It has been just over a year since a consortium of economic development organizations in Dubois and Orange counties launched Choose Southern Indiana, an initiative to attract remote workers and develop the region’s workforce. Officials with Radius Indiana say the response has exceeded initial expectations.
The organization says the program has provided $135,000 in relocation packages to 27 new residents and their families as an incentive to move to the region. Since the launch, Daviess and Greene counties have joined the effort.
The program offers a $5,000 relocation incentive to qualified out-of-state individuals or families who relocate to the region. Those who relocate must maintain residency for a minimum of two years.
“We are excited about the level of interest in the Choose Southern Indiana program and the commitment from our new neighbors in the region,” said Jeff Quyle, president and chief executive officer of Radius Indiana. “From our strong job market to our quality of life and low cost of living – everyone seems eager to experience all we have to offer in the region, and we look forward to the opportunity to help people learn more about our communities.”
Radius Indiana says recipients have relocated from California, Florida and Tennessee, filling jobs in healthcare, government, education and manufacturing. The organization estimates the new workers bring over $1.2 million in annual income to the communities.
“I am so happy I moved to Jasper and love the small-town community,” said Caroline Brinster, incentive recipient and new Dubois County resident. “It boasts a vibrant economy, and I am excited and fortunate enough to be working as an attorney for Dentons Bingham Greenebaum, a leading law firm that serves clients both locally and across the globe.”
Radius partnered with Indianapolis-based MakeMyMove. The online marketplace helps communities to market themselves to attract “move-ready” talent.
Radius Indiana says the Choose Southern Indiana initiative has received over 1,000 applications.