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Martinsville moving forward by looking back

Almost 50 years ago, a tragedy unfolded that dramatically altered the course of modern history for Martinsville.

The murder of 20-year-old Carol Jenkins-Davis on Sept. 16, 1968, has become a symbol often used to levy accusations of racism and bigotry against Martinsville over the years. It's an incident cited in books, documentaries, news articles and broadcasts. What seems to have gotten lost, however, is Jenkins-Davis herself and the memory of the Rushville resident who had dreams and a full life ahead of her. 

Martinsville Mayor Shannon Kohl and Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey together have plans to start remedying that decades-long oversight with two remembrance events in honor of Jenkins-Davis.

Rushville will rename and rededicate its recently redesigned Community Park as the Carol Jenkins-Davis Park on Nov. 1 while Martinsville will dedicate a memory stone for Jenkins-Davis in the garden in front of City Hall on Nov. 2.

Click here for the full article from Indiana Economic Digest
Workforce Development

Morgan County Labor Market Update- September 2017

Labor Force
Previous Month
Previous Year
3.4% 5.1%
*Not seasonally adjusted
September 2017 Unemployment Rate IN: 3.6%, US: 4.1%
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.   

MCEDC Engages Japanese Leadership in October
As October drew to its chilly close, MCEDC participated in receptions for two Japanese prefectural governors that visited Indianapolis for state business.  During the first encounter on October 24, MCEDC executive director Mike Dellinger participated in a reception hosted by the Japan-American Society of Indiana in honor of Hideaki Ohmura who serves as governor of Japan's Aichi Prefecture.  Prefectures are equivalent to American states, and the reception recognized a recent Memorandum of Friendship and Cooperation that Governor Ohmura signed with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb in September during Governor Holcomb's visit to Japan.

In addition to the two governors, Dellinger also had the opportunity to engage Naoki Ito who serves as Consul General of the Japan Consulate in Chicago.  According to Dellinger, Consul General Ito is familiar with Mooresville because of its favorable reputation with TOA, the largest Japanese manufacturer in the Indianapolis region by size of workforce.

And,  on October 27, Mark Mathis, president of the MCEDC Board of Directors and the Mooresville Town Council joined a limited number of state government and private business leaders to welcome Gunma Prefecture Governor Masaaki Osawa to Indiana.  Governor Osawa visited Indiana to gain updates from Japanese businesses and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.  Gunma Prefecture is the home of TOA Industries, Co. Ltd., the parent company of TOA (USA) LLC, and its CEO, Shinichi Iizuka who also attended the reception in honor of Governor Osawa.

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.
October 31st 
@ Pioneer Park, Mooresville
Fridays & Saturdays,
@ Martinsville Candy Kitchen
**Santa present on Nov. 25th and Dec. 16th!**
Nov. 11th 
@ Waverly Elementary School
Nov. 25th
@ Art Sanctuary of Indiana
Nov. 25th- Jan. 2nd 
@ Jimmy Nash City Park
Nov. 11th & 25th 
@ Martinsville First Presbyterian Church

Upcoming Business Events

Investor Spotlight

MIBOR is the professional association representing central Indiana's REALTORS. Founded in 1912, MIBOR was established by 43 charter members and today serves the needs of nearly 8,000 members in Boone, Brown, Decatur, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Morgan, and Shelby Counties. In addition to serving these counties, MIBOR also provides a Broker Listing Cooperative listing service to REALTORS in Bartholomew, Jennings, and Putnam Counties. 

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida - and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial business owns and operates diverse power generation assets in North America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets. 

Mike Dellinger
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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.