Hendricks County has a rich and diverse economic base. Agriculture, warehousing, and residential growth are the current backbone of our economy. These three economic mainstays of the economy have served us well, but we need to begin to plan for the future before we are left behind. Of the over 73,000 Hendricks County Residents who commute to work, over 55,000 work outside the county. I am one of the merely 18,000 who live and work in Hendricks County. We have more residents who drive outside of Hendricks County for employment than those who come in to work. This has to change.
We need focus on the future and begin the changes necessary to make us the technological center not just for Indiana, but for the entire Midwest. We have all the assets to bring in great paying STEM jobs that will allow our children to grow up, stay in Hendricks County, and reverse the effects of the Brain Drain. We need a Board of Technological Innovation to begin reaching out to multiple STEM industries and see what it would take to create an environment of technological breakthrough in Hendricks County. We can eventually seek partnership with these STEM organizations and create STEM educational programs our local schools can attend. By creating and fostering a comprehensive and innovative plan, we can not only strengthen our local economy, keeping more tax dollars within our county, but we can build a bright and prosperous future for generations to come. After all, expanding educational possibilities, employment opportunities, and innovation will enhance the greatness we’ve come to know and love so much.