About The Grant County Economic Growth Council

The mission of the Grant County Economic Growth Council is “to facilitate investment and reinvestment for job retention and creation.”

I.) History

  • Originated in the early 1980s by the Chamber of Commerce and Mayors Moore and Linn as a means to provide a single focus organization to deal with the first wave of deindustrialization
  • First countywide public/private non partisan effort locally
  • When the Growth Council started, there were only eight similar organizations now there are over one hundred. Today, there are 15,000 in the US competing for approximately 250 deals per year.
  • Hired the first Executive Director, Tim Eckerle, in 1984 and secured IRS 501(c) 3 status soon after

II.) Notable  Successes

  • General Motors expansion which resulted in laying the ground work for the long term survival of the facility
  • First attraction: Agricor, followed by Franklin Electric, Dunham’s. Other attraction projects include – American Woodmark, North American Manufacturer, ACS, TriEnda, Echelon Furniture, Winterfield, Dollar General, Wal-Mart, Two Sons, Double H Manufacturing, Central Indiana Ethanol
  • Over $1.6 billion of new money invested in Grant County in the last 11 years by new and existing businesses.

III.) Organization Structure

  • Marketing Committee
  • Strategy and Evaluation Committee
  • Resource Committee
  • Executive Committee

“We will be the champions of collaboration and opportunity, leading the charge to make Grant County one of the best places to live, learn, work, and retire in Indiana.”

For more information on us or Grant County, download our [brochure] or visit [Our Growth] page