?Economic Growth Partnership says two large employers are looking at Washington County PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008 00:00
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    At the Wednesday , August 13, Budget Hearing of the Washington County Council, Jess Helsel of the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership (WCEGP), fielded questions from Council members about the WCEGP’s recent activities in attracting new business to the county.  Helsel informed the Council that strong interest has been expressed by a large employer looking to locate a new facility in either Indiana or Kentucky.
    In a Friday morning interview with Helsel and WCEGP Executive Director, Jerry Rose, they indicated that, in fact, two large employers have expressed interest in locating in Washington County.
    “Nothing is confirmed and we are only in the initial stages on one,” said Rose, “but we feel very good about our chances with at least one of the two prospects.  It is too early to be naming names or counting our chickens.”
    According to Helsel and Rose, either company would dramatically impact the economic situation in Washington County and the surrounding counties.  “We are talking about a payroll that would significantly increase the average wage in the county as well as the tax base.” Helsel explained.  “We have to be careful not to get the cart before the horse.  A lot of things have to fall into place but we think we are in a very good position to land at least one of these companies.”
    When asked what information, they could make public about the two companies, both Helsel and Rose were quick to say that any premature information leak could very well jeopardize the ongoing negotiations.”
    At the Council Budget Hearing the question was asked as to what impact the new employer(s) would have on County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) revenues; the number mentioned was $2.2 million.  When quizzed about this number on Friday morning, Helsel said that the figure is a little vague and depends on how quickly the employers would be up to full employment capacity.
    That number should be put into perspective.  By extrapolating the payroll necessary to generate that much CEDIT revenue, the payroll would have to be three to four times what the total payroll is today for all of Washington County jobs plus the payrolls of residents working outside of the county.  
    Another bit of research indicates that it would be a payroll comparable to that of Toyota in Gibson County, Indiana prior to its recent expansions.
    Again, both Helsel and Rose stressed the need for discretion on the part of key players in the county and that even though Washington County’s chances are good, we should temper our optimism with caution.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2008 09:51
 
?ISP warn residents to not fall victim to “Smishing” PDF Print E-mail

    Officials with the Indiana State Police Post in Sellersburg recently released information regarding a new scam being pulled on residents in the midwest.
?    Identify thieves and online scammers attempt to obtain personal or financial account information from potential victims by “phishing.” Online scammers attempt to trick the potential victim into revealing personal information such as check and credit card account numbers, social security numbers, or bank account passwords. Typically “phishing” e-mails will lead the victim to what appears to be a legitimate website by informing them their bank account has been compromised or there are other problems with their account. They are directed to click on a link posted in the
e-mail. Instead of going to the bank’s official website, this link takes the victim to a fraudulent site that looks “official” where the victim will then be prompted to confirm personal or account information

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?Purple panel trap detects emerald ash borer found in Floyd County PDF Print E-mail

 

?    Emerald ash borer has been confirmed near the Floyd County community of Georgetown, Ind., just 14 miles northwest of Louisville. Floyd County joins Kosciusko County as a recent addition to the list of infested counties in Indiana.  The Kosciusko County find was announced July 21. The Floyd County find occurred near the town of Georgetown and is in Georgetown Township   The DNR will conduct additional surveys around the sites to determine the extent of the infestations.
    Floyd is the 19th Indiana county with a confirmed EAB infestation.  It is the first county in the southern half of the state and the first Indiana county south of Indianapolis to have EAB.  Other infested and quarantined counties include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Hamilton, Huntington, LaGrange, Marion, Noble, Porter, Randolph, St. Joseph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, White and Whitley.
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?Clark County Corrections Officers share Corrections Officer of Year honors PDF Print E-mail

     ?Training is something that every person who is wanting to be the best, rather it be an Olympic athlete or a Little Leaguer or even a doctor or police officer, concentrates on at any given opportunity. Training makes one the best they can be.
    Training is what two Clark County Corrections Officers contribute to a situation that presented itself in the Probation Office.
    The way the two officers, Mike Fleming and Eric Balingit, responded earned them the prestigious Corrections Officer of the Year honor in the State of Indiana.    
   The co-recipients traveled to Indianapolis to the Marriott Hotel Ballroom for the Sheriff’s Association Dinner and Awards Ceremony. The state-wide award is given by the Sheriff’s Association.

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?Horseshoe Foundation accepting fall grant applications PDF Print E-mail
?    The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County will five $350,000 in grants to benefit the Floyd County community in the fall grant cycle. Grant applications are now being accepted. To be eligible to receive a grant, completed grant applications must be postmarked by September 30th, 2008 and all previous final grant reports must be completed. Charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies which benefit Floyd County citizens and fit the grant guidelines are welcome to apply.
    Grant program guidelines, policies and grant application forms are available on the Foundation’s new website, www.horseshoefoundation.org.
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