“It really is a concern that job opportunities are leaving. I think Newton has tremendous potential. I think there’s a workforce here that’s ready to go to work, that’s ready to start making a great living for their families.
“But the disadvantage that I see is that we are so close to Indiana, where it’s such a more business-friendly environment. Tax structure, workers’ compensation, union rules, I mean you could go on and on down the list. Indiana has a leg up on us. So when a business is looking for a place to build, to make a manufacturing facility or whatever they’re looking to do, why pick us when Indiana is just 45 minutes away and has all those benefits?
“So that’s tough. That’s really hard …
“Newton’s ready for new. There’s a lot of small towns out there that are very closed, very turned off to anything new, anything exciting, anything they don’t understand. That’s not Newton. That’s not Jasper County.”