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An Indiana Legislative Call-to-Action

Posted 4:04 PM by
Indiana has had a lot of economic development success in recent years, and much of the foundation for this success is the result of actions taken by the Indiana legislature to modify Indiana’s tax structure.
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5 Questions to Consider When Negotiating Incentives for Your Growing Business

Posted 5:00 AM by
If your business finds itself expanding, consolidating, or closing facilities, adding equipment, training employees, or adding jobs, negotiating a good economic incentives package can significantly reduce your capital costs on a project.
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Millennials, Success, and the Perils of Cereal

Posted 4:00 AM by
A study published earlier this year, “Why Millennials Won’t Eat Cereal,” premised that this 20- to 30-something demographic shies away from the breakfast food because it’s too much work to prepare and clean up.
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Six Reasons Salesforce Expansion Is a Coup

Posted 4:00 AM by
Eight hundred new jobs and $40 million in capital investment. Based on these stats alone, Salesforce’s announcement to expand into the Chase (soon-to-be Salesforce) Tower is a monstrous economic development project worthy of the attention it has garnered. But beyond the numbers, Salesforce’s decision could have profound impacts statewide for a generation to come. Here’s why.
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2016 Indiana Legislative Update

Posted 6:04 PM by
Katz, Sapper & Miller released its annual 2016 Indiana Legislative Update, which summarizes tax and economic development legislative changes that occurred in this year's Indiana General Assembly.
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The Best and Worst Economic Moves of the 2016 Session

Posted 2:20 PM by
Attracting and keeping jobs in Indiana is a hot topic every legislative session, especially in an election year. It’s ironic, then, that in 2016 the Indiana legislature took very few actions specifically designed to address economic development issues.
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Incentives No More - Why States are Changing Course on Incentives

Posted 8:01 PM by
Featured in Area Development, Tim Cook and Katie Culp, CEO and president, respectively, of KSM Location Advisors, discuss the changing environment of economic development incentives. The recovering U.S. economy, state and local administration changes, and many other factors have impacted states’ positions and philosophies on business incentives and how they should be used. In this article, Tim and Katie highlight why it is important for growing businesses to consider this shifting landscape and how it impacts site selection decisions.
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What the Top 10 Lists Don't Tell You

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Featured in REJournals.com, Tim Cook and Katie Culp, CEO and president, respectively, of KSM Location Advisors, address site selection decision making and what the national top 10 lists don’t tell you. These lists, while helpful, use set criteria and fail to consider the multitude of issues that drive location decisions. In this article, Tim and Katie outline three criteria found in most deals regardless of industry: low cost of doing business, states with good incentive packages and states with “good harmony.”
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How to Get and Maximize State Incentives to Help Fund Your Start-Up

Posted 12:00 PM by
Tax credits, training grants, and other state economic development incentives are usually in the news when they are going to the big guys — large employers who are bringing hundreds of new jobs and investing millions of dollars in the community. What you might not know is that many of those same incentives are available to small businesses and start-ups.
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Are Economic Development Efforts in Northeast Indiana at Risk?

Posted 12:00 PM by
The state of Indiana unveiled its Regional Cities Initiative earlier this year with great fanfare, and with good reason. At a price tag of $84 million, Indiana hopes that its underwriting of regional economic development efforts will pay big dividends towards sustainable economic development success.
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