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September 28, 2012
Program on Law and State Government Fellowship Symposium
State Governments' Role in the Economic Development of Advanced Manufacturing and Small Business

Speaker: PLSG Fellows, Rachel Blakeman and Clare Corado, and other experts
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Kyle Galster (

Painting of the canal and downtown Indianapolis

With an election year that will select a new governor for Indiana and the presidential race potentially turning on voters' opinions on jobs and the economy, what is the appropriate role of state government in supporting advanced manufacturing and small businesses? How does law and policy intersect with economic development strategies? What are some potential solutions for growing the employment base of the industrial Midwest?

The 2012 Program on Law and State Government Fellows are examining state government's involvement with economic development, specifically manufacturing and small businesses. Some believe a hands-off, free-market approach is best, but voters demand that their elected leaders-- from city hall to the statehouse to Washington-- do something about jobs. The industrial Midwest has a rich history of manufacturing and entrepreneurship, but now is not the time to pine for what has been lost. Instead it is time to look at how states can compete for talent and jobs. The economic reality is states are competing with one another to attract and retain employers, from small start-ups to large multinational corporations. State governments are uniquely positioned to play a key role in creating an environment for job growth in advanced manufacturing and small business. Learn from the Fellows, economic development professionals, policy leaders and lawyers working in these fields about the role of state governments in the economic development of advanced manufacturing and small business.

The Program on Law and State Government welcomes your participation and lively discussion during the 2012 Fellowship Symposium.

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