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August 6, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Aug. 6

Economic development is a team sport

With American Fuji Seal Inc. choosing River Ridge Commerce Center as the site for its $20 million, 84,000-square-foot plant, One Southern Indiana, the local economic development organization for Clark and Floyd Counties, could not be more excited.

This international company that produces labeling for consumer products will be an exciting and dynamic addition to the diverse commerce that makes up Southern Indiana’s business environment. The new capital being invested, the new jobs being created and the added annual payroll are a welcomed addition to our regional economy.

Economic development is a team sport. 1si would be remiss if we did not recognize and thank the members of the team who worked in tandem to bring this project to reality in Southern Indiana. Many people and organizations collaborated with the same goal in mind: To ensure southern Indiana put its best foot forward when attracting American Fuji Seal to our area.

• Beginning with our state team at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the project was handled by an orchestrated band of professionals from the onset.

• The folks at the city of Jeffersonville have been incredibly supportive of our economic development efforts and this project proved to be no exception. We thank the mayor, his staff and the members of the city council for their commitment to new jobs and economic growth in their city.

• We owe a debt of gratitude to the experts at River Ridge Commerce Center and the members of the River Ridge Development Authority for their vision and willingness to make the process as “user friendly” as possible for American Fuji Seal.

1si acknowledges and appreciates the many hours of work and meetings that have taken place since we received that initial phone call from American Fuji Seal in July of last year. A lot of dedicated people deserve much of the credit for bringing these jobs and this investment to Southern Indiana.

But mostly we want to thank American Fuji Seal for choosing Southern Indiana as the place to meet its growing business needs — and for providing new opportunities to our residents.

We are confident the company will achieve all of its goals with its new location.

— Wendy Dant Chesser, President, One Southern Indiana

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