Interest in upgrading U.S. 30 to freeway standards doesn’t appear to be as high as previously thought, and that’s drawing frustration from Hamlet officials. Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation told the town council Wednesday that the Indiana Department of Transportation is looking at other projects now and doesn’t appear interested in U.S. 30.Continue reading
Uncertainty about the future of U.S. 30 is making it hard for Hamlet to attract businesses, according to Town Council President Dave Kesvormas. During last week’s meeting, he said that local officials have been told that INDOT wants to upgrade U.S. 30 to freeway standards, but now, they’re hearing proposals for a J-turn intersection at State Road 39.Continue reading
Efforts continue to try to match high school seniors with local employers with positions to fill.Continue reading
An expansion of Norton Packaging’s facility east of Hamlet could create 20 new jobs. Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation recently gave an update to the Hamlet Town Council.Continue reading
Starke County has turned in its letter of intent for a Stellar Community designation. Constellation of Starke’s paperwork was submitted to the state by the April 5 deadline, according to Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation.Continue reading
Changes in assessments of agricultural land are impacting local communities’ tax revenues. Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation shared some statistics with the Hamlet Town Council Wednesday.Continue reading
As Starke County officials decide whether to apply for a Stellar Community designation this year, local residents are being asked to fill out a survey. It’s a way to demonstrate support from local communities to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, according to Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation.Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet will apparently continue to be represented on the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors.Continue reading
Open enrollment is leading students out of some smaller school districts. Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation told the Hamlet Town Council Wednesday that the state is now giving more detail about where exactly students are attending school.
Almost 400 middle and high school students took part in the Starke County Economic Development Foundation’s Manufacturers Day events last week. That’s according to Special Projects Coordinator Ron Gifford.
Those involved in Starke County’s mint industry got together earlier this month to exchange ideas. Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation discussed the event with the Hamlet Town Council last week.
EZ Blockchain is a step closer to setting up operations near Hamlet. Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation gave an update on the new data center to the Hamlet Town Council last week. “I think they’ve laid the cement,” he said. “I think they have the units. If they’re not there yet, they’re going to be.” Continue reading
The Town of Hamlet is joining Starke County’s effort to become a Stellar Community. The county government plans to team up with the county’s three incorporated municipalities to apply for a regional Stellar designation in 2019. The Hamlet Town Council voted Wednesday to move forward with the process, along with the rest of the county.
Starke County residents are steadily becoming more educated, according to Ron Gifford with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation. “We’ve gone from 854 people in the county in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree or higher, and we more than doubled it up to 1,840 in 2016,” he told the Hamlet Town Council last week. “We also increased higher than the national average for people who had some college or an associate’s degree.”
The Hamlet Town Council continues to explore potential development opportunities. During last week’s meeting, Council President Dave Kesvormas said there’s a prospect of a developer doing something with a town-owned lot on Pearl Street.
The Hamlet Town Council is being asked to make a decision on whether or not it will be part of Starke County’s quest to become a Stellar Community. The Starke County Economic Development Foundation has been spearheading the effort, which officials hope will open the door to additional grant opportunities and investment.
A few different documents pertaining to the J.W. Hicks property were considered by Knox City Council members Thursday night.
In the city council’s first meeting in May, a public hearing was held over the company’s request to annex a portion of property into the city of Knox. Continue reading
A business opportunity is being offered by city officials to help revitalize the downtown area in Knox.
When the City Council met last Thursday, Mayor Dennis Estok shared that the Redevelopment Commission has purchased a building that will be utilized for a proposed pilot program. He said the goal of the program is to provide some incentives to try and induce some business downtown. Continue reading
A public hearing over a petition for annexation was held when Knox City Council members met on Thursday. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Special Projects Coordinator Ron Gifford spoke on the behalf of the petitioner, J.W. Hicks Holding LLC.
Gifford explained that the Hicks organization previously purchased some property on the corner of Pacific Avenue. He said that when the company started looking into potential expansion, some records were reviewed and they discovered the property to the south, formerly the Hewlett property, was never annexed into the city. Continue reading