Made in IndianaMuch time is spent lamenting shortcomings. It’s human nature, I guess. But let’s focus on the good things – and there are plenty of them – about our state.

A recent report identified Indiana as having the second lowest per-capita bonded obligations, averaging only $244 per person. That compares to states such as Connecticut and its more than $10,000 in bonded debt per person.

On the ranking side, here are just a few of many recent high marks:

  • First in the Midwest and fifth in the nation in CEO Magazine’s annual “Best & Worst States” survey
  • First in the Midwest and seventh nationally in Area Development’s “Top States for Doing Business” survey
  • Second in the nation for software job growth, according to
  • Second in the nation for infrastructure, fourth for business friendliness and fifth for cost of doing business, in CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business
  • Third in the nation in Cato Institute’s Overall Freedom Ranking, including third for educational freedom and fifth for both economic freedom and regulatory policy
  • Top ranking as “Best Airport in North America” for six consecutive years

We could go on and on and on. The many acknowledgements are good for everyone. At the Indiana Chamber, we feel we have contributed to the state’s outstanding performance through our advocacy and information efforts.

If we were compiling our own scorecard, it would note:

  • The Indiana Chamber is the nation’s second largest state chamber – far above Indiana’s No. 17 ranking in population
    Indiana Business for Responsive Government is the largest state or local chamber PAC in the country, successfully electing pro-jobs, pro-economy candidates to the General Assembly
  • Our Indiana Vision 2025 plan is the blueprint for helping ensure the state continues to outpace the competition
  • Recent tech and innovation successes at the Statehouse have been complemented by Chamber-led policy wins over the past 16 years
Bill Waltz is vice president of taxation & public finance for the Indiana Chamber. He is also an attorney and has been with the organization for nearly 15 years.