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January 25, 2014

BRIDGING THE FUTURE: Exploring the bridges project impact on UTICA

Back on the map: East-end bridge brings change to Utica's 776 residents

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UTICA —

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Southwest of downtown Utica, officials at the Port of Indiana in Jeffersonville are preparing for a new artery into Louisville.

Scott Stewart, director of the Port of Indiana, said the east-end crossing and the new downtown bridge will provide the businesses in the industrial zone a chance to expand, especially since they’ll have better access to their clients to the south.

“We live in a world of just-in-time delivery, so access to major manufacturers such as the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant and General Electric is a win-win for the supply chain,” Stewart said. “We have companies here in the steel processing roles who support those companies. “It is but a hop, skip and a jump to get from the port to Chamberlain Lane. That translates to a significant competitive advantage.”

He said as businesses across the country start looking at opportunities to reach more of a market, they’re beginning to look at Southern Indiana as a region with great opportunity.

“There is an uptake in companies looking closely at our part of the state and it's no coincidence,” Stewart said. “The significant investment in not only the East End but the downtown crossing as well is fueling an economic renaissance for our region.”

Which, he said, could lead to opportunities not only for new residents as housing developments pop up, but also for current citizens in and around Utica for good jobs.

“By increasing the quality of life in our area, it not only allows us to attract the best talent, but it allows us to attract companies that very much want the right place to put their business with multi-modal connections,” Stewart said. “Having a community where you have an infrastructure that accommodates connecting to markets near and far and to have communities  will allow you to have employees who can enjoy their life here, send their kids to the right schools, have access to all the things we have access to here.”

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Erin Klein, a nationally-recognized education blogger and Tom Murray, State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, D.C., speak to a group of educators at Jeffersonville High School on Monday. They were just a couple of the big-name education personalities at the second annual Greater Clark Connected Conference.

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