Governor Mike Pence was in town on Thursday to discuss the state of Indiana's economy and shine a light on Southwest Indiana.
Governor Pence met with Indiana Economic Development Corporation at the Ford Center and from the sound of it Indiana's economic present and future seem pretty bright.
Pence says Indiana received 50,000 new jobs last year and that the state's unemployment rate has dropped from eight percent to 5.7 percent over the past two years.
Pence also says Indiana has the sixth fastest growing labor force in the nation.
Pence says Southwest Indiana is a big reason for the state's advancing economy and that development, like Evansville's IU Med Center, is the driving force.
Pence says, "my focus as governor is to say, 'How do we create ongoing conditions in our state that will simply make Indiana the best place in America to start a business, grow a business, or get a job?' I'm very confident that the Economic Development Corporation is going to continue to energetically lean into regional opportunities and local opportunities to see where we can appropriately partner in ways that will create jobs."
Pence and others who attended the meeting say they can't wait to see what Evansville looks like in the next five to ten years.
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