Indiana site helps business owners
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jun 16, 2000
Indiana's Commerce Department has created a World Wide Web site to attract
and retain business, enabling business owners to specify their needs and
search the state for a suitable location.
Business owners also can compare locations in Indiana to other places in
the nation on topics such as tax rates, worker training and utility costs.
"This site just gets them good information quickly and it's hassle free,"
said Lieutenant Governor Joe Kernan, who also serves as the Commerce Department
director. "We think that sends a strong message that this is a good place
to do business."
The site helps attract business by making contact with state and local agencies
easier, but Kernan said that helping customers and saving them time also
was a large concern.
After logging onto the site, www.indianaINsites.com, a company or consultant
fills out a short form to register a project. The form asks for information
such as site, project and industry type, ceiling height, square footage,
highway visibility, the number of jobs and wages offered.
After receiving a project number, business owners would use the site just
as they would an e-mail account, communicating with utility companies, city
officials, economic development organizations and officials at the state
Commerce Department. All 92 counties in the state are connected to the system.
Shamrock Net Design, South Bend, Ind., designed the site for about $40,000.