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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Clay County elected officials discussed brain drain and county infrastructure with Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann Tuesday afternoon.

Ellspermann visited the Clay County Courthouse as part of her "Listen and Learn" Tour.

She met with Clay County elected officials to discuss some of the strengths, weaknesses and top priorities of the county and how the state can assist.

Indiana District 42 representative Alan Morrison said there was much discussion about the "brain drain" occurring within the county and infrastructure.

"We lose a lot of our younger people to bigger cities," Morrison said.

Ellspermann said officials concerned with keeping their young people in the county discussed how the state and county have an opportunity to form a strong partnership to tackle the problem. She added discussions included the state providing incentives for young people to go into technical careers.

"They are jobs available for technically trained workers and there is a shortage of these workers, particularly in this county," Ellspermann said.

Another opportunity where the state and the county can work together is in developing the area near the I-70 and State Road 59 interchange. Ellspermann said the county has infrastructure going out to the interstate and that is seen as a good opportunity for some economic development.

Clay County was stop number 23 of 92 for Ellspermann on her tour, which began in May, and the second stop that day. Lexie Hosier, press secretary for the lieutenant governor, said Ellspermann is scheduled to visit every county as part of the tour. The lieutenant governor visits 2-3 different counties each week. Ellspermann said that every county has different needs.

"We want to make sure as an administration we are serving all Hoosiers," Ellspermann said.

Hosier said while the tour is more about gathering information rather than brainstorming solutions at this time, a report will be written up at the end of the tour to assist the state in better serving the public.

"She basically wants to get to know each county as well as she knows her own," Hosier said.

Ellspermann said while a report will be compiled after the tour she is still meeting with the governor on a weekly basis and sharing her findings with him and providing "immediate updates."

"I think they are adjustments we'll make within the state as well as (how) we manage our agencies and make sure we are providing good service to Hoosiers," Ellspermann said.

She added the hope is that the information gathered by the governor and Ellspermann can be used when considering legislation for next session.

Morrison said it was great having Ellspermann come out and speak with elected officials. He added it is always great to see members of the executive branch taking the time to listen to the public's concerns and think of ways of how they can help us.

"It's great," Clay County Commissioner Mike McCullough said. "Every opportunity we get to speak to people who can help us is greatly appreciated."



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