Annual Meeting Focuses On Future

31st Annual Meeting

Hancock County Economic Development Council held its 31st annual meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

More than 100 people were in attendance for the HEDC annual meeting, including board members, elected officials, developers, business leaders, utility representatives, and more.

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HEDC’s Executive Director receives award

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.”

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Barr South designated Site Certified Silver

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.”

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Barr South Designated as Indiana Site Certified Silver

For Immediate Release
November 1, 2016

Barr South Announcement--State Certified as Silver

Barr South Announcement–State Certified as Silver

Indianapolis – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announces the designation of Greenfield’s Barr South as Indiana Site Certified (ISC) Silver tier status.

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.

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Construction under way on Celadon’s new $24M headquarters

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.

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Sharing Successes & Saying Thank You!

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.

(See videos following)

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Kohl’s & PetSmart construction

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.
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Tsuda Industries expansion

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.

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Woodland Terrace

NEW PALESTINE, IN. — Best-known for the Crestwood Village Senior Communities, the Indianapolis-based Justus Family of Companies is delighted to announce their newest brand of senior living, Woodland Terrace. The Justus Family of Companies has officially broken ground on a location in New Palestine, IN.

Woodland Terrace of New Palestine is currently under construction at 4400 Terrace Drive, located off US Highway 52 next to Greenfield Banking Company. Residents and families can choose from a continuum of care with 34 Independent Living cottage homes, 77 licensed Assisted Living apartments and 21 private Memory Care suites.

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New Commercial Development

McCordsville–The once-sleepy burg of McCordsville is undergoing a transformation that is expected to add a host of new commercial development to the Hancock County town.

Bordering Marion County to the east, McCordsville has seen its population climb the past decade from about 1,200 residents in 2005 to nearly 7,000 now.

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