Private Prison Company Still Interested in Hobart

HOBART, Ind. (AP) – A Florida-based operator of privately owned prisons and detention centers says it remains interested in northwestern Indiana despite one city telling it to look elsewhere.
 
The GEO Group issued a statement Monday saying it wants to continue meeting with the Hobart community about possible opportunities it can offer. The Times and the Post-Tribune report the company last November bought 40 acres in Hobart, about 6 miles southeast of Gary, but hasn't released any details about a possible project.
 
GEO Group spokesman Pablo Paez says northwestern Indiana's strong transportation network, strong business climate and well-trained workforce make the region an attractive place in which to operate.
 
Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor on Sunday told a community group opposed to a GEO Group that the company should look elsewhere to operate.