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.

Skip received a long list of awards during his life, including the New Economic Developer of the year award in 2007 from the International Economic Development Council; the Fortville/McCordsville Chamber Nolan “Skip” Kuker Community Service award; Gold Cord for service and academic honors award at Vincennes University; and the Bell award from Junior Achievement. He was most proud of the State of Indiana’s highest award, the Sagamore of the Wabash in 2017.

Cancer took his life, but he kept a sense of humor through it as much as possible, at least he thought he was funny. Often the joke was about himself. His life was filled with much joy and happiness.

He leaves behind his wife, Ellen Kuker and daughter, Jordan; father, Nolan E. Kuker, Sr.; sisters, Kathryn Ramzy (husband, David) and Sandra Graf (husband Rob); in-laws Bob and Darlene Williams, plus many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Constance M. Kuker and grandparents John and Irma Kuker and Patricia and Raymond Miller.

The family requests in lieu of flowers or blankets, that donations be made to the Nolan “Skip” Kuker Scholarship at the Hancock County Community Foundation, 312 E. Main Street, Greenfield, 46140, which is an annual award for deserving students; the American Cancer Society – Rhoades to Recovery, 5635 W. 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, 46278; a tree planted somewhere, a meal for someone in need, or a note to his daughter, Jordan, about how you knew him.

Visitation will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at the Park Chapel Christian Church, 1176 E. McKenzie Road, Greenfield, with the service following at 4:00.

A Celebration of Life will follow at the Wooden Bear Brewery at 21 W. North Street, Greenfield.

An additional Celebration of Life will be held on January 24, 2019, from 6:00-10:00 p.m., at Amelio’s on the River in Logansport.

Kroeger Funeral Home, Logansport, is in charge of arrangements.

A memory or message of condolence may be left online by visiting www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.


Skip Kuker dies after long battle with cancer (from Greenfield Daily Reporter)

Former Hancock EDC director dies (from Inside Indiana Business)

Leaders remember ‘true friend’ of region (from Logansport Pharos-Tribune)

Former Logansport city official mourned (from Cass County Online)





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.

“I am honored and humbled by this award from my Friends at Keihin and that they would think of me in this manner,” Kuker said.  “That I would be included at a ‘Game Changer’ by a great corporate steward like them and their great employees is just wonderful and I thank them.”

Keihin is a leading manufacturer of vehicle engine management and climate control systems.

Hancock Economic Development Council is proud to serve the communities of Hancock County, Indiana.

Let us put our resources to work for you. Call us at 317.477.7241 or e-mail executive director Nolan “Skip” Kuker today. Like Hancock EDC on Facebook to keep up with the latest information.

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.

Major General Carr reviewed the mission of the Indiana National Guard and its strategic lines of effort.

Mr. Kuker was honored to receive a Challenge Coin from the General and be able to speak to the group about Hancock County and how both can work together.

“The Indiana National Guard has assets that are of use for private companies,” Kuker says.

Hancock Economic Development Council is proud to serve the communities of Hancock County, Indiana.

Let us put our resources to work for you. Call us at 317.477.7241 or e-mail executive director Nolan “Skip” Kuker today. Like Hancock EDC on Facebook to keep up with the latest information.

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.

A $9 million expansion of a building on CR 700 will add 351,000 square feet and 24 new jobs.

Indiana Becknell is building a new building for Spectra Industries on CR 300 N in Alliance Park. The $25 million investment will add 535,800 square feet and retain 260 jobs that pay an average of $18 per hour. According to HEDC, this will amount to $2.9 million in real estate taxes over the next ten years. The group also went before the Redevelopment Commission.

Hancock Economic Development Council is proud to serve the communities of Hancock County, Indiana.

Let us put our resources to work for you. Call us at 317.477.7241 or e-mail executive director Nolan “Skip” Kuker today. Like Hancock EDC on Facebook to keep up with the latest information.

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 successes during annual meeting


Hancock Economic Development Council welcomed IEDC President Elaine Bedel as the keynote speaker for our annual meeting on January 17, 2018.

Ms. Bedel was appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb in 2017 to serve as president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the state’s lead economic development agency.

She spoke about the importance of “quality of place” in attracting and retaining employers and employees.

The event was held at Collaborate 317 in Greenfield.

