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.

Frankfort is receiving another round of funding to improve one of its roadways.

The Federal Highway Administration is allocating more than $2.2-million for the city to make repairs to South Maish Road.

It’s the first project of Frankfort’s Complete Streets effort.  The goal is to develop a more integrated transportation network.

Construction is slated to start in early 2014.

The South Maish Road project will include upgrades for walking access and safer vehicle travel.

Opportunities seen in trips to Asia

Jun 14, 2012

Two local cities are strengthening their international ties.

Frankfort and Lafayette are sending groups to Asia to further develop relationships there.

This weekend, three high school students will represent Lafayette in its sister city in Ota, Japan.

They are traveling as part of an exchange program through the Lafayette Mayor’s Youth Council and Leadership Lafayette.

The nine day trip will include stops at schools, meetings with government leaders, and sightseeing.

In August, students from Ota will come here to experience life in Lafayette.

Full-day kindergarten will be offered in every public school district in Indiana this fall.

All but nine school districts already had full-day kindergarten, even though state funding fell short of covering the costs.

Legislators used a budget windfall to fully fund the program for next year, but it was still up to local school boards to decide whether to go forward.

All nine holdouts have opted to do so, including Frankfort and Zionsville.