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.
As part of Hancock Economic Development Council’s celebration of Economic Development Week, we asked our board president, Steve Long, to share his thoughts on the importance of economic development. Steve is President/CEO of Hancock Regional Hospital.
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.
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 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.
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.”
HEDC “On the Road” at Greenfield-Central Educational Services Center
HEDC held its March meeting ‘on the road’ at the Greenfield-Central Educational Services Center. Dr. Harold Olin welcomed our board to this new facility for Greenfield-Central School Corporation, which houses The Academy at Greenfield Central and the Cougar Cubs Preschool.
We asked Dr. Olin about the history behind the project, as well as as the connection between economic development and our community’s education system.