Study: River Ridge brings $2.7B economic impact
The River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville and Charlestown generated more than $2.7 billion in economic impact for southern Indiana last year, according to an annual report released Thursday.
The business park said the results are underscored by more than $27 million in local infrastructure investments made throughout the year.
The report was conducted by Indianapolis-based Policy Analytics LLC. The results show more than 11,800 people are employed on-site, up 15% over the previous year, and the commerce center supported more than 6,300 regional jobs.
Among the infrastructure investments was nearly $10 million in construction contracts to build Penny Martin Lane, which the River Ridge Development Authority says will improve roadway connects to the city of Charlestown.
The RRDA also invested $3 million in federal EDA grants to install a new, 20-inch transmission water main, which more than doubled water capacity at the business park.
“2022 was a success story,” said RRDA Executive Director Jerry Acy. “The River Ridge Commerce Center proved to be a committed community partner through our continued economic growth and ongoing investment in infrastructure improvement projects. We’ve accomplished a lot, but the work continues – and we look forward to continuing to build on that momentum in 2023 and beyond.”
Additionally, the report shows business activity at River Ridge generated $43.6 million in total tax revenue for local and state entities. Additionally, potential new businesses filed a record 111 requests for proposals at the park.
River Ridge said it plans to add more than 2 million square feet of business space this year, including the more than 1 million-square-foot Gateway 1000 speculative building being developed by Ohio-based VanTrust Real Estate.
The RRDA said it still has more than 2,500 acres of land still available for development and can accommodate projects up to more than 1,000 acres.
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