Teams of innovators tried to tackle some of Starke County’s most pressing challenges, as part of the Indiana Bond Bank’s Flipping Finance Challenge. Graduate students, experts in particular fields, and others interested in improving communities gathered in Indianapolis last week for an “18-hour design sprint.” The goal was to try to come up with creative solutions to challenges facing Starke County, Jay County, and the City of Bloomington with the chance of winning prizes.Continue reading
Pulaski County will spend almost $57,000 to try to bring in tourists this year. The Community Development Commission’s tourism marketing plan was approved by the county commissioners Tuesday.Continue reading
A preliminary step for the renovation of the Pulaski County Courthouse and expansion of the Justice Center will be considered by the county commissioners this morning.Continue reading
Efforts to increase broadband availability and tourism in Pulaski County are a few of the things that will likely be scaled back, following the elimination of the Community Development Commission’s project coordinator position.Continue reading
Organizers of Tippecanoe River tubing excursions are not the problem for Winamac park staff. That was the message reiterated during last week’s park board meeting. The town allows an organizer of “BYOB River Tubing excursions” to use space in the Town Park for part of its trips, which brings in revenue from the rental fee.Continue reading
A concern about tourists’ tubing expeditions’ impact on the Tippecanoe River’s ecology was heard by the Winamac Park Board last week. Resident Mark Copeland told board members that fishing isn’t what it was five or 10 years ago, and he blamed the trash brought by the increase in tourism.Continue reading
Pulaski County continues to fine-tune its tourism marketing efforts.Continue reading
Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies have been busy recently, and that’s led to a significant shortfall in the department’s overtime budget. The county council voted Monday to transfer a total of $27,000 out of the deputy salary and part-time dispatcher salary line items, to fill the gap.Continue reading
The airing of Pulaski County’s tourism commercial on Sunday night is starting to have an impact. The Community Development Commission got an update from Executive Director Nathan Origer on Tuesday.Continue reading
Pulaski County will once again be targeting country music fans with this year’s tourism marketing campaign. The county commissioners Monday approved a $25,000 advertising package with WBBM-TV in Chicago.Continue reading
As Pulaski County faces challenges related to population loss and its long-term financial health, there are also a lot of great things going on. That’s the message Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer shared with local government and business leaders during his annual State of the County Economy Address. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners may be willing to consider a return to television advertising, as a way to promote tourism. The county ran tourism ads in the Chicago market back in 2016, but decided against doing it again last year. Instead, they opted to go with a cheaper online-only advertising package.
Pulaski County stands to lose several million dollars in income tax revenues over the coming decades, due to declining population. That’s according to Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer. He presented some rough estimates to the county council last week. Continue reading
Pulaski County is hoping to attract tourists from the Fort Wayne area. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners will once again revisit tourism advertising this morning. Last month, they rejected a proposal from the Community Development Commission to run commercials on Comcast cable systems in the Chicago area, as well as buy some online advertising. Continue reading
Tourism advertising has been tabled for a third time by the Pulaski County Commissioners. The issue appeared to be put to rest at their last meeting, when they opted not to act on the Community Development Commission’s proposal to run advertising on Comcast cable systems in the Chicago area. However, the topic was brought back to the commissioners Monday by CDC Executive Director Nathan Origer, only to have it tabled once again. Continue reading
Pulaski County may not be returning to television to bring in tourists. The county commissioners appear to be ready to deny the Community Development Commission’s request to buy additional TV advertising. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners will take a bit more time to decide whether to try more TV advertising. On Tuesday, they tabled a request from the Community Development Commission to spend $22,000 to run tourism ads on Comcast cable systems in the Chicago area. Continue reading
Pulaski County is finding that with more visitors comes more responsibility.
Tourism efforts were increased earlier this year, including a television advertising campaign airing in Chicagoland in April during the local news and the Country Music Awards.
Culver is looking for a way to bring it all together to help promote and market the community in the coming years.
Several organizations have held informal conversations about combining resources to find solutions to several problems the community is facing. It was discussed during last week’s Culver Town Council meeting to begin preparations.