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New Castle Roots Lead To Business Ownership

Jennifer Barnett’s family history is rooted deeply in New Castle. She and her husband Kevin both graduated from New Castle High School, just like her parents and grandparents. While attending Purdue University, Jennifer had the opportunity to study fashion in New York City during her junior year. Living in a […]

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Local factory planning to expand, increase workforce

The Henry County Council may have broken the record for its shortest meeting Wednesday afternoon, adjourning just under the half-hour mark. The council is preparing for the 2019 budget year and didn’t have too many accounting issues to handle this week. The biggest project on their agenda was a request […]

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Area Realtor Trades Suburban Life for Henry County Living

Living in the suburb of McCordsville seemed like a great idea to Cara Taylor after graduating from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in Residential Property Management. She enjoyed the amenities of being close to Indianapolis. After a few years, however, she discovered that instead of visiting the city, […]

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‘It’s all about readiness’

Duke Energy has selected a 143-acre site in Henry County as one of six around in the state in the company’s 2018 Site Readiness Program. The property, at the corner of County Road 300 S and Ind. 103, is owned by local company Hissaydar Investments LLC, New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President […]

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A Workforce Way Forward

Right before their eyes were keys to future economic development. For members of the New Castle Henry County Economic Development Board Wednesday morning, those keys were not available land drawings or tax abatement incentive documents. They were young people displaying true talent. Shenandoah FFA students served as guest speakers for […]

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The ABCs of Good EDC Efforts

In a place well-known for its successful teams, Wednesday’s New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corporation annual meeting and dinner focused on the victories being won by an often unheralded unit – those behind-the-scenes players who market this community, assist existing businesses and bring new employers to town. Guest speaker for […]

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Site Selection Expert Featured Guest at Upcoming EDC Dinner Meeting

The New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corporation is hosting its annual dinner meeting on Tuesday, April 17, at First Baptist Church, 709 S. Memorial Drive in New Castle. The event will begin with social time at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 6:30 p.m. […]

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Love of Quilting Leads to Business Ownership

When Sandi Abrams made her first quilt for her nephew’s daughter, she didn’t realize she was being infected with the “quilting bug.” Her hobby became a part-time job she did in her spare time while working her full-time job in the pharmacy industry. Last year, Sandi left her a 30-year […]

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Indiana’s INTERNnet Program is a Catalyst for Experiential Learning

Indiana’s INTERNnet program is a key strategy for retaining Indiana’s talented students. The power of an internship is mighty, especially since jobs are the primary reason that people stay or leave the Henry County community. What qualifies as an internship?  An internship is a form of structured and supervised experiential […]

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Increase Employee Retention with this Valuable Tool

Low unemployment in the area is great news… unless you’re an employer struggling with continual employee turnover. At the New Castle-Henry County EDC, we have a tool to help you with your retention strategy: Job Profiling through ACT WorkKeys. This nationally proven job profile program provides employers with countless benefits […]

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Career Center Receives Two Awards for Excellence

The Indiana Department of Education is honoring the entire Education Professions program and individual student Madison Eastridge today for the work each has done at the New Castle Career Center. The Education Professions program, led by Leesa Myers, won the 2018 Award for Excellence in the Secondary Program category. Eastridge has been […]

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Lasting Strategies to support a thriving Henry County

A quality workforce and talent strategy remains critical for both communities and businesses. The state and local unemployment rate is below 5% and by 2025 (less than 10 years) there will be 1 million job openings statewide.  What can we do as a community to support a thriving Henry County? […]

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Henry County earns work ready certification

  Henry County is a Certified Work Ready Community (WRC) through ACT.  According to ACT, “participants leverage the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) to measure and close the skills gap – and build common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.” Henry County joins five other counties […]

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Thanksgiving Greetings

The Henry County community is a gem – full of opportunity.  The purpose of this blog is to shine a light on the positives in our community. It is not advocating rose colored glasses but to encourage continued investment in our community’s assets and strengths.  Our county is unique and […]

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Draper: Celebrating 115 Years

“Welcome to Spiceland” greets all entering the main entrance at Draper, Inc. The blue sign is a replica of one that hung at the Train Depot on the Lake Erie & Western Railroad in the late 1800s. Beyond the history of the sign, which is neat, this prominent display, says […]

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Crown Equipment: Happy 6th Anniversary in New Castle

This morning I visited Crown Equipment in New Castle on “I” Avenue.  By good fortune, it is also the 6th Anniversary of Crown Equipment’s announcement to grow in Henry County. The New Castle facility employs about 250 people (100 more than the 2011 press release!) and are very active with […]

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REMC Community Day & Comp Plan

Please plan to attend the REMC Community Day on Friday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The REMC is located at 3400 S. State Road 3 New Castle. Free food, entertainment and also learn about the County’s comprehensive plan. Participants of the public reveal celebration will be able […]

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Part of the Plan: Henry County Comprehensive Plan Updated

How will Henry County grow and develop in the future? The county’s updated comprehensive plan will serve as a road map to answer this question, and more. The New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corporation is working alongside the county’s plan commission and other community partners to create and implement this […]

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Hoosier History: Henry County is for Basketball Lovers

Basketball lovers know Indiana as a mecca for the sport, but in the heart of Indiana is a county where basketball is a way of life. Henry County is home to three remarkable basketball attractions, all within easy driving distance of one another. The Historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown welcomes […]

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Micronutrients to bring 50 jobs to county

A new plant to be located in the industrial park south of New Castle will bring several new jobs to Henry County. Micronutrients, an agribusiness that produces animal feed additives, has announced plans to build a new facility on County Road 400 South in Henry County. The move is expected to create up […]

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