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Thermo Pride Engineering Design Team Earns Award Nomination

Published: July 17th, 2014

Thermo Pride logoAn engineering design team from North Judson-based Thermo Pride is a nominee for a prestigious award from the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. The Starke County Economic Development Foundation nominated director of engineering Everett James and project engineer Michael Sharkozy for the Team Innovators Award for their application of an existing technology to a new process. By doing so, they created an extremely safe, ultra-high efficiency oil-fired furnace for residential and commercial heating. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Interns Making a Difference at the SCEDF

Published: July 7th, 2014
Stefanie McGovern and Rachel Mullens

Stefanie McGovern and Rachel Mullens

Two summer interns have assisted in workforce development efforts at the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF).

Rachel Mullens of North Judson and Stefanie McGovern of Winamac are working on Manufacturing Day activities for 2014, the 7th grade manufacturing experience and the annual Prospectus and Achievement event.

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SCEDF Executive Director Joins IEDC Board

Published: June 27th, 2014
Charles Weaver

Charles Weaver

Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) Executive Director Charles Weaver is now on the board of the Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA).

Weaver joined a board composed of 14 members from Indiana where he and his fellow board members can review legislation that is being considered by the General Assembly and its potential impact on economic development efforts.

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Starke County Unemployment Rate Explained

Published: May 23rd, 2014

The unemployment rate for the state and for individual counties was released this week.

The rate in Starke County dropped a point, according to the April statistics. The rate is 6.9 percent which is a 1.3 percent decrease. Starke County still ranks in the top ten in unemployment. All 92 counties reported a decrease in the unemployment rate.

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Starke Council Approves Appropriation Requests

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: March 19th, 2014

Charles Weaver

Charles Weaver

The Starke County Council approved a number of appropriation requests at their meeting Monday night, including a request from Charles Weaver, executive director of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation. Weaver approached the council and requested an appropriation of $1,035,000 to fund a number of county projects. The commissioners gave the request their approval, and the council approved a motion to appropriate the funds.

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Starke Commissioners Give Green Light for CR 300 E–SR 8 Project Bids

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: January 9th, 2014

Charles Weaver

Charles Weaver

The Starke County Commissioners at their meeting yesterday morning approved a request from Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, to authorize the SCEDF to proceed with the bidding process for the County Road 300 East–State Road 8 intersection improvement project. Weaver explained that this reconstruction of the intersection will improve the accessibility of the industrial park for large trucks, which currently have a very difficult time turning onto County Road 300 East or State Road 8 as they attempt to enter or leave the industrial park.

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Knox Board of Public Works Approves Change Order in Demolition Project

Published: October 26th, 2013
This is the old Knox theater and Starke County Economic Development Foundation location

This is the old Knox theater and Starke County Economic Development Foundation location

The Knox Board of Public Works approved change orders for the demolition project at 2 and 4 N. Main Street in the downtown area.

Crews tore down the buildings that housed the old Knox theater and the former office of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation. While most of the debris has been cleared, there are a few issues that need to be addressed before inclement weather sets in.

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Robert E. Hamilton Award Presented to Territorial Engineering Founder

Published: October 4th, 2013
2013 Robert E. Hamilton Award winner Van Janovic

2013 Robert E. Hamilton Award winner Van Janovic

The Grovertown High School graduate who has spent the past 35 years giving back to the county where he was raised is the recipient of the Robert E. Hamilton Award. Territorial Engineering Founder Van Janovic was honored during last night’s Starke County Economic Development Foundation Prospectus and Achievement event. Nancy Dembowski presented the award and says Janovic has put community ahead of self since opening Territorial Engineering in 1978 and has shaped the landscape of Starke County in doing so.

“His work on behalf of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation has resulted in the lead track facility, industrial parks in Hamlet, North Judson and Knox, and many other economic development projects, as well as the design of the industrial buildings,” Dembowski said. Read the rest of this entry »

Demolition in Knox Going Smoothly, Said SCEDF Director

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: October 1st, 2013

Charles Weaver

Charles Weaver

The demolition of the structures previously located at 2 and 4 N. Main St. in Knox is going well, according to the executive director of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation. Charles Weaver told WKVI that there have not been any issues that have developed and the demolition is going smoothly, despite the workers taking a few days off last week to handle other items.

“The demolition has been going very well. We’re pleased with the progress that has been made; we’re pleased that the outside wall, specifically the north wall, was taken down without any damage to the adjoining remaining structure. The sidewalks have been protected during demolition; the little ornamental trees have been protected during the demolition, so we’re very pleased with what’s going on so far,” Weaver explained.

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Prospectus and Achievement Night This Thursday

Published: October 1st, 2013

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation will host the Prospectus and Achievements Night on Thursday, Oct. 3 with featured speaker Scott Duerkop, vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle, a real estate brokerage firm in Chicago. He will shed light on what challenges a small rural community faces when it comes to attracting industry.

In addition to his presentation, Kemin Food Technologies and Edward Lambert Farms will be recognized for having been named one of five finalists for The Society of Innovator’s Northwest Indiana Chanute Prize for their team innovation in North Judson. The team uses innovative growing and post-harvest processes for patented spearmint varieties unique to the county that has preservation and antioxidant properties used in products world-wide.

