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The Indianapolis area, meanwhile, could gain nearly 6,000 jobs directly or indirectly under the
"That would be fabulous," said Lawrence, Ind. City Councilwoman Linda Treat. "Lawrence
needs a big boost to the economy."
All the gains would be at the finance center at the former Fort Benjamin Harrison in Lawrence.
Jobs would come from other finance facilities across the country as part of a major reduction in
"It appears to me that they're going to make that one of the focal points for taking care of the
military payroll, nationwide and worldwide," said Rep. Dan Burton, R-Indianapolis.
Three finance operation facilities are slated to pick up jobs from 23 others, with Marion County
apparently getting the lion's share.
Having Daniels -- a former director of President Bush's Office of Management and Budget --
leading the fight made all the difference, said John Clark, a senior adviser to Daniels. He said
Daniels could coach his team of advisers, including Clark and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, on how
to make their case on why Crane should be kept open.
As a former Cabinet member, Daniels is on a first-name basis with Bush, Vice President Dick
Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He made two trips to Washington, one solely to
lobby for Crane. The other trip included attending the National Governors Association
conference, but he slept and dined at the White House.
But Daniels would not say whether or how he used his insider status to lobby for Indiana.
"We made every argument we could think of to every person who mattered or might matter," he
said. "We made arguments on the merits."
Former Lt. Gov. Kathy Davis said that saving Crane also was a top priority for the Kernan
administration. Daniels, a Republican, defeated Democratic Gov. Joe Kernan in 2004.
That was a crucial year for Crane, Davis said, because the facilities had to provide the
information that the Pentagon would use to make its decisions. In addition, Davis said, the final
route laid out that year for the proposed Interstate 69 extension included two interchanges to
serve Crane. And some $9 million in state grants were given for projects that boosted Crane's
appeal to both the military and the private sector.
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