that needs the most attention.”
The skills he said students need to prepare for are for jobs in science, technology, engineering and math.