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Owen County

Located just an hour south of Indianapolis, Owen County offers peaceful, small town, country living with easy access to nearby cities. Owen County was originally settled more than 200 years ago by farmers and fur trappers, attracted by the area’s abundant natural resources, and those assets continue to shine today.

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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 Owen County?

Population: 21,482

Cities and Towns: Gosport & Spencer

Top Employer Industries: Advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and agriculture

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Enjoy a movie under the stars at Owen County's only drive-in movie theater!

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Creating memories since 1928, the Historic Tivoli Theatre is a fully restored single screen movie theater. The theater is dedicated to showing new release weekend movies, free repertory movies, and great live events.

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Outdoor Recreation

Located in Owen County is unique limestone formations and scenic waterfalls at Indiana's first state park, McCormick's Creek. Hike through thick, wooded areas or roam leisurely through the magnificent canyon surrounded by high cliffs.

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Locally owned and best known for ice cream treats guaranteed to hit the spot, Grand’s is a great spot in Spencer for all your dessert needs.

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