The construction of a new facility for an expanding Knox business will remain on schedule after Knox Mayor Dennis Estok administratively authorized the purchase of a lift station to serve the site. City officials previously agreed to run water and sewer lines to the new Traffic Control Specialists, Inc. location west of Toll Brothers and Knox Fertilizer in the industrial park. The company broke ground on the project in November. A May 27th ribbon cutting is scheduled. Continue reading
Starke County’s unemployment rate increased in November, climbing to 5.6 percent. That’s up from the previous two months, when the rate bottomed out at 5.0 percent. Continue reading
The North Judson Town Council reorganized and made some additional appointments when it met Monday for the first time in 2016. Wendy Hoppe has once again been selected to serve as council president. She will also remain the council’s representative on the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors. Continue reading
The North Judson Town Council took steps Monday to decide which of its members will represent the town on various boards. Continue reading
Local residents will soon have access to expanded adult workforce training programs, thanks to a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Continue reading
An open house was held at the former Stelrema building Thursday to try to find a new business for the property. Continue reading
A Knox business is a step closer to expanding. Officials with Traffic Control Specialists, Inc. are set to break ground today on their new facility in the Knox Industrial Park. It will be located across from Toll Integrated Systems and west of Knox Fertilizer. Continue reading
Efforts are being stepped up to find a new business to occupy the former Stelrema building on U.S. 35 north of Knox. The building’s been empty since Stelrema’s parent company Gettig Technologies filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2012. Continue reading
Unemployment rates continue to fall. Continue reading
Starke and Pulaski Counties are working together to expand adult workforce training. Continue reading
A long-time banker and former Starke County Economic Development Foundation executive director has been given the foundation’s highest honor. Terry Kimmel was presented with the 2015 Robert E. Hamilton Award at Thursday’s Prospectus and Achievement Luncheon. Continue reading
The Third Annual Manufacturers Day Event will be held tomorrow at Knox Middle School. The event’s put on by the Starke County Economic Development Foundation to give students a better understanding of the local manufacturing industry. Continue reading
Starke County officials are applying for one of eight state grants to set up a job skills training program for local adults. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver recently spoke to the commissioners about the need for such an initiative.
“The idea is that workers who are currently employed but are not utilizing the potential they have, or workers who are unemployed and seeking new skills, the goal was to find a program that could train them.” Continue reading
Traffic Control Specialists can now move ahead with plans to build a new facility in the Knox Industrial Park after the Knox City Council approved several measures enabling its construction at its meeting Tuesday. Continue reading
The Knox City Council will decide whether Traffic Control Specialists will be able to build a new facility in the Knox Industrial Park, at its meeting this evening. Continue reading
A historical marker now stands on the site of one of downtown Knox’s first commercial structures. The Koffel Building at the corner of Main and Lake Streets was completed in 1891, a year before the city’s streets were paved with brick, four years before municipal electrical service was offered and 17 years before city water was available. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver says drug stores were a vital part of a booming business district.
“Always in the drugstore the fountain was a big thing. From the very beginning there were tables where it was appropriate for the ladies to come in to have coffee, tea or a soft drink or whatever from the fountain. That became quite a social center in the day.” Continue reading
Sysco hasn’t given up plans to build an expansion to its national operation near the intersection of U.S. 35 and 30. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charles Weaver told the Hamlet Town Board last night that the company does not currently intend to offer for sale the land it owns near Hamlet. Continue reading
The Knox City Council agreed to donate funds to build a gazebo for the Serenity Garden project.
Knox High School students will be planting trees, flowers, and other plants in the green space at the corner of Lake and Main Streets in the downtown area. Don White, who is a member of the Starke County Economic Development Board of Directors, presented the council members with an idea for a sturdier structure for a gazebo at that location.
Ron Gifford from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation said that all 92 counties went up by an average of 1.1% per county, but the state as a whole only went up 0.1%. Starke County reported an unemployment rate of 9.0 percent and was ranked seventh in the state. Pulaski County had an employment rate of 6.3 percent and ranked 52nd in the state. Marshall County reported 6.2 percent.
A skills gap is being blamed for the lack of progress in Indiana’s economic recovery. According to the Indiana Skills2Compete Coalition, career and technical education for youth and the lack of credential attainment among the state’s adult workforce, are needing attention.
The Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning Center or SCILL Center, is ahead of the curve with providing opportunities for adults and students to gather skills needed to be a productive member of the adult workforce. Ron Gifford from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation said officials recognized one gap about three years ago.