In an ongoing effort to attract businesses to move from Illinois, state Commerce Secretary Mitch Roob says Indiana’s success has exceeded expectations.
In a presentation to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation board meeting Thursday, Roob announced 12 businesses had either relocated, consolidated or come to Indiana without the state having to use incentives in 2011.
The goal of the effort had originally been to win 12 businesses from Illinois in 12 months; Roob says that the state accomplishing it in only six months is an indication of how frustrated Illinois businesses are.
“The level of dissatisfaction,” he said, “is really significant in the business community there and people are…have had enough.”
Roob says Indiana must stay the course with its fiscal policy as it continues to try and poach Illinois businesses.
“We’ll do what the governor has done,” he said, “what the General Assembly has done and what local governments throughout our states have done which is live inside their means.”
Roob says Indiana hopes Illinois gets its house in order, but until it does, the state will continue to do its best to attract companies frustrated with Illinois’ business climate.
A spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says Illinois is aware of Indiana’s efforts, but the state has a proven track record as a center for business and financial innovation.