Within our eight-county region, you will find low barriers of entry for businesses including the lowest taxes in the Midwest, lower than average cost of living, and high quality of life through our vast natural resources, attractions, and destinations.
State and Regional Advantages
Whether you are a startup, an expanding business, or a multinational corporation, we invite you to discover why Southern Indiana is the right location for growing your business.
- Right-to-Work state
- Manufacturing Location Quotient for the Radius Region: 2.64
- 4th highest concentration of STEM-related professionals in the nation (Martin County)
- State corporate income tax is 4.9%, tied for the third lowest in the U.S.
- Lowest taxes in the Midwest
- No state inventory tax
- Cost of living is 7.1% below the national average in the region
- AAA bond rating for Indiana by all three credit agencies
- Ranks 1st nationally in Infrastructure by CNBC’s Ranking of America’s Top States for Business 2022
- The Radius Indiana region is framed by interstates I-65, I-64, and I-69, and Indiana boasts the most interstate connectivity in the nation. The average commute time is less than 30 minutes and more than 80 percent of the U.S. population is reachable within 24 hours.
- I-69 corridor, the largest new-terrain public infrastructure project in the U.S., is attracting new businesses and industries, connecting residents to new job opportunities as well as linking thousands of Hoosiers to urban areas, major medical facilities, and educational institutions.
- Indiana is ranked 6th in the nation in long-distance trucking establishments. A network of roadways that provide 1,100 miles of expressways across Indiana allows for convenient transportation of goods within the state and easy access to the nation.
Located less than an hour from Interstate 64 are multiple state and private ports for marine transportation on the Ohio River. Indiana is also ranked 4th in the nation for the largest dry cargo barge fleet.
American Commercial Lines: With a fleet of approximately 4,200 barges, powered by 175 towboats, ACBL is one of America’s largest liquid cargo and dry cargo barge lines. Headquartered in Jeffersonville, Indiana, ACBL employs nearly 3,700 teammates and our Transportation Services unit operates fleets and terminals throughout the inland waterways network.
Port of Indiana: The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Ideally situated on two major North American freight transportation arteries – the Great Lakes and the Inland Waterway System – the state’s three-port system serves the world’s most productive industrial and agricultural regions. Indiana ports rank first among inland ports and second among Great Lakes ports for cargo shipments.
Other port cities that can be reached through marine transportation include:
- Evansville, IN
- Mount Vernon, IN
- Henderson, KY
- Owensboro, KY
- Wurtland, KY
- Cincinnati, OH
Indiana ranks 5th in Class I railroads with 4,000 miles of rail lines. The Radius region has major Class I tracks as well as regional lines.
Class I Railroads
- CSX RR
- Norfolk Southern RR
- Dubois County RR
- Indiana Southern RR
- Indiana Railroad
The Radius region has access to three major international airports, as well as 10 local airports located within the region.
- Indianapolis International Airport
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
- Louisville International Airport
Evansville Airport Commercially Served
High quality of life and quality of place are two of the most important factors that affect your daily life. And the Radius region has both covered. From affordable housing and low commute times to small town living with big city access—we are an easy place to call home.
Learn about the demographics in some of the communities around the Radius Indiana region by clicking each link:
- Crawford County
- Daviess County
- Dubois County
- Greene County
- Lawrence County
- Martin County
- Orange County
- Washington County
Deciding where to live and work is an important decision. Fortunately, the Radius region offers many K-12 and higher educational institution options.
Crawford County School District
Daviess County School Districts
Dubois County School Districts
Greene County School Districts
Lawrence County School Districts
Martin County School Districts
Orange County School Districts
Washington County School District
The region has convenient access to some of the country’s most respected institutions of higher learning. Many educational institutions offer both brick-and-mortar locations and distance-learning options.
Most of these colleges and universities are located within a 60-mile radius in Southern Indiana:
Indiana University Bloomington
Located just north of Lawrence County, Indiana University offers a wide variety of classroom options. Undergraduates can choose from over 180 majors and 330 degree programs. Graduate students can pursue more than 190 masters, doctoral, and professional degrees.
Indiana University Southeast
Indiana University Southeast, located next to Crawford and Washington counties, is one of eight Indiana University campuses. IU Southeast provides highly respected degrees and world-class resources, as well as the personal attention needed for success. It also offers the excitement of a Big Ten university.
Ivy Tech Community College
With three campuses in the south central Indiana region, Ivy Tech provides the necessary training for a skilled workforce. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public post-secondary institution. It serves nearly 200,000 students a year.
One of Purdue University’s four regional campuses is located just northwest of the Radius Indiana region. Purdue maintains a training, research, and technology commercialization presence at Westgate@Crane, in the Radius Region. And Purdue’s College of Technology, which is in close proximity to south central Indiana, also offers learning programs. Purdue University serves a vital role in higher education in and around south central Indiana.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is ranked as one of the nation’s top institutions in engineering. More than 1,800 undergraduate and 100 graduate students are majoring in engineering, science, and mathematics at Rose-Hulman, in preparation for careers.
University of Evansville
The University of Evansville is located southwest of the Radius Indiana region. UE is ranked among the top 20 comprehensive universities in the United States for study-abroad programs. The university has received national recognition for its dedication to international education.
University of Southern Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana has an enrollment of nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Programs at the comprehensive public university include 70 undergraduate majors, 10 masters programs, and 1 doctoral program. USI was founded in 1965 and is located just southwest of the 8 counties served by Radius Indiana.
Vincennes University has multiple community college locations in south central Indiana. It offers a variety of academic classroom programs and degrees. In addition, its workforce development initiatives help create a highly educated labor force in south central Indiana.
Coworking spaces are community centers, collaboration hubs, and social spaces where workers from different backgrounds can come together to share expertise and explore new ideas. Whether you work from home or are looking for a space to start your business, check out these spaces available in the Radius region!
Culture and Recreation
Discover Southern Indiana
Discover Southern Indiana (DSI) is a regional tourism organization aimed at fostering a welcoming visitor experience within an eight-county region of south-central Indiana. First established in 2018, the organization works to showcase the broad range of outdoor recreation, food and drink experiences, and cultural significance that are present in the region that includes Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington counties.
From rolling hills and walking trails to award-winning wineries and the world-class French Lick Resort and Casino, the Radius region is a destination of choice in Southern Indiana. Our area continues to grow in the number of tourism attractions and visitors. We boast nationally ranked golf courses, a thriving artisan community, and the charm of historic small towns. Low cost of living, easy interstate access, and a friendly business climate in the eight counties of the Radius region have made tourism one of our region’s fastest-growing industries.
Radius County CVBs
The Radius region is surrounded by culture and activities that make the area unique to Indiana. A variety of entertainment is easy to find in the local counties ranging from state parks and festivals to historic hotels and a world class casino. All ages can discover adventure and relaxation in the Radius communities.