Increase in Events at Mid-America Science Park Boosts Scott County Economy

The Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) in Scott County is bustling with activity, and each month seems to be busier than the last. From training sessions to business meetings to large-scale events, MASPark has welcomed thousands of visitors from across the country to Scottsburg, making a name for itself as one of the top venues in Indiana. As MASPark builds the event side of its business, repeat customers are becoming the norm.

“Offering quality service to every person who walks into MASPark is one of our top priorities,” said Executive Director Joe Pearson, Ed.D. “Visitors are coming back to Scott County because we exceed their expectations, and they feel welcome here. The increase we’re experiencing in traffic benefits local hotels, shops and restaurants, too.”

The National FFA Annual Convention & Expo will return to MASPark this October.

The National FFA Annual Convention & Expo will return to MASPark this October. This will be the third year that the FFA has come to Scottsburg for their annual event.

While MASPark attracts visitors from outside Scottsburg, it’s also an integral part of the local community. Scott County residents and employers alike take advantage of having a first-class venue nearby. For employers, the training and meeting spaces offer great value because they save time and travel costs. Scott County residents treasure the memories made with family, friends and neighbors during community celebrations, weddings, birthday parties and more.

“It’s rare for a community the size of Scottsburg to be home to a regional hub like MASPark,” said Mayor Bill Graham, “It’s a catalyst for economic development, workforce training, education and quality of life. MASPark has a positive impact on our community like nothing else can, and it represents a bright future for the next generation.”

A number of spaces and amenities are available at MASPark including: (Click here for a virtual tour.)

  • The 120-seat Presentation Hall is an attractive space equipped with state-of-the-art technology, theater-style seating and a large built-in screen for presentations.
  • The Banquet Hall can hold up to 300 people and accommodate a variety of layouts. The newly remodeled space features a 9-by-12-foot projection screen, a built-in stage with podium and a high-quality sound system.
  • MASPark has four executive conference rooms that can accommodate groups ranging from 10 to 48 individuals depending on the client’s desired layout.
  • Two secure rooms compliant with defense protocols are available to clients whose projects involve sensitive information.
  • MASPark’s beautiful outdoor courtyard is equipped with a fire pit and colorful seasonal landscaping. It offers the perfect setting for a group discussion or visiting with friends.

For more information, please visit the Mid-America Science Park online at MASPark.org.

3D printing company Tangible Solutions to open at Mid-America Science Park

The Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) announced this week that 3D printing company Tangible Solutions will be its newest tenant, opening in September. There will be a grand opening ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Tangible Solutions was founded in Dayton, Ohio, and provides 3D printing, 3D scanning and engineering design services. The company offers a wide range of materials for evaluating prototypes, including engineering-grade thermoplastics, simulated overmolds, multiple durometer rubbers and high quality metals.

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“The Mid-America Science Park offers a central location and proximity to a number of key industries, particularly the defense sector,” said Adam Clark, chief strategy officer for Tangible Solutions. “More importantly, the onsite team and resources will be a tremendous asset as we look to grow our business in Indiana.”

Tangible Solutions will also bring the company’s popular Leadership Breakfast Briefing to Scottsburg to offer area executives, manufacturers and entrepreneurs an introduction to 3D printing. Attendees will learn how 3D printing works, industry applications and the technology’s future outlook. The first session will be held prior to the grand opening on Sept. 3 at 7:30 a.m. at MASPark. The second session is scheduled for Oct. 8. Anyone can attend and may register at MASPark.org.

Tangible Solutions also plans to host a full-day Midwest Additive Manufacturing and Defense Conference on Nov. 5. Registration and details will be released at a later date.

“We’re honored that Tangible Solutions chose Scottsburg as its Indiana home,” said Mayor William Graham. “There are many industries that can benefit from 3D printing applications, and we’re excited to help bring the technology to Southern Indiana.”

For more information on Tangible Solutions, visit www.tangiblesolutions3d.com.

Region 10 Adult Education Graduation to be Held on August 7

Dear Community Leaders and Friends:

You are cordially invited to attend the Region 10 (Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington counties) Adult Education/High School Equivalency graduation ceremony on August 7, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., in the Jeffersonville High School Auditorium, 2315 Allison Lane, Jeffersonville, Indiana.

