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06/21| June

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Resource Guide for Rural Development 

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson t unveiled a resource guide (PDF, 2.5 MB) to help rural community leaders start and expand employment opportunities and access resources to train, recruit and create a sustainable rural workforce.

America is Back and Open for Business

On the final day of the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement:

“The United States offers unmatched diversity, a culture of innovation, and the world’s most productive workforce to global companies of all sizes looking to grow and succeed in the U.S. market. This week’s Investment Summit showcased that America is back and open for business, and I am thrilled to share it was a record-shattering success."

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LEDC and the Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce continue visiting Spencer County businesses as part of their Business Retention and Expansion program.

For more information about the program contact Valerie Schmidt at valerie@ledc.org



Lack of Workforce has been a huge topic of discussion lately and we know our Spencer County Employers are struggling so help us help you!

Send us any information for available positions at your organization and we will do the best we can to share them on our social media accounts and next month's newsletter!

Send information to Shelby Wlson at shelby@ledc.org

Take this short 5 question survey so we can get to work on some workforce development initiatives!

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The first 10 Teams to register will get $5 off per person

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LEDC Receives USDA Grant to Support Entrepreneurs and

 Small Businesses in Spencer County

Rockport, Indiana- Lincolnland Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) receives United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in Spencer County with a revolving loan fund.


One of LEDC’s main focuses is to create an environment where, entrepreneurs and small business can not only grow but flourish. With small businesses making up over half of Spencer County’s economy the need to support our entrepreneurs is greater than ever.


With this grant LEDC will be able to loan small amounts of capital (under $10,000) to businesses to assist them in securing equipment, expanding their operations, and creating new jobs. LEDC is encouraging any small business or entrepreneurs needing assistance with capital to apply.


“Providing resources to Spencer County businesses is of great importance to the LEDC board and staff. Overall, Spencer County has fared well through the pandemic, but is important to LEDC to keep up to date with opportunities in case another disaster is to hit.”- Valerie Schmidt, Executive Director, LEDC

Applications will be available starting Monday July 5th, 2021 on the LEDC website www.ledc.org or by stopping by the LEDC office at 2792 N US HWY 231 Rockport, IN 4765.  Additional questions can be directed to Valerie Schmidt at 812-649-2119, or email valerie@ledc.org .

More News & Events

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Leadership Spencer County

Last Months Leadership Spencer County class took place at Holiday World and Splashin' Safari. The Topic was " Exploring Diversity in My County". Students learned about demographic changes and the way it effects the community, identified their cultural lenses, and learned what they can do to be a more open-minded leader. Guest speakers were Jenny Thomas with Habitat for Humanity and Father Crispin Adolfo.

If you are interested in next years class please contact the Leadership Spencer County facebook page linked below.

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Spencer County Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking

Spencer County Habitat for Humanity recently broke ground for their new home in Chrisney, IN. They will be looking for volunteers soon. If you are interested, contact Jenny Thomas at spencercountyhabitat@gmail.com

Click here to visit their website

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Change in Indiana Youth Employment Law

Effective July 1, 2021, schools will no longer issue work permits for minor employees (under age 18). Instead, employers who employ five or more minor employees will now be responsible for tracking and reporting minor-employee information via the state’s Youth Employment System (YES).

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Keeping Money Local

The Spencer County Regional Chamber of commerce is offering a new Chamber Bucks program to their members. More details below.

Questions: kathy@spencercountychamber.org

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