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Noble County on the Grow - November 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.

Manufacturing Entry Training Academy (META)

Noble County residents looking to gain the necessary skill sets needed for a career in manufacturing, now have an introductory course that will provide them with those skills. The goal of this course is to help prepare participants for employment at local manufacturing companies and jump-start their careers.

Together, the Noble County Economic Development Corp., Northeast Indiana Works and Freedom Academy in Kendallville have developed the Manufacturing Entry Training Academy, or META. It serves a twofold purpose: to instill entry-level, manufacturing-related skills in program participants, and help industries in Noble County fill job openings.

The META program, which will target a wide cross-section of the community, is expected to start in January. It includes recent graduates, part-time employees and those who may already have a full-time job but want a career that has a greater potential for advancement. Those who complete the training academy will receive a certificate documenting the classes they have passed. Successful completion of this program will open the door to a career in manufacturing.

The worker training programs will be branded under the “Noble Up!” umbrella. This includes all the workforce development programs supported by the EDC. The “Up!” reflects the direction that’s hoped for those who take part in the skills training programs, as well as the local employers who benefit from that training and — ultimately — Noble County’s economy. If participants up their skills, they’ll up their pay and they’ll up their quality of life.

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Regional Cities Contenders Make Their Case

Seven regions are competing and recently gave their presentations for funding from the two-year, $84 million Regional Cities Initiative. The initiative is designed to help market the regions on a global scale to attract talent and improve quality of life. Nearly 425 projects have been proposed, representing more than $3.75 billion in potential investment. Each region emphasized a unique focus with the total projects proposed ranging from $34 million to $925 million.

The initiative is targeting at least $1 billion in joint private and public investment over the next decade for the regions selected for a share in the funding. The Strategic Review Committee will provide their recommendations in December to board leaders with the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

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Region Seeks Bigger Bite
of Food Spending

 

Across the state, Hoosiers spend over $18 billion on food annually. The problem is that 90% of that money ends up going out of the state or out of the country.

A group of economic development leaders, agricultural producers and restauranteurs, and college and university representatives recently held a Regional Food Network event at Joseph Decuis Wagyu Farm outside Roanoke. They discussed how northeast Indiana would benefit if it could get a slightly bigger slice of that economic pie. A regional Food Network Plan is being created to further develop connections among agricultural programs, farmers, businesses and restaurants, as well as spur the growth of ag-related startups.

Public meetings about the regional food network study are expected to take place in February or March. The study also will offer suggestions for developing and nurturing homegrown entrepreneurs and establishing programs to support them. In particular, the study will help identify ways to more effectively market food grown and made in Northeast Indiana.

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