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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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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IMPA Announces Economic Development Incentive

(CARMEL, IN) – The Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) is pleased to announce a new Economic Development Incentive for existing and prospective customers. Provided that the customer meets a certain criteria, the program can save companies a percentage off of their electric bill for a 5 year period.

“IMPA is continually looking for opportunities to assist our Members, with their economic development efforts,” said Raj Rao, IMPA’s President and CEO. “Electric costs can be a determining factor for companies while they’re selecting where to improve existing facilities and where to establish new operations. With our competitive rates, hopefully, this new incentive will give our member communities an advantage when marketing their communities
for prospective economic development projects.”

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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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