Can state catch up with Indy?

Decades ago, when Indianapolis was an industrial center, the economies of the city and the state tended to march in unison.
When manufacturing cut back, pretty much everyone felt it.

But the Indianapolis area and the state have been growing apart for a number of years now, and 2007 shows the trend hasnâ??t
stopped.

The state is on track to pick up about 10,000 jobs from a year ago. Thatâ??s a tiny advancement after the stagnation of a year
ago.

Meanwhile, the Indianapolis area held to its steady ways. This year the region, which accounts for less than a third of the
stateâ??s population, has added about as many jobs as the state as a whole.

Indianapolis has always enjoyed the stability that comes with being a government center, and the city certainly still has
plenty of manufacturing plants.

Still, is the Indianapolis area destined to keep up its momentum while so much of the rest of the state struggles? What would
help the rest of the state catch up?

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