Business & Economy

Indiana economic development officials are in Japan this week to bolster relationships with the Hoosier State’s top source of foreign investment.

The Asian nation backs more business in Indiana than in any other state – especially in the automotive sector, at Honda, Toyota, Subaru and their suppliers.

And that investment isn’t just about jobs. Those big Japanese-owned factories are also huge energy consumers. That’s why Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Japan trip includes power company executives, such as Harold Gutzwiller of Hoosier Energy in Bloomington.

An Indianapolis think tank wants to highlight what it calls successes and concerns across a wide range of areas in Indiana’s 11 largest cities – Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Muncie, Gary, Hammond, Carmel, Fishers, Evansville, South Bend, Lafayette and Bloomington.

Clean Energy Jobs Grow In Indiana, Midwest

Sep 7, 2017

The number of clean energy jobs grew by 8 percent in Indiana from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from Clean Energy Trust and E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs.

Clean energy jobs include anything from renewable energy generation and construction to energy efficiency, says Gail Parson, director of state engagement for E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs, which helped write the report.

The Indianapolis International Airport will have direct flights to Paris through Delta Airlines beginning May 24, 2018. Gov. Eric Holcomb discussed Wednesday what it took to secure the airport’s first transatlantic direct flight.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will provide Delta up to $5.5 million in conditional incentives over the next two years for the Paris flight.

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says the condition is whether or not Delta can fill the planes.

The $130-billion merger of chemical and material manufacturing giants Dow and DuPont is now official, nearly two years after it was first announced.

In the next 18 months, the newly created DowDuPont will split into three businesses – for material sciences, specialty products and agricultural chemicals.

The agriculture division stands to affect Indiana the most. Dow AgroSciences has 1,500 workers in Indianapolis, and more at seed and chemical dealerships statewide.

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