INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb this week announced his infrastructure agenda plan for 2019, including a new $1 billion investment in infrastructure projects.
The Next Level Connections program will expand broadband services in rural Indiana, grow the state’s systems of trails, create more nonstop international flights, and move up the completion of major highway projects. The state also will continue to pursue building a new fourth water port at Lawrenceburg and expansion of rail projects in northwest Indiana.
Gov. Holcomb unveils Next Level Connections at South Central Indiana REMC in Martinsville Tuesday. Joined by (left to right) Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler, Director of Broadband Opportunities Scott Rudd, President and CEO of the Indiana Regional Development Authority Bill Hanna, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Sen. President Pro Tem-elect Rod Bray, and others, the Governor shared how the Next Level Connections program is game-changing for the quality of life for all Hoosiers.
“We applaud the governor’s leadership and continued engagement with the electric cooperatives on this important issue. Today’s announcement further demonstrates Gov. Holcomb’s commitment to eliminating the ‘haves and have-nots’ and to reshaping how this vital service is made available to all Hoosiers, regardless of location.” – Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives.
“The Governor’s Office called me this evening to announce they are putting interchanges in at US 31 and 1) SR 18 in Miami County, 2) Business 31 in Miami County, and 3) SR 10 in Marshall County! This is great news! Thank you!” – Sen. Randy Head
Gov. Holcomb traveled along U.S. 31 Wednesday and dropped in Harvey Hinklemeyers in Peru. Through Next Level Connections, $190 million will be used for improvements to U.S. 20 and 30 and new interchanges on U.S. 31.
“Today’s announcement underscores Gov. Eric Holcomb’s commitment to making our state an attractive destination for workers and businesses alike. I look forward to working with the governor to help build connections for all Hoosiers through supporting strong policies that solidify Indiana’s position as the economic powerhouse of the Midwest.” – House Speaker Brian Bosma
“Hard to believe the (indoor) groundbreaking on Section 1 of I-69 was 10 years ago… Now Gov. Holcomb is going to finish it.” – Steve Schaefer, Deputy Mayor of Evansville
In Jeffersonville, Sen. Ron Grooms (left) and Mayor Mike Moore (center) joined Gov. Holcomb as he shared how Indiana is integrating technology and transportation to create a 21st century network that maximizes our competitiveness and cements our role as the Crossroads of America.
“Governor Holcomb continues to lead Indiana forward with smart, modern improvements to the Hoosier state. As the ‘Crossroads of America,’ Indiana facilitates the transportation of goods across the state, region, nation, and all of North America.” – U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon
“Broadband is a key component to supporting more age-friendly, livable communities. We’re excited to see Gov. Holcomb make it a priority and we look forward to helping Indiana become more connected.” – Indiana AARP