A reception, sponsored by the New Albany Altrusa Club and Ivy Tech Community College, will be held in the school cafeteria immediately following the ceremony.

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The mission of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Division of Adult Education, is to ensure delivery of foundational skills development, career pathways, and academic and career counseling services to adults and out-of-school youth for the purposes of employment, reemployment, or enhanced employment. This includes preparing adults without a high school diploma to take the HSE test.

Earning a High School Equivalency (HSE) is a rewarding accomplishment that will benefit these adults for the rest of their lives and will greatly impact the economic development of our region, as more people will be qualified for the workforce. They now have many new options opened up for them such as continuing with post-secondary education, skills training, WorkINdiana certification programs, finding new employment, maintaining their current employment, or gaining the ability to move forward on a career pathway.

As of today, 320 Adult Education students in Region 10 have earned their High School Equivalency Diploma since July 1, 2014, and results from year-end testing are still in process. Adult education receives performance-based funding, and Region 10 continues to be a leader in the state in adult education performance measures.

Our success is due to many factors, such as motivated adult students, caring and qualified teachers and administrators, online learning tools and assessments, targeted professional development, expert fiscal management (The Scott County Economic Development Corporation), and strong community partnerships with organizations and businesses who see the value in raising the level of educational attainment of our citizens and workforce.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate with these adults and hear a few of their success stories. Most of them have overcome great obstacles in their lives to reach this accomplishment, which is one positive step toward a more successful life for them and for their families.

We will have a special section for our special guests down near the stage, so if you come, please sit there where we can easily introduce you to our audience.

Sincerely,

Beth Pattison & Angela Kirlin

Beth Pattison
Adult Education Coordinator, Regions 9 and 10
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
812-725-3255
bpattison@dwd.in.gov

Angela Kirlin
Region 10 Adult Education Director
812-981-3777
region10abeangela@gmail.com

The Scott County Economic Development Corporation manages the Region 10 Adult Education Program from the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg. The program, recognized as one of the top adult education efforts in the state, helps improve workforce quality in Southern Indiana. 

Area Chambers Partner to Build Regional Business Relationships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Screenshot 2015-06-24 14.29.20The 2015 Regional Business Expo is a unique opportunity to expose businesses to new regional opportunities for vendors, sales, employees and connections. With the fast pace of the global economy, it is easy to miss the opportunities in our own backyard. This exposition is designed to build regional business relationships and strengthen the business community, while providing a venue for consumers and job-seekers to explore opportunities. The event will be held at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, Ind., on August 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to the public with free admission and free parking.

With support from MODRoto and other sponsors, lead organizations from four counties have joined together to organize the event:

· Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
· Scott County Chamber of Commerce
· Washington County Chamber of Commerce
· Jennings County Chamber of Commerce

The 2015 Regional Business Expo will be held at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg.

The 2015 Regional Business Expo will be held at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg.

By assuming a regional focus, the Chambers are bringing their collective influence and membership to offer businesses access to regional buyers, job-seekers, customers and business leaders within the course of a single day. The Regional Business Expo allows businesses to put their products and services on display, and provides a unique forum to collaborate on best practices. The 2015 Regional Business Expo takes a leading role in building collaborative growth for our region.

The event more than doubled in size from 39 exhibitors in 2013 to 79 in 2014. There was a great deal of positive feedback after the 2014 event.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout. It was much larger than I expected. I enjoyed the event and I had a lot of great conversations with other businesses,” said Phillip Richey, Centra Credit Union.

The expo is continuing to grow with approximately 90 booths already registered for the 2015 event. A list of exhibitors and registration information can be found at www.regionalbusinessexpo.com. Exhibit space is still available.

The 2015 Regional Business Expo will be held at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, Ind., on Wednesday, August 26 from 11:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. Exposition set-up will take place the morning of the event. Registration ends August 15.

Contact:
Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
Lindsay Obendorf, Marketing Manager
lobendorf@madisonindiana.com
812-265-3135

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Scott County Council Approves Ordinance to Join Regional Development Authority

The following is a press release from Our Southern Indiana:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (July 22, 2015) – Yesterday, the Scott County Council passed an ordinance to participate in the Our Southern Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) as a first step in a local application for the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative.  

