July 2017 Headlines
Workforce Development
Morgan County Labor Market Update - May 2017

Labor Force
Employed Unemployed
36,499 35,505 994
Rate Previous Month Previous Year
2.7% 2.6% 4.1%
*Not seasonally adjusted
May 2017 Unemployment Rate IN: 2.8%, US: 4.1%
Labor Force does not include retired persons, students, those taking care of children or other family members, and others who are neither working nor seeking work.

Final Miles of I-69


As the state moves closer to starting work on the 
final stretch of the Interstate 69 extension, 
one thing is clear: It's going to take many years and lots of money to complete the last 26 miles of the Evansville-to-Indianapolis project.
In his recently released $5.1 billion Next Level Roads Plan, Gov. Eric Holco mb  included $554.3 million  in state funding for the Martinsville-to-Indianapolis stretch of I-69, known as Section 6. That marks the first time specific dollar amounts have been attached to Section 6-a significant milestone.

"This is a big step for Section 6. This basically means it's a new level of certainty for the people along this corridor," said Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman LaMar Holliday.
The governor's plan accounts for only about a third of the $1.5 billion price tag for Section 6, which will upgrade State Road 37 to interstate standards in Morgan, Johnson and Marion counties from Martinsville to I-465. INDOT said it expects work on Section 6 to continue past 2022, and that it is still weighing its options for funding the rest of the project.

But INDOT and others say the initial funding gets Section 6 off to a good start.

In March, the state released plans that show locations for Section 6 interchanges. Now, the preliminary funding information provides another piece of the puzzle, said Martinsville Mayor Shannon Kohl.

"It gives us more of a way to get a game plan together, for sure," Kohl said. "Now we feel like we have more of a map of how things are going to go."

Section 6 passes through Martinsville, and four of the section's 10 interchanges will be inside or just outside that city's limits.

Parallel Pathways- 
Developing Tomorrows Skills Today

There is a movement that has started in the realm of education in Morgan County, and its origins are based in Martinsville's consolidated school district and the local workplace.  Thanks to the leadership of Martinsville's school system and the Community Foundation of Morgan County among others, Parallel Pathways is now being implemented in the Martinsville curriculum as a method of integrating soft-skill development into various aspects of learning in local schools.
 
In the present-day workplace, employers often lament the underdeveloped or lacking soft skills of prospective workers that companies would employ.  These soft skills - including but not limited to the ability to arrive to work on time, self-discipline, productivity, communication skills and the ability and willingness to learn - are important characteristics that employers seek when determining which candidates to hire and which to avoid.  Parallel Pathways is designed to provide a certified outcome to Martinsville students that will demonstrate to prospective employers that the students have been schooled in the importance and development of these soft skills.  This certification will be an invaluable resource that ensures employers that local workers have the education and ability to support and learn other skills that are critical in daily processes and operations.
 
In the not-too-distant future, the job applicant that has a Martinsville high school diploma - and hopefully a diploma from any Morgan County school system - will be able to demonstrate firsthand that they received soft skills training throughout primary and secondary learning.  Thanks to the efforts of partners in education and the workplace, Parallel Pathways will provide an advantage to Morgan County's future job seekers and employers as they will be able to spend more time on critical skill development rather than on the basic expectations of the 21st Century workplace.  Are you prepared to take advantage of this opportunity?

More News Around Morgan County



August 3rd, 
Morgan County Fair Grounds
Martinsville, IN

Ralph & Ava's Open Mic Night

Friday Nights 
Mooresville, IN
 Morgan County Fair & Square 5K
August 5th
Morgan County Fair Grounds
Martinsville, IN
Old Settlers Festival
August 6th
Pioneer Park
Mooresville, IN
August 12th
Paragon Speedway
Paragon, IN
Morgan County Farmers Market 
Saturdays 9am-1pm
Downtown Square
Martinsville, IN

Investor Spotlight

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Founded in 1923, and guided by 4th generation leadership, Garmong Construction Services specializes in the design-build and construction management delivery systems for both public and private sector clients. Garmong Construction is one of Indiana's premier, negotiated-work, fast-track, commercial-industrial contractors. Our projects range from simple, pre-engineered, multi-purpose commercial buildings and/or remodel projects to highly complex, technically challenging, super-fast projects. 

In addition to services offered by Garmong Construction, the Garmong family of firms also includes Garmong Development, LLC. 

Garmong Development offers comprehensive financing, development, and economic development services and serves as a catalyst for rural Indiana economic growth via its one-of-a-kind, public-private partnership, manufacturing specific, shell building program. 

Garmong has offices in Terre Haute, Indianapolis, and Evansville, Indiana. 

Editors note: There will be two investors featured each month, effective this month, to be able to feature all investors in the calendar year.

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