Cover Crop Workshop - March 28th
The state of Indiana is currently accepting nominations for the Governor's Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have a demonstrated a commitment to serving the community.
Award winners will receive a commemorative certificate and be recognized in the spring. Applications are due by February 10.
Qualifying criteria is as follows:
W.M. Kelley Company, a manufacturer specializing in material handling equipment and conveyor systems, announced plans today to expand its operations in Floyd County, creating up to 13 new jobs by 2019.
“The gears of Indiana’s manufacturing economy keep turning,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Indiana leads the nation with the strongest concentration of manufacturing jobs, and we’re proud of our low-regulation, low-tax business climates that helps companies grow and expand. And we’re proud of our Hoosier workforce, whose skills and work ethic are the catalysts behind Indiana’s job creation and why homegrown success stories like W.M. Kelley continue to expand across our state. I’m glad W.M. Kelley chose to build their business in the Hoosier state, and I’m looking forward to its continued growth.”
The homegrown Hoosier company will invest $1.88 million to expand and equip its facility at 620 Durgee Road in New Albany. In order to meet growing demand from the material handling industry, the company will begin construction in January on a 14,000-square-foot addition to its manufacturing facility, expanding the building to cover nearly 100,000 square feet. This increased floor space will allow the company to support its plans to increase sales by 30 percent by the end of 2018.
W.M. Kelley, which currently employs more than 65 associates, plans to continue hiring skilled welders and machine operators. These positions are expected on average to pay salaries above the Floyd County average wage. Interested applicants may apply in person at the company’s facility or by emailing a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
HWC Engineering will celebrate the grand opening of its New Albany office with a ribbon cutting ceremony and holiday open house with City of New Albany Mayor Gahan on Dec. 8.
HWC Engineering is a full-service consulting engineering firm that provides economic development, landscape architecture and planning, site engineering, stormwater, survey, transportation, wastewater and water services for both the public and private sectors.
“We’re excited to join the New Albany community and expand our long-standing commitment of providing engineering excellence to communities across Indiana and the Midwest,” said HWC Engineering President Ed Jolliffe.
Businesses and community members are invited to attend the event to learn more about what HWC Engineering can do for the community and network with community leaders. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served and free prizes from local businesses awarded. Event details are included below.
What: HWC Engineering Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Holiday Open House with Mayor Gahan
When: Dec. 8, 2016
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: HWC Engineering New Albany Office
303 Scribner Dr.
New Albany, IN 47150
Please email Katie McLear at email@example.com by Dec. 1 to RSVP.
Floyd County businesses and residents make it possible
In just more than a week, Mike Benson of A1 Porta Potty rallied Southern Indiana businesses and residents to donate more than 500 bikes and $1,700 for the Bikes or Bust challenge, put on by radio station Q103.1. The bikes and money will go to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
Benson used social media to call out local businesses, friends and families to donate the bikes. His posts led to businesses and residents calling out other entrepreneurs and neighbors. In online viral fashion, Benson began getting bike donations from all over the United States.
On Nov. 17, 2016, the bikes were delivered via police escort to Buffalo Wild Wings on Westport Road in Louisville, Ky. If you would like to donate a new bike, they can be dropped off at that Buffalo Wild Wings location until November 21, 2016.
About A1 Porta Potty
A1 Porta Potty is a Floyd County company that rents portable restroom trailers and porta potties for events, weddings and construction sites. They serve all of Kentuckiana with more than 300 porta potties available for rent. To learn more, visit a1portapotty.com, or call 812.786.4222.
Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in October and Indiana businesses added 3,400 new Hoosier jobs last month, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
“October was another robust month for job creation as Indiana business leaders continue to hire hardworking Hoosiers to support the future of their firms,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “By building one of the nation’s top climates for business in Indiana with low taxes, balanced budgets and limited regulations, we’re working hard to make it easier for job creators to do what they do best – create jobs and grow our Hoosier communities. And businesses are taking notice. Just last month, companies across the state announced plans for continued growth that will bring hundreds of new jobs to Brownsburg, Mount Vernon, Indianapolis, Chandler, North Vernon, Angola, North Judson, North Manchester and New Albany because they recognize the benefits of doing business in a state that works.”
