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By Tim Monger on December 02, 2015

What’s better than Indiana being ranked #3 in the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2015? 
 
1000px-Ikea_logo-svg-(3).png Choosing Hamilton County, Indiana.

 
 
Actually achieving both in November 2015 is quite an accomplishment.
 
 
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Site plan of the proposed IKEA in Fishers, Indiana (Photo: Provided by IKEA)
 
The IKEA Fishers store in Hamilton County, Indiana will be built on 35 acres along the eastern side of
I-69, just south of the 116th Street exit and approximately 15 miles northeast of downtown Indianapolis. This site met IKEA’s primary site location criteria – Visibility. IKEA is a regional draw with approximately 60% of the Indianapolis-area customers expected from within an hour’s drive of the site and 40% from more than an hour away.
 
While not stated as a specific location criteria population growth in Hamilton County had to play some role in IKEA’s decision-making process. In 2014 Hamilton County had three of the top five fastest-growing communities among Indiana’s larger communities - Fishers -#1, Noblesville -#2 and Carmel -#5.
 
But, population growth is not the only thing that the City of Fishers has going for it. The I-69 corridor continues to be one of the premier suburban office locations. Companies like Navient, Stanley Convergent Security, Roche Diagnostics, Freedom Mortgage, Marsh Supermarkets and Sun King Brewery have located along the corridor.
 
Just to the west of the IKEA Fishers is the Nickel Plate District – the area historically known as Fishers’ downtown. It has become a catalyst for drawing innovative businesses and attracting entrepreneurial talent. Companies like Blubridge, CloudOne and Meyer Najem have moved their headquarters to the district.
 
The City of Fishers has also become known as the “Entrepreneurial City” within the Indy region. This moniker is based on the success of Launch Fishers a co-working space that has 500 members as of July 2015. Another measure of Launch Fishers success is their expansion from 16,000 square feet to 52,000 square feet near the Nickel Plate District. Ball State University, a national leader in entrepreneurial education, will have a physical presence at the new facility, which will benefit both students and member companies.
 
Lest we forget the title of this blog, another reason to invest! Hamilton County is Indiana’s #3 ranking in the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2015. According to Pollina Corporate Real Estate, “Indiana is the most dominant pro-business state for 2015. After Jumping from #23 in 2010, to #10 in 2011, to an all-time high of #3 in 2015, the state of Indiana has shown no signs of slowing down. Indiana’s rapid improvement in their ranking reflected a solid economic development plan and implementation along with consistent legislative political support.”

Categories: "City of Fishers", "Hamilton County", IKEA, Indiana, "Indy Region", "Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States"