Senior staff writer
Gov. Mike Pence made two appearances last week in front of two supportive audiences in Republican-friendly Greenwood.
Pence honored scores of military veterans, police and firefighters June 28 at the annual Honor our Heroes patriotic celebration at Grace of God Assembly in New Whiteland.
Pence, who worshipped in Greenwood, was among many Republican notables, including Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers, who praised the nation’s veterans and service men and women.
Pence returned to Greenwood a few days later in joining state development leaders and Tilson HR founder and CEO Brent Tilson to announce the creation of up to 245 new jobs by 2020 by investing $1.55 million to expand the company’s headquarters at East Main Street and I-465.
Tilson HR provides integrated management, human resources, benefits and solutions to businesses in 49 states. The professional employer organization was founded in Greenwood in 1995 and has 70 employees, with more to be hired for human resources and benefits expansion this summer.
Tilson recently bought Amerisource HR and experienced a 51 percent increase in employees within the past year.
“Our investment is not only in Tilson but in small to midsized businesses across the state and nation,” Tilson said July 1. “We appreciate the state’s and community’s support as we grow.”
Pence used the occasion to emphasize Indiana’s business climate as well as Tilson’s expansion with the support of performance-based conditional tax credits and training grants from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Pence chairs the 12-member IEDC board of directors.
“Paired with low taxes and a skilled Hoosier workforce, companies like Tilson can be assured that Indiana is a state that works,” Pence said. “Homegrown Hoosier companies are growing today with confidence. By cutting costs and reducing regulations, Indiana has created an economic environment that allows businesses to expand without the red tape.”
Pence said he anticipates record private-sector growth in Indiana. CNBC recently reported that Indiana is first in the nation in low-cost of doing business with the eighth-best economy among all states. The state’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May.
Myers also cited Tilson’s growth and re-emphasized the city’s need to expand business growth on the I-65 corridor from County Line Road to the new Worthsville Road interchange under construction in Greenwood.