Indiana tops economic development in 2012

It's the start to a new year, and everyone is anxious to see what the economy will look like in 2013.

December job numbers were released Friday, shoping an additional 155,000 jobs for the country. And even though the fiscal cliff discussions are winding down, many are still on edge.

The good news, a lot of economic development is happening in Indiana, especially Elkhart County.

"Elkhart county had a fabulous year in 2012. And that came from both existing companies, expanding their operations, as well as new companies relocating here in indiana and elkhart county," says Dorinda Heiden-Guss, the President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

In fact, Elkhart County had one of the largest growth for job creation in the state. With 23 new projects, the county added 2,300 new jobs.

Experts say Indiana is improving because of a positive business climate.

"We were fortunate to keep companies that have been in this county for decades," says Heiden-Guss. "Anytime you have a government or leadership that is pro-business, pro-growth, is for removing bureaucracy out of the equation to let business and Capitalism excel, you're going to have opportunities."

The real question remains what will happen in 2013. But, experts say for now, it's important to focus on making Elkhart an ideal place to work, but also to live.

"As we get jobs, and if we want to continue to bring in more jobs and diversify jobs, this has to be the kind of community that people want to come home, want to call home," says Elkhart Chamber of Commerce president Kyle Hannon.

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