Pence chose not to speak with reporters about his agenda but sent out a written statement.
The state is partnering with Community Health Network to develop a neuro-diagnostic institute.
The rally attracted more than 100 participants with candles and signs that read “Refugees Welcome.”
The federal waiver Indiana received earlier this year to operate HIP 2.0 requires the state to hire an independent evaluator for the program.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has expressed concerns about the vetting process for refugees.
In a statement, Gov. Mike Pence says the Indiana Department of Homeland Security will appeal the agency's decision.
Congress is expected to vote on the deal later this week.
The five biggest donors to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation are utility companies, contributing more than $100,000 each this year alone.
Pence ordered an investigation of Planned Parenthood two weeks ago after videos allegedly showed officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.
The governor on Wednesday announced Democrat Jim Schellinger will head the state’s economic development agency.