The panel weighed in on Holcomb’s State of the State, infrastructure improvements, the endorsement of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, plans for the former General Motors stamping plant site, Eli Lilly’s acquisition, and Indy’s growing tech scene.
Cook noted that Holcomb’s State of the State honed in on issues that need to be addressed – infrastructure, workforce, and early education – making it a very consensus-driven speech. Cook pointed out the importance of investing in Indiana’s infrastructure, specifically. Stating with respect to Indiana’s well-known “Crossroads of America” nickname, “I don’t know how we keep that title unless we invest in those assets.”
Panelists also discussed plans for the former General Motors stamping plant in downtown Indianapolis, which Cook sees as a positive. “Any time we can add another amenity downtown, it’s going to be appealing to the types of talents we are trying to attract.”
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