Scott County Council Approves Ordinance to Join Regional Development Authority

The following is a press release from Our Southern Indiana:


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 (, 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 

Governor Pence Honors Scottsburg Building & Loan Association

The Scottsburg Building and Loan Association was officially chartered on August 8, 1889, making it the oldest financial institution in Scott County. The Association was formed to meet the need of providing financing for the building of homes in the growing Scott County area.

Today, Governor Mike Pence will honor their outstanding contribution to the economic growth and prosperity of Indiana and Scott County with the Governor’s Century Award.

As reported by Inside Indiana Business, Gov. Pence shared the following remarks, “I’m honored to recognize these Hoosier-grown businesses that have created a strong and lasting impact not only on their communities but on the state of Indiana as a whole. As our state continues to attract new companies, these well-established businesses will set the tone for a Hoosier economy dedicated to hard work, constant improvement and strong community roots. Their longevity is yet another example that Indiana is a state that works.”

With new products, mergers, name changes and more in the financial industry over the past 125 years, Scottsburg Building and Loan maintains its focus on offering customers the latest in financial products and services. To learn more, visit

Scottsburg Site Receives Indiana’s First Gold Shovel Ready Designation

The City of Scottsburg and the Scott County Economic Development Corporation have received the first Gold site designation of the Indiana Shovel Ready Program. The Office of the Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs awarded the Shovel Ready Gold designation to Scottsburg for the Smith Farm – South Main Industrial Park. Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Banning Engineering and Saegesser Engineering assisted Scottsburg in receiving the highest designation available. The Indiana Shovel Ready designation certifies sites that are ready for economic development. Certified Shovel Ready, Silver and Gold sites are featured on Indiana’s Site Selector Database and will be included in the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s (IEDC) marketing materials. According to, certified shovel ready sites are in growing demand nationwide among companies and site selection consultants looking to build, expand and/or relocate. The Smith Farm – South Main Industrial Park site offers 155 acres of prime industrial development ground.

L to R: Jeff Banning (Banning Engineering), Matt Crouch (Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs), Robert Peacock (Scott County Economic Development Corporation), Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Mayor Bill Graham (City of Scottsburg), Bill Saegesser (Saegesser Engineering).

L to R: Jeff Banning (Banning Engineering), Matt Crouch (Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs), Robert Peacock (Scott County Economic Development Corporation), Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Mayor Bill Graham (City of Scottsburg), Bill Saegesser (Saegesser Engineering).

“We are honored to receive Indiana’s first Shovel Ready Gold site designation,” said Mayor Bill Graham, City of Scottsburg. “There are several efforts underway in Scott County to ensure that companies have the resources they need to establish operations quickly and succeed long-term, from shovel ready sites to a skilled workforce.” Indiana recognizes three tiers of readiness: Shovel Ready, Shovel Ready Silver and Shovel Ready Gold. The base level defines boundaries with a clear title, establishes a price, demonstrates executive level local government support, defines utility capacity and provides documentation such as Phase I environmental assessment, ALTA, topographical, property layout and plat maps.

Shovel Ready Silver builds upon those attributes by maintaining documentation that is less than one year old and having proper zoning and infrastructure built to the property. Shovel Ready Gold expands beyond Silver by being less than five miles from a two-lane highway and having seismic data, soil borings, a minimum of 20 acres and no environmental concerns.

“We work diligently to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to meet current and future demands of business and industry,” said Robert Peacock, executive director of the Scott County Economic Development Corporation. “We appreciate the State of Indiana recognizing our efforts to grow the local economy and create more jobs in Scott County.”