MCEDC_buildingComing to the end of another year, Marshall County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, Jerry Chavez reviewed progress across Marshall County.

The Indiana Municipal Power Agencies (IMPA) and the Town of Argos came together this year to bring Marshall County’s first solar electric generation park online, giving local residents and businesses access to green energy at no additional cost.  Chevez said, “Developing clean energy solutions such as this plant, will not just benefit Marshall County’s existing businesses, but also make our community more attractive outside ones.” The $1.3 million project consists of over 2,700 solar panels and will generate 0.7 megawatts of AC for the community.

The Town of Bourbon displayed great commitment to their community and residents by having the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) perform a site interview in October. This was the first step for Bourbon in their effort to receive a planning grant from the state. Chavez said, “The funding, provided by OCRA will allow Bourbon to develop a new comprehensive plan aimed at community growth.”

Bremen is making big strides towards improving services to both residents and businesses by adding a new filter to its water plant. Chavez said, “This approximately $4 million capital investment will benefit the community by providing savings to residents and meeting the growing needs of businesses.”

In the interest of community growth, Culver has moved forwards with implementing its 5 year plan for development. In November residents and community leaders gathered together to assess the Town’s plan. Culver’s 5 year plan covers many areas, all aimed at Town growth and development.

With the recent development of the new US 31, LaPaz is moving forward and planning effective solutions for the Town. Chavez said, “Their priority is developing a commercial corridor at the crossroads of US 31 and US 6, which will likely require annexation of the property.” The Council is working to determine the best way to accomplish annexation through a process guided by state law.