Thursday, March 8, 2018 (Marion, IN) – At 11:30am, Grant County community members gathered to celebrate seventy-six businesses that invested in Grant County over the 2017 year.
For seventeen years, the Growth Council and STAR Bank have collaborated to celebrate investment in Grant County. This year, they celebrated 76 investors; 300+ new manufacturing jobs created by investment; and $81,287,239 dollars created by investment.
Victoria Herring, Director of Business Development and Operations for the Growth Council, welcomed everyone to the luncheon. “Whether your investment was $25,000 or $18 million, it is important, and all of Grant County benefits—so thank you!” Victoria expressed to the crowd. Jim Marcuccilli, President of STAR Bank, followed Victoria and spoke about the STAR Bank’s recent growth and steadfast commitment to improving their online interface. Brett Carey, Board President of the Economic Growth Council, announced each investment
“Each investment into our community is important and worthy of celebration,” Tim Eckerle, Executive Director of the Economic Growth Council, stated. For 35 years, the Growth Council has worked alongside all Grant County businesses regardless of size, supporting their investment in the future of our community. In fact, the Growth Council facilitated a number of the investments that were honored at the 2018 Appreciation Luncheon, such as the expansion of Agricor, a manufacturer that grew from 3 employees to the largest dry corn milling operation east of the Mississippi; the relocation of Stealth Trailers, an cargo trailer manufacturing company that started a second plant in Marion this year; and the establishment of Miles to Go, a local carry-out café that opened in downtown Marion this year.
Mayor Alumbaugh, who was present at the luncheon to congratulate investors, expressed excitement over the 2017 investment. “Marion and Grant County succeeds because of each of you in this room today; we wouldn’t be where we are without you,” he expressed.
The Growth Council and STAR Bank look forward to next year’s luncheon, where they will celebrate an abundance of new and continued investment in Grant County in 2018. In the meantime, the Growth Council will be personally distributing the awards to each investor who was not able to attend the luncheon.
Victoria Herring | Grant County Economic Growth Council|(765) 662- firstname.lastname@example.org