Scottsburg site receives development designation

Today, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs joined officials from the Scott County Economic Development Corporation and the City of Scottsburg to announce the designation of the Smith Farm – South Main Industrial Park, as Indiana Site Certified Prime.

“We recognize a lot of dedication and collaboration is utilized in order to earn a site certified designation, especially Prime,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “I commend the Scott County Economic Development Corporation and their local partners for working together to make the Smith Farm site ready for development.”

The 155 acre Smith Farm site is located in the City of Scottsburg and could be used for either warehousing, light manufacturing and/or heavy manufacturing facilities.

The Indiana Site Certified program validates sites that are ready for economic development. The Prime designation equates to a location that is no more than 2.5 miles from a state highway and has completed an archaeological investigation. In addition, the local unit of government, lead economic development organization or regional economic development corporation must own the property or an option must be held with the owner.

Indiana Site Certified is administered by OCRA in partnership with the state’s Fast Access Site Team, which is comprised of multiple state agencies. These include the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

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Click here for audio of Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA.

Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as the Secretary of Rural Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. For more information, visit

Learn More about Scottsburg’s Downtown Revitalization Plan on Nov. 8

The City of Scottsburg is currently working on a Downtown Revitalization Master Plan that will identify goals, policies and action steps to guide development and growth over the next 20 years. The public is invited to learn more at an open house on November 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at City Hall.

Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair Set for May 18

Meet your next great hire! Registration is now open for employers who are interested in recruiting talented job seekers from across the region at the Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair on May 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg. Several packages are available, offering a variety of opportunities for employers:

ScottCo_CareerFair_logoStackedPlatinum Package – $1,200

A prime 16’x10’ space with electricity in the main hall, two tables and four chairs, four boxed lunches, your logo on all print and social media releases and a full-page ad in the event program.

Gold Package – $1,000

An 8’x10’ space with electricity in the main hall, one table and two chairs, two boxed lunches, and a ½ page ad in the event program.

Silver Package – $750

An 8’x10’ space with electricity, one table and two chairs, two boxed lunches, and a ¼ page ad in the event program.

Standard Package – $150

An 8’x10’ space (electricity not guaranteed), one table and two chairs, two boxed lunches, and a listing in the event program.

Employers may register by visiting or by contacting Anita Walker at (812) 752-7268.

The Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair will take place at the Mid-America Science Park on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The address is 821 S. Lake Road South, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170.

The Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair is sponsored by the City of Scottsburg, the Scott County Economic Development Corporation and the Mid-America Science Park.

Career Fair Connects Scott County Employers with 200+ Job Seekers

More than 30 employers from Scott County and surrounding areas participated in the second annual Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair at the Mid-America Science Park on May 18. The event drew more than 200 job seekers from the area. Employers included manufacturers, health care providers, staffing agencies and more, and all were actively recruiting for open positions.

IMG_5348“The success of the career fair is a sign that the economy is thriving,” said Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham. “There are many job opportunities with local employers, and we have some of the best manufacturers in the world.”

Selena Dickerson, a member of the career fair steering committee and regional human resources manager at Multi-Color Corporation, participated in the event to recruit for manufacturing positions. “We had several inquiries and talked to a number of skilled candidates,” she shared. “ There’s a lot of opportunity in Scott County for people who want to work locally and earn a good living.”

Austin Tri-Hawk was at the career fair recruiting for all manufacturing positions, as well as tool and die makers and robotics/PLC technicians. “We distributed several applications and received a lot of resumes,” said Safety Administrator Tina Rice. “Bringing employers together at the career fair gives job seekers an opportunity to talk to several hiring managers in a more casual, relaxed setting. There’s less pressure on the job seekers, and they can bring along friends and family for support.”

Samtec, recently named a Top 15 U.S. Employer in manufacturing and production by Fortune Magazine, was a platinum sponsor of the Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair. “We participate because we want to get to know the community and better understand the local workforce,” said Craig Mull, plant manager for Samtec Scottsburg. “We had several great applicants come through. The format was great, and the Mid-America Science Park staff is always accommodating. The mentor program with the high school students was a big help in getting them prepared to meet with employers. We look forward to being a part of the career fair every year.”

For more on the Now Hiring – Scott County Career Fair, please visit Employers are encouraged to share open positions and hiring announcements throughout the year on the Now Hiring – Scott County Facebook page.

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.


Beth Pattison & Angela Kirlin

Beth Pattison
Adult Education Coordinator, Regions 9 and 10
Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Angela Kirlin
Region 10 Adult Education Director

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.