Testimony illuminates schooling, well being struggles – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana climate
INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – A new report from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce suggests that while the state’s business climate remains a bright spot, Indiana continues to lag behind when it comes to education, healthcare and business start-ups. The board’s Indiana Vision 2025 Report Card said the state fell to 23rd place in the nation to create net jobs in companies six years or older.
The report, which is the Chamber’s fifth in the last decade, compares all 50 states using 70 metrics broken down into four key areas: outstanding talent, attractive business climate, superior infrastructure, and dynamic and creative culture.
The board says Indiana is in the top 10 on seven of the metrics and has 10 rankings of 40 or worse.
Among the highlights, Indiana saw a two-year increase in hoosiers with access to high-speed broadband and cellular connections from nearly 87% to nearly 93%. In addition, venture capital investments have increased nearly 56% over the past three years.
However, the chamber says the state continues to struggle with health care issues, particularly with its 19.2% adult smoking rate, which ranks 40th nationwide. Indiana also ranks 37th and 40th for residents with associate and bachelor degrees, respectively.
“When assessing post-pandemic economic health, thought leaders can’t wait for the dust to settle before assessing the state’s economic vigor,” Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brinegar said in a press release. “The earlier we recognize our strengths and acknowledge our shortcomings, the sooner we can act. Our findings from the report will serve as the basis for important discussions in a number of regional forums that we will moderate over the next two months. “
You can connect to the full Indiana Vision 2025 report card by clicking here.