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.