Gov. Holcomb stops in Fort Wayne to discuss economic development opportunities

Gov. Holcomb at the Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Chamber Alliance event on Sept. 28.
Gov. Holcomb at the Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Chamber Alliance event on Sept. 28.(Staff)
Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 1:03 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Governor J. Eric Holcomb stopped in the Summit City for the first time this year on Wednesday to speak at two different events regarding economic development in the area.

Gov. Holcomb kicked off the day at a Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Chamber Alliance event, holding a Q&A to talk about opportunities for economic development with community business leaders.

During that discussion, he said northeast Indiana has been a leader in capital investment—growing by over 140% through the third quarter. He noted that with that growth in investment comes a need to grow the state’s workforce. To do so, he said he would like to see more direct talent pipelines from schools to businesses to keep workers from leaving the state.

He says this would mean more funding for K-12 schools, noting that he expects his administration to lay out its budget priorities after the midterm election.

Fort Wayne’s NBC News asked for the governor’s thoughts on the pause on Indiana’s abortion ban after a special judge granted a preliminary injunction on Sept. 22 following a lawsuit that argues the state constitution protects access to the medical procedure.

He told us that the temporary pause is part of the process, saying he is not surprised that the fate of the bill he signed on Aug. 5 is now in the hands of the judiciary.

Later on Wednesday, Gov. Holcomb is set to chair a joint public meeting of the board of directors of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Indiana Economic Development Foundation Inc. at Sweetwater Sound at 2 p.m.