State Taking Economic Message to NY Metro
Governor Mike Pence and a delegation of business and economic development leaders will leave today on a two-day jobs mission to the New York metropolitan area. The group will meet with company executives and advisers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to promote Indiana’s tax structure and business climate.
The delegation will focus much of its effort on promoting Indiana’s cost of doing business, which was recently ranked first in the nation by CNBC. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut each ranked in the bottom 10 on that list.
The group will leave today and return Thursday. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Pence’s travel is being funded through private donations.
The trip marks Indiana’s latest play for business in the New York Metro area. In June, the state took out a full-page ad in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> offering support for companies including General Electric, Aetna Inc. and Travelers, saying "friends don’t let friends pay higher taxes."
The IEDC also ran a 30-second television commercial during the AFC Championship football game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts.
The delegation includes:
Governor Mike Pence
Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce
Kent Anderson, IEDC
Don Babcock, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
Fred Bean, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
Jim Finan, Indiana Michigan Power
Matt Hall, South Central Indiana Economic Development Group
Trevor Lane, IEDC
Bill Petranoff, Duke Energy
Jeff Quyle, Hoosier Energy
Susan Reed, Indiana Municipal Power Agency
Erin Schneider, IEDC
Jim Staton, IEDC
Kelly Nicholl, IEDC