Source - IEDC
Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb announced today the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) awarded 17 properties funding through the Historic Renovation Grant Program (HRGP).
The 17 properties located throughout 10 communities will receive grant funds ranging from $10,500 to $100,000 to be used on exterior renovations and repairs. Such renovations include roof replacement, masonry restoration, repair and replacement of windows, façade renovation, painting, storefront upgrades and rear entry improvements. The 10 communities include: Batesville, Brazil, Corydon, Evansville, Frankfort, Greenfield, Lawrenceburg, Liberty, New Albany and Rochester.
“Indiana is full of historic properties that are being utilized to enhance their community’s quality of life and economy,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “Over the years, a number of historic properties have not been properly maintained and the Historic Renovation Grant Program gives communities the resources to restore them and truly better downtown economic development.”
The Historic Renovation Grant Program, currently in its first year, is a competitive grant program designed to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties in order to further incentivize downtown economic development. Grant funding for the program, to be administered by OCRA, was approved by the Indiana General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session. Applications for the HRGP, formerly known as the Historic Tax Credit Program, were also reviewed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) to ensure that they met the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.
“The Indiana Legislature recognized the importance of assisting communities in restoring historic properties and they charged OCRA to partner with DNR to design and implement the Historic Renovation Grant Program” said OCRA Executive Director Bill Konyha. “Renovation of historic properties assists communities preserve their heritage while transforming local economies.”
Applicants located within an Indiana Main Street or non-entitlement community have the opportunity to apply for project funding between $10,000 and $100,000 at a maximum request of 35% of the total eligible project cost. Eligible applicants include: individual, partnership, firm, association, joint venture, limited liability company, corporation or non-profit affordable housing organization.
For more information on HRGP, visit www.in.gov/ocra/hrgp.
John E. Noyes purchased this lot in late 1865 and was selling his boots, shoes and dry goods from this building by 1868. In 1879, Mr. Noyes lost his building to Sheriff’s Sale. The building has seen numerous businesses and owners over time including the former site of the Schad Law Office and is now the home to Chestnuts & Pearls.
Posted Nov 3rd 2016
Hoosier businesses added 10,100 new jobs in September, bringing Indiana's total private sector employment to more than 2.65 million, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
"In Indiana, we are home to a business climate that ranks first in the Midwest and fifth in the nation because we have worked diligently to create a pro-growth economic environment while investing in our Hoosier workforce and regions," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. "Across the state, we are seeing growth in industries like advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, aerospace and defense, life sciences and technology, helping to create more than 161,000 new jobs since January 2013. Job creators like Knowledge Services, Kohl's, MOBI, Pretzels and American Air Filter are committing to grow and hire even more Hoosiers over the next few years because the benefits of doing business in a state that works are clear."
Unemployment: The state's unemployment rate remained at 4.5 percent in September – below the national average of 5 percent and below all of Indiana's neighboring states. Indiana's unemployment rate is down 3.9 percent since January 2013, surpassing the nation's decline of 3 percent.
Job Growth: Indiana businesses have added 161,800 new jobs since January 2013. The state's private sector job growth has increased by 14.3 percent since July 2009, surpassing the nation's growth of 13.3 percent. September marks the 15th consecutive month that private sector employment has remained above Indiana's previous employment record from March 2000.
Labor Force: Indiana's labor force, which includes both Hoosiers who are employed and those seeking employment, has increased by 104,214 over the last year. At 65.4 percent, the state's labor force participation rate – the percentage of Hoosiers that are either employed or actively seeking work – remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent.
Wage Growth: From quarter 1 to quarter 2 of 2016, Indiana personal income increased by 1.1 percent, ranking No. 11 in the nation and outpacing the overall U.S. growth rate. The average wage of employed Hoosiers has grown by nearly 25 percent since 2005, increasing from $17.05/hour in 2005 to $21.21/hour in 2015. Additionally, the average wage of jobs committed to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation this year is $25.54/hour, which is 20.4 percent above the state's average.
FireKing Security Group, a security and loss protection company, announced plans today to expand its operations in Indiana, constructing a new distribution center that will create up to 50 new jobs by 2020.
