Every month or so for more than two years, Tim Sparks has driven from his Cambridge City workplace to near the old family farm off Carlos Road and Indiana 38.
He walks along the Greens Fork River and reflects on the good times he had as a child on the 275-acre corn and bean farm that was run by his father, Thomas. “It was a great place to grow up,” Sparks says.
Rush County recently became the first in Indiana to be certified as an ACT™ Work Ready Community. The Rush County Economic Development Corporation began their work in the program back in April 2014 and successfully completed the certification in March of this year.
Progress Progress Rail, the state-of-the-art locomotive maker and the largest automated manufacturing cell in North America that repairs and renovates freight cars and locomotives, is poised to usher in a new era of U.S. passenger trains. Joining forces with Spain-based rail maker Vossloh, Muncie’s Progress Rail facility is building 20 passenger locomotives for Metrolink, southern California’s regional rail authority. The train will run on a Cat®, 20-cylinder engine, have Vossloh’s high-speed, unibody design and be capable of 120 miles per hour. It’s just the latest in a series of remarkable events that saved a long-vacant factory and brought hundreds of skilled trade jobs to Muncie and Delaware County.
Ontario Systems is the kind of high-tech, intellectually driven software company any community would love to land. Even better is a co-founder and CEO who evangelizes the attributes of doing business in small communities like his.
Muncie, Indiana’s own Ron Fauquher is a believer. He believes how much you give will directly impact how much you get.