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July 14, 2017

 Wind farm going up in Jay, Randolph counties

  Erection of turbines for the Bluff Point wind farm spread across 18,000 acres is expected to start later this month. The $200
  million project will help to increase Indiana's installed wind power capacity to more than 2,000 megawatts.



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July 14, 2017

 IU Health Blackford Hospital Named 2017 Most Wired

  For the fourth consecutive year, IU Health Blackford Hospital has been named as one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals.




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June 29, 2017

  Chemical company to bring 7 jobs with east-side warehouse

   An international chemical distribution company will open a warehousing facility on Richmond's east side later this year,
  creating a handful of new jobs. Lintech International, a Macon, Ga.-based chemical distributor, announced Thursday it has
  purchased the former Marvel Industries building along Industrial Parkway. It plans to renovate the
  120,000-square-foot facility using local contractors and will open the site Sept. 1.


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June 23, 2017

  Muncie wins federal arts grant

   The city of Muncie has won a federal grant to use for an artist-in-residence program.The grant from the National
   Endowment for the Arts is for $50,000 and will support an artist-in-residence program in which the city of Muncie will
   partner with the Muncie Arts and Culture Council to "provide visiting artists with a temporary residence and gallery
   exhibition space, as well as facilitate access to studio space and fabrication equipment," said Sherri Contos,
   executive director of the Munccie Arts and Culture Council.


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June 9, 2017

 GTI expanding Anderson plant for third time in a year

  Greenville Technology Inc. is planning a third expansion of its Anderson facilities in the past year.
  The expansion includes a 6,197-square-foot addition on the building's west side, adding an office,
  three conference rooms, quality control office, expansion of the cafeteria and relocating a 1,800-square-foot concrete patio.



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June 8, 2017

 Marion Listed as Top 3 Best Small Cities in America

  Marion, Indiana has been listed as the 3rd best small city in America according to NerdWallet, a well-known
  financial education provider. The California-based company released a report on June 1st, naming the Top
  Ten Best Small Cities in America: #1 being Moorhead, Minnesota, #2 Winona, Minnesota, and #3 Marion, Indiana.



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June 6, 2017

 47 jobs coming to Richmond with company's expansion

   Jason Industries will consolidate two of its eastern United States facilities later this year in a move that is expected to
   bring nearly four dozen jobs to Richmond. Sealeze, a sister company of both Osborn and Janesville, will have its
   operations moved into the same structure by the end of the year, creating up to 47 new jobs at the Osborn building.



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June 5, 2017

 'Great Community Hospitals' List Includes Hoosier Facilities

  Four Indiana hospitals are included among "100 Great Community Hospitals" by Becker's Hospital Review.
  The list features facilities with fewer than 550 beds that have been recognized for criteria including quality and patient satisfaction.


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June 5, 2017

 Silgan White Cap Corporation Receives EDIT Grant for Training

  Silgan White Cap Corporation, located at 1701 Williamsburg Pike in Richmond, will receive $10,752.00 in an Economic
  Development Income Tax (EDIT) Grant from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Wayne County, Indiana.
  The company is investing $2.5 million in upgrades to existing equipment. The grant will be used to provide 24 hours of
  training for 20 employees on new equipment upgrades.

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June 1, 2017 

  Communities Land $11M in Federal Grants

   The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has awarded nearly $11 million in federal grants to 23 Indiana communities. The funding covers five program categories, including blight clearance, main street revitalization, public facilities, stormwater improvement and wastewater drinking water.


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May 28, 2017

 Anderson officials meet with 7 Japanese companies

  During their second overseas trip in May, Anderson city officials met with seven companies in Japan that have a presence in
  the city. Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. and Greg Winkler, executive director of the Anderson Economic
  Development Department, joined with Rob Sparks, executive director of the Madison County Corporation for Economic
  Development, and met with executives from NTN Driveshaft, NTK Precision Axle, GTI and Hitachi Transport, which owns Carter Express.

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May 25, 2017

 Six Towns And Cities Are Stellar Communities Finalists

  The six finalists for this year's Stellar Communities Designation Program have been announced. The selected cities
  and towns will present new or updated strategic investment plans to a team of leaders from state-connected agencies
  who will help choose two winners that will be named later this summer. 


