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WestGate Marks $4.3 Million Expansion

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch traveled to WestGate@Crane Academy Technology Park to mark the progress of the newest Alion expansion under construction on the site Friday afternoon.

The facility, which will be 40,000 square feet and cost $4.3 million, is expected to generate new technology jobs for the area upon its completion in December.

Alion’s expansion will add to the more than 460 technology and other professionals who work in the park.

(Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, June 2, 2017)



Hearing Aid Services Holds Ribbon Cutting at New Location

After decades in the same Main Street location in Linton, Hearing Aid Services has moved across town. The business is now located at 1259 NE A Street, Suite 2, across from Humphreys Park. The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location. The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce joined members Tuesday morning for a ribbon cutting. Those in attendance include (from left) Cheryl Hamilton, Halea Franklin, Amber Cates, Tammy Johnson, Linda Haseman, Amy Lore, Amy Bedwell, Bryan Sparks, Sarah Schantz, Luis Camacho, Mike Schantz, Andrew Sluder, Debbie Whitacker, Owen Glidden, Jathan Wright and Mayor John Wilkes. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, May 23, 2017)

Mayor Wilkes Explains How Tax Abatements Open Doors For City

The Linton City Council gave final approval for a tax abatement for a designated 10 acre Economic Revitalization Area on County Road 1000 West. The property will be utilized by Pro-Mark Building Solutions, initally bringing 10-15 new jobs to the area. Linton Mayor John Wilkes told council members approving this tax abatement puts the city in a good position with the state as they work toward seeking grants.

“We are trying to apply for monies to help with the utilities and things out there. The question they (state and Radius Indiana) are asking us is, what are you putting in the game?” Mayor Wilkes said. “This is what the city is putting up with this tax abatement. It’s opening the door.”

Wilkes said he, along with Utilities Manager Brent Slover and Clerk-Treasurer Jathan Wright, are working to apply for grants from Radius Indiana in the amount of $100,000 and seeking incentives from the state.

“By us doing this, it’s helping us get some funds in to help develop that park down there. We are not really giving it away. We are shuffling money, is basically what we are doing,” Wilkes said. *Read more by clicking the link embedded in the headline.*  (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, May 1, 2017)

Huckleberry Hill Winery Opens in Greene County


Huckleberry Hill Winery, located about 10 minutes outside of Bloomfield, now offers Greene County its very own winery that is both kid and pet friendly. Owner Cheryl Riddle said she and her husband have been working on opening the winery for two years. It is open Monday through Sunday from 1-9 p.m. Call 317-850-4445 for more information about Huckleberry Hill Winery, located at 7126 East State Road 54, Bloomfield, Ind.

(Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Feb. 10, 2017)



Bloomfield to Maximize on Downtown Potential

The Bloomfield Town Council was presented with information from the Executive Director of the Greene County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC), Brianne Jerrels, about revamping the ‘economic vitality pillar’ of the Bloomfield Downtown Revitalization (BDR) at it’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. “There is a lot of opportunity downtown, so I’d like to get this group going again,” Jerrels said, “the economic vitality pillar is the one that treats the downtown sort of like a business.” Jerrels said information on “potential future use” of the downtown area will need to be gathered, as a sort of inventory of real estate.  *Read more by clicking the link embedded in the headline.*  (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Feb. 8, 2017)

Trinity Studio Featured on WTWO's Good Day Live

Trinity Studio, a fitness studio for women, recently opened in Linton and was featured on WTWO's Good Day Live.  Their motto is "eat, pray, sweat." They believe in creating a healthy lifestyle surrounded by nutritious fuel, positive mindset, and exercise. No matter your age, size, or fitness level, it is never too early or too late to start taking care of yourself. At Trinity Studio, you will not be called out or judged. You will be welcomed with open arms and acceptance. They offer a variety of classes, a kid's room, and Shakeology bar. *Read more by clicking the link embedded in the headline.*  (Courtesy of WTWO, Feb. 6 2017)

Greene County Tourism Advisory Board Hands out Awards

The Greene County Tourism Advisory Board (GCTAB) honored five local organizations at it’s annual meeting and Tourism Partners Holiday Social.The organizations and individuals were honored with annual tourism-related awards for supporting different tourism efforts in Greene County. Award winners included: Tourism Endeavor of the Year - Tulip Trestle Observation Deck (Greene County Viaduct Project Tulip Trestle Community Restoration Inc); Tourism Volunteer of the Year - Annette Daniels; Attraction of the Year - Redbird Sra; Legacy Contributor Award - Gerry Masse and Family (Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum); Business of the Year - Yoho General Store. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Feb. 2, 2016)