Scott County Council president Iva Gasaway said, “Scott County is excited about being a part of the formation of the RDA.  We see the possibilities of our region receiving this designation, and we want Scott County to have input on naming the RDA’s Board of Directors as well as identifying and prioritizing regional projects that may receive funding.”  The RDA is the only entity eligible to apply for the Regional Cities designation. 

This decision follows yesterday’s workshop for elected officials and the public.  Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith, along with Indiana Economic Development Corporation Policy Director Eric Shields and General Counsel Chris Cotterill shared information about the Regional Cities Initiative, and answered questions about the operational aspects of the program.  Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including co-author of the enabling legislation, State Representative, Ed Clere; co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Ron Grooms; and Representative Steve Stemler spoke to the legislative intent of the program and to present support for the program and Our Southern Indiana’s efforts.   Wendy Dant Chesser, President of One Southern Indiana, shared the planning work of Our Southern Indiana as the group prepares its application for submission for funding.  The entire session will be available for viewing on the Our Southern Indiana website (www.oursouthernindiana.com), facebook page and twitter feed later today.   

Work also continues on the submission for funding as a Regional Cities designee. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will be accepting applications from interested regions from July 1 through August 31, 2015.  Representatives from Our Southern Indiana plan on approaching the councils in Floyd, Harrison, Clark and Washington counties for approval of the ordinance in order to maximize the collaborative efforts to form the RDA and submit an application by the August 31st deadline.

About Our Southern Indiana:  

Our Southern Indiana is a regional planning effort sparked by the potential of Indiana’s new Regional Cities Initiative. The Regional Cities Initiative seeks to attract talented people to Indiana and is looking to invest in promising regions that can show they are ready for development through regional collaboration. Through Our Southern Indiana, regional partners are working together to articulate the Vision of the people of Southern Indiana, create an action plan for transformational regional projects, and show the State our readiness to leverage their investment exponentially.

Our Southern Indiana is guided by a Steering Committee of community leaders in the public and private sectors.  With the support of the Ogle Foundation, BNIM, a regional planning consultant team comprised of national and local experts, has been contracted to collect input from regional stakeholders including government officials, business owners, residents, and institutions on the assets and challenges of the region. This input along with the consultant team’s analysis of the key qualities of the built environment, economy, natural resources, and quality of life will lead to a comprehensive eight year plan for Clark, Floyd and their contiguous counties.

Media Contact: 
Suzanne Ruark
Director, Marketing & Communications One Southern Indiana
(812) 206-9050
suzanner@1si.org 

2015 Regional Business Expo – Early Bird Pricing Ends June 30

The 2015 Regional Business Expo is a unique opportunity to promote your business with potential customers throughout Southern Indiana. Join us to meet and network with business leaders from around the region in one location. Four counties are joining together to bring you this exciting event:
· Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
· Scott County Chamber of Commerce
· Washington County Chamber of Commerce
· Jennings County Chamber of Commerce

Screenshot 2015-06-24 14.29.20The 2015 Regional Business Expo will be held at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, Indiana, on Wednesday, August 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (View a map

The goal of the annual Regional Business Expo, now in its fourth year, is to help local businesses succeed and build collaborative growth for our region.

Early bird pricing is available through June 30. Chamber members also receive a special discount. Exhibit space is limited and will sell out fast so reserve your space today. Event set-up will take place the morning of August 26. For more information, please contact the Regional Expo committee at (812) 883-4303.

Download the Regional Business Expo registration form.
Sponsor the Regional Business Expo.
Visit the Regional Business Expo on Facebook.

Samtec in Scottsburg; See Time-Lapse Construction Video

Samtec’s new facility in Scottsburg is well underway! Click here to see the construction progress as well as a time-lapse video.

Samtec will be located next to the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, Indiana.

Samtec will be located next to the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, Indiana.

Advanced Manufacturing Rapidly Expands, Training Available in Scott County

Many of the economic drivers in Indiana and Scott County are key industries for advanced manufacturing, including: aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical devices, plastics, food and beverage, and defense/military.

Reduced labor costs overseas have compelled U.S. manufacturers to bridge innovation and technology in order to remain competitive. Leading companies have learned that technology not only improves the creation of goods, but also the quality in which they are produced. This is the future of manufacturing in the 21st Century – where the latest technology and innovations are used to deliver complex and highly functional products. Put another way, this is advanced manufacturing.