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May 16, 2017

 'Anderson Now' Paying Off For Small Business

  One of the first recipients of funding from an Anderson initiative aiming to attract entrepreneurs says the program
  seems "too good to be true." Anderson Now offers school loan repayment for graduates of Indiana colleges who
  start or relocate a business in the city.


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May 11, 2017

 State Names 'Four Star' Schools

  The Indiana Department of Education has announced this year's Four Star Schools. The list includes 41 of what the
  department says are the "very best schools in Indiana."



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May 2, 2017

 EDC event remembers 'remarkable' 2016

  Wayne County's economic development group this week celebrated its 2016 accomplishments, demonstrated a new
  employment website and recognized outgoing board members and local partners during its annual board of directors meeting.


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April 28, 2017

 Head Start will offer some full-day classes

  A new federal grant worth nearly $600,000 means Wayne County can start offering full-day instruction to some of its
 Head Start students this fall and make it easier for kids all around the county to attend.



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April 23, 2017

 Developers, who have been into restoration since 1980s, at work in Dunkirk and  New Castle

  Two developers who plan to remodel the Todd Opera House in Dunkirk are also invested in a series of projects to revitalize
  a section of downtown New Castle. Ray Willey and Bill Brown, along with other New Castle investors, own eight buildings in the city and are working to rehabilitate its historic Jennings building, much like their proposed plan for Dunkirk’s Todd Opera House.


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April 23, 2017

 Blue Buffalo plans to begin hiring workers soon

  A pet food manufacturer that in 2016 pledged to bring more than 150 jobs to the area with a new manufacturing facility
  is on track with its construction schedule and plans to start hiring workers later this spring. Connecticut-based Blue Buffalo
  Pet Foods is in the process of erecting the walls of its new plant in the Midwest Industrial Park after completing foundation
  work at the site in recent weeks.


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April 22, 2017

 $39 million OK'd for Muncie Ivy Tech campus

  Indiana lawmakers on Friday approved $39 million for Ivy Tech Community College's Muncie Campus to undergo a
  transformation over the next few years. Funds were included in the 2017-19 budget approved by the Legislature.
  The total cost of the project, about $43 million, will include $4 million in private funding to be raised in a capital campaign.



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April 21, 2017

 High School Manufacturing Job Fair

  Careers in manufacturing offer a wide variety of opportunity for young adults, and Grant County has many top tier
  employers for students to choose from! Thanks to a collaboration through the Manufacturing Council, the
  Growth Council hosted a high school job fair for seniors, introducing them to the career possibilities available to them
  right here in Grant County.


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April 9, 2017 

 SugarCreek expected to add up to 75 jobs Wayne County food processing plant

  A Wayne County food processor received a 10-year tax abatement this week from county leaders as part of ongoing
  efforts at the facility to add more than $5 million in new equipment and create up to 75 new jobs. SugarCreek Packing Co.,
  an anchor for the Gateway Industrial Park that already has invested more than $120 million in its local operations since
  2014, received approval on its tax abatement request during Wednesday's Wayne County Council meeting.


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March 19, 2017

 Madison County approves solar park as revitalization area

  A county economic revitalization area that is the first step for a tax abatement for a second solar park in Anderson has
  been approved by the Madison County Council. The Madison County Council recently approved a resolution declaring
  27 acres in the county as an economic development revitalization for a planned 8.2-megawatt solar park.



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March 14, 2017

 New Castle Parks Board discusses fourth, final sculpture

  Murphey Park, at the corner of Grand Avenue and 15th Street, will see the addition of a few more metal sculptures in the
  near future. The park and metal sculptures serve as the southern anchors of the Robert Indiana Arts and Culture District,
  the establishment of which is being led by New Castle Main Street Executive Director Carrie Barrett.



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March 7, 2017

 IU Health BMH named among 100 Top Hospitals

  IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics,
  part of the IBM Watson Health business.



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March 6, 2017

 Vandor Corporation Expands Investing $1.8 Million and Creating 30 New Jobs

  Vandor Corporation, Inc., located at 4251 West Industries Road in Richmond, is investing $1.8 million to purchase new
  equipment to expand their funeral products division. The new equipment will allow the company to add a line to produce
  standard value hardwood caskets. As a result of the project the company will create 30 new full-time jobs. 