Unemployment Rate Drops

Greene County’s unemployment rates have been a hot topic over the past year as the county ended 2015 with an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent; the highest in the state. However, strides were made in 2016 and the county no longer holds the No. 1 spot for unemployment andended the year with an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent. *Read more by clicking the link embedded in the headline.*  (Courtesy of WTHI-TV, Jan. 27, 2017)

Free Courses in Electronics Fundamentals available at WestGate@ Crane Technology Park

In a program specifically designed to meet the needs of employers in Greene, Daviess, Lawrence and Martin counties, WestGate Crane Technology Park, in partnership with Vincennes University, will host an Electronics Fundamentals Certificate program, with classes being held at WestGate’s Battery Innovation Center. An earned certificate is equivalent to completing the first year of an associates degree program, and graduates of the one-year course will be eligible to transfer to Vincennes University, to either of two programs, Electronics Technician or Biomedical Equipment Technician. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Dec. 5, 2016)


‘Unbelievable Potential:’ Linton Man Creates Food Drying Facility

Dean Chambers and his partner, Charlotte Webb, own and operate Greene County Seed Company located North of Linton. Boasting 30 acres, three bodies of water and a variety of crops, Chambers said they end up having more waste than product. Chambers came up with a solution to not only fix the farm's issue, but which might be a solution to feeding many people, a healthier diet. Chambers built his own fruit and vegetable dryer to utilize crops long after they have been harvested, an idea he came up with after using a chicken incubator to dry fruits and vegetables. His method extends the shelf life from one week to 25 years. To contact Dean Chambers, call 812-798-0960 or call Charlotte Webb at 812-798-1959.

(Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Dec. 2, 2016)


Greene County Prepares for Small Business Saturday

Greene County businesses will be taking part in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. According to Halea Franklin of Greene County Economic Development, the day was started by American Express in 2010.

“The day is meant to support small businesses,” Franklin said. “It follows Black Friday, which is more centered around the big stores. We want to draw attention to shopping local.”

Franklin added there are benefits to shopping local, especially for Small Business Saturday.

(Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Nov. 17, 2016)


Erin's Coffee House Opens in Bloomfield

A brand new coffee house and cafe officially opened and joined the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Oct. 7 by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony. Named honorably after one of the owners late sisters, Erin’s Coffee House is open Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m, offering a menu which changes weekly. Erin’s Coffee House in Bloomfield officially opened and joined the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Oct. 7 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Erin’s Coffee House is located at 185 East Main Street in Bloomfield. To find out more information, follow Erin’s Coffee House on Facebook. (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Oct. 7, 2016)

Planning to Start Soon for CEO Program

Initital funding for the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) Program will be funded by a $25,000 grant from the Greene County Foundation.  Midland Institute of Entrepreneurship Interim Executive Director Cheryl Mitchell explained each year thereafter, the program will have an annual renewal fee of $5,000 and will need to have a part-time facilitator put in place to lead the course. In order to pay the costs associated for each subsequent year, Mitchell suggested finding 35 to 40 local investors. She said an investor would provide $1,000 to the program for the year. While continuing the investment each year would be ideal, Mitchell said it is not a necessity.

(Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Oct. 7, 2016.)

CEO Program Aims to Provide Business Knowledge to Greene County Students

Some Greene County students will get the chance to learn more about the business world in their own communities next year. With the help of the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Foundation and Greene County Economic Development Corporation, the CEO Program will be started during the 2017-18 school year. The Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) Program is facilitated by the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship, and comes at no cost to the schools involved.

(Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Oct. 6, 2016.)


Editorial: Torch Relay Showcased County Assets, Community Involvement

Greene County was a part of the statewide celebration of Indiana’s 200th birthday. As part of that celebration, the Bicentennial Torch Relay made its way through the cities and towns of Greene County on Wednesday. Our staff was posted throughout the county, and we were all blown away by all the hard work that made the event a success. *Read more by clicking the link embedded in the headline.*  (Courtesy of the Greene County Daily World, Sept. 24, 2016)





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