Pretty Expensive, Eh?

By the time this post reaches the blogosphere, I’ll be out of the country in scenic Canada in search of tasty walleye, trophy northern pike, and possibly to put my name on a waiting list to see a doctor should I fall ill during our 2009 trip.

Yet while the gas price fiasco may be adding more costs to this summer’s excursion, it seems employers in Canada’s neighbor to the South are taking steps to ease the fuel burden on their employees. Here’s a post from Compensation Force explaining how Minnesota’s businesses are adjusting to gas prices.

Economic Rankings on the Way Up

There’s no questioning that the creation of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has provided a major lift to Indiana’s business attraction and expansion efforts. Now the public-private organization is able to utilize some extra talking points with others taking notice of the state’s improved business climate and performance.

News of the CNBC survey (Indiana making the largest improvement nationwide from 26th to 13th overall with top 10 rankings in business friendliness, transportation and cost of doing business) traveled fast last week. Low business costs (especially compared to Midwest neighbors) were also cited in Forbes and Milken Institute reports. The IEDC has more in its Why Indiana section.
 
The state, and all those who made it possible, deserves credit for the improved performance. Fortunately, we know no one is going to be satisfied until we’re topping the various polls, lists and surveys. Indiana improved in eight of 10 categories in the CNBC tally, but moving from 48th to 37th in economy (I’d place us a little higher than that seeing the struggles elsewhere) certainly leaves room for more.
 
Other states, of course, aren’t standing still. We’ve got to continue to meet the education and workforce challenges, among others, to keep up and maintain the progress. That’s the impetus behind the Chamber’s Letters to Our Leaders and continuing to work with all involved for the benefit of our state’s employers and their employees.