Business Environment

Montgomery County is a great location for businesses. The area lends itself to creators, both on the manufacturing side and the growing retail environment. Businesses that move or start in Montgomery County tend to stay in Montgomery County. We are a community with hard-working values, a pro-business government and competitive cost of operations. Let us know if you are thinking about moving your business. We would love to meet you and share all that Montgomery County has to offer.

Local Industry Spotlights

Agribusiness: Agricultural Technology

The last several decades have seen a transformation within the agricultural economy. Changes in technology and the economics of agribusiness, both nationally and globally, have evolved significantly as agribusiness has evolved. Agribusiness remains a key economic sector nationally and it is an even larger part of the current and future economy of Montgomery County. With our current operations and heritage in agribusiness, Montgomery County is a leader in advancing this mission in the state of Indiana.

Ivy Tech Community College is building the next generation’s workforce in Precision Agriculture with the Bane Agricultural Technology Center, located in Lafayette, IN. Including our local campus in Crawfordsville, our community is strategically located to build a specialized workforce with the Precision Agriculture Technology Program.

Learn more about Ivy Tech’s Precision Agriculture Program.


The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network is a consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana devoted to working together to fuel prosperity by harnessing the power of Internet-enabled sensors to develop our region into a global epicenter of digital agricultural and next-generation manufacturing.

Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing makes up the largest employment industry in Montgomery County and remains a foundational industry in the community. The RDC has focused much of its support towards expanding existing business and drawing new manufacturers into the county. In association with Connexus Indiana, advanced manufacturing technologies will bring forth a new age of industry.

Learn more about Connexus Indiana and their Manufacturing Readiness Grant Program.

Logistical Advantage

Our easy access to the Indianapolis International Airport and greater Indianapolis area, combined with our competitive property value and cost of living, Montgomery County offers a logistically advantageous location for distribution, manufacturing and suppliers of the major industries in the region.
The latest data is reported by the U.S. Census Bureau and provides an overview of the business and economic aspects of the area.

Business and Economy

Business Counts


Total employer establishments in Montgomery County, Indiana


Total employer establishments in the United States


751 - 1,950

1,950 - 3,570

3,570 - 5,802

5,802 - 23,250

Sales, Shipments, and Production


Total retail sales (in thousands) in Montgomery County, Indiana


Total retail sales (in thousands) in the United States

Workforce Development

Montgomery County and the City of Crawfordsville regularly host events and sponsor initiatives that give businesses and residents an opportunity to develop professionally. In April 2023, the City of Crawfordsville is holding New Supervisor Leadership Development training. This is a county-wide employer opportunity where workers receive valuable training that will equip them to take on more responsibility at their jobs. It will begin April 12 and run through May 17.

A county-wide job fair (date TBD) will also be held in 2023. For younger residents, Crawfordsville High will be hosting a summer internship career fair in April.

Several new county-wide workforce initiatives are in progress for 2023, check back soon for updates.

Utilities and Infrastructure

Infrastructure is a critical component of successful economic development within a community. More often than ever before, companies are looking for the sites that are most immediately available for construction. The Montgomery RDC works to have shovel ready sites with infrastructure in place that only require permit approval to begin development.

Additionally, we work to help provide guarantees on timelines by which infrastructure can be made available and it is essential. Infrastructure is considered a distinct advantage for Montgomery County as recent improvements have provided significant capacity for water and wastewater to serve future uses.