HEDC holds 2018 annual meeting

HEDC 2019 Officers
April Fisher, Secretary; Michael Fruth, President; Randy Sorrell, Executive Director; Michael Earlywine, Vice President; Jeffrey Somers, Treasurer

Hancock Economic Development Council held its annual meeting on January 16, 2019 at Adaggio’s with approximately 90 people in attendance.

The event was sponsored by HEDC’s newest Board of Director member Garmong Construction Services.

The keynote speaker was Katie Culp, President of KSM Location Advisors, part of the Katz, Sapper & Miller Network. Katie has secured nearly to $600 million in economic incentives for 16,000,000 square feet of office and industrial space, and has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, privately-owned firms. Continue reading…


Celebration of Life for Nolan “Skip” Kuker set for January 9, 2019 in Greenfield

Nolan Skip KukerNolan E. “Skip” Kuker, Jr., age 55, formerly of Logansport, passed away at 9:59 a.m., on Sunday, January 6, 2019, in Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, surrounded by his wife and two sisters.

Born in Fort Wayne on June 9, 1963, he was the son of Nolan E. Sr. and Constance ‘Connie’ M. Miller Kuker.

On August 31, 2002, in Logansport, he was married to Ellen M. Williams.

Skip graduated from Paul Harding High School in Fort Wayne, Vincennes University, Indiana State University and Indiana University, culminating with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration along with the coveted Certification in Economic Development from the IEDC.

Economic Development became his career choice and concluded as Executive Director for Hancock County, for almost six years. He worked with many companies bringing almost a billion dollars of new investment and over 3,200 new jobs during his tenure. Continue reading…


Hancock County region named 2018 Stellar Community

The Hancock Economic Development Council congratulates the “Health and Heritage Region” which includes the communities of Greenfield, Fortville and Hancock County on being named a 2018 Stellar Community by the State of Indiana.

According to a news release from the Office of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, “a focus on substance abuse treatment, expanding trails and revitalizing their downtowns are just a few of the facets of their plan to help create the front porch of Eastern Indiana.”

The region will receive $4.5 million from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural affairs, and will receive additional set amounts from the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Continue reading…


Kuker named “Game Changer” by Keihin

During the summer of 2018, Hancock County Economic Development Council director Skip Kuker congratulated a local company, Keihin, for celebrating its 30th anniversary in Greenfield.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, Robb Farris and Jake Hughes of Keihin surprised Kuker, who is retiring, with Keihin’s “Game Changers” award. It’s the first time the award has been presented to someone outside of Keihin. Continue reading…


HEDC meets with Indiana National Guard

HEDC Executive Director Skip Kuker and Major General Courtney P. Carr of the Indiana National Guard

Hancock Economic Development Council’s executive director, Skip Kuker, was one of ten central Indiana community leaders invited by Major General Courtney P. Carr of the Indiana National Guard to attend a community leader lunch.

Kuker says the meeting marked the first time that four generals were in the same room. Continue reading…


HEDC assisting with two expansions in Hancock County

Three men at desks

Darrell Hawkins of Indiana Becknell, Larry Siegler of The Peterson Group and attorney Ron Pritzke at the Redevelopment Commission reviewing their new building and $25 million in investment in Hancock County, Indiana.

Hancock Economic Development Council works with numerous companies in their endeavors to create jobs and build quality buildings in our community.

Larry Siegler of The Peterson Group recently presented information on two projects to the Hancock County Council. Continue reading…


Idea Co-Op Coming to Hancock County

Hancock Economic Development Council looks forward to welcoming the Idea Co-op to Hancock County.

Opening in the Fall of 2018, the mission of Idea Co-op is to attract and retain talent to Hancock County, provide a co-working facility with state of the art technologies, offer an education center to host all types of technology classes, seminars and training, establish an IoT (Internet of Things) lab for agritech, utility solutions and many other possibilities and to create a maker space to support local demand and interest in specific technologies.

“I can see that this unique project will help a great many new ideas start or grow for all of Hancock County,” says HEDC executive director Skip Kuker. “Having a facility with these assets will be great for our community.”

Located in Greenfield, the Idea Co-Op is powered by NineStar Connect, a communications, energy, water and sewer cooperative offering the latest technological solutions to business and residential clients in Central Indiana.

Learn more at www.ideacoop.com.


Four spec buildings planned for Mt. Comfort in Hancock County, Indiana

Construction of four spec buildings in Mt. Comfort, Indiana is expected to begin in early 2019. The Peterson Company is working with Shear MC2, LLC to build the structures near the intersection of West County Road 300 N and Mt. Comfort Road in Hancock County.

Three of the buildings will average about 250,000 square feet while the fourth will be about 100,000 square feet.

Shear and The Peterson Company are also constructing a 400,000 square-foot spec building on the north side of 300N.

Read more about the project in this article by the Greenfield Daily Reporter.

For more information about economic development opportunities in Hancock County, call Hancock Economic Development Council at (317) 477-7241.


HEDC Celebrates Our Successes and Our Communities

September 21 was a great night as Hancock Economic Development Council hosted an event to “Celebrate Our Successes and Our Communities”

The event was held in the clubhouse at The Preserve at Sugar Creek in New Palestine.

HEDC Executive Director Skip Kuker shared that over the last five years, Hancock County has seen $617 million in new real estate and personal property investment and 3400+ new jobs.

Community representatives who shared their accomplishments included Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell, Fortville Town Manager Joe Renner, Town of Shirley Clerk-Trasurer Teresa Hester, McCordsville Town Manager Tonya Galbraith, Cumberland Town Manager April Fisher and New Palestine Town Council President Jan Jarson.

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