A lengthy process that was undertaken during the 1990’s to purchase land that is now known as the North Industrial Park, broke ground Monday. The event was attended by a number of local and state officials responsible during the many stages required leading to Monday.
During the early 1990’s, then Rushville Mayor Bob Bridges and city council members had a vision to bring new and innovative business to Rushville and Rush County. As a result and aided by a grant, city officials purchased 80 acres north of Rushville with an option to purchase additional acreage. Although the option to purchase the additional land has since expired according to current ECDC Director John McCane, city officials are looking down the road and would like to procure additional land in the future.
During 2012, a local delegation went to Washington, D.C. as a means to lobby for funding for the project and as a result, a $1,661,575 grant was realized in August of that year.
During the past 18 months, a lot of ground work was covered leading up to Monday’s ground breaking.
Current ECDC Board President Cathy Wenning, Mayor Mike Pavey, U.S. Economic Development Administration Area Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Don Kathan and ECEC Director John McCane spoke prior to dirt being turned.
The project is anticipated to be completed later this year and will result in major infrastructure being set in place as insentives for future business growth. The infrastructure will include placement of fiber optic lines, water, sewer and power to the area.
According to those in attendance, the area is ideal for a number of reasons by providing an environment that is in close proximity to two major U.S. Interstates, I74 and I70.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.