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Hogsett: Amazon Should Take Note of Indy's Tech Opportunities

The mayor says, in an interview with Inside Indiana Business, that the education and work opportunities are better than ever.

INDIANAPOLIS--If Amazon's second headquarters does end up locating ibn Indiana, it may be partly because of the talented people the state is able to attract to come and work here. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said in an interview with Inside Indiana Business, that people come here because of good places to work and a good living environment.

"Indiana is now attracting talent from the east coast and the west coast in ways that frankly, five or ten years ago we weren't doing," said Hogsett. "Is a lot of that the result of having companies like Salesforce, like Genesys, like Infosys, all three of whom are considered to be tech giants in their space?"

He said he believes Amazon should be looking at Indianapolis because the city is attracting corporation offices and headquarters, some of that thanks to the proximity of institutions like Purdue and IUPUI.

Hogsett said the city is creating "an ecosystem of emerging tech communities and start-ups that are providing opportunities for young entrepreneurs."

"The people who attend Purdue and Rose-Hulman and IU and IUPUI, they are seeing unprecedented levels of opportunity."

Hogsett said people are attracted to Indianapolis and Indiana, thanks to the tech community, thanks to the educational opportunities, but also because it's a good place to live.

"They're familiar with the community. They're familiar with the area, and they know it to be a wonderful place to stay and enjoy a quality of life and a quality of place that's as competitive as any place in the country," said Hogsett.

Indianapolis is in the top 20 finalist cities for Amazon's HQ2, and earlier this week Anthem announced it plans to keep its headquarters in Indy, with new investments in the community.

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