Noble County Economic Development Corporation
November 2019
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Census 2020 - #countnoble
Recent reports from local census officials have indicated that 26% of Kendallville's residents may not be counted in the upcoming 2020 Census. This projection emphasizes how critical it is that  communities, businesses, and non-profits collaborate to recruit census takers and use the resources available to count everyone to ensure adequate funding is made available in support of our communities. Read more in this Kendallville News-Sun article. Follow local efforts at Count Noble - 2020 Census on Facebook, where links to resources will be shared and promoted. 
Promoting Noble County's Outdoor Assets 
A collaboration between the Noble County Parks Board, Noble County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Noble County Economic Development Corporation, and Parkview Noble brought together a photo contest featuring the region's abundant outdoor recreation assets. The contest, sponsored by KPC Media, gave the public an opportunity to submit photos capturing the great outdoors in Noble County. Winners were recently announced and awarded prizes. Sixteen finalists were selected. Their photos may be used in promotions by the collaborating organizations in the months ahead.

The first place winner was Ann Carpenter. Carpenter captured an image of children jumping off a pier at Sylvan Lake in Rome City (above, center). Second place was awarded to Timothy Michael Miller who photographed his wife bicycling on the Fishing Line Trail north of Kendallville (above, left). The third place winner was Alyssa Baumgartner for her photo of a family member fishing on one of the county's many lakes (above, right). We appreciate all who participated and made this contest possible and hope it helped feed #noblepride!

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Brown & Sons to Produce DEF

Jay Brown, owner of Brown and Sons Fuel in Kendallville, recently announced plans to begin manufacturing diesel exhaust fuel, called "DEF", at an abandoned building at the intersection of US 6 and CR 150E in Brimfield. This will be the first independently owned DEF manufacturer, according to Brown. There are about 25 similar facilities owned by two companies now.

In order to meet Clean Air Act emissions standards, all new diesel vehicles must have a system to inject the DEF into its exhaust, which removes harmful particles. The new location will reduce Brown and Sons costs of distribution by reducing the amount of fuel that is currently hauled from about 100 miles away. Brown hopes to have the new site up and running by fall 2020.

If you have a video or Channel on YouTube that should be featured to help tell the story of Noble County, please email the URL and details to We hope to include more videos like the one below: 
Marshmallow Festival
Ligonier's Marshmallow Festival



Congratulations to the following Noble County businesses and organizations for their accomplishments and progress over the past month:

Country Roads Coffee Company, a coffee roaster and seller owned by Kerry and Jocelyn Clouse in Green Township in Noble County, is looking to expand distribution into Noble County by way of area farmer's markets, retailers, fairs and festivals. The entrepreneurs attended the Apple Festival in Kendallville earlier this month and their wares are now found in various retail outlets in the area.
Kendallville's Applebee's was announced the top-performing among 1,700 locations across the country. Manager Michelle Bloom recently received the Golden Apple Award for 2019 Manager of the Year from the franchise.
Downtown Avilla has seen a major face lift with the recently completed streetscape project on a stretch of Albion Street that now features decorative brickwork, new lighting fixtures, a decorative clock, and new accessibility ramps to downtown business entrances.
Michael Galbreath, director of the Road to One Million initiative at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership (NEIRP) since 2016, has accepted a new position as executive director of the Downtown Improvement District in Fort Wayne.
Stefen Wynn, Albion town manager, announced his resignation and acceptance of a new position with the city of Neptune Beach, FL. Wynn will leave his position in Albion on December 20 and has served in there since his appointment in 2016.
Gauntlet, a new business located at 115 South Main Street in Kendallville, features trading card games, board games, gaming accessories and hosts game play and tournaments. 
The Dekko Foundation and Oak Farm School have been nominated for the 2019 Indiana Early Learning Champion Award, as announced by the 2019 Indiana Early Learning Summit for Economic Development partners. 
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch honored Bailey and Lilly Ruse, sisters and students at Wayne Center Elementary School, for their charitable contributions to the community, made possible by the operation of a lemonade stand. Crouch presented the girls with the Brilliant Firefly award, an honor similar to the Sagamore of the Wabash, but for kids.The Ruses were nominated for the award by Senator Sue Glick. 
Turkey Creek will benefit from an $80,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which will be used to stabilize the watershed there. 
Ray Scott, a long-term servant to the mission of the Noble County Parks and Recreation Department, announced his resignation from the board. Scott was thanked for his service and leadership, instrumental in establishing the countywide board in 2010. The board was created to preserve and protect the county's many environmental and recreation assets.
East Noble High School became the first in the county to launch a FIRST Robotics team, made possible by a collaboration and sponsorship with Bosch, a global employer located in Albion. The school is now seeking additional local sponsors who may benefit from the program, which supports STEM and helps identify talent for the future workforce.
The Community Learning Center in Kendallville announced their first approved programming providers: East Noble School Corp., Parkview Noble's Center for Healthy Living, United Way of Noble County, The Arc Noble County Foundations, Freedom Academy, Gaslight Playhouse and the Performing Arts Committee, which is a newly formed committee of the Community Learning Center.
Showcase Furniture, Kendallville, announced plans to relocate to the former Family Dollar location on US 6, across from the fairgrounds. They say the expansion will enable them to offer a wide variety of furniture, mattresses and appliances.
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