JEFFERSONVILLE — In 2018 alone, One Southern Indiana had seven project announcements in Clark County that contributed $34,950,656 in new payroll, 853 new jobs and $80,962,532 in new capital.

And that is just a one-year snapshot of success that represents a much bigger picture, said 1SI president and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser Thursday night as she highlighted a decade-long trend of economic prosperity in the county for the Clark County Commissioners.

Since 2006, she reported that Clark County has benefited from more than 11,000 new jobs, $400 million annual payroll added and more than $1 billion in capital investments.

While laser-focused work is being done daily to attract businesses from around the globe to the county and support existing local commerce, it was a time to reflect on the county's successes to date.

"It shows the positive impact of River Ridge, the combination of the downtown and east-end bridges and just the whole fact that we are a quality place to live, people want to move here and we have affordability of housing," Jack Coffman, president of the Clark County Commissioners, said after the meeting.

"All of that combined just shows what can happen and how the growth has been in the last 10 years."

Coffman said he has witnessed Clark County's economic success first-hand over the years in his role as county commissioner, as well as being a real estate professional and having worked in construction.

"I see it every day. I see the growth in communities," he said, "And, some of the communities are just 'boom' — they are flying off the charts because of the demand and the affordability of our housing."

Coffman foresees continued growth and prosperity for Clark County. However, he believes there are some areas of concern that need to be addressed.

"We've got to get more infrastructure into place and we've got to make it more developer friendly because it's becoming more and more difficult to overcome some of the permitting issues, especially on the federal side," he said.

Tackling these issues will take a joint effort that involves the commissioners, 1si and more, Coffman said.

"It's going to tale everybody together, especially the legislators," he said.

He said River Ridge is a "great asset there and we don't want to do anything that will squelch that or keep it from growing."

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