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Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc. https://www.scedf.biz 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. en-us Starke County Communities Receive Community Crossings Money for 2019 https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-Communities-Receive-Community-Crossi Three governmental entities in Starke County were part of the recently announced 280 communities that will receive a total of $100 million as part of the Indiana Community Crossings Program.  A total of 444 communities statewide applied for funding in this grant cycle. As announced, Starke County will receive $454,002.00, the City of Knox will receive $346,138.07, and the Town of North Judson will receive $93,010.50.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-Communities-Receive-Community-Crossi National Unemployment Rate Unchanged for October https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/National-Unemployment-Rate-Unchanged-for-October Despite adding 250,000 jobs in October (60,000 more than what analysts had predicted), the national unemployment rate remained at 3.7% for the month of October.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/National-Unemployment-Rate-Unchanged-for-October September Unemployment Rates https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/September-Unemployment-Rates It was a mixed bag for the month of September as far as what happened with unemployment rates.  Nationally, the rate went from 3.9% in August to 3.7% in September, with an additional 134,000 jobs created that month. https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/September-Unemployment-Rates SR 8 West of Starke County Reopens https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/SR-8-West-of-Starke-County-Reopens The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has announced that SR 8 between US 421 and SR 39 in LaPorte County, just west of Starke County, has been reopened.  The road has been closed since February of this year when heavy flooding in that area damaged the road.  While shut down, INDOT also moved up a bridge project in that area so that both projects were being worked on at the same time.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/SR-8-West-of-Starke-County-Reopens Indiana Finishes in Top 10 States for Doing Business https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Indiana-Finishes-in-Top-10-States-for-Doing-Busine Area Development Magazine is out with its 2018 Survey of Top States for Business, finding Indiana to be the highest rated Midwestern State at #9.  The first 8 slots were all located in the South or Southeast section of the United States.  Indiana was higher than Ohio at #11 and Michigan at #18.  Indiana scored highest in the categories of favorable utility rates at #3, and overall cost of doing business at #5.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Indiana-Finishes-in-Top-10-States-for-Doing-Busine North Judson Owned CKIN Railroad to Undergo Repairs and Upgrades https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/North-Judson-Owned-CKIN-Railroad-to-Undergo-Repair The State of Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded a $300,000 grant to the Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad (CKIN) to help upgrade a three mile segment of track in LaPorte County, which will aid in the replacement of ties, rail, a bridge, cross-ties and adding ballast to a segment of track in Wellsboro. The grant was awarded under the Industrial Rail Service Fund, and was one of eleven railroads to receive funding under that program. https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/North-Judson-Owned-CKIN-Railroad-to-Undergo-Repair Starke County Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in August https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-Unemployment-Rate-Up-Slightly-in-Aug Starke County, like 86 other Indiana Counties, showed a small increase in its unemployment rate for August, going from 4.3% in July to 4.4% in August.  The state of Indiana saw a similar rise, as reported last Friday. The labor force in the county dropped for the second consecutive month, after increasing in each of the previous six months.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-Unemployment-Rate-Up-Slightly-in-Aug State Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in August https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/State-Unemployment-Rate-Up-Slightly-in-August The unemployment rate in Indiana in August was reported to be 3.5%, up from 3.4% in July, but still below the national unemployment rate of 3.9%.  During the month, the labor force for the state increased by 11,085 and private-sector employment was also up by 3,600.  In comparison to its neighboring states, Indiana continues to have the lowest rate of unemployment, followed by Illinois at 4.2%, Michigan and Kentucky at 4.3%, and Ohio at 4.6%.... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/State-Unemployment-Rate-Up-Slightly-in-August Starke County Airport Receives Grant to Extend Runway https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-Airport-Receives-Grant-to-Extend-Run The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) just recently announced 217 grants to 181 airports across the United States.  One of those airports was the Starke County Airport which will receive a grant for $882,900 to extend runway 18-36 from 4,400 feet to 5,001 feet.  In addition, a portion of the grant will upgrade the Runway End Identifier Lights and the Taxiway Connector Lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED).  The Precision Approach Path Indicators will also be replaced with new Quartz l... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-Airport-Receives-Grant-to-Extend-Run Starke County Receives Broadband Planning Grant https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-Receives-Broadband-Planning-Grant Starke County was today named as one of five recipients of a Broadband Readiness Planning Grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).  The County will receive a minimum of $50,000 to develop a plan that will educate, create, and identify ways to improve broadband speeds in the County, including the communities of Hamlet, North Judson, and Knox.  Each of the five recipients will be part of a pilot program that will educate and shape how broadband can be establi... https://www.scedf.biz/Blog/Details/Starke-County-Receives-Broadband-Planning-Grant