Noble County on the Grow - October Newsletter
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The Noble County Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) is working hard – not only to attract new business to our county, but also to provide services
to businesses and industries that already call 
Noble County home.

The Power of Collective Impact

Education is key to economic development. That is why the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership created the Big Goal Collaborative initiative in 2012. 
On the last day of September more than 100 leaders in education from Northeast Indiana gathered for a progress update on the Big Goal at Sweetwater Sound.

The Education Summit was planned to update regional stakeholders on the progress that has been made as well as the opportunities that are ahead. The facilitators of the Big Goal Collaborative initiative shared the importance of collective impact. 
Collective impact is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations and the citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change. 

The day-long Summit featured valuable data, statistics and research. The research shows that more than 60% of jobs will soon require post-secondary education in the form of a two- or four-year degree or credential. Currently, Northeast Indiana’s workforce is at 37%. The facilitators stressed that it is going to require continued collaboration between businesses, community partners and educators in Northeast Indiana to achieve the  common goal of 60% of the population receiving a post secondary degree or an industry recognized credential by 2025.

View the Big Goal Collaborative Snapshot

Read more here


The first Friday in October is observed as National Manufacturing Day. The Noble County Economic Development Corporation used the day to further build relationships between local educators, students and businesses. The Noble County EDC took a group of West Noble Juniors & Seniors on a tour of three manufacturing industries in Noble County. The first stop of the day was QSI Automation in Merriam, followed by Flint & Walling Inc. in Kendallville and finished up with Creative Liquid Coatings also located in Kendallville. The Noble County EDC and the Noble County Manufacturing and Education Alliance believe that building student awareness of career opportunities in manufacturing will help them make better informed decision for life after high school.

The Noble County EDC and industry representatives from the Manufacturing and Education Alliance also talked to East Noble School Corporation teachers and administrators during an in-service. Information was shared about skill sets needed for the future workforce, average wages for the Welding, CNC Machining and Maintenance Tech positions and more. We believe collaborative activities such as these will pay dividends for Noble County in the near future.

4-County ED Forum

“It’s all about people, from my point of view,” Chuck Surack, president and founder of Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, said at the Northeast Indiana Economic Development Forum hosted by Trine University in Angola.

The eighth annual forum was organized by the four economic development organizations serving DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben counties, and the focus of this year’s event was Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Forum featured Surack as it's keynote speaker. He focused his time discussing the importance of the people in an organization. The event also included a panel of local entrepreneurs. Scott Fergusson with Chapman’s Brewing Co. in Angola; Ken Baranowski, who founded Structural Composites of Indiana Inc. in Ligonier; and Jason Sweitzer of Tempus Technologies Inc. in Auburn. They each said their relationships with local governments, business organizations and community members have had great impact on the success of their companies’.
Noble County on the Grow

Bolhoff Inc. Expanding in Kendallville

Kammerer Inc. Adding 6 New Positions

Drs. Roush and Will Optometrists Relocating to Bigger Building

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