MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. - The Morgan County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) will hold its 2016 annual meeting on March 9th in Martinsville to present organization highlights from the past year and welcome keynote speaker Drew Klacik with IU Public Policy Institute. Klacik will initiate a dialog focused on issues that affect the quality of life and economic competitiveness of central Indiana.
The MCEDC annual meeting luncheon is being sponsored by the Greater Mooresville Chamber of Commerce, which promotes civic and business development opportunities for local professionals in and around Mooresville and Morgan County.
MCEDC fielded 95 project leads in 2015, with 70 percent of prospective new businesses specifying existing buildings in their search parameters. TOA (USA), a Tier 1 supplier to Subaru and Toyota that has invested more than $138 million and created 300 new jobs since 2013, announced plans to expand their hot stamping and E-coating operations in Mooresville in 2015. PacMoore Process Technologies, Mt. Olive Manufacturing, and Overton & Sons Tool & Die also announced expansion plans in Mooresville. Morgan Insurance Group is building a brand new facility in Martinsville, and construction was finalized for the $12.6 million Springs of Mooresville transitional care center. All in all, these projects comprised nearly $42 million in capital investment and 200 new jobs. Construction is underway on the new IPL Eagle Valley combined cycle gas turbine plant north of Martinsville, and with support from County officials is scheduled to be completed in spring 2017.
Key workforce development activities included the second annual Morgan County Career Expo to help familiarize high school students with local employers, quarterly HR roundtable discussions, and an industrial wages and benefits survey. The momentum will be carried forward with the Morgan County Job Fair on March 15, 2016 to promote current openings.
MCEDC also held an economic development summit for local elected and appointed officials, and marketed Morgan County in the Carolinas and Louisville with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and in Pittsburgh with Hoosier Energy.
The year ended with a lot of internal changes for MCEDC, with executive director Chelsey Manns tendering her resignation to start Manns Consulting, LLC after having her first baby. Business development director Lindsay Beckman will depart for a two-year community and economic development assignment with Peace Corps Kosovo in June 2016. “Morgan County is my home. I grew up here, and it has been a privilege to serve my community in this capacity,” said Beckman.
MCEDC will make an announcement soon regarding a new executive director.