Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob said he will comply with a request from Indiana House Speaker Patrick Bauer to provide detailed information on companies, including several RV companies, that have received tax breaks and other assistance from the state, WIBC, Indianapolis, reported.
Roob said the Indiana Economic Development Corp. will provide the information by June 25.
Bauer, a Democrat from South Bend, made the request after conflicting numbers emerged concerning jobs promised by companies throughout the state and how many have materialized.
Roob told the radio station that companies are not given incentives until they have met their job commitments. Roob also said incentives are not provided until taxes have been collected.
His remarks to our partners at Network Indiana/WIBC follow a letter from Bauer seeking more details.
Several RV companies have received state assistance to expand or remain in Indiana.
In a related development, a national magazine has recognized Indiana for several economic development initiatives. Area Development Magazine has given the state a 2010 Silver Shovel Award for attracting what publishers describe as “high-value investment projects that will create a significant number of new jobs in their communities,” Inside INdiana Business reported.
The top job-creation effort cited by the magazine was the 2009 purchase of the motorized operations of now defunct Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. by American Industrial Partners/FW Holdings Inc. The $7.4 million investment in Decatur saved 935 jobs.
A $2.4 million expansion by Drew Industries Inc. in Goshen, Ind., creating 225 jobs, was cited as one of 10 top examples of job creation in the state.