Southern Indiana is home to the Center for Complex Operations at Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck, the U.S. military’s most unique training and testing facilities in the country.
The Southern Indiana Defense Industry Network (SIDIN) exists to attract and support investments and job creating activities made by private sector employers who serve defense and national security interests. SIDIN’s role is to bridge opportunities between the area’s unique properties and private-sector defense and national security interests.
The network is made up of professionals from government, economic development, academia and the military whose goal is to attract and support business investments and foster job-creating activities that are a win-win for businesses and the community.
Whether researching the best location for a company’s corporate headquarters or looking for a place to test the latest defense product in a real-world environment, let SIDIN make the connections and smooth the path to help you achieve your business objectives.
Who We Are: Founding Members
Greater Columbus Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Founded in 1976 with a mission to build a world-class community emphasizing quality of life, economic opportunity and the personal well-being of citizens, the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation has delivered results in attracting community-minded, high value businesses who wish to take advantage of the area’s unique assets supporting advanced manufacturing, design and STEM* education resources. By 2016, it had recruited more than 60 companies directly employing 7,600 individuals, supported more than 300 expansions of local companies and brokered investments of more than $2.6 billion.
*STEM: science, technology engineering, and mathematics
Jennings County Economic Development Commission
Visitors to Jennings County, Indiana are always amazed by the beauty of the landscapes, the rich natural resources, and the abundant recreational opportunities. But that’s not what brings business leaders here. It’s the welcoming attitude, the spirit of cooperation, a skilled workforce that still appreciates the value of a job well done, and outstanding quality of life, with affordable housing, low taxes, outstanding schools, and safe communities. With the unique assets of the Center for Complex Operations at Atterbury-Muscatatuck, Jennings County citizens are eager to work with companies as a resource for training, and a partner in both commercial and military research and development. Jennings County is just a short drive from all the sports, arts and business resources of Louisville, Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
Johnson County Development Corporation
Johnson County has had a long history of diversity among the many industrial sectors, a very strategic and deliberate part of the overall economic strategy for the county. Located in the heart of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area, with a portion of the Center for Complex Operations at Atterbury-Muscatatuck located in our county, our county is well-positioned to meet the needs of the growing defense industry sector. Working closely with site selectors, JCDC staff provides comprehensive research and demographic information and coordinates between the state and the business for economic incentives. Johnson County has numerous amenities that attract the young professionals and growing families of all ages, including quick access to downtown Indianapolis, with a variety of fine dining and cultural opportunities as well as a thriving sports community. We are just 40 minutes away from Indiana University and its research facilities.
Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. Duke provides approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Duke’s commercial business owns and operates diverse power generation assets in North America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.
Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative providing wholesale electric power and services to member distribution cooperatives. Founded in 1949 and based in Bloomington, Indiana, our generation includes coal, natural gas and renewable energy resources. The company delivers power through a nearly 1,700 mile transmission network and serve 18 member electric cooperatives in central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
Louisville & Indiana Railroad
The Louisville & Indiana Railroad was formed in March 1994 to acquire 106 miles of rail line between Indianapolis and Louisville. LIRC connects with CSX, INRD, NS and PAL railroads. The line serves numerous major companies and an efficient inland port facility. Since formation, L&I has located a number of new industries to its lines.
Center for Complex Operations at Atterbury-Muscatatuck
The Center for Complex Operations at Camp Atterbury-Muscatatuck empowers users to experience the most complete combination of live, virtual and constructive scenarios available anywhere in the country. Over the past decade, we’ve become the preferred destination for organizations seeking pre-operational testing and training to improve their readiness to respond to all types of global threats. The complex is uniquely positioned geographically to provide a customizable, affordable environment for training, testing and evaluation. The Center serves military units, first responders, government agencies and industry from around the globe.
Are you a private sector defense industry representative?
The Southern Indiana Defense Industry Network will help you connect to our unique assets in Southern Indiana.