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2018: Governor’s Agenda Aims to Take Indiana to the Next Level

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2018 Governors AgendaIn November, Indiana Governor Holcomb laid out his priorities for the coming year. Known as his Next Level Agenda for 2018, it’s framed as five pillars that focus on different aspects of the state to strengthen the state, encourage growth and prepare the state to thrive on that growth as it arrives.

The governor presented his agenda at the Indiana Statehouse, where he also predicted Indiana would be the place that “cracked the workforce shortage code,” an issue facing a number of states with low unemployment rates and more workers entering retirement age.

The five pillars of the 2018 Next Level Agenda include:

  1. Cultivate a strong and diverse economy. To continue cultivating a strong and diverse economy, Gov. Holcomb’s 2018 agenda focuses on attracting new talent, supporting Indiana’s growing tech sector, preparing for next generation technologies and opportunities and encouraging sustainable regional development.
  2. Maintain and build the state’s infrastructure. After advancing an historic long-term road funding plan in 2017, Gov. Holcomb’s 2018 agenda focuses on better managing the state’s water resources, expanding Indiana’s global economic presence with a fourth port, and improving broadband access, speed and affordability where it’s needed most.
  3. Develop a 21st Century skilled and ready workforce. The 2018 action items outlined in Gov. Holcomb’s education and workforce plan were created with three guiding principles in mind:

    • Provide every Hoosier child an effective baseline education infused with skills and attributes that prepare them for life after high school.
    • Ensure students graduate from high school set on a pathway that prepares them for college, career training or a quality job.
    • Connect working-age adults to education and training that leads them directly to employment aligned with industry needs. 
  4. Attack the Drug Epidemic. Gov. Holcomb’s agenda continues Indiana’s attack on the opioid epidemic by strengthening enforcement, expanding recovery options and making it easier for Hoosiers to locate and access treatment. Additionally, the 2018 Next Level Agenda calls for improved reporting and monitoring as well as a stronger focus on programs that help reduce infant mortality rates in Indiana.
  5. Deliver Great Government Service. Great government service remains the cornerstone of Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda. With that in mind, Indiana will continue its history of strong financial management and maintain healthy reserves in 2018. The agenda also calls for a new parental leave policy for state employees, streamlined and simplified processes for citizens to interact with state government and better outcomes from large-scale IT projects to improve state government service.

Governor Holcomb’s 2018 Agenda

Eric Holcomb, Governor
State of Indiana