Kathryn Norem and Carla Musial Named Finalists in Influential Women of Northwest Indiana 2014

by rgifford Wed, October 29 2014 21:47

Two members of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors, Kathryn Norem and Carla Musial, have just been named finalists in two different categories of the 2014 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana.  Both were nominated by the Foundation for their work in Starke County. Carla Musial was named one of five finalists in the category of Finance, while Kathryn Norem was named as one of three finalists in the  Up and Coming woman in the area of Government.  

With over 30 years of experience in Community Banking, Carla Musial has served in the positions of Vice President and Knox Branch Manager at the DeMotte State Bank. She currently serves as Treasurer of both the Foundation and its affiliated organization, Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning (SCILL).

Kathy Norem  previously served as CEO of Starke Memorial Hospital and also developed and implemented the Ancilla College School of Nursing. She is also the Past Director of the Starke County Community Foundation. She is currently serving her second term as a Stake County Commissioner where she served more than one year as President.

Winners in all 11 categories will be announced at an awards banquet to be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, Indiana from 5:00 to 8:00 pm CT



Indiana Maintains 8th Place Position for Best Tax Climate in United States

by rgifford Wed, October 29 2014 20:41

The Tax Foundation has issued its 2015 rankings on the tax climate in each state. For the second year in a row, Indiana finished in 8th place among all states, and best in the Midwest.  Contiguous states included Illinois at 31, Michigan at 13, Ohio at 44, and Kentucky at 26.

The Foundation looks at five areas of taxation. Below are those categories and how Indiana fared in this most recent report:

Corporate tax structure (22nd)

Individual income tax structure (10th)

Sales tax structure (10th)

Property tax structure (5th)

Unemployment insurance tax structure (7th)



Starke County Unemployment Rate Reaches Lowest Point Since November of 2007

by rgifford Thu, October 23 2014 00:12

The Starke County unemployment rate for September as reported by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development is 5.9%, down from the rate for August of 6.3%. This is the lowest rate for the county since it recorded a rate of 5.5% back in November of 2007. In addition, the current rate of 5.9% matches that reported for September as the national rate. Since January of this year, the county rate has fallen from 8.4%.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Continues to Decline

by rgifford Tue, October 21 2014 18:42

The unemployment rate for the State of Indiana dropped to 5.7% for the month of September, down from 5.8% in August. 6,000 new manufacturing jobs were created last month. This marks the 9th consecutive month that the Indiana rate is less than the national rate.

National Unemployment Rate Slips Below 6%

by rgifford Fri, October 03 2014 19:30

American companies are hiring again at a healthy pace, adding 248,000 jobs in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The national unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent.The pace of job creation in September was above many economists’ expectations and signified a return to the 200,000 level, a mark that had been surpassed each month since midwinter until the August lull.


Latest Update on SR 8 - CR 300 E Intersection Project

by rgifford Thu, September 25 2014 19:04

PHEND & BROWN,, INC.. CONTRACTORS AND ENGINEERS General Highway and Heavy Construction Since 1922


367 E 1250 N P.O. Box 150 Milford, IN 46542-0150 Phone 574-658-4166 Fax 574-658-4584 An Equal Opportunity Employer Page 1 of 1


Starke County

SR8 / CR300E Intersection Improvements Project

Construction Update

September 25, 2014


The above project has started and is currently under construction. The following schedule of activities is provided to highlight major activities. Changing weather conditions and/or internal schedule changes may alter the dates below. Traffic control signage and detour markings will be provided in advance of and during any closure.


STATE ROAD 8 WILL NOT BE CLOSED DURING THIS PROJECT. There will be times of one lane traffic with flagmen but no closure of the State Road.




Wednesday, October 1 Begin Preparation for Paving


State Road 8 Edge to be saw cut and removed. Traffic on State Road 8 will be one lane with flagmen.


Thursday, October 2 Begin installation of aggregate base on CR300E and along SR8


Tuesday, October 7 Installation of HMA Base paving


Wednesday, October 8 Installation of HMA Intermediate and HMA Surface paving


Monday, October 13 Begin installation of guardrail, pavement markings, signs.


Saturday, October 18 Complete installation of guardrail, pavement markings, signs.




If you have any questions, please contact:


Andrew R Schouten

Project Manager, Phend & Brown, Inc.

574-527-7540 Cell





Starke County Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop

by rgifford Tue, September 23 2014 19:04

The unemployment rate for Starke County for the month of August was 6.3%, down from 6.5% in July, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). This marks the lowest rate since December, 2007 when it was 6.0%. It also means that the rate has dropped from 8.4% in January of this year to its present rate.

The State rate also dropped, from 5.9% to 5.8%, while the U.S. rate fell from 6.2% to 6.1%.  For Indiana, 900 additional manufacturing jobs were created in August, for a total of 84,000 manufacturing jobs added since July of 2009.

Number of New Jobs Created in August Slips

by rgifford Fri, September 05 2014 18:13

The U.S. Department of Labor reported this morning that the number of new jobs created in August slipped below the 200,000 level for the first time since January of this year. Only 142,000 new jobs were reported for the month, but despite that decrease, the national unemployment rate fell .1% from 6.2% in July to 6.1% in August.


Bids Taken on SR 8 Resurfacing Project

by rgifford Thu, August 21 2014 23:50

The Indiana Department of Transportation took bids earlier today on the asphalt resurfacing of SR 8 from SR 39 to US 35. The apparent low bidder was Rieth Riley Construction with their bid of $1,799,991.15. Other bidders and their bids were E&B Paving at $1,875,934.77 and Walsh & Kelly, Inc, at $1,880,460.44. The engineer's estimate for this project was $1,910,000.00.



Starke County Continues Decline in Unemployment Rate

by rgifford Wed, August 20 2014 18:30

Starke County saw a .2% drop in its reported unemployment rate for July according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), down to 6.5% from 6.7% in June. This marks the lowest unemployment rate for the county since April of 2008 when it was 6.2%. The rate in the county has dropped from 8.4% in January of this year. In addition, the labor force has grown from 9,388 in January to 10,543 in July.

For the month of July, a total of 88 of Indiana's counties showed a decrease in their rate from the previous month while the state as a whole remained at 5.9%, unchanged from June.

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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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