economic development

Frankfort's economic development plan progressing

Mar 13, 2013

Economic development efforts in Frankfort will take on a more focused approach soon. The city is completing a document for strengthening current businesses and industries, and encouraging more to set-up shop.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says job creation is one goal, but so is providing a stable environment for the downtown and neighborhoods.

Frankfort creating economic development plan

Jan 24, 2013

A $40,000 grant is helping Frankfort map its future. The money from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will finance the city’s Economic Development Plan.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says input from residents is needed to create the document and set the foundation for a healthy financial outlook.

"That will enhance our city's competitiveness in strengthening existing industries, attracting new product-lines to our city, and creating not only jobs for our citizens, but careers."

IN Farm Bureau hires retail ag business specialist

Dec 27, 2012

A new member of the Indiana Farm Bureau staff hopes to help small farms and those focused on specialty crops. Bob White was hired as IFB’s retail agriculture business specialist.

He has a background in agricultural finance and natural resources, as well as economic and policy development. However, White says he needs to hear from members who want help.

Alcoa is expanding its footprint in Lafayette

Jan 25, 2012

Alcoa  is locating its new full-production aluminum lithium casting facility here.

The $90 million investment will bring 75 new jobs. The new facility will be adjacent to Alcoa’s existing plant at U.S. 52 and Main Street.

The city and Tippecanoe County government will provide training funds for the new employees. Alcoa already employs more than 700 workers.

The company’s long history with the Lafayette area began in 1937.