COVID-19 Hancock County Business Community Updates

April 1, 2020

Updates:

COVID-19 Response Program now open

The COVID-19 Response Program webinar hosted by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs is available for you to view: The new COVID-19 Response Program page contains:

  • a copy of the PowerPoint used during the webinar;
  • webinar recording;
  • program components and information.

If you have any questions related to this program, please email info@ocra.in.gov or contact our East Central liaison Christian Chamberlain, (317) 416-3281 ChChamberlain@ocra.IN.gov.

March 30, 2020 – 4:00 p.m.

Updates:

U.S. Senator Todd Young Releases Coronavirus Assistance Toolkit

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today released a comprehensive toolkit to help Hoosiers navigate the resources available in the Senate’s coronavirus emergency relief package that was signed into law yesterday, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

SBA – US Small Business Administration

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources –  New and updated information (March 30, 2020)

March 30, 2020

Updates:

March 27, 2020

Updates:

Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC.ORG)

The Indiana SBDC Small Business COVID-19 Resource Guide is available for download here.

The Indiana SBDC is here to support you. If you have any questions and would like to speak to an Indiana SBDC business advisor, please visit the Central ISBDC page for contact information.

Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)

The Office of Community and Rural Affairs is in on-going communication with Governor Holcomb and Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch as well as the Indiana State Department of Health. Everyone is closely monitoring and receiving real-time information on this rapidly evolving situation. For immediate and up-to-date information on Coronavirus in Indiana, please visit in.gov/coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issues guidelines on how to stay safe and what to do if you’re sick, visit cdc.gov.

For Businesses

For business-related questions about COVID-19:

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March 25, 2020

RE: Updates from HEDC and our partners.

Hancock Economic Development Council (HEDC) is committed to being available to serve you in whatever way we can during this trying time for our community and our world.  We know that our local retail and restaurant establishments have suffered dramatic declines in sales and our manufacturing sector employers are virtually shut down as we all attempt to comply with Governor Holcomb’s executive order to Stay At Home. While we at HEDC are likewise abiding by our state and local leaderships’ directives to stay at home, we are still working diligently to fulfill HEDC’s mission to be both an advocate and a resource for the growth and stability of our local economy.

RESOURCES:

Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC):

IEDC offers critical industries hotline to field industry questions about Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25-April 7.

  • The Critical Industries Hotline will be open Tuesday, March 24 at 9:00 am to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order.
  • This center, reachable by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov, is for business and industry questions only.

IEDC—COVID-19 Updates & Resources https://www.iedc.in.gov/response

Indiana Department of Workforce Development: DWD will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The 30-minute live programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, and at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. Register HERE. Once recorded, the program will then be posted HERE.

Gener8tor Emergency Response webinar series: register by 3/25 for a free one-week series of daily lunchtime programs designed to identify, understand, and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. Registration HERE.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: with COVID-19 impacting the operation of Hoosier businesses, Gov. Holcomb recently announced small businesses are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration. To apply for loans or receive more information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, visit SBA.gov/disaster.

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A message from the Indiana District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration

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.

For detailed information on SBA programs for the coronavirus, visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus and for information on all federal programs, visit www.usa.gov/coronavirus or www.gobierno.usa.gov/coronavirus (en Español). Continue reading…


An Open Letter to Hancock County Residents from Hancock Health

An Open Letter to Hancock County Residents from Hancock HealthHancock 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…


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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Hancock County Proclamation Economic Development Week

May 8 – 13, 2017 National Economic Development Week

Hancock County Commissioners, Recognized 2017 as the 91st anniversary of the International Economic Development Council and as “The Year of the Economic Developer.”

The President of the Commissioners of Hancock County, Brad Armstrong, presented to the Hancock Economic Development Council a copy of the proclamation on May 2, 2017.

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First Quarter 2017 Update from HEDC

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.”

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HEDC “On the Road”

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.

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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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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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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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