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By Tim Monger on February 03, 2016

So who’s ready for an invest! Hamilton County 2015-Year End Report? Let’s start with the overall numbers of announced projects, jobs and investment. It turns out that 2014 and 2015 numbers look very similar except the job numbers.

In 2015 there were 34 announced projects versus 32 in 2014. The 2015 projects will create 2,226 jobs as compared to 3,555 jobs announced in 2014. Upon further review it appears that 2014 had 15 projects that proposed 100+ jobs as compared to only 5 in 2015. The proposed investment for the 34 projects is about $234 million compared to $230 million for the 32 projects announced in 2014.

From an industry cluster perspective, Information Technology led the way with 13 announced projects and 876 new jobs. That is almost 40-percent of proposed jobs coming from the IT sector.

From an investment perspective our Sports/Destination Retail/Travel/Tourism cluster led the way with $83 million. This sector was 2nd in proposed jobs with 700 from four projects. The four projects include, Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse at Grand Park in Westfield, a convention center/hotel in Noblesville, IKEA in Fishers and RCI in Carmel.

The industry cluster with the second largest proposed investment is Financial Services. It includes Merchant’s Bank proposed headquarters building and an expansion of NextGear Capital’s headquarters, which will collectively create 270 new jobs.

There were seven announced projects in the Business Services cluster. The Innovation Based Manufacturing cluster had five announced projects, including the Delta Faucet and Heartland Food Products headquarters expansions in Carmel, IDI Composites International in Noblesville, Enterprise Marking Products in Fishers and DuraMark Technologies in Westfield.

Rounding out the 2015 announced projects the county had two AgTech expansions and one Construction sector expansion.

For all of you Jeopardy fans I will leave you to ponder the Final Category – “Hamilton County Announced Projects that are Headquarters Operations.”

The correct answer is – “What is 30?” That’s 88-percent of the announced projects.

Categories: "City of Carmel", "City of Fishers", "City of Noblesville", Headquarters, IKEA