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Lawrence County

Known as the Limestone Capital of the World, Lawrence County’s rural countryside, stone terrain, and national forests are dotted by small homes and farms in close-knit communities.

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Defense Sector Program

Our Defense Sector Program offers out-of-state workers $5,000 to relocate to southern Indiana and work for a company in our defense industry. Purdue@WestGate's Job Board offers a list of open opportunities to apply for!

Once you accept a position in the Indiana Uplands Region, your employer must send a copy of the offer letter from the hiring company to verify the job offer, job title, and salary, which must be a minimum of $60,000.

Please contact our office at 812-277-9778 with any questions about this program!

Why Lawrence County?

Population: 45,222

Cities and Towns: Lawrence, Mitchell, & Oolitic

Top Employer Industries: Limestone, advanced manufacturing, and national security and defense

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Looking to explore America's longest navigable underground river in custom electric boats? Plan a visit to Bluespring Caverns! From group tours, to kayaking, to an overnight adventure, there’s something for everyone at any adventure level.

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Outdoor Recreation

Hoosier National Forest provides a mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful 204,000 acre forest a local treasure.

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Built in 1906, the historic Mitchell Opera House has a rich tradition of community events, films, and live music entertainment. Recalling the days when the Monon Line connected with the B&O Railroad, the Opera House serves as a hub for the arts.

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Outdoor Recreation

Enjoy walking, running, meditating, bicycling, and talking with friends on this 11-mile crushed limestone trail. See beautiful sights of the White River and old railroad bridges as you take a walk along the trail that was once a railroad.

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