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Last modified: Monday, July 14, 2003

Media advisory: First Indiana county population projections since 2000 census

EDITORS: A media briefing will be held Thursday (July 17) at 8:30 a.m. to release the first Indiana county population projections since the 2000 census. The briefing will take place in the main floor conference room of the Indianapolis Urban League Building, 777 Indiana Ave. in Indianapolis. The Indiana Business Research Center has its offices in this building.

Handouts will be available. Reporters also will receive a news release and information about accessing print-quality charts and maps on the Web.

Morton J. Marcus, executive director of the Indiana Business Research Center in Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, and John Besl, IBRC demographer, will present the projection results from statewide and regional perspectives, providing insights on key findings. Tim Monger, executive director of the Indiana Department of Commerce, will open the briefing.

Among the questions answered will be whether Indiana's population will grow or decline, which areas of the state will experience population loss or gain, and whether the state will continue to experience in-migration of new residents from neighboring states.

Understanding the growth or decline of the population of an area has a fundamental significance for all aspects of capital and resource planning, economic and community development, school construction and policy decisions. These projections have significant workforce and development implications. The 2003 projections, considered the official state projections for Indiana, are used by state agencies, local governments, businesses, schools and others seeking an understanding of their population future.