Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.
Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc. 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 City of Knox Receives Grant Funding for Wastewater System Improvements The City of Knox has been awarded $700,000 from the Wastewater Drinking Water Program for wastewater system improvements. This project will replace the mechanical screening and grit removal equipment, construct a new pre-treatment building and make improvements to the plant force main and gravity sewer. U.S. Unemployment Rate Up in December Despite Job Gains The Bureau of Labor Statistics today released the national unemployment rate for December.  The economy added 312,000 new jobs during the month, far exceeding expectations of about 176,000 jobs, which included an additional 32,000 jobs in the Manufacturing sector. Indiana and County Unemployment Rates Inch Up in November The Indiana unemployment rate rose slightly in November going from 3.5% in October up to 3.6% in November.  An additional 3100 jobs in the manufacturing sector were also reported for the month.  The contiguous states of Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois all remained at the same level for November as reported fro October, with all of those states being higher than Indiana.  As previously reported, there was no change in the national unemployment rate, as it remained at 3.7% for the month. Knox School Board Approves Community Task Force and Blog to Obtain Community Input The Knox School Corporation has appointed a new Community Task Force to work with the school's architects in identifying the future building needs of the School Corporation. The first meeting of the Task Force was held last week and at that time, members were asked to identify 5 good things about the school corporation as well as 5 bad things and a discussion then ensued on many of those thoughts. National Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 3.7% for November The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 3.7% for the month of November, which matched the October rate.  While 155,000 jobs were added during the month, that number fell below the estimate of 198,000 that was expected.  Manufacturing jobs did increase by about 27,000 for the month.... North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation Receives Innovation Planning Grant The Indiana Depratment of Education Office of eLearning has announced the 2018-2019 Innovation Planning Grant awardees, which includes the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation. The intent of these $30,000 grants is to incentivize the thoughtful and informed planning within public school corporations interested in creating or increasing the potential of digital learning in their classrooms. Awarded districts have participated in a Future Ready School Summit, and have committed to evaluatin... October Unemployment Reports While the national unemployment rate was unchanged for the month of October at 3.7%, the State of Indiana also stayed the same at 3.5%.  The story was different for Indiana counties, as 91 out of 92 counties saw a dramatic increase in their unemployment rates averaging 0.06% across the board.  Starke County was no different, as the rate changed 0.05% from an adjusted 3.6% rate in September to 4.1% in October. Starke County Communities Receive Community Crossings Money for 2019 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.... 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.... 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.