Tippecanoe Co elevates travel advisory

Jan 5, 2014

Tippecanoe County again has raised the level of its travel advisory.

Officials have issued a Warning due to road conditions. A Warning means all roadways are closed to non-emergency vehicles and personnel. The Warning is in effect until further notice.

Clinton County Commissioners declared a Level 1 Snow Emergency until further notice.  Frankfort Mayor Chris Barnes has done the same for the City of Frankfort. A Level 1 means only emergency vehicles are allowed on the roads. Motorists can be ticketed or, in some cases, even arrested if not in compliance.

Frankfort not Stellar Community winner

Jun 17, 2013

Frankfort came up short in its quest to be an Indiana Stellar Community. This year’s designations went to Bedford and Richmond, instead.

The two cities put forth proposals totaling nearly $20 million each. The state will fund part of those initiatives with a variety of federal and state grants. Private partnerships also are part of the financing.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes said even if the city did not receive the funding package from the state, it would still move forward with its projects. Those include:

Frankfort ready for Stellar Communities site visit

May 13, 2013

Representatives with the Stellar Communities program are visiting Frankfort Wednesday.

The city is a finalist for millions of dollars in funding for economic development projects offered by several state agencies. It’s competing against Angola, Bedford, Petersburg, Richmond and Wabash for one of two designations.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says their application will have a huge impact.

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 moves to protect historic properties

Mar 12, 2013

The Frankfort City Council is considering a plan to protect the historic integrity of the downtown area. Members will look at extending the boundaries of the Downtown Historic Overlay District.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says since the foreclosure crisis a few years ago, they’re seeing housing stock deteriorate. He says the proposal before the council would create a historic district ordinance.

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."

The effort to build an Ivy Tech campus in Frankfort is getting more community funding.

Businessman and long-time broadcaster Vern Kaspar is donating $180,000 to the construction of the facility. He says education is the key to success in life and he made the gift to help students in the Frankfort area.

“We all have maybe a little bit different American Dream,” he says. “Basically you want to be successful. You want to be able to provide for your family. You want to see your offspring and their offspring prosper and be well adjusted, and education is the answer.”

The new Ivy Tech center planned for Frankfort has someone to guide the facility and students.

The community college announced Susie Trees as site director. She joined Ivy Tech in 2007 and has coordinated dual credit programs with area high schools.

Prior to coming to Ivy Tech, Trees was a Frankfort High School teacher for 21 years and coordinated Clinton County’s first community learning center. She has a bachelor’s degree in home economics and a master’s degree in education.

Frankfort making way for Ivy Tech center

Aug 14, 2012

Students in Clinton County and surrounding areas will soon have a new resource for higher education.

Ivy Tech Community College is setting up a center in Frankfort.

It’s expected to open for classes in the fall of 2013.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says enhancing post high school opportunities for residents is a top priority.

“Thirteen percent of Clinton County residents have a higher education degree.  Thirteen percent," he said.

The city of Frankfort is taking steps to promote business growth in Clinton County.

The newly formed Redevelopment Commission has established four tax increment financing (TIF) districts in the city’s industrial park. Some property tax funds from these TIFs can be used to finance infrastructure and other developments in the area.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says after communicating with industry leaders, it was easy to decide where to set up the geographical districts.