Strong industrial histories in conjunction with an entrepreneurial spirit have shaped the business and industries. The equal distances from three major metropolitan cities and an old-fashioned work ethic make the Whitewater Valley a stable and well-rounded place for economic growth. Existing and new businesses alike find assistance in retention, reinvestment, growth and expansion from economic development groups. The manufacturing sectors make up a high percentage of the employment opportunities in each of the communities. Industry, abundant resources, and easy access to financial assistance through local banks make small and large business alike thrive in an increasingly demanding global market place.