Updated: June 19, 2013 6:11AM
VALPARAISO — Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann visited Porter County on Friday to meet with local businesses and elected officials to hear their concerns.
The visit was part of Ellspermann’s “Listen and Learn Tour,” aiming to become familiar with issues in each of Indiana’s 92 counties.
The lieutenant governor first met with local officials in Valparaiso to hear their concerns. She said the main concern she’ll take back to Indianapolis is working with the Department of Local Government Finance.
After the elected officials, “we met with businesses and agricultural leaders. There are some concerns with infrastructure, ranging from the grid to water, and they noted some real opportunities with fiber (optics),” she said. “We’re seeing some really good ideas emerging.”
Porter county officials she met with told her they take pride in their schools, and that the state shouldn’t try to overregulate.
“We’re trying to offer the local counties a chance to have as much autonomy in issues, especially when they’re doing it well,” Ellspermann said, “and Porter County in education is doing a fine job.”
So far she has visited Allen, Lake, Scott, St. Joseph and Whitley counties. She plans to visit each county in the state by the end of November.