The Economic Development Perspective

Marshall County Economic
Development Corporation
RDA Approves Regional Cities Funding

What began in late 2014 is now one step closer to reality. On August 1st, the Regional Development Authority (RDA) for North Central Indiana approved funding for 5 Marshall County projects. These projects will help achieve the goals of the RCI, by improving quality of place and attracting talented workers in a variety of ways. The RDA's recommendations on these projects have been supplied to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) for review and final approval prior to project funding. Marshall County's projects include:
  • A series of housing developments across the County--$1.76 million
  • A Wellness and Life Enrichment Center, which includes a new aquatic center and soccer complex--$2.0 million
  • Construction of additional Manufacturing Centers--$800 thousand
  • Entrepreneurship Centers in Plymouth and Culver--$800 thousand
  • A walking and biking trail along Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver--$200 thousand
MCEDC would like to congratulate everyone involved with the planning of these 5 projects. Together, we can make changes that will grow our economy and population, and showcase northern Indiana's efforts on a national level.
RDA Appoints Entrepreneurship Board Members

Marshall County has a rich history of entrepreneurship, and we intend to continue this tradition through the Entrepreneurship Center project that will be funded by Regional Cities. Now, even more entrepreneurial activity may be on the horizon as the RDA recently approved an Entrepreneurship Board and appointed Gary Neidig, President of ITAMCO, and Jerry Chavez, President/CEO of MCEDC to represent Marshall County. This Board was developed with the specific goal of developing an environment that will cultivate entrepreneurship and start-ups, beyond the region's initially funded projects. We would like to thank the RDA for recognizing the importance of entrepreneurship with the formation of this Board.
INDOT Groundbreaking Has Big Impact for Marshall County

The State of Indiana has selected one of the fastest growing areas in Plymouth for its recent expansion. Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) joined Marshall County and City of Plymouth leaders, as well as the Plymouth Industrial Development Corporation (PIDCO) on August 9th for a groundbreaking on the new INDOT Plymouth Sub District highway maintenance facility. The 40,000 square foot, $7.2 million state of the art facility will replace the existing Plymouth Sub District building and salt barn with upgraded features. The new facility will serve as a base of operations for the area and will incorporate several tools to help INDOT crews take on the harsh northwest Indiana winter conditions. With the help of a new facility at this central location, INDOT will be better equipped to ensure well-maintained transportation routes throughout northern Indiana.
Bremen Receives Main Street Certification

The Town of Bremen recently became the latest Marshall County community to receive official certification of membership into Indiana's branch of Main Street America . The certification process began late last year and is a result many months of organizing, planning, and building consensus between the Bremen citizens. The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and Jennifer Vandeburg, North Central Community Liaison, have been instrumental throughout this process. Main Street is a national movement that focuses on the redevelopment, preservation, and improvement of downtown areas. Bremen's plans for their downtown area involve hosting more downtown events, supporting area businesses, and encouraging revitalization projects. Congratulations to the Town of Bremen for this success.
You're Invited to the Marshall County Educational Summit

Business, government, education, nonprofit, and community leaders are invited the Marshall County Education Summit at Ancilla College on Wednesday, September 14th from 8 AM to 1 PM. The agenda will include an exploration of the impact of the Marshall County Promise, the Marshall County Career Success Coalition, and recent workforce development efforts. The event's keynote speaker will be Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner on Higher Education for Indiana. The summit is free to attend.

Register online today
County Development for the Future

County Development for the Future (CDFF) is a quarterly gathering of Marshall County leadership that focuses on advancing local economic development. Over the last 3 years, this group has been highly productive, and we look forward to continuing that tradition. Our next CDFF meeting has been rescheduled for August 25th. This meeting is especially exciting as we have invited leadership from three State agencies to attend: Jim Schellinger, IEDC President; Bill Konyha, OCRA Executive Director; Steve Braun, DWD Commissioner; and Mike Barnes, DWD Associate Chief Operating Officer for Employer Engagement.
Progress across Marshall County

Bourbon Holds Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon

The Town of Bourbon has continued in its tradition of showing appreciation for local businesses by holding its annual Business Luncheon on July 27th. This year, the main topic of conversation was recognizing business needs by bringing lit fiber to the Town of Bourbon, an effort spearheaded by Donna Burroughs, Superintendent of Triton Schools. The Town has developed a cost-effective plan that could be implemented as early as next year. Town Council recently took the first step to encourage the business community to participate by allocating $40,000 towards the project. Several businesses have now agreed to pledge funds towards the project in recognition of what reliable, high-speed Internet access could do for the community.
                                                              
Bremen Water Plant Opens
Bremen has a lot to boast about with the opening of its new $4 million water plant, which is the largest single gravity filter in the United States. Construction was completed earlier this year, and the Town recently took control of the plant and made it operational. They officially celebrated this milestone with an open house on July 7th. The improved water filtration plant is capable of filtering 1,000 gallons of water per minute, and will double the water capacity for the Town, which is needed to accommodate some of Bremen's recently expanded businesses, as well as a growing number of community residents.
 
Culver Continues with Stellar Plans
After months of preparation and planning as a Stellar Community finalist, the Town of Culver recently learned that they had not been granted the designation. But we believe Culver still has much to be proud of. On July 21st, Stellar representatives came to Culver to evaluate the Town and their comprehensive plan. The town gave a presentation on their plans and took the evaluators on a golf cart tour of the Town and its future projects, all of which was well-received by the State officials. Being named a finalist and having the chance to show off their town to the State selection committtee puts Culver in a good position for receiving the designation in the future, if they choose to apply again.
 
The true measure of success is what Culver has accomplished through the planning process. They have generated a clear plan with important projects that will move the community in the right direction in the coming years-one which will still be implemented regardless of Stellar designation. Culver has come together and organized an effort to promote population growth, enhance quality of life, and encourage new residential and commercial development. That's "stellar" in our opinion.
 
LaPaz Celebrates Michigan Road Reopening
Construction on the direct path between LaPaz and its neighbors to the south has reached its long-awaited conclusion. INDOT has reopened the connection point between Michigan Road and old U.S. 31, which marks the end of a significant transportation improvement in the area. Town and County officials joined INDOT for a celebratory ribbon cutting on August 3rd, with cars lining up to drive on the newly completed section of Michigan Road before the ribbon had even been cut. This reopening is important to LaPaz businesses and residents, as it will restore a vital access point to the area for the rest of the County.
MCEDC Marketing Report

The MCEDC is involved in several steps to bring new businesses to Marshall County. One of these is proposal submission, in which we supply information on relevant properties to outside business looking to open a new facility in Marshall County. We also conduct site tours where businesses can directly investigate properties and communities in which they might establish operations. These are just a few of the steps we use in the process of attracting businesses to Marshall County. The following is a listing of marketing activities highlighting our efforts:

  • 2015 Proposals--18
  • 2015 Site Tours--5
  • 2016 Proposals--16
  • 2016 Site Tours--12
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 private/public partnership was launched in last April to increase private sector support for economic development.
 
New investors pledging funds to the campaign, or partnering with the MCEDC, include:
  • Miller Insurance Group
  • Farmer's Mutual Insurance Company
  • Wagner & Wagner, LLP
  • Stevens, Travis & Fortin
Renewing investors include:
  • Hoosier Racing Tire
  • Plymouth Foundry, Inc.
  • Easterday Construction Company, Inc.
  • SRKM Architecture, LLC
  • Community Hospital of Bremen
Thank you, together we will strengthen and grow Marshall County's economy.
MCEDC | mail@marshallcountyedc.org | 574-935-8499 | www.marshallcountyedc.org
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