April 5, 2018


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Endeavor Communications Continues Broadband Investment in Morgan County

Recently, it was my privilege to visit Endeavor Communications' corporate headquarters in Cloverdale, Indiana as a guest of Jay Watkins, Endeavor's vice president of planning and operations who also serves as the company's representative to the MCEDC Board of Directors.
All that can be said could be summed up with a single word: "Wow."
In Morgan County, we are fortunate to have several broadband internet providers that serve our residences and our businesses, and if the others remotely similar to Endeavor, we are well-positioned to take broadband - more importantly, rural broadband - to the next level for our county's citizens and commerce. As Jay reminded me, last year Endeavor invested more than $1,000,000 in its Morgan County infrastructure, and another $1,000,000 is scheduled for investment in 2018 as the company continues to extend its capacities into the county. Could you use gigabit internet and 100% fiber for the delivery of your telecommunications each day?
When Jay hosted me at Endeavor's offices in Cloverdale, he showed me how the system works behind the scenes and the absolute VALUE that Endeavor delivers to its customers. He also shared with me some strategic and tactical insight into the company's efforts to serve Morgan County and how it will positively affect customers in the Mooresville and Monrovia communities and the rural area in between the two towns. The countryside is "getting all lit up" with speed and service!
In 2017, Endeavor lit up a large portion of public space for residents and guests of Mooresville. Are you planning to take a hike in Mooresville's Pioneer Park? Take your smart phone with you because the town government partnered with Endeavor to deliver wireless broadband services in the park. And, as you are reading this, your business may well be one of more than sixty businesses that committed their confidence to Endeavor during a local sales blitz that complemented the increased service throughout Mooresville. The best part of the story is this - there's more to come!
MCEDC recognizes and appreciates Endeavor Communications' investment in Morgan County and its commitment to furthering its presence and delivery of service. As Endeavor steps up, it makes the competition more aware of the market, and that is good for all of us who use the internet each day in our communities and rural neighborhoods. If you would like more information about the services provided by Endeavor Communications, contact Scott Bell, account executive, via email, sbell@weendeavor.com.

New school, Indiana Agriculture & Technology, helps grow future farmers

By: Rebecca R. Bibbs, 
       Herald Bulletin, IN Econ. Digest

Every summer for the past several years, 14-year-old Jack Heller has helped bale hay for a farmer who is a childhood friend of his father.
That experience has led Jack to an interest in agriculture, though he hopes to pursue a more science or engineering-based career track working with farm machinery.

"I don't know how to operate machinery, but I know a lot of the ins and outs of farming," the New Palestine eighth-grader said.

That's why he's hoping to be in the first class to graduate from the Indiana Agriculture & Technology School, a free public charter school.

Jack recently enrolled in the school, which will serve students in grades 7 through 12. He attended an information session for prospective students Wednesday at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Anderson.

"Basically, I want to learn all the stuff I need to go to college. Mostly, it's nice to get hands-on experience you don't get in public school. That can get you ahead, you know," he said.
Thomas Sutherlin, director of enrollment for the school, said it was his father, Allan Sutherlin, who initially came up with the idea for the school because of his own youth on a Putnam County farm that led him to study agriculture at Purdue University.

"He said, 'How can we generate interest? How ca n we grow this next generation of farmers?'" Sutherlin said.

Sponsored by the Trafalgar-based Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corp., Sutherlin's dream will come true when the school goes live online on July 30.


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 for the full article from the Indiana Economic Digest

Looking for Valuable Employees? Consider a National Guardsman.

With the economy's indicators edging upward, a positive occurrence has been obvious this year in Morgan County - "Help Wanted" and "Now Hiring" signs are blooming like spring flowers along the rights-of-way and in the windows of our businesses and industries. Are you seeking talent during this time of increased competition to find the right fit for your workforce? If so, consider a National Guardsman for your next hire.

During a recent visit to Morgan County, David Maurer, director of community outreach for the National Guard Association of Indiana (NGAI), noted that NGAI is committed to keeping Guardsmen foremost in the minds of employers that are seeking new talent. The association offers access to a network of more than 21,000 contacts that can open doors to new partnerships resulting in services that benefit employers, the community, and Guardsmen that are desirous of employment in Morgan County and throughout Indiana.

Let's give our Guardsmen a reason to seek out Morgan County as the first option for employment. Indiana's Guardsmen have protected America's interests at home and abroad, and they deserve the opportunity to make a difference in the workplace. For more information about the National Guard Association of Indiana, contact David Maurer via email, dqmaurer2@ngai.net. David would be pleased to help you put a few Guardsmen on your company's payroll, and your business will be doing a great service to those who have served us.
Workforce Development

Morgan County Labor Market Update- February 2018

Labor Force
Previous Month
Previous Year
3.9 3.6
*Not seasonally adjusted
February 2018 Unemployment Rate IN: 3.7%, US: 4.4%
Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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.   

More News Around Morgan County

Upcoming Community Events

Check Visit Morgan County's handy calendar to find all sorts of events coming up throughout the county. Take a look at what's going on  this month , or search by date, event category, keyword or location.

April 7th 8:30AM-11AM
Old Town Park, 

April 11th, 7PM
April 18th 6PM-8:30PM
April 19th, All Day Event
 Learn more by clicking here!
*Free Event
April 21st 6PM
@ Mooresville High School
*RSVP in advance*
April 23rd 7PM
@ First Baptist Church

Upcoming Business Events

Investor Spotlight


You know who founded Citizens Bank in 1931? It wasn't some international conglomerate of wealthy investors, that's for sure. It was a simple group folks from Mooresville, Indiana.

The Great Depression was in full swing and banks across America were closing their doors. Rather than surrender to hard times, a few dedicated locals banded together to create a new kind of bank-one that put people over profits. Fittingly, they named their new bank Citizens.

Over the years, our industry has changed quite a bit. So have the products and services we offer. But when it come s to the important stuff, we haven't changed a bit. Around here, people come first. Period.

Click here to open an account with Citizens Bank today! 

Mike Dellinger
3 17.760.4150

LeeDa Allen
The MCEDC works to attract new companies to the county and assists existing companies by providing educational opportunities and resources that foster growth.