Uniting for Strength
What do you do when money is tight, but you need expert assistance? The Carroll County Economic Development Corporation believes that strategic alliances with other counties and groups can help. Partnerships can provide us with cost effective access to knowledge and valuable connections. Carroll County has already joined two such alliances, and two more are in the works.
The Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission (K-IRPC) is a state recognized non-profit organization serving seven of our neighboring counties. They have expertise in grant writing and grant administration. K-IRPC can help us complete studies necessary to apply for many state and federal grants. In fact, participation in an RPC (regional planning commission) is a requirement for funding from many federal programs. The Carroll County Commissioners recently joined K-IRPC and will work with them on a planning grant for emergency services. Flora and Burlington are already working with the organization on grants for sewer projects.
The newly formed Western Indiana Sustainable Energy Region (WISER) will help promote alternative energy production in our area from renewable energy sources including biomass and wind. Benton and Warren counties joined initial core counties Carroll, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White to form a six-county alliance. The sustainable energy region will have booth space at this year’s Indiana Wind Conference in Indianapolis to highlight the area’s wind development potential and successes.
Carroll County is in discussions with Tippecanoe County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to discuss partnership opportunities that could help us better plan for our transportation needs and allow us to leverage funds to get additional state and federal dollars. The federal government mandates all metropolitan areas larger than 50,000 to establish an MPO to better coordinate transportation planning and funding among local, state, and federal programs.
Publicity and Promotion
Companies and site selectors increasingly look toward regional areas for pools of workers and available resources, recognizing the huge volume of workers who cross county lines to go to work each day. In order to adapt to this approach and draw greater attention to our area, Carroll County and neighbors will form a regional alliance for publicity and promotion. The MidWest Indiana Economic Development Region will promote the common resources, labor availability, and assets of our area.