(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on Governor Pence’s State of the State address:

“We agree with the Governor that many accomplishments over the last decade have distinguished Indiana as a place for companies to relocate, bring jobs and make investments. But more importantly, we agree that there is a lot more work to do to both keep pace and to stand out from the rest. We need to be bold and move farther faster in order to reach the goals in ​Indiana Vision 2025 (the Indiana Chamber’s long-range economic development plan for the state; https://www.indianachamber.com/2025).

“We particularly applaud the Governor’s focus on career and technical education. In addition, there needs to be an emphasis on retraining our adult workers so they can secure the higher skilled jobs that are available and pay higher wages.

“We also appreciate and echo the Governor’s ferocity in continuing to fight the overreach of the federal government and the EPA — the result of which are dramatically increasing energy prices for coal states like Indiana. Recent polls indicate that Hoosiers are strongly unfavorable toward the EPA and understand the impact of its actions on our electricity bills.”


The Indiana Chamber partners with 25,000 members and investors – representing over four million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”