The Indiana GPS Project answers these questions by analyzing a decade of economic and workforce data for all 92 Indiana counties and providing future-focused recommendations. The series of four reports are designed to focus business priorities and spur intentional growth across the entire state of Indiana and to increase the number of good jobs in all types of industries to help provide better opportunities for every Hoosier.
Scholars from Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a collaborative team of undisputed national experts, have carried out some unprecedented research and analysis about Indiana’s economy, regions, population and workforce.
The AEI work includes three studies:
The Brookings work, State of Renewal: Charting a new course for Indiana’s economic growth and inclusion, synthesized past research and present insights, providing fresh analysis and actional recommendations for inclusive progress on a statewide scale, including:
- Technological developments coupled with global economic forces, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have placed the state’s economy at an inflection point.
- Automation and global trade are acutely felt in Indiana thanks in large part because it is the most manufacturing-intensive state in the country.
- Such factors create disruption and uncertainty—but also present opportunity in that they underscore Indiana’s status as a global economic player and a home to globally traded advanced industries.
The Project divided the state into 11 regions – many of which are aligned with the already existing regional development authorities and State Regional Cities designations, and each centered around one or two key metropolitan areas.
The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, who engaged the American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution on the Indiana GPS Project, is hopeful that the data and information made available through this project will prove to be both timely and helpful as Indiana and its regions chart a future course and seek a more prosperous future.