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INDOT Takes Bids on Starke County Project

by rgifford Thu, April 02 2015 17:14

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) received bids yesterday on a Starke County project to install a bridge deck overlay on U.S. 35 over the Robbins Ditch, 0.21 miles west of U.S. 30. A total of five (5) bids were received ranging from $1,28,410.40 to $1,390,792.58. The apparent low bid was from Ellas Constructon Co LLC of Munster, Indiana. None of the bids were below the engineer's estimate for the work, so the bids are being reviewed by INDOT at the present time.

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Starke County Unemployment Rate Drops for February

by rgifford Mon, March 30 2015 22:10

The unemployment rate in Starke County dropped by .7% during the month of February, falling from 8.9% in January to 8.2% in February.The State of Indiana recorded a .1% decrease for the month of February at 5.9%, as the state added an additional 1,700 private sector jobs, including 600 in the manufacturing sector.

Contractor Schedules Commencement of Final Work on CR 300E in Knox Industrial Park

by rgifford Thu, March 26 2015 20:33

Phend & Brown intends to begin work on CR300E again on Monday 03/30/2015. All remaining work will be done with no road closures. Lane restrictions and flagging operations will be used but the road will remain open. 

Tentative Schedule of Operations

-Driveway prep and installation

-Installation of topsoil, seed, sod

-Cleaning of existing pavement 

-Installation of HMA surface & pavement markings.

Job Fair at Bethel College

by rgifford Fri, March 20 2015 00:06

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski is sponsoring a job fair with 50 employers looking to fill 800 jobs. The fair will be held on the campus of Bethel College, in their gymnasium, on April 8 from 9 to 1 EDT.

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All Indiana Counties Report Increase in Unemployment Rates

by rgifford Thu, March 19 2015 20:15

All 92 Indiana counties saw their unemployment rate increase from December to January, with an average increase per county of 1.1%. Starke County was no different, seeing a rate increase of 1.7%, from 7.3% in December to 9.0% in January.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Rises in January

by rgifford Wed, March 18 2015 16:43

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) reported yesterday that despite another 8,600 new jobs being added in January, that the unemployment rate inched up by .1%, from 5.9% in December to 6.0% in January.  According to the DWD release, this was because of an additional 14,250 persons entering into the labor force.

Individual county rates are scheduled to be released later today.

INDOT Scheduled to Take Bids on Starke County Bridge

by rgifford Fri, March 13 2015 19:43

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is scheduled to take bids on a number of highway projects on April 1, 2015, including a bridge in Starke County.Bids will be received on a bridge deck overlay on US 35 over the Robbins Ditch, 0.21 miles north of US 30.  The project is expected to be completed on or before October 16, 2015.

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U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls in February

by rgifford Fri, March 06 2015 16:51

On the strength of 295,000 new jobs added in February, the U.S. Department of Labor announced this morning that the national unemployment rate fell to 5.5% from the 5.7% rate announced for January. New jobs were higher than the 230,000 forecast by analysts.

National Unemployment Rate Inches Up in January

by rgifford Fri, February 06 2015 17:12

U.S. employers added 257,000 jobs in January, but an increase in the number of people in the labor force caused the national unemployment rate to rise from 5.6% as reported in December to 5.7% for January.

County Unemployment Up in December

by rgifford Wed, January 28 2015 21:07

Starke County was one of 42 Indiana counties that saw an increase in its unemployment rate during the month of December, according to a news release this morning from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The rate in December went to 7.2%, up from 6.9% in November. Despite the increase, the County unemployment rate fell from 8.4% in January of 2014 to the 7.2% figure in December.

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Creating Opportunities ... Delivering On Promises

"The first thing we have to do is prove we’re credible and then deliver results. We have done that. Give us a task and we’ll get the job done." Charles Weaver, Executive Director

Starke County location and logistics create opportunities:

  • A 90-minute drive to downtown Chicago
  • In the heart of Indiana, the "Crossroads of America"
  • Midway between the east coast and the Rocky Mountains
  • In the NAFTA Super Highway corridor
  • One day’s drive within one-third of the population of the United States
  • Excellent service from class-one and short line railroads

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation delivers on our promises to make your move here easier than you ever thought possible. We have:

  • Built and leased back spec buildings
  • Constructed lead track and rail spurs
  • Installed water tower, water mains, and sewer infrastructure
  • Upgraded highway interchanges
  • Continue to assemble land for development

The Foundation has built a reputation as the LEDO that partners with you to get the job done.

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