HEDC welcomes a new slate of officers for 2018:

HEDC President, Michael Fruth, City of Greenfield Utilities | Website
HEDC Vice President, Michael Earlywine, Elanco: | Website
HEDC Treasurer, Jeffrey Somers, Greenfield Banking Company | Website
HEDC Secretary, April Fisher, Town of Cumberland | Website

HEDC is also pleased to have the support of the following members in 2018:

2018 Public Partners
Brad Armstrong, Hancock Co. Commissioner | Website
Chuck Fewell, Mayor, City of Greenfield | Website
April Fisher, Town of Cumberland | Website
Michael Fruth, Greenfield Utilities | Website
Tonya Galbraith, Town of McCordsville | Website
Jan Jarson, New Palestine Town Council | Website
Dr. Lisa Lantrip, Southern Hancock Schools | Website
Gary McDaniel, City of Greenfield | Website
Dr. Harold Olin, Greenfield-Central School Corporation | Website
Joe Renner, Town of Fortville | Website
Dr. Shane Robbins, Mt. Vernon School Corporation | Website
Jim Shelby, Hancock County Council | Website
Randy Sorrell, Town of Fortville | Website

2018 Private Partners
Jerry Breeck, Vectren Energy Delivery | Website
Thomas Bruns, Aqua Indiana, Inc. | Website
Mark Dudley, MIBOR | Website
Mary Gibble, Hancock County Community Foundation | Website
Lynn Greenwalt, Greenwalt Development  | Website
Brigette Cook Jones, Hancock County Tourism | Website
John Kennedy, Greenfield Banking Company | Website
Steve Long, Hancock Health| Website
Nick Ludlow, First Merchants Bank | Website
Tom Miller, NineStar Connect | Website
Buck Ritz, Milestone Contractors | Website
Jim Ross, Ferguson Construction | Website
Haley Roubicek, Duke Energy | Website
John Senger, Daily Reporter – Home News | Website
Larry Siegler, The Peterson Company | Website
Jeffrey Somers, Greenfield Banking Company | Website

2018 Members
Robert Carmony, Runnebohm Construction | Website
Brian Detty, Patterson Horth, Inc. | Website
Bob Gallant, Browning Investments, Inc. | Website
Dave Gray, Hancock County Public Library | Website
Gary Halliburton, New Palestine Area Chamber | Website
Retta Livengood, Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce | Website
Dr. Vicki McGuire, Eastern Hancock School Corporation | Website
Ron Pritzke, Pritzke & Davis, L.L.P. | Website

Hancock Economic Development Council is proud to serve the communities of Hancock County, Indiana.

Let us put our resources to work for you. Call us at 317.477.7241 or e-mail executive director Nolan “Skip” Kuker today. Like Hancock EDC on Facebook to keep up with the latest information.

Download the 2017 HEDC Annual Report.

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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Indiana Renews Chinese Sister-State Partnership, Strengthening Global Ties

INDIANAPOLIS  – Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined economic and cultural stakeholders from Indiana and China’s Zhejiang Province today to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Indiana-Zhejiang sister-state relationship, celebrating economic, cultural and educational efforts shared between the two states.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our 30 years of friendship with Zhejiang Province and reaffirm our cultural and economic ties,” Gov. Holcomb said. “It’s partnerships like this that help propel Indiana and Zhejiang to new levels, creating new business opportunities and enhancing international trade. As our future unfolds, I look forward to seeing the benefits that come from our global partnership.”

During the celebration, Gov. Holcomb and Zhejiang Party Secretary Che Jun, the highest-ranking official in the province and a member of the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Congress, renewed the Indiana-Zhejiang sister-state agreement that dates back to 1987. The agreement reaffirms the Indiana-Zhejiang sister-state relationship to further enhance economic relations, encourage industrial innovation and foster cultural, educational and healthcare exchanges.

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NineStar Connect’s Fiber Optic Service available to 100% of businesses and residences in McCordsville

Hancock Economic Development Council congratulates Nine Star Connect and the town of McCordsville on the company’s recent announcement that it is providing high-speed fiber optic broadband service to 100 percent of businesses and homes in McCordsville, Ind.

“Nine Star has been a tremendous asset in Hancock County,” says Nolan “Skip” Kuker of Hancock Economic Development Council. “They continue to grow their network of fiber internet as our community grows and the news that they have 100% service availability allows for even more economic development opportunities. We are glad to see McCordsville grow and have Nine Star as a partner in that growth.”

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