The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is deploying a new marketing campaign aimed at reducing the state’s unemployment rate.
Governor Mike Pence often said on the campaign trail he wanted to make Indiana the state that works. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is borrowing that slogan for its new marketing campaign.
State Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith says the campaign will use a broad-based approach that incorporates its new website.
Governor Mike Pence is encouraging more companies to take part in HIRE, a state program that helps former convicts reenter the workforce. Pence says the program generated $8 million last year for the state.
Of the more than 20,000 people released from Indiana prisons each year, the Department of Corrections reports 36 percent return to prison within three years. The recidivism rate climbs to 60 percent if the person is unemployed.
Governor Mike Pence says the creation of a new Biosciences Research Institute announced Thursday will create jobs, attract investment and talent from around the globe and help retain the state’s top graduates. It’s being called the first industry-led life sciences research institute in the country.