EGR 9 consists of Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.
Economic Growth Region 9 Analysis
Region 9 is situated between the Ohio state border and the beautiful Ohio River and is home to some of the most pristine natural areas in the state.
The numerous parks, forests, lakes and wildlife refuges in the region include Clifty Falls State Park, Brookville Lake, Selmier State Forest, Hoosier National Forest, Big Oaks Wildlife Refuge and the Jackson-Washington State Forest.
If outdoor recreation doesn’t entice you, the region also has three casinos that round out its status as a tourist destination. For fall family fun, check out the Aurora Farmers Fair, held annually in Aurora since 1908, making it one of the oldest festivals in the state.
Columbus, in Bartholomew County, is known worldwide for its breathtaking mid-century modern architecture. Public and private buildings alike were built by some of the most renowned architects of the 20th century, including North Christian Church (Eero Saarinen), Cleo Rogers Memorial Library (I.M. Pei), Schmitt Elementary School (Harry Weese), The Republic (Myron Goldsmith), and many others. The Republic building—a national landmark since 2012—is home to the Indiana University J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program.
The region’s educational institutions include IUPUC, Ivy Tech and Hanover College. Its industrial base is composed of manufacturing, health care and accommodation and food services. Its largest employers include Cummins, Rising Star Casino, Faurecia Gladstone, Schneck Medical Center and NTN Driveshaft.
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Top 10 Occupation Groups by Growth
(2021-2031 long-term projections)
- Healthcare support occupations
- Personal care and service occupations
- Food preparation and serving related occupations
- Legal occupations
- Community and social services occupations
- Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
- Computer and mathematical occupations
- Transportation and material moving occupations
- Education, training, and library occupations
- Life, physical, and social science occupations
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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2022 annual average employment)
- Retail Trade
- Health Care and Social Services
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Educational Services
- Transportation & Warehousing
- Admin, Support, Waste Management
- Public Administration
- Wholesale Trade
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Largest Cities and Towns in Economic Growth Region 9
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*Batesville crosses county lines, but both counties are in EGR 9.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau annnual population estimates
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These are the official labor force projections to 2050 released in September 2018 by the Indiana Business Research Center.
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