Scott County Aims to Attract, Recruit and Retain Talent

There are many wonderful things about living in Scott County, Indiana, and a local group of community leaders aims to bring greater awareness to our thriving community and the opportunities available here. Working together over the past nine months, the group has organized an exciting new initiative known as Live IN Scott County with a goal of attracting, recruiting and retaining talented people in Scott County.

Anthony and Cara Maraman were looking for a place where they could have enough land to have a family farm without breaking the budget and a place where they could send their children to one of the top school systems in the region. They found it in Scott County.

The initiative was prompted by the tremendous growth opportunity afforded by the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project. The new bridges are expected to generate $87 billion in economic impact in the next 30 years*, creating an excellent opportunity to attract more residents to Scott County.

In September, a new website was launched at www.LiveINScottCounty.com to share the benefits of living, working and learning in Scott County. The website includes information about the community as well as stories about people and families who enjoy living and working here. The initiative can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you have a story idea for the website, please email stories@liveinscottcounty.com.

Live IN Scott County is a 501c3 organization currently funded by the Scottsburg Redevelopment Commission. The Scott County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) acts as the fiscal agent. The initiative is guided by an advisory board made up of individuals representing organizations that have an interest in supporting the Live IN Scott County mission. The advisory board is led by an executive committee that includes:

  • President – Craig Mull, Plant Manager, Samtec
  • Vice President – Chris Routt, Principal, Johnson Elementary School
  • Treasurer – Anita Walker, Deputy Director, Scott County Economic Development Corporation
  • Secretary – Jessica Jones (non-voting member), Administrative Assistant, City of Scottsburg – Office of the Mayor

Two talented Scott County residents have been hired to manage marketing efforts. Sara Denhart and Stephen Carey will be working diligently behind the scenes to ensure the Live IN Scott County initiative is a success. Sara will be writing stories for the blog and Stephen will be managing the website and social media channels.

If your organization is interested in getting involved or supporting the Live IN Scott County initiative, please contact Anita Walker at awalker@scottcountyin.com.

* SOURCE: http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/34287068/business-leaders-bridges-and-i-69-impact-exceeding-expectations (January 18, 2017)

Good Things are Happening in Scott County!

Good things are happening in Scott County! That was the message at the Scott County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) Annual Meeting, held at the Mid-America Science Park in October. Approximately 100 guests heard from community leaders who shared exciting news about accomplishments, improvements and opportunities. Speakers included:

• Selena Dickerson, Regional HR Director, Multi-Color Corporation
• Mike Murry, Vice President, Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive
• Mike Everett, CEO, Scott Memorial Hospital
• Bob Anderson, Superintendent, Scott County School District 1
• Dr. Mark Slaton, Superintendent, Scott County School District 2
• Beth Pattison, Adult Regional Coordinator, Adult Basic Education
• Syd Whitlock, Regional President, Your Community Bank
• Robert Peacock, Executive Director, SCEDC

Syd Whitlock, Regional President, Your Community Bank and Robert Peacock, Executive Director, SCEDC.

Syd Whitlock, Regional President, Your Community Bank and Robert Peacock, Executive Director, SCEDC.

Key highlights from the event included:

Multi-Color Corporation will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary next year. The Scottsburg location is the largest profit center of the company’s 43 locations.
Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive is the #1 metal stamping facility for Subaru. Their $56 million expansion will add 100+ jobs and $2.3 million in expected payroll.
Scott Memorial Health is growing, contributing $150,000 annually to the local tax base. Since 2013, the hospital has invested more than $2 million in capital improvements.
SCSD1 will have 15 students graduating in 2015 with both an associate’s degree and a high school diploma thanks to a partnership with Ivy Tech. The District also had a student accepted into the School of Pharmacy at Bellarmine University, the youngest person ever admitted.
SCSD2 is also focused on educating students to be the best they can be via a digital teaching and learning environment. The District is offering 109 dual credit hours in 2015, saving students and their families $2,443,481 in higher education expenses.
• Funding for Region 10 Adult Basic Education has doubled to over $1 million since the SCEDC started serving as the fiscal agent. Since 2011, 80 adults in Scott County have earned a high school equivalency diploma and nine adults have passed Accuplacer to enter Ivy Tech Community College.
Your Community Bank is hearing great news from many of its customers who are having their best years. Commercial and small business lending is up 54%, with the number of loans increasing by 21%. Growth includes new projects, expansions/renovations and acquisitions.

To view the SCEDC Annual Meeting presentation and video, please click here.