Of course, there are no guarantees that Infosys’ vision for its Indianapolis tech hub will pan out. But without the benefit of hindsight, it appears the city, state and airport authority waited for the right deal to come along.
Indianapolis needs time to consider its options—to think about whether interstates that bisect its core, divide its neighborhoods, and bring commuters in and out from the suburbs are what work for its future.
The idea is that Indiana has fixed the problems that forced graduates to go elsewhere to find good jobs in tech, finance and other industries. Instead, it now needs to find and recruit talent to fill all the jobs Indiana firms are creating.
Indianapolis must be a strong, stable city for the region to continue to thrive—and its suburbs must be vibrant as well. That won’t occur without in-depth regional conversations about taxation, transit, economic development and more.