Hogsett: Indiana Must Welcome All, Legislature Should Welcome Talent
INDIANAPOLIS--Indiana should be welcoming to everyone, said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, as he outlined his hopes for what the state legislature should accomplish next year. He spoke at the annual Bingham Greenebaum Doll end of year legislative conference.
Hogsett said he hopes the general assembly will help cities across Indiana achieve the technology and quality of life needed to attract a new generation of talent.
"If our city and state are to remain a magnet for new jobs from companies like Salesforce and InfoSys, then we will need to ensure we have an educated, trained workforce available to fill those jobs," he said, praising efforts by Gov. Holcomb and legislators to promote training across the state.
He said the city has a goal of making sure that the population has the proper degrees or post-secondary credentials to get jobs, noting that three in ten people in Indy have those degrees or credentials now, with 65 percent of the jobs available requiring those credentials. The goal is 65 percent by 2027.
Hogsett said he would like to see the state legislature and local leaders make clear that Indiana welcomes all people, and does not discriminate.
For Indianapolis, he believes the general assembly should make way for the possibility of more mass transit.
"That means allowing for investment and innovation in mass transit and transit-oriented development."
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