“FireKing is a true Indiana success story,” said Governor Mike Pence. “After launching in Indiana 65 years ago, FireKing has experienced tremendous growth and now sells its Hoosier-built products around the world. Through that growth, FireKing has continued to invest and grow in Indiana, helping contribute to the 156,800 new jobs added in the state since 2013.”
The homegrown Hoosier company will invest more than $4 million to lease and equip a new 75,000-square-foot facility at 102 North Reas Lane at the new Grantline Industrial Park West in New Albany. The new facility, which is less than three miles from its existing headquarters, will serve as a distribution center for the company’s growing line of office products including fireproof file cabinets, storage cabinets and safes.
FireKing currently employs more than 450 associates, including more than 300 Hoosiers, across its facilities in Indiana, Illinois and California. In addition to its headquarters operations, the company also operates two additional plants in New Albany. FireKing plans to begin hiring distribution associates next June.
“We are grateful to the city and the state for their efforts in assisting in our expansion efforts,” said Mark Essig, chief executive officer at FireKing. “We are also very thankful for the individual efforts of Kathy Crowley from One Southern Indiana and Trevor Lane from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation for all of their hard work in making this possible. The positive business environment in Indiana is deeply appreciated as we expand our footprint and bring more jobs to the area.”
Founded in 1951 as a manufacturer of high-quality fireproof filing cabinets, FireKing is now a broad-based security and asset protection company with a wide range of products and services, including vital records protection, secure cash handling services and digital video surveillance. FireKing sells its products in more than 85 countries.
“We look forward to welcoming Fire King International LLC as the first business to locate in the Grantline Industrial Park West development,” said New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan. “The newly opened 40-acre site, located only 1.75 miles from Interstate 265, is the perfect home for a company with a long history of succeeding in New Albany, and we stand ready to help in any way we can.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Fire King International LLC up to $225,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $45,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of New Albany will consider additional incentives at the request of One Southern Indiana.
With the growth of companies like FireKing across the state, Indiana businesses have added 156,800 new Hoosier jobs since January 2013. Indiana’s labor force is at its largest size ever and private sector employment has remained above its previous peak for 14 consecutive months. Additionally, Indiana’s unemployment rate fell last month to 4.5 percent, which is below the national average.
Indiana businesses added 5,600 new jobs in August, bringing Indiana's total private sector employment to 2.65 million, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
“Indiana’s economy is experiencing incredible momentum right now. The state’s job creators have hired more than 150,000 Hoosiers since January 2013, and businesses continue to pick Indiana for future growth,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “Within the last month alone, companies like General Motors, Daimler Trucks, inTech Trailers, Ken’s Foods, Polycon Industries and Japan-based Aisin USA Manufacturing have all announced plans to grow and create new Hoosier jobs across our state. Job creation is job one in Indiana, and with a business climate that’s ranked the best in the Midwest and fifth in the nation, there’s a lot to be excited about here in Indiana.”
Indiana has added 36,400 new private sector jobs so far this year and 156,800 jobs since January 2013. August marks the 14th consecutive month with total employment in the state’s private sector exceeding Indiana’s previous peak employment record from March 2000.
Indiana’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate also dropped this month, falling 0.1 percent in August to 4.5 percent – below the national average of 4.9 percent. With this drop, Indiana’s unemployment rate has plunged 3.9 percent since January 2013, outpacing the nation’s decline of 3.1 percent.
This happened while Indiana’s labor force, which includes both Hoosiers who are employed and those seeking employment, grew to its largest size ever standing at 3.38 million Hoosiers, gaining 3,516 Hoosiers in August and 78,756 Hoosiers so far in 2016. Indiana’s labor force participation rate, the percentage of the state’s population that is either employed or actively seeking work, grew this month to 65.5 percent, remaining above the national rate of 62.8 percent.
Source - IEDC
The Cheerful Children Daycare/Preschool in New Albany, Ind., celebrated their grand opening on Thursday, September 8th, with a ribbon cutting hosted by One Southern Indiana (1si). The event was attended by: City of New Albany, Mayor Gahan; Indiana State Representative Dist. 72, Rep. Ed Clere; 1si President and CEO, Wendy Dant Chesser, 1si staff, Ambassadors and the public.
