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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HEDC welcomes BWI as company breaks ground on first U.S. production facility

GREENFIELD, Ind. – On Wednesday, June 28, more than 150 people gathered at the groundbreaking ceremony for BeijingWest Industries, Co. Ltd. (BWI). The company is a premier chassis supplier that designs and manufactures brake and suspension systems for the global automotive market. Its first U.S. production facility will be located in Greenfield, creating up to 441 new, high-wage jobs by 2021.

BWI will invest more than $80 million to build and equip a new 276,514-square-foot manufacturing facility in Greenfield’s Progress Park. With its growth, BWI expects to increase its production by 4 million parts per year to meet the continued demand from its customers, which include Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Porsche.

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Join us in celebrating Economic Development Week May 8-13, 2017!

Do you know who your local economic development organization is?

It is the Hancock County Economic Development Council (HEDC).

Their job is to help and assist business owners to start or expand their business. You could call the HEDC a liaison of sorts, between the business company and local government. Continue reading…


Join us on June 7 and be #SkipStrong!

As you may know, our executive director, Skip Kuker, spends quite a bit of time at the Sue Ann Wortman Center for Cancer at Hancock Regional Hospital. We invite you to join us Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Wooden Bear Brewing for the #SkipStrong 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament.

Download more information here: #SKIPSTRONG Cornhole Tourney Sponsor Info

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HEDC congratulates BWI on passage of tax abatement

On April 26, 2017 local officials congratulated BeijingWest Industries, Co. Ltd (BWI),  on the passage of tax abatement from the Greenfield City Council.

The Beijing-headquartered company, provides the highly-acclaimed MagneRide® suspension system, will invest more than $80 million to build and equip a new 276,514-square-foot manufacturing facility in Greenfield’s Progress Park. They plan to break ground on the new facility this summer and launch production in August 2019.

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Six exciting things happening right now in Hancock County, Indiana

It’s an exciting time to be in Hancock County, the eastern door to Indianapolis.

BeijingWest Industries, Co. Ltd. (BWI), a premier chassis supplier that designs and manufactures brake and suspension systems for the global automotive market, announced plans to locate its first U.S. production facility in Greenfield, creating up to 441 new, high-wage jobs by 2021.

We’re proud to be one of two Indiana counties that’s achieved the “Indiana Healthy Community” designation from the Wellness Council of Indiana.

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China-Based Auto Component Manufacturer Chooses Greenfield for First U.S. Production Facility

GREENFIELD, Ind. – BeijingWest Industries, Co. Ltd. (BWI), a premier chassis supplier that designs and manufactures brake and suspension systems for the global automotive market, announced plans to locate its first U.S. production facility in Indiana, creating up to 441 new, high-wage jobs by 2021. Continue reading…


$7M, 7-bridge construction project

$7M, 7-bridge construction project on I-70 starts April 17, 2017

Milestone Contractors plans to set construction signs along I-70 on April 17, 2017 for a $7.2 million project to replace or maintain and preserve seven bridges in Hancock and Henry counties.

Overnight lane closures on I-70 can be expected in the following three construction zones starting on or after April 17 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. as crews set temporary concrete barriers and pave shoulders in preparation for future traffic shifts.

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First Quarter 2017 Update from HEDC

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.”

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