The Economic Development Perspective 
 
County Council Holds Public Hearing on Vision Initiative

One year ago, the MCEDC launched the "Marshall County Vision" to develop long-term comprehensive road maintenance and economic development plans with adequate funding. On May 31st, our community came one step closer to having these goals realized at the County Council's public hearing on the CEDIT and LOHUT taxes. Approximately 75 people attended the meeting, and over 30 indicated that they were in favor of it. Those individuals included Marshall County residents, local business owners, and community leaders. MCEDC wishes to thank everyone who came to the meeting to show their support and make a strong case for the Marshall County Vision.
 
Career Success Coalition Recognized

Improving the career-readiness of all Marshall County students is an important aspect of workforce development. The Marshall County Career Success Coalition formed 2 years ago, with the goal of increasing career success as well as college access and completion for our community. Now, the Coalition and its 40 members are being recognized by Learn More Indiana and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for meeting their Year 2 Requirements. An awards ceremony will be held in Indianapolis on June 28th. The Marshall County Career Success Coalition has worked hard these last 2 years to implement activities that help students and adults achieve their full educational potential; we are excited to see their hard work recognized.
 
Marshall County Joins Promise Indiana

Thanks to the efforts of Superintendent of Triton Schools, Donna Burroughs, as well as all Marshall County school corporations, our county was selected to join the Promise Indiana program. 10 communities applied for the program this year, and Marshall County was one of the 6 selected to join. Promise Indiana, supported by the Indiana Education Savings Authority and the Lilly Endowment, encourages parents to sign their kindergartners up for 529 savings accounts. Students who raise at least $25 will receive a matching deposit from local partners, and interest in the account will grow with the child. The hope is that even small accounts empower kids to think about and apply for college. The accounts can be used at 2- and 4-year colleges, as well as trade and technical schools. Over 5,000 Indiana children have already started 529 savings accounts through the program, and Marshall County's involvement is sure to raise that number.
  Dairy Trail Celebrates Marshall County Farms

The six-county region of Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble and St. Joseph has more dairy farms than any other region of the state. During June Dairy Month, several dairy farmers in this region, including two from Marshall County, have joined the Northern Indiana Dairy Trail. The trail is an official legacy project for the Indiana Bicentennial which will give visitors an up-close look at modern milk production. The event, held on June 18 and June 25, will feature farm tours, historical displays, children's activities and dairy product tastings. You can visit Plymouth's Homestead Dairy from noon-5pm on June 25th. The Nor-Bert Farm out of Bremen already held their tour last Saturday. The Homestead farm has over 3,400 cows and uses a methane digester to convert cow manure into electricity making it a highly sustainable business. Visit the website for more information.
  Progress Across Marshall County
 
Argos to Update Comprehensive Plan
Long-term planning is necessary for growth, which is why the Town of Argos is developing a process to update their comprehensive plan. Argos is benefiting from the technical expertise of the Michiana Area Council of Government (MACOG), who will be helping them update the plan. At their last meeting in mid-May, Argos Town leadership began organizing a steering committee to guide implementation of the plan. The steering committee will have its first meeting on June 22 and Argos' comprehensive plan update will begin in mid-July. The updating process will take approximately 7 months and be completed in early 2017.

Bourbon Seeking Dark Fiber Access
The Town of Bourbon, the Bourbon school system, and local businesses have come together to form a taskforce and request high speed broadband communications through dark fiber access. The group has reached out to businesses and community members to assess the level of interest in purchasing internet service. Due to the resounding support for dark fiber access, the Town has formed a committee and contacted Metronet, Warsaw Fiber, and Rochester Telephone Company, asking them to submit proposals by June 6th. The committee will soon meet to discuss the proposals and develop funding options. Many Plymouth businesses have already benefited tremendously from enhanced broadband capabilities. The Town of Bourbon and their businesses are excited to join them.
 
Bremen Receives Main Street Certification
Bremen's Main Street Certification ceremony has been scheduled for July 7th. The certification comes after many months of organizing, planning, and building consensus between the Bremen citizens and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Main Street is a national movement aimed at creating preservation-based commercial district revitalization. The idea behind the program is that a community is only as strong as its core, and by investing in downtowns, we invest in the community as a whole. Bremen's Main Street program is being headed by Bremen Community Cares and the Bremen Historic Center. More details on the celebration event will be coming soon.
 
Culver Stellar Events Raise Support
To raise awareness and encourage community support for Culver being named a Stellar Communities finalist, the Town held a Stellar Fest kickoff party on June 11th at Culver Park. The festival had a great turnout and helped generate enthusiasm for the next Stellar event on July 21st, when Stellar representatives will come to Culver to evaluate the Town and their comprehensive plan. The day will start at 9am with a presentation at the train depot. One aspect that the representatives will be looking at when they make their decision is regional impact and how wide-reaching the benefits of Stellar designation can be to the region. Culver hopes to fill the room with Town and County supporters to demonstrate that the entire community and would benefit from Culver's success.
 
Plymouth Renovates Railroad Overpass
Enhancing quality of place is vital to the growth and continued success of our communities. That's why the City of Plymouth is gearing up on a new project, painting the railroad overpass on South Michigan Street. The overpass was originally part of South Gateway project and was phased out due to budgetary changes. Now, the City is ready to tackle the project and believes that they can accomplish it without external financial aid. The overpass repainting will be a very important aesthetic improvement to the City, enhancing both the appeal of the South Gateway as well as community pride.
 
Invest in Marshall County                             
 
The Marshall County EDC would like to say "thank you" for your commitment in supporting the "Invest in Marshall County" campaign. The campaign was launched last April to increase private sector support for economic development, and is on track to reach 2016 funding goals.
 
New investors pledging funds to the campaign, or partnering with the MCEDC, include:
  • Lukenbill & Lukenbill, LLP
  • Jones Huff Jones & Richeson, LLP
  • Morrison Law Office
Renewing investors include:
  • Collins & Company Realtors, Inc.
  • First Farmers Bank & Trust
  • Teachers Credit Union
  • Masterson & Associates, Inc.
  • iAB Financial Bank
  • McKesson Title Corporation
  • South Bend International Airport
  • Banner Electric
  • Harmony Marketing Group
Thank you, together we will strengthen and grow Marshall County's economy.
 
 

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