Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has worked hard to bring new jobs to the state—although very few of those jobs have come to St. Joseph County.
“We’ve done over 1,400 transactions to bring jobs to Indiana since we created the Economic Development Corporation, 21 of them have been in St. Joseph County—that’s far fewer than the numbers should justify,” said Governor Daniels during a Friday afternoon visit to South Bend.
Today, both Daniels and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttgieg expressed a desire to remedy the situation.
“The governor and I are from different parties but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be a team when it comes to economic development for our community,” said Mayor Buttigieg.
In the home county of past political foes like Joe Kernan and Pat Bauer—Daniels today publicly appeared in the same room at the same time with Mayor Buttigieg—and both appeared to be on the same page.
“Really, great things have started to happen here, there’s a new attitude, pro-growth and pro-jobs attitude in and around South Bend,” said Governor Daniels.
It may not be too late to balance the scales. Daniels says there are still some potential job creation projects in the works for St. Joseph County. “I’m not making it up,” the governor said. “There are some important potential investments looking hard at this area as always talking about them would reduce the chances of landing them.”
Today Daniels took part in a closed door economic roundtable discussion with Mayor Buttigieg and about a dozen business, university and community leaders.