Noble County on the Grow - December 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.

Registration has begun for the new 
Manufacturing Training Program

Registration has started for a free, 42-hour manufacturing program that will prepare participants for entry-level manufacturing jobs in Noble County. This educational opportunity will introduce those who complete the course to manufacturing concepts and applications. Industries from across the county are ready and willing to hire those that successfully complete the program.
The Manufacturing Entry Training Academy (META) is being funded by Northeast Indiana Works (the region’s Workforce Development board) and the Noble County Economic Development Corporation.
Programming and instruction is being provided by the Kendallville-based Freedom Academy. The META program is designed for people who have little or no manufacturing experience.

For more information or to enroll contact the WorkOne Northeast Career Center in Kendallville, 524 Fairview Blvd., or call the center at 260.599.1000. Registration deadline is January 8. 

META Flyer

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Plans for the Regional Cities Initiative are Revealing

The selection committee has narrowed down the seven regional cities applicants to three finalists. The three regions competing for the $84 million are South Bend/Elkhart/Goshen, Fort Wayne and Evansville. The final selection process isn't simply about leveraging investment or generating ROI. Instead the goal is to help the place that will attract the most households to Indiana over the next generation. That is what the state desperately needs along with future iterations of this Regional Cities Initiative. The Strategic Review Committee will provide their recommendations in December to board leaders with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Learn more here

Thrive Program Graduates 2015 Class

Members of Thrive Noble County’s 5 to Thrive Class of 2015 recently celebrated their graduation from the educational program. They are: in front, Monica Brady; second row from left, Kristie Trick, Suzie Pender, Becky Calhoun, Amy Ballard, Kiaya Martin, Nancy Magginnis, Joe Pounds; and back row from left, Julie Desper, Ryan Ferguson, Tom Shoemaker, Gary Gatman and Chris Desper. Thrive program sponsors were Parkview Noble Hospital and Campbell & Fetter Bank. Thrive Noble County is dedicated to advancing five “pillars” within the county: leadership development, community investment, youth engagement, cultural enhancement and entrepreneurial growth. For more information contact or visit

Manufacturing Wages Lead the Way


Young people in northeast Indiana tend to be employed in lower‐paying industries, according to the November Labor Market Report issued by Northeast Indiana Works. Among those, manufacturing leads the way in average monthly earnings for people 19 to 24. Even among workers 25 to 34 years old – when some people have presumably obtained an industry‐recognized credential or graduated from college ‐‐ relatively low‐paying industries rank high in new hires: administrative and support services ranks first, followed by manufacturing. Although manufacturing is among the highest‐paying industries for young people in Northeast Indiana, those workers make up a smaller percentage of that workforce than young people in many other industry workforces in northeast Indiana. Just under 8% of manufacturing workers are 19 to 24 and 18.3% are 25 to 34.

See more statistics here

Noble County on the Grow

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