It was a busy first quarter for HEDC and a productive one for Hancock County.
“The year has started off with a large number of “requests for information,” according to HEDC director Nolan “Skip” Kuker. “We are working 13 very active projects, one of which is very close to being finished. Hancock County continues to be the focus of interest for development and recent Census data shows Hancock County as the 3rd fastest growing county in the State of Indiana, with no signs of slowing.”
HEDC “On the Road” at Greenfield-Central Educational Services Center
HEDC held its March meeting ‘on the road’ at the Greenfield-Central Educational Services Center. Dr. Harold Olin welcomed our board to this new facility for Greenfield-Central School Corporation, which houses The Academy at Greenfield Central and the Cougar Cubs Preschool.
We asked Dr. Olin about the history behind the project, as well as as the connection between economic development and our community’s education system.
Skip Kuker, executive director of the Hancock County Economic Development Council, is
the recipient of the first “Nolan ‘Skip’ Kuker Community Leadership Award”, presented by the Fortville / McCordsville Area Chamber of Commerce at their annual dinner on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.
“I am honored and humbled by this recognition from my friends in Fortville/McCordsville,” Kuker said. “I love working for our community and look forward to meeting those in the future that are selected for such an honor.”
GREENFIELD, IND. — Local officials gathered Tuesday to celebrate the designation of Greenfield’s Barr South as an Indiana Site Certified (ISC) Silver tier status.
It’s one of two Greenfield sites owned by the Barr family receiving the certification. Barr North received certification in July.
“The City of Greenfield is fortunate to have great citizen land owners who see great value in doing the things necessary to prepare sites for development,” said Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell. “The Barr family is an asset and we certainly appreciate their contributions to our economic development efforts.”
The Indiana Site Certified program was created to help Indiana cities and towns by validating sites that are ready for economic development. By certifying a site, it illustrates that the community is committed to economic growth, mitigates risks for businesses who want to locate or expand their operations into Indiana and it serves as a marketing tool to promote sites that are ready for development.
Indianapolis-based trucking company Celadon Group Inc. is starting to move dirt as it prepares to build a $24 million corporate campus in the Mount Comfort area.
Publicly traded Celadon has had its headquarters at East 33rd Street and Mitthoeffer Road in Indianapolis since 1996. In March, IBJ reported the company was looking elsewhere because the 40-acre site on the east side had no room for expansion and was landlocked. Mout Comfort was the leading contender at the time.
In the fall of 2016, the HEDC Celebrated the Successes of Hancock County. Eight businesses were recognized at our Celebration event, to say Thank You for choosing Hancock County! Plus, two new Indiana State Certified Sites were announced for Barr North and Barr South—which bring the total of certified sites in Hancock County to six.
This marks the 4th Annual Celebration we have come together as a community with business leaders, local elected officials, and other invited guests to say thank you. In 2016 over $139 million in proposed investment and 876 proposed jobs are represented in the eight businesses: Brybelly; Celadon; County Materials; Foamcraft; Indiana Auto Fasteners; Landsberg; Photon; and Tsuda – bringing the four-year totals to over $519 million in proposed investment and over 2,800 proposed jobs!
Aqua Indiana, HEDC board of director member, sponsored the event held at the Tour of Italy restaurant in downtown Greenfield on September 22, 2016. And, NineStar Connect, also an HEDC board of director member, generously provided videographers to highlight the event.
GREENFIELD — Initial work began this week on the construction of the new Kohl’s and PetSmart stores in Greenfield, sending a collective sigh of relief from residents across the county.
Construction on the Kohl’s site, in particular, brings an end to months of doubt from residents that the retailer would follow through on plans, after company representatives repeatedly delayed decisions on a Greenfield store originally slated to open in 2012.
Work on both new stores should wrap up sometime this fall, and developers are aiming for a late September to early October opening, said Colby Price, project manager. Continue reading…
A local manufacturer is asking county officials for a tax break to support a multi-million dollar expansion project — a development that would add dozens of jobs to the company’s workforce.
Tsuda Industries, a Japan-based auto parts producer, wants to build a 70,000-square-foot expansion to its current facility off West County Road 300N, which opened in 2014. The proposed expansion is expected to cost as much as $55 million, including construction and new equipment, officials said.