Indy is a place where business and opportunity come together.
Leading global companies choose the Indianapolis region because our business environment is built for growth. We invest in innovation and cross-industry collaboration, bringing together some of the brightest minds from the most booming industries.
Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics
The Indianapolis region is built for makers and movers. Our advanced manufacturing industry is the second largest industry sector in the U.S. by GDP and overall production. With our world-class universities and research facilities, we stay on the cutting edge of emerging technologies and ensure our talent has the training they need to succeed. That’s why Indiana is leading the nation in manufacturing job growth—with the highest share of manufacturing employment in the U.S.
And best of all, Indiana’s centralized location makes moving those goods efficient, easy, and cost-effective. We’re a global logistics leader and one of the largest export states in the nation, giving companies a strong competitive advantage.
There’s a good reason Indiana is called the Crossroads of America. From Indy, you’re within a 12-hour drive of about 75% of the U.S. population, which is why over $650 billion in goods move through our roads, rail, ports, and airports each year. Indiana is the national leader in pass-through interstates, ranked fourth in total freight railroads, and home to three international ports. And the Indianapolis International Airport—one of the top airports in the country—is the eighth largest cargo facility in the U.S. with the world’s second largest FedEx air hub.
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Indiana is fueling a revolution in precision agriculture. We’re one of the top ten agriculture-producing states in the U.S., and our businesses are helping transform the Corn Belt into an agricultural Tech Belt. Since 2010, Central Indiana has outpaced national job growth in every major agbioscience occupational area. And that talent is leading the way toward new, research-driven solutions to improve agriculture processes and help close the global food gap.
In Indy, we approach agriculture and AgTech as a larger industry sector we call: agbioscience—where food, agriculture, science, and technology converge. With new innovations like 3D printing and drone technology, it’s more important than ever that we study agriculture from a collaborative, cross-industry perspective.
Our local agbioscience community is especially committed to developing a strong talent pipeline and lasting business partnerships to advance the industry. Purdue University is a key part of that network with the #1 Agriculture & Biological Engineering program in the U.S. and research relationships with leading companies like Elanco and Corteva. Indiana is also the headquarters for the National Future Farmers of America (FFA), which provides leadership, personal growth, and career success training for students across the country.
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Indiana is a thriving life sciences leader that rivals even the coastal hubs. We are the nation’s second largest exporter in the life sciences with leading global companies like Eli Lilly and Company, Roche Diagnostics, and Zimmer Biomet all right here in Indiana. Our companies love the Indianapolis region for its built-in innovation ecosystem and investment in emerging technologies across industries, helping them grow locally and globally.
Between our businesses and our universities, Indiana fosters talent across the industry subsectors. We’re one of the top five states for the number and concentration of life sciences companies and total number of industry jobs, and we have the second highest national concentration of biopharmaceutical jobs.
We leverage our pro-business environment and world-class research partnerships to help our companies succeed in the global marketplace. And our universities play a significant role in that industry leadership. They encourage our brightest innovators and doers to collaborate with incubation programs, startup companies, research parks, and internship opportunities. And thanks to that collaborative community, Indy was able to create the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, the first independent industry-led research institute in the nation.
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From auto racing to manufacturing, Indy is famous for its cars. Indianapolis is known as the Racing Capital of the World, where motorsports legends come to compete at our historic speedway. And every May, thousands come to Indianapolis for The Indy 500, the largest single-day sporting event in the world where drivers race to kiss the legendary bricks.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is an icon in the world of racing. It’s the oldest continually operating racetrack in the world as well as the largest sports seating facility in existence, which makes it the perfect venue for The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. IMS also hosts numerous events for IndyCar, NASCAR, USAC, and MotoAmerica each year, and they’re now partnering with universities and non-profits to host the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a new competition that’s paving the way for high-speed autonomous vehicle racing.
Our motorsports industry is supported by one of the nation’s best auto manufacturing industries. Indiana is home to the second largest automotive industry in the U.S. and five original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), making Indiana one of only two states with auto assembly plants from Honda, Subaru, and Toyota. Our long-established history of automotive innovation has led to a reputation respected by foreign suppliers from around the world.
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The Indianapolis region is leading a tech transformation in the Midwest. More and more, the world is recognizing that Indy’s fast-growing tech ecosystem is made for high-speed innovation. Indianapolis has been ranked one of the best cities to start a business as well as one of the best cities for women in tech. And major global companies like Salesforce and Infosys thrive in Indiana, where they have access to a network of industry leaders, 23 Certified Tech Parks, and leading research institutions.
Our universities help power the world’s data, fueling the next wave of innovation in the global marketplace. Purdue University was recently ranked 15th worldwide for university-issued patents and has more supercomputing capacity than any other U.S. campus. Meanwhile, the Indiana University Global Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) is responsible for managing more than 20 global research networks.
Right now, Indy’s tech companies are booming, and that’s partially thanks to our community’s investment in tech startups and venture capital funding. From startups to scale-ups, Indiana has the highest tech job growth rate in small firms—one of only three states to increase the number of jobs in firms smaller than 50 employees. So, whether you’re an ambitious new entrepreneur or an experienced tech professional, the Indianapolis region is a place where you can make an impact in the industry.
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Advanced Energy Technology
The Indianapolis region is committed to discovering better ways to power our planet. Now more than ever, the health and wellbeing of our world depends on developing clean energy solutions that reduce costs, emissions, and waste. But today’s global energy challenges are too complex to be solved by any one industry or field. That’s why Indy’s diverse companies and organizations collaborate together to create a world-class energy technology cluster.
Our Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a non-profit, industry-driven initiative designed to leverage Indy’s network of global businesses and thought leaders to advance green energy technology. ESN organizes cross-industry projects led by a team of companies, research institutions, and non-profit organizations. These unique public-private partnerships help bridge resource gaps and pave the way for innovative discoveries.
ESN projects include revolutionary work in advanced technology vehicles, distributed power generation, biofuels, renewable energy, advanced transmission, and energy efficiency. And each partner organization brings their industry-specific expertise to these collaborative solutions. Together, we are leading the way forward and designing an energy ecosystem made for a brighter future.