COVID-19 Hancock County Business Community Updates

June 26, 2020

Update:

Hancock County Schools, letter from the four school corporations of Hancock County, Indiana. – LINK

Plans for opening the schools this fall are under the guidance of the Hancock County Health Department. For more information please read the joint letter from the four Hancock County school superintendents. Letter Link

June 8, 2020

Update:

Small Business Restart Fund
$30 million in federal funding made available through the CARES Act will provide Small Business Restart Grants to cover certain expenses for businesses that have not received federal assistance.

Eligible Indiana small businesses must have fewer than 50 employees and will be reimbursed for up to 80% of qualified expenses.

To learn more about specific qualifications, grant amounts and the application process, click here.

Manufacturing support and long-term growth
The IEDC recently approved $10 million to launch the Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) program to support technology and operational advancements in Indiana’s manufacturing industry.

The EASE program encompasses three complementary initiatives and is designed to stimulate manufacturing investments by prioritizing startup investment and resources, technology modernization and development, and training assistance. (New grants to assist in economic recovery, Senator Michael Crider)

May 28, 2020

Attention:

Indiana Department of Workforce Development updates. DWD is currently serving an unprecedented number of claimants during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to maintain the integrity of their system, DWD is requesting employers review the following resources to understand the appropriate way to report claimant information to the Department:

Protests and Appeals

Newly Hired and Re-Hired Reporting https://in-newhire.com/

This includes individuals who

  • Have not previously been employed by the employer; and
  • Were previously employed by the employer, but have been separated for at least 60 consecutive days.

May 26, 2020

Updates:

Have you wondered what’s open and what’s closed?

5 stages to get Indiana Back on Track: https://backontrack.in.gov/2348.htm

May 19, 2020

Updates:

Free PPE Marketplace for Businesses, The Indiana Economic Development Council recently launched a free PPE marketplace for businesses with fewer than 150 employees. Businesses can get more information and apply to get free PPE through the links below.

More information found here: https://backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm

Link to apply here: https://appengine.egov.com/apps/in/ppemarketplace-phase3

May 13, 2020

Updates:

Hoosiers By The Numbers, your premier source for labor market information for Indiana. Coronavirus (COVID-19) LINK , this page compiles some of the most useful data available to understand the size, scale and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 4, 2020

Updates:

Information about the new statewide policies and how they will apply to different industries during the next phase of Indiana’s reopening can be found online at: Back On Track Indiana Link

Quick link to:

  • Industry Guidelines Link
  • Suggested Manufacturing and Industrial Guidelines Link

Businesses with questions about how the governor’s latest announcement applies to them can email covidresponse@iedc.in.gov or call 877-820-0890.

HEDC is here for you! If you have any questions, please call or email and we’ll do our best to get your answer. 317.477.7241 / cschmidt@hancockedc.com

April 15, 2020

Updates:

Healthy 365 News You Can Use from Hancock Health: A lot of new information as it relates to your health or the health of your employees. Follow this LINK for agency updates.

RestoreYourEconomy is your resource for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts. It is managed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with generous support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and IEDC’s Economic Development Research Partners program. LINK

April 13, 2020

Updates and News to assist small business:

Salesforce Care: Supporting Small Businesses Through COVID-19 Recovery – BY MEREDITH SCHMIDT, EVP AND GM OF ESSENTIALS AND SMB. Salesforce will be offering Salesforce Care Small Business Grants of $10,000 to provide capital to help keep businesses afloat. Links to: ARTICLE and RESOURCES

April 9, 2020

Updates:

Small businesses: there are additional resources for you. Through the Indy Chamber (you do not have to be a member) there is a regional fund that includes the nine counties surrounding Marion County–that includes Hancock County. Currently there is up to $6,000,000.00 in capital. Please go to: https://www.response.indychamber.com/ for more information.

Rapid Response Loan Fund: Indy Chamber’s Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) offers Rapid Response Loans from $1,000-$25,000 for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. BOI is currently providing loans only to businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Consider using a Rapid Response Loan to pay employee salaries for the next several weeks, to pay insurance premiums, or consider using it as a bridge loan until additional funding kicks in from your bank or the SBA. Rapid Response Intake Form

Additionally, U.S. Senator Todd Young has on his website Coronavirus Assistance Toolkit. Now that the CARES Act has been signed into law, immediate relief is on the way to Hoosiers. To help navigate the CARES Act, and the relief it will provide, Senator Young’s office created a comprehensive toolkit to help individuals, small businesses, health care workers, and patients understand the relief measures that are available. Please go to: https://www.young.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/coronavirus

Make sure you are talking with your banker.

April 3, 2020

Updates:

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information Sheet: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP%20Borrower%20Information%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP%20–%20Overview.pdf

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-smal…

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.

Employment Resources from WorkOne Region 5


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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