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March 6, 2017

 TBK America, Inc. Adds Product Line and Jobs

  TBK America, Inc., located in Phase I of the Midwest Industrial Park at 3700 West Industries Road in Richmond,
  will expand investing over $1.8 million and creating 21 new full-time jobs. The Japanese-based company is an
  automotive supplier manufacturing water pumps used in large truck engines for Tier 1 companies all over the world.
  The expansion will allow the company to add the manufacture and assembly of oil and lube pumps for large trucks to their
  product line. 

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March 5, 2017

 NTK announcement raises hopes for Anderson qualify-of-life infrastructure

  When NTK Precision Axle Corp. brings its 198 jobs to Anderson, it will add to a growing industrial area along West 73rd
  Street. City and state officials made the announcement Friday that the company that makes drive-shaft components will
  land adjacent to sister plant NTN Driveshaft in Anderson. With nearly 3,000 workers moving into and out of the area each
  workday, and thousands more commuting down Interstate 69 every day, how can the city use industrial development to
  lure subsequent retail and restaurant development to the area?


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March 2, 2017

 Nestle expanding Anderson facility; no jobs added

  For the fifth time since opening its facility in Anderson, Nestle has received approval for an expansion. The Anderson Board
  of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday approved a special exception for an amended planned industrial development in the
  4300 block of West 73rd Street. Nestle plans to expand the existing automated storage and retrieval system with a
  30,400-square-foot addition. No new jobs will be created by the expansion, officials have said. Tim Stires, deputy director
  of the Anderson Municipal Development Department, said a completion date and the cost of the expansion have not been
  determined.


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February 28, 2017

 INDOT Locks in Contractor For $24M Richmond Project

  The Indiana Department of Transportation says a nearly $24 million contract will go to Carmel-based Gradex Inc. for a
  high-profile road project in east central Indiana. It will involve a two-mile stretch of U.S. 27 and one mile of U.S. 40.
  INDOT says it will rebuild the roadways in sections and initial site work could begin as early as March 1. Specific dates
  for construction and traffic restrictions have not yet been announced.


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February 23, 2017

  ASG announces enhanced workforce development

   The Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc. (ASG, Inc.) recently announced the closure of the Blackford County WorkOne Office
   effective March 17, according to a release.Workforce development services will be augmented in Blackford County by
   ASG, Inc. and the Eastern Indiana Workforce Development Board in various public and private settings. Additional
  Blackford County service delivery locations will be advertised in local media outlets and placed on the ASG, Inc. website:
  www.asgcorp.org.


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February 23, 2017

  Ontario Systems among Best Places to Work

   Ontario Systems in Muncie has been named one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Indiana for 2017. The Indiana Chamber
   of Commerce announced the list on Feb. 21. A total of 200 companies applied to the program this year,
   according to a release. The actual rankings for the companies will be unveiled at a May 2 awards dinner in
   downtown Indianapolis.

 

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February 3, 2017

 Anderson University launches debt repayment program for entrepreneurs

 Anderson University has launched Anderson Now, a program designed to offer school loan repayment for graduates of Indiana colleges and universities who start or relocate a business in the city. Anderson Now will provide up to $25,000 in educational loan repayment to 10 Indiana college graduates who are willing to relocate or start their businesses in Anderson.



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February 1, 2017

 Robert Indiana gateway sign coming soon to New Castle

  Funding needed for a large “gateway” sign to mark the Robert Indiana Arts & Culture District in New Castle is now in place.
  New Castle Main Street Executive Director Carrie Barrett is spearheading an effort to create an arts and culture area named
  in honor of Robert Indiana, who was born in New Castle and is known throughout the world for his iconic LOVE print, as
  well as several other creations.


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February 1, 2017

 State of the City: Rushville mayor proud of the past and geared for the future

  Before starting his State of the City speech Jan 24, Mayor Mike Pavey told those who attended, “Our first task before
  moving on is to take time to celebrate, to get excited, and be proud of ourselves.” The room remained quiet as Pavey
  spoke about the future of Rush County and what obstacles the city has faced over the past year and what will follow. “2016 will likely be remembered as one of the most impactful years in Rushville’s history, one that we may never duplicate,” Pavey said. Pavey stated that 2016 wouldn’t have been what it was if it wasn’t for having the hard work, dedication, people with passion and persistence, collaboration, communication and a bold plan and vision.


