Indiana is Number 1 in Cost of Doing Business in Latest CNBC "America's Top States for Business"

by rgifford Mon, August 17 2015 20:03

Indiana has been ranked as 13th in the nation overall in CNBC's latest version of its America's Top States for Business Report.  Indiana ranked first in cost of doing business, and also did well in the categories of economy and cost of living, The report cites the ongoing reductions in the state's personal tax and corporate tax rates, and its AAA credit rating as principal reasons for its standing.



INDOT Update on Bridge Overlay On US 35 over Robbins Ditch, 0.21 miles north of US 30

by rgifford Mon, August 17 2015 19:48

As of 8/11/2015: Traffic switched to use the completed southbound lanes. Northbound lanes are closed to traffic. Northbound bridge deck has been overlayed with approach

Slabs and mudwalls reconstructed. Approx. 75% complete. Expect to complete northbound bridge railing transitions, install the expansion joint sealing system, place riprap for bridge pier protection under the bridge and pave the northbound pavement transitions the next two weeks.



Indiana Manufacturing Jobs Continue To Rise

by rgifford Fri, August 07 2015 19:17

A national trade publication, The Manufacturers News, has reported that about 7500 jobs were added in the manufacturing sector in Indiana between April of 2014 and April of 2015. They report that more than 575,000 people are employed in manufacturing, a 1.3% rise from a year ago.



National Unemployment Rate Unchanged in July

by rgifford Fri, August 07 2015 17:11

The U.S. Department of Labor issued its July unemployment report this morning. An additional 215,000 jobs were added in the United States last month, but the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.3%.

Starke County Unemployment Rate Lowest Since November of 2007

by rgifford Mon, July 27 2015 18:29

According to the latest figures from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Starke County's unemployment rate in June was at 5.7%, the lowest it has been since November of 2007. That rate is also .2% lower than it was in May of this year.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Dips to 7 Year Low

by rgifford Tue, July 21 2015 22:52

The unemployment rate in Indiana for the month of June is at 4.9%, the first time that has been below 5% in about 7 years. The rate fell despite new jobs in the private sector being down by about 3,800.  However, new manufacturing jobs were up by 1,600 for the month.

National Unemployment Rate Drops in June

by rgifford Wed, July 08 2015 19:32

The U.S. unemployment rate fell from 5.5% in May to 5.3% in June on the strength of an additional 223,000 jobs added during that month.

Starke County and Culver Schools Receive Recognition

by rgifford Fri, June 26 2015 21:36

The U.S. Department of Education has chosen North Judson-San Pierre Elementary, Knox Middle School, Oregon-Davis Elementary, Oregon-Davis Jr-Sr High School, and Culver Elementary School as  recipients of the 2015 President’s Education Awards Program.They, along with 500 Indiana schools have been honored for their educational excellence and academic growth in the classroom. 

Congratulations to each school and their staffs for this award.



Indiana Unemployment Rate Down; Starke County and 80 Other Counties Up in May

by rgifford Mon, June 22 2015 20:53

While the State of Indiana reported a .3% drop in its unemployment rate for May, from 5.4 to 5.1, Starke County, like the vast majority of counties in the state showed a slight increase. For the county, the rate increased from 5.8 to 5.9 for the month.  Only 7 counties experienced a decline, while another 4 counties were unchanged.  The balance of 80 counties all had an increase.

For the State of Indiana, an additional 9700 private sector jobs were created, including 2000 in the manufacturing sector.

National Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in May

by rgifford Fri, June 05 2015 17:15

The U.S. Labor Department said that despite adding 280,000 jobs in May,the national unemployment rate went up from 5.4% in April to 5.5% in May. Analysts say that the rise was probably due to an increased number of people, like college graduates, entering into the labor force.  

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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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