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White County Soars Towards Success

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

A record crowd of nearly 300 community leaders, entrepreneurs and county stakeholders gathered this year for a program whose theme was “Soaring toward Success.” White County Economic Development President Randy Mitchell spoke on how so much has changed and grown over the last three years in White County, highlighting some statistics including:

  • $700 million in capital investment
  • 1,600 full-time jobs created
  • 78 new businesses started by entrepreneurs

Along with the successes, Mitchell spoke on the opportunities ahead, citing the availability of land as a major draw for new or expanding businesses:

  • Mid-America Commerce Park, with 600 acres available now and 2,000 more to be made available in the future. Infrastructure and utilities are in place, and a new 60,000 sq. ft. shell building is ready for development.
  • Monticello Professional Park, with 100 acres
  • Monticello Business Park South

Mitchell said the county is specifically targeting four industry clusters: food and dairy; advanced materials manufacturing (plastics, wire, wood); transportation; and agriculture and life sciences. With emphasis on the importance of collaboration, Mitchell marveled at the progress the county had achieved in just a few years, and at the new opportunities 2016 brings. “It’s really kind of amazing what we see from the changes in the air to where we are today,” Mitchell said.

The meeting was well received and according to NIPSCO’s Director of Economic Development Don Babcock stands as an example for how elected officials and business leaders from across a county can “set a course for success and celebrate annual achievements.”

“The positive, ‘can do’ attitudes of many selfless leaders is making a tremendous difference and I am very proud to have NIPSCO’s Diane Thalmann be a significant contributor,” said Babcock. “White County has found the ‘secret sauce’ and I encourage every other economic development organization across the state to learn from their recipe.”

The event also saw other speakers take the stage, including Indiana Manufacturers Association President and CEO Brian Burton, who served as the event’s keynote speaker. Burton overviewed the economic forecast and discussed promoting business at the state level. Apex Parks Group CEO Al Weber also took the stage to discuss his company’s purchase of Indiana Beach in 2015 and their plans for the park in 2016.

Randy Mitchell, President

White County Economic Development


White County Annual Lunch 2016


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