NineStar plans to plumb Hancock County’s ‘frontier’ for development
About two-thirds of Hancock County, just east of Indianapolis, lacks public water or sewer service. Wells and septic tanks suffice, but not for officials trying to attract large businesses or residential developments.
“This 38,000 acres essentially has been frontier,” said Michael Burrow, president and CEO of NineStar Connect, a Greenfield-based electric and fiber-optic communications cooperative.
Greenfield, Indiana – Bastian Automation Engineering, a division of Indianapolis-headquartered Bastian Solutions, is in the final stages of a multi-year project with a US-based aircraft engine manufacturer to design and build a custom Lift Platform Vehicle. The vehicle is comprised of a variable height work surface that will be used by operators during Jet Engine testing procedures. The project generated 10 man-years worth of work for local engineers and manufacturing personnel as well as over $300,000 in domestically sourced materials.
Indianapolis – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announces that Greenfield’s Barr North has achieved Indiana Site Certified (ISC) Silver.
The Indiana Site Certified program endorses 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.
“Each time a community secures site certified status it demonstrates its commitment to supporting the creation of economic and employment opportunities for its people and businesses,” said OCRA Executive Director Bill Konyha.
AT&T invested nearly $2 Billion in its wireless and wired networks right here in Indiana during 2013 and 2015.
At AT&T , we’ve invested nearly $2 billion in our Indiana wireless and wired networks during 2013 -2015. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
FORTVILLE — Almost 200 acres of farmland along Fortville Pike could be the future site of a bustling business park — or so local leaders hope.
The Fortville Town Council this week unanimously approved a plan to create a tax-increment financing, or TIF district, which will use property tax dollars from new development on the south side of the community to improve the area and attract companies to set up shop nearby.
The district, which measures approximately 186 acres in all, is currently covered in crops, but town officials said they hope the plan will spur economic growth in the area.
GREENFIELD — Scientists at Elanco Animal Health’s new facility on the north side of Greenfield are working to develop vaccines for food-borne illness and researching alternatives to antibiotics used in food animals.
About 30 employees are now working in the new 48,000-square-foot facility, construction of which wrapped up in the spring, said Colleen Parr Dekker, a spokeswoman for the company.
McCORDSVILLE — When Sheila Roberts settled on McCordsville as her home six years ago, she was thrilled to find an affordable house in a quiet community.
Much has changed since she moved in; McCordsville is now one of the fastest-growing cities in the area, a trend Roberts says has made it an even better place to live.
More families are moving to Hancock County, and the majority are landing along the western edge. Population growth across Hancock County is up 3 percent, which amounts to approximately 2,500 more residents than those recorded in the 2010 U.S. Census.