During a Bloomington Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, the governor asked residents to attract business to the city, which he says is thriving economically.
This year's harsh winter appears to have held back the housing market in Indiana, a recent economic index shows.
Economists say the drop in the economic index could be because sales have dropped during the harsh winter weather.
More than 260 companies made job commitments in 2013 worth more than $2 billion.
Indiana's GDP is expected to grow 2.2 percent next year, compared to between 1.9 percent and 2.1 for the U.S.
An outlook from the Indiana Business Research Center predicts Indiana's economy will grow slightly faster than the national average.
Most metropolitan areas in Indiana saw their GDPs increase between 2011 and 2012.
Indiana legislators met Wednesday to discuss forming new legislation that would encourage economic development in rural areas.
The budget passed this year allocates an additional $1.1 million to encourage recycling in Indiana.
Convention organizers expect a total of 40,000 attendees over the four day conference.