The Economic Development Perspective 
 
County Development for the Future Celebrates 3 Years

On February 17th County Development for the Future (CDFF) celebrated its third year of success. The quarterly economic round table discussions bring leaders from each city and town together to learn from each other by sharing challenges and successes related to economic development priorities.

Our most recent meeting saw several new faces with representatives from OCRA, MACOG, Bremen Redevelopment, Culver Academies, and St. Joseph Economic Development. Outcomes from these meetings have included Argos's industrial park development; comprehensive plans in Bourbon, Bremen, and Culver; Plymouth's shell building construction; and Marshall County's Metronet expansion. CDFF seeks to build upon the established momentum of previous discussions, encouraging continuous improvement in our county. The next meeting will be held on May 25th.
  Purdue Manufacturing Extension Training Programs

The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with manufacturing companies throughout Indiana to assist them in being more competitive and increasing profitability by offering services through on-site training and both public and private workshops in many areas. The Purdue MEP has worked with business across Indiana such as Zentis, Southwire, RCB Bearing, and Bremen Castings, to name a few. The following are a few of the programs that will be offered in the South Bend/Elkhart area in March and April:
  • Principles of Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
    • South Bend, March 25th
  • Standard Work/Error Proofing
    • Elkhart, March 28th
  • Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers
    • South Bend, April 1st
  • Performance Measures for Lean Enterprise
    • Elkhart, April 14th
Also, mark your calendars for a MEP informational workshop for Marshall County businesses on May 12th. Additional details on the event will be coming soon.
 
For more information on these and other workshops, visit the website or contact Dietra Rosenkoetter .
  Veterans Parkway Wins State-wide Award

Thanks to the teamwork of City, County, and State officials, Veterans Parkway opened in October last year. The project has been well received by Plymouth businesses and residents for not only providing an additional access point to US 31, but also raising our quality of place through improved infrastructure. It is no surprise then that the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has recognized us with an "Excellence in Concrete Pavement" Award. The ACPA will honor Marshall County in the "County Roads" category for the 7th Road interchange with US 31 project (also known as Veterans Parkway) at a ceremony on March 23rd. Congratulations to all who have made this development possible.
  Progress Across Marshall County
 
Argos Leaders Organize Partnership
Argos is embodying the collaborative spirit by developing a cooperative partnership between members of the Park, Town, and School Board. At the suggestion of Argos Superintendent, Michele Riise, these groups recently began meeting a few times per month to share struggles, goals, and resources. The meetings have not only made community leaders more aware of diverse issues facing the town, but have also encouraged fiscally responsible planning. For example the Town can save money by purchasing necessities such as fuel and janitorial supplies in bulk instead of each organization buying them separately. In mid-February, each board signed an agreement to share resources, and this agreement was recently approved by the Argos Town Council, formally recognizing their arrangement. We expect that this partnership will continue to benefit Argos for many years to come.

Bourbon Town Council Approves Harmony Tax Abatement
The Bourbon Town Council recently approved a personal and real property tax abatement for Harmony Press, which will provide relief in the form of 50% tax liability for a 10 year period. Harmony is a third generation, family owned and operated business which located to Bourbon in 1968. With the aid of this tax abatement, Harmony plans to invest approximately $1.5 million in the purchase and setup of new machinery, and $250,000 in expanding its downtown facility. This capital investment will increase the company's efficiency and profits, retain local workers, and strengthen the local economy. Thanks to the Town of Bourbon for supporting local business expansion through this tax abatement.
 
Bremen Addresses Housing Needs
Bremen has a wealth of industry, and is investigating additional housing opportunities for local workers. Fortunately, the Town will soon break ground on a new housing development, which will accommodate 53 lots of condominiums and villas. The development is located southeast of Town, and has already sold three lots. The Town is currently extending public infrastructure such as water and sewer to support this development. Construction of the condos and villas is estimated to begin this summer. The Town of Bremen is anticipating a big housing movement as a result of the development.
 
Culver Pursues Stellar Communities Designation
Culver has made great strides over the last few years in developing plans and projects aimed at growth. This dedication makes them an excellent applicant for the Stellar Communities Program. Stellar offers selected communities both funding and the cooperation of various state agencies in developing and implementing a long-term comprehensive plan. The Culver Stellar Community Steering Committee held a well-attended public open house on March 7th to seek community input on the application, and submitted it later that week. Good luck to the Town of Culver in their application.
 
Plymouth Moves Forward with U.S. 30 Developments
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is one step closer to building a state-of-the-art maintenance facility in Plymouth. Earlier this month, they received a building permit from the Department of Homeland Security, allowing them to begin construction on the site located north of DuPont Pioneer . Although such measures are uncommon for most private developments, INDOT faced a more rigorous approval process due to the technical requirements of the facility. INDOT will release bids for construction this month and intend to break ground by June.
 
Another nearby development, Love's Travel Stop, just finished its final stages of construction and opened on March 10th. The 24-hour truck stop includes a gas station, convenience store, tire care center, and a Hardee's restaurant. The facility is expected to add 40 jobs to Marshall County and bring even more investment to the growing U.S. 30 corridor.
 
Invest in Marshall County Update                                  
 
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 has already surpassed one-third of its goal.
 
New investors pledging funds to the campaign, or partnering with the MCEDC, include:
  • Bremen Chamber of Commerce
  • Wabash Power Utility
  • Wiers International Trucks
Thank you, together we will strengthen and grow Marshall County's economy.
 
 

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