Cheerful Children Daycare / Preschool, located at 1615 Grant Line Rd. in New Albany, was officially opened by owner Jenny Hupp on August 29, 2016. The daycare offers preschool for children, from toddler age to 5 years. Hupp originally opened Cheerful Children Daycare as a licensed family home daycare in September 2010. Hupp states, “I never knew it would grow this big, this fast. After the many calls and requests we received wanting care, we knew it was the right time to grow and expand.” Cheerful Children Daycare/ Preschool also features a state-of-the-art playground that came from Glick’s Playsets in Clarksville, TN. Hupp is very excited about the future of Cheerful Children Daycare/Preschool.
Cheerful Children Daycare/Preschool offers a structured curriculum designed to build a foundation of knowledge and critical thinking skills to foster mental, social, emotional and physical development. In order to achieve these goals, they feel that it is important that the child should do all learning through ACTIVE participation and it must be fun! For more information, visit www.Cheerfulchildren.net
Indiana’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percent for a second-consecutive month and now stands at 4.6 percent for the month of July. A primary cause for this drop is a third-straight month of significant gains in Hoosiers finding employment (11,276 in July) coupled with a substantial amount of Hoosiers leaving the unemployment ranks (-7,480 in July). Indiana’s labor force, a measure of Hoosiers employed or seeking employment, has experienced total labor growth of more than 192,000 since January 2013. This has led to all-time highs in the state’s total labor force (3,375,563) and total number of employed (3,220,007).
“Indiana’s labor force has been trending positively throughout the last three years, which demonstrates confidence among Hoosier jobseekers as they secure gainful employment. The corresponding contraction of the applicant pool is also increasing employer demand for workers with the right skills and training,” said Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). “DWD, along with its WorkOne Career Centers and other community partners, can assist jobseekers in obtaining the skills and training necessary to fill the many high-wage, high-demand jobs available throughout Indiana.”
Commissioner Braun also noted that since 2009, the low point of employment for the state, Indiana’s private sector employment growth has surpassed the nation (13.8 percent vs. 13.0 percent). Total private employment for July stands at 30,000 above the March 2000 peak, and July is the 13th-consecutive month above that peak. Additionally, initial and continued unemployment insurance claims for the first 32 weeks of 2016 are at their lowest point since 1987.
On March 15th, 2016, Adrienne and Co. opened their third location in New Albany, IN, Adrienne and Co. has two other locations in Jeffersonville and Floyds Knobs. Adrienne and Co. is hoping to bring the tastiest cakes, pastries and desserts, a casual dining experience (breakfast and Lunch), and special occasion catering and private chef services, using whole, fresh ingredients to the local area.
As a close knit family, Adrienne’s is able to bring their individual talents to create a fun and happy work environment for their employees, while at the same time providing great service and top quality food to the community. The 2200 square foot facility will be fully capable of serving all the needs of employees and their customers.
Although Adrienne’s has been a part of the local community for over a decade, their origin is from a place quite bit farther east. General Manager Liz Martino said, “As New York transplants, we have found ourselves in Southern Indiana for nearly 23 years. We love the overwhelming support we receive from our customers and community.” Starting the company at its first location in Jeffersonville in 2001 Adrienne and Co. have been growing rapidly Martino said, “Without our growing base of loyal customers, we would be nothing. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to serve each and every one of them every day.”
Adrienne and Co. has a total workforce of 50 employees, half of which work full-time and the other half work part-time. They are open from Tuesday-Thursday 7am to 2pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 2pm. Adrienne and Co. hopes to see an expansion for their hours in the near future.
The Center for Women and Families (CWF) dedicated a new sign donated by Signarama Downtown with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 29th for their Southern Indiana Campus hosted by One Southern Indiana (1si). The event was attended by Indiana State Representative District 72, Ed Clere, 1si President & CEO Wendy Dant Chesser, 1si Ambassadors, CWF staff and the public.
