Rush County ECDC Director John McCane attended Monday’s meeting of the Rush County Commissioners and provided a brief report regarding economic swings in the county during the previous 12 months.
McCane said that during the past year the local ECDC has developed an active working relationship with the Small Business Development Center to provide assistance to small business entrepreneurs with business and technical assistance. Currently, the ECDC is working with a prospective agri-business in hopes of having another local business.
“We also have organized a tax abatement training program with local officials while assisting in the development of a permanent tax abatement policy for Rush County,” McCane said.
He continued by saying that local expansion efforts at two Rush County businesses have resulted in roughly 75 to 100 additional jobs being created locally.
Currently, Rush County is one of only four counties in the state to be approved as an ACT Work Ready Community. As previously reported in the Rushville Republican, the distinction of “work ready” provides a measure of assurance to current and prospective employers regarding a higher level of proficiency for the local workforce.
McCane next turned his attention to discussing the North Industrial Park. According the ECDC director, bids are currently being accepted through Thursday with the project expected to be completed by the fall of 2014.
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