By Dirk Rowley
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Central Indiana businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brad Chambers pointed to another record year of investment landed by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) as proof that he is the job creator among the crowded field of GOP candidates.
The IEDC brought in $28.7 billion in new investments in 2023, breaking the previous record of $22.2 billion set in 2022.
“Indiana is great, but these numbers prove that we can be even better,” Chambers said in a release Wednesday.
In an interview with WANE 15 last week, Chambers doubled down in defense of the LEAP Lebanon Innovation District, the state’s first shovel-ready megasite, which Chambers helped create during his time as Secretary of Commerce.
“That’s bold thinking; that’s confident thinking, it’s betting on Hoosiers,” he said, suggesting if the site had been available sooner, Intel would have located its new semiconductor plant in Indiana instead of Ohio.
“Speed is the new incentive in securing these high-wage jobs that will keep our college kids in Indiana,” he added.