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By Andrea Davis on September 09, 2016
Severe weather may have kept them from watching professional golfers at the BMW Championship in Carmel on Thursday, but a group of site-selection consultants visiting central Indiana this week saw enough of Hamilton County to be glad they made the trip.

The visitors offered unsolicited praise for the region during a Friday breakfast meeting with Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and other local officials. Hamilton County Economic Development Corp. hosted five consultants from across the country; all are working on active corporate relocation projects.

Since arriving Wednesday, they’ve met with economic development leaders from Fishers, Noblesville and Carmel and visited each of the cities. The group also took an aerial tour of the area in the Beck’s Hybrids corporate helicopter.

Before leaving on Friday, New Jersey-based Atlas Insight consultant Kathy Mussio thanked HCED for the eye-opening invitation to see the area in person. Although she had heard about the thriving Indianapolis suburbs’ efforts to attract business investment, “until you get here, you have no idea. … It’s amazing.”

“Carmel is beautiful,” offered Minah Hall, managing director at True Partners Consulting in Chicago.

Irvine, California-based Joe Vranich of Spectrum Strategies said he was “very impressed” by what he saw—particularly in Carmel, which he likened to a Midwestern version of the upscale Orange County community.

Deloitte’s Charlie Ruby complimented Brainard for working to make Carmel more than a sprawling bedroom community by focusing on redeveloping the city’s core—spurring private investment in the process.

“I can’t think of anything else as significant as the changes you’ve put in place here,” he told the mayor.
Categories: "City of Carmel", "Economic Development", "Hamilton County"