The Center for Women and Families’ Southern Indiana Campus is an emergency shelter that houses victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The shelter opened in 1999 and has 10 bedrooms that can house 10 women and up to 20 children at a time. On average, they house between 200-250 women and children in Southern Indiana each year.
“Our new sign is more than just a sign; it serves as an opportunity to let Southern Indiana know that we are here in the community offering services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Marta Miranda, CEO of The Center for Women and Families. “We thank Signarama Downtown for donating the sign and One Southern Indiana for helping us raise awareness of our mission.”
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES:
The Center for Women and Families (CWF) began as part of the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) in 1912. A rape crisis program was established in 1975, and in 1977 the YWCA opened the first domestic violence shelter in the state of Kentucky. The CWF incorporated as an independent, private, non-profit organization in 1989, after which they expanded their violence intervention services into nine counties across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The Southern Indiana Campus Shelter opened in Floyd County, Indiana, in 1999. All of the direct services provided by the CWF are free and confidential to all people and their children, who have been affected by intimate partner violence or sexual assault (regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin or disability).
A variety of residential and nonresidential services are provided by the CWF, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and advocacy. If you or someone you love has experienced sexual assault or partner abuse at any point, please remember that help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through their toll-free crisis line: 1-844-BE-SAFE-1. To learn more about CWF, go to their website: www.thecenteronline.org
The Junction at Copperfield, a new “Farm-to-Table” restaurant in Georgetown, Ind., celebrated their grand opening on Friday, July 1st, with a ribbon cutting hosted by One Southern Indiana (1si). The event was attended by Indiana State Representative Ed Clere, 1si President and CEO, Wendy Dant Chesser, 1si staff, Ambassadors and the public.
The Junction at Copperfield, located at 1108 Copperfield Drive in Georgetown, was officially opened by founder Pam Beckman on December 1, 2015. The key ingredient as to what differentiates The Junction from other local restaurants is their presentation of always fresh, homemade food sourced from local producers. The Junction serves an array of menu items including: burgers, sandwiches, and soups.
Community is what you will find at The Junction at Copperfield. By serving a local farm-to-table menu, promoting area artists, and sharing the importance of local farmers, it allows the area to become more connected to the community and its farmers.
Following the grand opening, The Junction at Copperfield will expand their hours to Tuesday through Friday 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm.
ABOUT THE JUNCTION AT COPPERFIELD:
The Junction at Copperfield is committed to preparing and serving fresh, homemade food at an affordable price. It is our desire to use locally grown products from area farmers in such a way as to highlight the flavor of the food and bring recognition to those who work the field.
Visit "Hoosiers by the Numbers" for the most recent Job & Economic data for Floyd County.
"Hoosiers by the Numbers" is maintained by the Research and Analysis division of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and provides data and tools to support the department's twin goals of:
The Floyd County Planner is responsible for the strategic development planning for Floyd County.
Don Lopp - Floyd County Planner
The Plan Commission reviews proposed commercial and residential developments, and administers and enforces zoning ordinances. The Board of Zoning Appeals makes determinations on appeals and variance requests.
Click the following link to review the Floyd County Zoning Ordinance. Please be advised this document is for reference only. Please contact the Plan Commission to verify zoning before any construction.
One Southern Indiana (1si) is the Lead Economic Development Organization (LEDO) and Chamber of Commerce for Clark and Floyd Counties on the Indiana side of Louisville, Kentucky. 1si proactively works to grow our regional economy through business attraction, retention and expansion; through encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs and workforce development; and through providing government and workforce advocacy, business education, networking opportunities and other business services to our members and investors.
One Southern Indiana
4100 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN 47150
River Hills was formed in 1974 along with the other Economic Development Districts in the state of Indiana. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides yearly funding and, as such, defines River Hills' scope of work. The main goal of River Hills is to assist local governments with development needs. One of their yearly requirements is to complete a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the District. This report assesses the problems that exist within each community, rating them by priority and feasibility. The CEDS report maintains the District's eligibility for EDA funding, a major source of infrastructure grants. Since 1990, River Hills has secured secured over $15 million for public facility projects within the five county district. Over $22 million dollars in EDA financial assistance has been received since 1980.
River Hills Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission
300 Spring Street, Suite 2A
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130