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SCEDF to Present Robert E. Hamilton Award During Prospectus and Achievements Night

Published: September 30th, 2013

The third annual “Prospectus and Achievements Night” hosted by the Starke County Economic Development Foundation will be Thursday, Oct. 3 at Knox Middle School.

One of the highlights of the meeting will be the awarding of the Robert E. Hamilton award. This award is given to a person who has contributed a great amount of service in the field of economic development as well as the community as a whole.

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Crews to Demolish Buildings on Main Street in Knox

Published: September 24th, 2013
This is the old Knox theater and Starke County Economic Development Foundation location

This is the old Knox theater and Starke County Economic Development Foundation location

Crews are set to demolish the old Knox theater and the structure that formerly housed the Starke County Economic Development Foundation’s office.

The demolition will begin at 6:30 a.m. today at 2 and 4 N. Main Street in Knox. Knox Mayor Rick Chambers told WKVI that crews will take one day to completely knock down the building and they will take three days to remove the rubble.

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SCEDF Pleased With Works Councils Mapping

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: July 20th, 2013

Governor Mike Pence this week unveiled a map of the 11 regions for the Indiana Works Councils, councils which he said will bring educators and employers together to evaluate and develop career and technical education that meets the demands of employers in each region. The Indiana Works Councils were created with the passage of Senate Enrolled Act 465, which the governor signed into law on April 15.

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Demolition Project Bid Opening on Hold

Published: June 27th, 2013
Knox Board of Public Works

Knox Board of Public Works

The Knox Board of Public Works was to approve bids Wednesday morning for the demolition of the old Knox theater and the former office of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation in the downtown area, but that process was put on hold.

A representative of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs was at the meeting Wednesday morning and informed the board members that since asbestos was found in the two buildings, the federal wage will have to be used by bidders. The representative informed Territorial Engineers, who then informed the four bidders that their bids would not be submitted as the wage system will have to reflect the federal Davis-Bacon wage system.

The entire process will be re-advertised with a pre-bid meeting set for July 12 at 9:30 a.m. and bids will be opened during the Board of Public Works’ next meeting on July 24.

Demolition Bids to be Opened Today for Downtown Knox Buildings

Published: June 26th, 2013
Knox Board of Public Works

Knox Board of Public Works

The Knox Board of Public Works will be meeting this morning at 9:30 a.m. at Knox City Hall.

The board members will be awarding the bid for the demolition of the old Knox theater and the building that previously housed the Starke County Economic Development Foundation.

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Pre-Bid Meeting Set for Demolition of 2 & 4 N. Main St. in Knox

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: May 16th, 2013
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The buildings at 2 and 4 N. Main St. in Knox will soon be but a memory as the Knox City Council will soon be taking bids for their demolition. Engineering firm Territorial Engineering has put together a bid package for their destruction and the Knox City Council Tuesday night approved the bid letting with a pre-bid meeting to be held on June 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Knox City Hall. Bids will be accepted up to June 26 at 9:30 a.m.

To ensure that the historical buildings are not forgotten, however, the Starke County Economic Development Foundation recently received final approval from all the agencies required to sign off on a book to be composed with the history and pictures of the two buildings. A copy of the book was presented to the council and another will go to the Starke County Museum.

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Knox Council Agrees Toll Brothers is in Compliance With Tax Abatement

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: March 27th, 2013
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week reviewed the efforts made by Toll Brothers in keeping with their tax abatement and approved a motion stating that the company is in substantial compliance or has made reasonable effort to keep with the terms of the abatement. Charlie Weaver, the executive director of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, and Toll Brothers owner Brian Trapp approached the council requesting the compliance statement.

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Knox City Council Receives Updates on SCEDF Projects

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: March 15th, 2013

Charles Weaver

Charles Weaver

The Knox City Council this week received an update on the projects being undertaken by the Starke County Economic Development Foundation from CharlesWeaver and Bill Sonnemaker. Weaver explained that the County Road 300 East rebuild project is moving along smoothly, and they are just about finished on land purchases.

Weaver explained that it doesn’t appear that the project will require any imminent domain acquirements, and they are now on track for a Feb. 14 project bid letting. Hopefully, Weaver said, this project will be done during the construction season in 2014.

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Linda Berndt Steps Down from SCEDF Board After 17 Years

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: March 13th, 2013

SCEDF Board President Bill Sonnemaker presented Linda Berndt with a plaque for her years of service to the board.

SCEDF Board President Bill Sonnemaker presented Linda Berndt with a plaque for her years of service to the board.

After 17 years of dedicated service on the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board, Linda Berndt has stepped down to allow someone else to take her place. Berndt said it was an honor and a privilege to be a part of a board with so many like-minded intelligent people, but because of her responsibilities on other boards and her work, she felt she could no longer give the board 100 percent of her focus and thought it was time to let someone else have the opportunity.

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Demolition Date May Soon Be Set For Old Knox Theater

Published: January 2nd, 2013

Greg Matt

A demolition date has not yet been set for the former home of the Knox theater and the offices of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation.

City Planning Administrator Greg Matt said the city of Knox is in the midst of applying for a grant to take down the building at the corner of Main and Lake streets. The grant’s matching funds will be paid by the Starke County Economic Development Foundation. If the grant is obtained, a date will be set for the demolition of the building in downtown Knox.

An archiving company has been inside the building to take out the antique theater chairs, the limestone from the outside of the building, and the tin ceilings.