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January 31, 2017

 Omen hosts educational event for potential workers

  About 50 people attended a pair of informational sessions by a new-to-the-area die casting company Tuesday at
  Ivy Tech's Johnson Hall. Attendees listened to a presentation by leading representatives of Omen USA, a branch of an
  Israel-based company which has committed to hiring at least 100 people at its new Richmond facility in the coming years.
  They also mingled with current staff of the company. The presentation discussed the Richmond facility, its expected
  operations, the hiring process and the expectations the company has for itself and its employees. It also gave a brief
  overview of Omen.


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January 31, 2017

 Industrial parks get fiber-ready designation

  Muncie and the surrounding area now have four industrial parks equipped with fiber optic cable technology, officials announced Tuesday.



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January 24, 2017

 Second solar park in works for Anderson

  The Indiana Municipal Power Agency is moving forward with plans to construct a second solar park in north Anderson.
  The Madison County Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday approved a special exception for construction of an
  8.2-megawatt solar generating facility on Madison Avenue, north of Cross Street. The approval by the BZA came just a
  day after the first solar park in Anderson went online, delivering five megawatts of electricity to be used in Anderson.
  That park is located in the 6000 block of Park Road. The proposed solar park will cover 60 acres, with 33 acres located in the Anderson city limits.


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January 24, 2017

 Marion HS students use Hamilton-inspired video in attempt to win national prize

  Students at Marion High School are hoping their video inspired by “Hamilton: An American Musical” will win a national
  competition to provide updated technology for the school. The video has been entered to compete in the Follett Challenge,
  in which the educational company provides grants to schools for education technology and services.



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January 23, 2017

 Connersville, Fayette County talk economic development

  From Fayette County EMS to the possibility of a new public safety tax in the county, joint meetings last year between county
  and city officials batted around several discussion topics. Economic development joined that list of topics with the first
  such meeting, between county and city entities, this past week.


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January 22, 2017

 I-69 corridor: A road to growth in Madison County

 The Madison County Corporation for Economic Development is hoping a new program can act as a “scorecard” to show
 off business victories. Rob Sparks, CED director, said Venture 69, a new storytelling and public relations project,
 will work to advertise the I-69 corridor that comes through the county and to tell success stories of businesses
 near the interstate.


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January 21, 2017

 Hagerstown earns Indiana Main Street designation

  Volunteers from the Heart of Hagerstown merchant and business association worked for more than a year to achieve
  the Indiana Main Street program designation. When the official certificate was presented Friday by Bill Konyha, executive
  director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, it had an added bonus. It is the first Main Street certificate
  signed by newly inaugurated Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.



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January 21, 2017 

  Richmond Mayor Dave Snow: Downtown growth, prosperity 'major priorities'

   Downtown Richmond is in the midst of big changes that ultimately could lead more businesses and people to migrate
   to the city's heart in the coming years. From the opening of new businesses to the addition of loft-style apartments, the
  18 blocks between North A and South A streets and Fifth and 11th streets continue to see rises in occupancy — seemingly
  with each passing month. In 2017, there are expected to be at least six businesses opening in the downtown area, including two new restaurants. 


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January 19, 2017

 'Heart of Grant County' Spotlights Small Business

   Grant County Economic Growth Council has partnered with the Taylor University media department to produce a video
   promoting the community's small business climate. The school has previously worked with the organization to produce
   videos highlighting quality of life and entrepreneurship efforts.



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December 29, 2016


  Land trust buys 46 acres on White River

   The Red-tail Land Conservancy has acquired 46 acres of natural area along the White River downstream from Yorktown. The land trust purchased the woodland on the left bank of the river from local physicians Lynn and Jose Valena for $84,000.




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December 20, 2016

  New hotel coming to Marion

   A new hotel is scheduled to be built in north Marion, and developer Sulai Hospitality Inc. of Huntington, is requesting a rezoning of the property to qualify it for tax abatement purposes at tonight’s Marion Common Council meeting. Sulai Hospitality, which owns several hotels across the state, plans to build a 55,000-square-foot building at 1000-1012 N. Baldwin Ave. consisting of 89-92 hotel rooms and generating an annual occupancy tax of $89,000, according to the company’s Statement of Benefits and application for Economic Revitalization Area designation.

