The 70-40-Greater Mt. Comfort Corridor/Hancock READIRegioninvites our community stakeholders to submit a project proposal for the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is awarding $500 million throughout the state to promote Indiana’s talent development and economic growth. Identified regions throughout Indiana can be awarded up to $50 million. Our region, which consists of most of Hancock County and Eastern Indianapolis, would like to submit a regional development plan to secure READI funding.
To submit a strategic and innovative plan, we invite community stakeholders, including businesses, nonprofits, and other community organizations and entities, to submit a project proposal for our consideration. Project proposals must align with one or more of the following categories:
Quality of Place: Examples include workforce housing, infrastructure, cultural facilities, community spaces, civic initiatives, and DEI initiatives.
Innovation: Examples include research and development partnerships and equipment, cyber security, and coding.
Entrepreneurship: Examples include business incubation, coworking spaces, makerspaces, digital literacy and adoption by employers.
Workforce/Talent Initiatives: Examples include workforce training, facilities, and equipment.
To submit a project proposal, please follow the link below to complete a submission form. All proposals are due by July 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm to Jack Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once proposals have been submitted, they will be reviewed by the evaluation committee to determine which projects will be incorporated into the regional development plan. Submission of a project proposal does not guarantee its inclusion in the regional development plan nor does it guarantee that the project will receive funding.
We look forward to receiving your proposals and learning about your innovative ideas to enhance and develop our community!
A new round of ETG grants will be opening on July 9, 2021. These grants can provide up to $5000 per employee (max $50,000 per employer) for hiring, training and retaining employees in six targeted sectors.
The grant will reimburse employers up to $5,000 per employee who is trained, hired, and retained for six months, up to $50,000 per employer.retaining employees in six targeted sectors. State Department of Workforce Development NextLevel Jobs
A new tenant is coming to Mount Comfort Logistic Center.
Progressive Logistics will lease Building II, neighbor to Amazon that began operations last fall (2020).
Doug Hayes, the president of Progressive Logistics stated in an article (“Ambrose Announces Growth Plans for Logistics Park” ) that the facility will allow them “to continue growing their customer base for best-in-class food grade storage and services.”
The location for Progressive Logistics is Mount Comfort Logistic Center, Hancock County, Indiana, developed by Ambrose. Ambrose is a great community partner to Hancock County!
Thanks to the hard work of our State partners, Indiana is the first in the region to be designated as an eligible area for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance for COVID-19. Please share the below information with your small businesses and encourage them to apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. As more information becomes available, we will deliver through our subscriber network and post via Twitter @SBA_Indiana.
An Open Letter to Hancock County Residents from Hancock Health
Covid-19 is the new norm in America, in Indiana, and in Hancock County. Though there has not yet been a confirmed case of the disease for a Hancock County resident, at least one person who works in our county but lives elsewhere has been diagnosed and is recovering at home. It is very likely that there are many, many more individuals in our county who have been infected with Covid-19 and are experiencing mild symptoms but may never be officially diagnosed. These individuals likely think they are experiencing a bad cold or mild form of respiratory flu (which is common this year). In fact, these individuals are carriers of a highly infectious disease, that is known to be deadly for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, and may unknowingly be sowing the seeds of our own piece of the global pandemic.
While we have an exceptional hospital in our county and have easy access to the larger health systems in Indianapolis, you may not know that the majority of healthcare is provided in an outpatient environment (70% of Hancock Health services are outpatient) and we all operate near capacity for our inpatient units with very little wiggle room even for the impacts of the seasonal flu. While we have surge plans in place, our hospitals will be quickly overwhelmed should Covid-19 spread unchecked. Continue reading…
Apartment complex to be built in business district
GREENFIELD, IND — A new apartment complex featuring amenities that encourage healthy living — including bike and walking paths and a community garden — is coming to Greenfield.
A developer with a history of Hancock County projects is working with city officials to build a multi-family living community just north of Interstate 70 in Progress Park, Greenfield’s business district.
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.”