Policy Successes

 

REVITALIZE Northeast Indiana’s Downtowns'
  • Moves administration of credit from DNR to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)
  • Introduced in HB1215, passed in SEA367

 

GROW and PROMOTE Northeast Indiana
  • HEA1039 Indiana Grown
  • Establishes Indiana Grown initiative to market and promote Indiana produced agriculture products.
  • Provides the Department of Agriculture to develop, administer and market

 

Allen County Single County Executive
  • HEA1346 allows for Allen County to have a referendum in 2014 to propose the option to move to a single county executive

 

CONNECT Northeast Indiana
  • Creation of a rural broadband working group by Executive Order
  • Will be chaired by Lt. Governor and Secretary of Commerce

 

INITATIVES SUPPORTED BY THE REGIONAL CHAMBER THAT POSITIVELY IMPACT NORTHEAST INDIANA

 

Single Point of Contact
  • HEA1198 creates a single point of contact for businesses by streamlining state government agencies.

 

World-Class Infrastructure
  • HEA1002 provides for the transfer of up to $400 million from the Major Moves 2020 Trust Fund to be used for transportation projects

 

Military Base Support
  • SEA260 allows local units of government the ability to expend money for the direct support of active military bases.

 

Utility Policy That Encourages Economic Development
  • HEA1187 supports future economic development efforts, and ensures a fair process for the resolution of disputes between competing municipal utilities.

 

Maintain Use of TIF for broadband & IT infrastructure
  • Removed language from HEA1118 that would have restricted communities from the ability to use TIF funding for IT infrastructure.

 

Workforce Development and Training
  • HEA1003 provides expanded funding to promote internships for high school students.
  • HEA1083 ensures access to $700,000 in minority training funding for all apprenticeship programs.

 

Nursing Home Construction
  • Defeated language in SB173 and HEA1391 that would have imposed a moratorium on all nursing home construction.

 

Competitive Business Climate
  • SEA1 reduces the corporate income tax and financial institutions tax rates to 4.9% by 2023, expands abatement schedule and comprehensive study of business tax reform.