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December 20, 2016

  Richmond approves tax abatement for Hagertown Plastics

   Hagerstown Plastics was awarded a $62,200 manufacturing equipment abatement by the Richmond Common Council on Monday night. The company, which was founded in Hagerstown by David Wilson and now operates at 621 S. J St. in Richmond, sought the five-year abatement for a new plastic injection machine.



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December 20, 2016 

  Portland City Council approves abatement for Joyce Dayton plant

   A company with a production facility in Portland will receive a tax abatement for purchasing new equipment. Portland City Council on Monday approved a tax abatement on $1.2 million in new equipment for Joyce Dayton.



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December 16, 2016

 BSU unveils $62.5M health college project

  An architectural firm unveiled drawings of Ball State University's $62.5-million health professions building
  at a meeting of the board of trustees on Friday. Trustee Wayne Estopinal, president of an architectural firm in
  Jeffersonville, called the design "dynamic." BSU architecture professor Harry Eggink,a member of the project's
  design committee, said the building represents the 21st century.


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December 15, 2016

 MRC's next project will bring more housing downtown

  The Muncie Redevelopment Commission's next project will bring more residential units to the center of
  downtown Muncie. Mayor Dennis Tyler announced at a public meeting Thursday that the MRC had approved
  an economic development agreement with Roebuck, LLC to use the former Sears building and parking lot at
  Walnut and Main streets. The $7.5 million investment will create more than 40 residential units and an additional
  20,000 square feet of commercial space. Completion is expected late December 2019.


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December 12, 2016

 Grant will help save Randolph County historic site

  The Union Literary Institute Preservation Society has received a grant to help preserve the remains of its 1860 building.
  ULIPS is a group that preserves the heritage of the Greenville Settlement, which was the earliest settlement of
  African-American freedmen in Indiana (1822). The settlement once covered 10 square miles in both
  Randolph County, Indiana, and  Darke County, Ohio, and had about 900 residents.


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December 8, 2016


 Coffin house debuts new interpretive center, expands hours

  A storied, local part of the 19th century's abolition movement has started a new chapter, after a recently completed
  educational center was unveiled Thursday in northern Wayne County. The Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site,
  formerly known as the Levi Coffin House, is a 5,100-square-foot interactive museum located just north of the long-standing,
  well-recognized Coffin home along U.S. 27.


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December 7, 2016


  Local students get introduction to computer programming

   Students at Northside and Southside elementary schools this week began participating in Hour of Code
   activities as part of Computer Science Education Week, observed through Sunday. The annual global
   campaign is an effort to ensure all students are equipped with valuable 21st century critical thinking and
   problem solving skills. Students are participating in events during the school day, as well as evening family activities, in an effort to give everyone in the community an introduction to Computer Science.

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November 14, 2016

 Gift to Help With 'High-Priority Needs' at Ivy Tech

   Ivy Tech Community College Richmond has received a major gift that it says will address several "high-priority needs"
   in the region. As a result of the $500,000 gift from Paul and Pat Lingle, Ivy Tech has named two facilities after the donors.



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November 9, 2016

 Promise 529 program receives large donation

  The Blackford County Promise 529 program recently received a $5,000 donation from 3M Corp. of Hartford City.
  Blackford County youths in kindergarten through third grade are eligible to participate in the Promise program,
  which allows each K-3 grader to setup a savings account to be used for education after high school. The Blackford
  County Community Foundation starts each student with $25 for setting up an account and the community then will make a
  $50 match if the student raises an additional $25. The student can then have $100 in their own 529 account by just contributing
  $25. The program was first implemented this fall.

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November 7, 2016

  ELSA adding 114 jobs in Elwood as part of $111 million expansion for Subaru

   ELSA Corporation plans to add 114 new jobs at its Elwood manufacturing facility as part of a $111 million expansion
   to provide additional parts to the Subaru plant in Lafayette. ELSA officials and the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
   (IEDC) announced the new jobs and expansion on Monday. The company, a subsidiary of Japan-based Sakamoto
   Industries,is investing $111 million in a multi-phase expansion which, once complete, will expand the company’s
   operations to cover 686,000 square feet across multiple buildings on the company’s Elwood campus.


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