Col. Dixon attended IU before joining the Indiana Army National Guard as an infantryman.
Civilian employees have until June 4 to make a case for why they should be exempt from the furloughs.
While proponents say the idea could bring jobs and money to the state, those against it worry about the safety risks.
Crane employees are facing one day of unpaid furlough per week because of sequestration.
The Office of Defense Development will be located in Bloomington.
Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann announced Monday the newly created Office of Defense Development would be located in Bloomington.
Radius, an economic development company, works within eight counties in South Central Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to open the first three sections of Interstate 69 on Nov. 19, as long as construction remains on schedule.
Crane has partnered to create a transfer agreement that allows southern Indiana businesses to purchase some of Crane’s technology and equipment.
As more contractors move into the Westgate Technology Park, hotel developers are seeing a need for their services.