However, the rest of the state often sees Indianapolis as a greedy octopus, reaching out in all directions to dominate its neighbors. One task for the local chamber, therefore, is to demonstrate real regional interest and a generous understanding of the many smaller communities of the state.
This is not easy to do when the rest of the state is fundamentally hostile to the leading growth center of the state. That hostility is consistent with the long-term anti-urban bias Hoosiers have exhibited and with the contemporary competitive atmosphere concerning economic development.
The absence of a state policy on economic development addressing geographic competition is a handicap. Perhaps, Michael Huber has some friends in the Pence administration that can help.
Clearly, Huber must satisfy the traditional expectations of a chamber executive. In addition, he needs to navigate a vessel with three flapping wings and set an example for other chambers statewide caught in similar circumstance.
Mr. Marcus is an independent economist, writer and speaker. Contact him at email@example.com.