Boone County is a growing and progressive ag-urban county in Central Indiana—home to some 2,700 diverse businesses, ranging from manufacturing and distribution centers to the industries of biosciences and seed research.
Why is Boone County such an advantageous destination for business and employee relocation? The cost of doing business here is favorable; the lifestyle is envied; and its central location near Indianapolis, major interstates, CSX rail service and the new international airport is unmatched for businesses of all kinds. The high quality of life discovered here is truly unsurpassed. In fact, Zionsville was recently listed among the “100 Best Places to Live and Launch” by CNNMoney.com and was named to the list of “Best Affordable Suburbs 2009” by BusinessWeek.
The county boasts several exceptional business and industrial park locations, including the well-established sites of Perry Industrial Park, Northwest Tech Park, Bennett Tech Park and the Lebanon Business Park. The Lebanon Business Park was established in 1994, with a total of 6 million square feet of industrial space. Today, 18 businesses employing more than 2,600 employees call the park home—notably leading employers such as Case New Holland and Pearson Education. “The Lebanon Business Park currently ranks in the top 10 of the largest industrial parks in Central Indiana,” notes Dax Norton, Executive Director of the Boone County Economic Development Corporation.
The newest addition to the business landscape of Boone County is the more than 1,700-acre mixed-use Anson development. AllPoints at Anson is home to leading businesses such as Amazon.com, Medco and ASI Limited. Along its southern boundaries, The Marketplace at Anson includes CVS; Lowe’s; and several local dining establishments, personal services and retail stores as well as financial services. Across the street, The BLANK at Anson is home to Witham Health Services’ 40,000-square-foot emergency, outpatient and medical offices building with a hotel and grocery store and office buildings in the near future. Also in southern Boone are several further developments in the planning stages, including Whitestown Crossing—a 90-acre mixed-use site with more than 700,000 square feet of space for hotels, restaurants, offices, retailers and more.
Businesses, large and small, take advantage of a number of useful programs and services through various local organizations. The Boone County Economic Development Corporation (BooneEDC) was organized in 1989 in order to attract new businesses to the county and help existing businesses expand. BooneEDC offers assistance with site selection; supplies various expansion and retention programs; and provides local education and awareness opportunities through close partnerships with area development boards and commissions, frequent communication with elected officials, and regular attendance at meetings of local government. All in all, “the BooneEDC is the link between elected officials, developers and businesses,” says Norton.
The Boone County Chamber of Commerce is another useful business asset and offers counseling through the Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SBDC counselors meet with aspiring entrepreneurs or established business owners to discuss topics such as business feasibility, business start-up, marketing, management, planning, financing, and many other aspects of either starting or running a successful small business.
With a pro-business attitude, new developments on the horizon and a strong support system, Boone County has certainly laid the foundation for continued economic success.