In the last decade, top manufacturers have redesigned their production lines to increase efficiency and reduce labor costs. In doing so, companies have realized that biggest challenge in the advanced manufacturing sector is not finding capital for upgrading equipment. The real challenge is finding skilled workers who can operate the new technology and advanced processes on the production floor. That demand will continue to grow as more companies seek to remain competitive through innovative technologies.

advanced manufacturingFor Scott County residents, there’s good news for those seeking advanced manufacturing training. MASPark and Ivy Tech Corporate College offer an Advanced Manufacturing Open Entry/Open Exit (OE2) training program for regional manufacturing workers. OE2 gives employers the ability to customize content to meet their own particular training needs, with the flexibility to adapt the curriculum to match each employee’s experience level.

The self-paced courses allow students to complete the classes without having to disrupt work schedules. The model develops job-ready skills that yield a significant return on investment for employers. The end result is a workforce better able to meet the advanced skill requirements of today’s manufacturing environment.

Ivy Tech also offers dual-credit opportunities in advanced manufacturing at MASPark for high school students who wish to enter the field. Advanced manufacturing will continue to be a dominant area of job and economic growth in the coming years. Students and workers are encouraged to pursue the educational opportunities that will provide them the skill sets to succeed in the 21st Century.

For more information on training and workforce development opportunities at MASPark, please call (812) 752-9521 x1225.

Ivy Tech to Hold Open House at MASPark on June 12

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Ivy Tech Community College will host an Open House on Friday, June 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend to learn more about dual credit opportunities for high school students, training certificates, academic courses, and the Welding Institute that are available to local residents.

Education & Training Opportunities:

  • Academic Courses
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Welding Institute
  • Dual Credit Courses

This will be a great opportunity to speak to Ivy Tech staff and get a chance to tour our Welding and Training labs.

Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions please contact: Kristy Holsapple, Site Coordinator at (812) 752-4327 or kholsapple5@ivytech.edu.

Mayor Bill Graham recently hosted the Now Hiring Scott County College & Career Fair at the Mid-America Science Park. Nearly 50 employers participated to recruit for jobs that span a wide array of industries. Several Scott County residents attended and submitted resumes and applications for employment.

Schools and colleges were also available to discuss educational opportunities with local students. For those in need of career advice, experts offered seminars on interview skills, how to make the most of the career fair and tips for creating an impressive resume.

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Multi-Color Corporation plans to hire at least 30 positions in Scott County.

Platinum sponsors of the Now Hiring Scott County College & Career Fair included Multi-Color Corporation, Samtec and Morgan Foods.

According to Multi-Color Corporation’s regional human resources manager, Selena Dickerson, the company plans to hire at least 30 positions in Scott County. Those who missed the career fair can visit Multi-Color online and join their Talent Network to enhance their job search and application process.

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Craig Mull, plant manager for Samtec, is recruiting for full-time, third shift positions. “We are extremely excited about the applicants we’ve met today. The commitment from the community has been very positive and welcoming.” Job seekers are invited to apply to Samtec by visiting the Careers page on www.samtec.com.

Morgan Foods met with several job seekers to help ramp up for the company’s busy season in the fall. The company is recruiting for production, office, lab and support staff. Interested job seekers can drop their resumes off at the company’s security office.

In addition, Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive is hiring for all production shifts in preparation for their upcoming expansion. Tokusen has several positions open in operations and maintenance and invites applicants to stop by the main office to submit an application. APM is taking applications for floor operators and assembly workers.

Heidi Morris, corporate HR manager for ILPEA, said they are looking for engineers, production staff and maintenance workers with electrical skills. One success she noted was filling one of their summer engineering co-ops after speaking with a qualified student at the career fair.

Ashley Dowd, a junior at Scottsburg High School, also attended the career fair to explore opportunities for a summer job. She’s a volunteer firefighter now and is interested in paramedic and emergency medical training. “I spoke with Ivy Tech and learned more about their programs and application process,” she said.

There were also numerous volunteers onsite throughout the day to ensure that the event ran smoothly.

“We heard a lot of great feedback from employers and education providers about the quality of Scott County’s workforce,” said Mayor Bill Graham. “It was exciting to bring together almost 50 employers with a focus on hiring. The event was certainly proof that our local economy is strong, and there are numerous job opportunities available now.”

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