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Defying conventional wisdom

   Mar 05, 2018
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Southwest Central Indiana is unique for having no urban hub in the eight counties that make up the region. Completely rural, the manufacturing intensive area — called the Radius region — had no interstate access road until 2012, and was little known before then.

West Baden Resort in French Lick, Indiana

To complement that goal, Quyle and mayors from the region are planning a trip to Japan in November.Radius Indiana President and CEO Je­ff Quyle wants to make this Japanese success story the first of many. To promote the area as an investment location, Radius Indiana, through its Regional Impact Fund, can provide financial support to domestic and international locators.The construction of Interstate 69 has since provided logistics access, and the benefits are becoming evident. M&C Tech, a joint venture between Moriroku Chemicals and Chubu Chemicals, saw the region’s potential as a home and set up operations in 2016.

“It all goes back to the great friendship between Indiana and Japan. We are front of mind particularly because of our proximity to the Toyota facility. We hope to visit firms in Japan to learn their needs firsthand,” he said.

From access to NSA Crane, a sophisticated naval research installation, to the luxurious Pete Dye Golf Course at French Lick, Southwest Central Indiana has a lot to offer prospective locators.

“We have many ways to welcome Japanese firms that want to explore our region. I look forward to talking with them in the fall when we visit them,” he added.

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