EGR 8 consists of Brown, Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange and Owen counties.
Economic Growth Region 8 Analysis
EGR 8 is located in scenic south-central Indiana, in the middle of rolling terrain and beautiful natural areas.
The region was historically the center of limestone extraction in the United States, with quarries in Bloomington, Bedford and Ellettsville, to name a few. The industry was so important to the region that it came to be known as the “Stone Belt,” which extends north to Putnam County and south through Owen, Monroe, Lawrence and Orange counties. Some of the most famous limestone structures in the world were built using Indiana limestone, including the National Cathedral, Empire State Building, the Pentagon, and 35 of the 50 state capitol buildings across the U.S.
Today, the region’s industrial base includes education, health care, manufacturing and tourism. The flagship campus of Indiana University, IU–Bloomington, enrolls over 40,000 students and is the largest employer in the region. The tourism industry is also significant, with the historic French Lick Springs Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel, as well as world-renowned golf courses by Pete Dye and Donald Ross, located in Orange County.
The region’s other major employers include the Cook Group, IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Boston Scientific Corporation and NAVSEA Crane. The region’s educational institutions are IU Bloomington and Ivy Tech.
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Top 10 Occupation Groups by Growth
(2020-2030 long-term projections)
- Personal care and service occupations
- Healthcare support occupations
- Food preparation and serving related occupations
- Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations
- Community and social services occupations
- Computer and mathematical occupations
- Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations
- Legal occupations
- Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
- Education, training, and library occupations
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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2021 annual average employment)
- Health Care and Social Services
- Retail Trade
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Public Administration
- Professional, Scientific, Technical
- Educational Services
- Other Services (Except Public Administration)
- Transportation & Warehousing
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Major Employers (Based on number of employees)
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- Indiana University Bloomington
- Cook Group Inc.
- IU Health Bloomington Hospital
- French Lick Spring Resort & Spa
- West Baden Springs Hotel
- Boston Scientific Corp.
- GM Powertrain
- NAVSEA Crane
- Baxter Biopharma Solutions
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Note: The list of regional employers on this page was updated July 2022 to include local insights.
Largest Cities and Towns in Economic Growth Region 8
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau annnual population estimates
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