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Saturday, December 15, 2018

News & Updates

Attica Economic Redevelopment Commission – September 6, 2018

6 PM at the City Council Room

Chris Gayler, Emily Harrison, Amber Sundt, Cindy Mason, Val Maus and Susan Stoll attended.  Dale White, Director of the Western Indiana Community Foundation also attended.

Susan Stoll reported that the TIF Neutralization has been completed by Therber & Brock and submitted to Brenda Hardy/FC Auditor, who in turn submitted it to the Department of Local Government & Finance.  According to Brenda, funds from the TIF District may come as early as our June 2019 settlement.  At that time, the money will go into a designated fund to be used by this commission.  Susan explained that she is by default the Treasurer of this Commission.  She will be responsible for submitting reports into Gateway.

Dale White explained that the greater Lafayette area is in a good position to begin regional development initiatives.  The Community Foundation became involved in the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network because the Lilly Foundation’s areas of interest overlap with the regional efforts. The Lilly Foundation approached the Western Indiana Community Foundation to encourage them get the word out about this initiative.  38.9 million dollars in grants will be given to the Wabash Heritage Innovative Network (WHIN).  WHIN is made up of the counties Pulaski, Cass, Carroll, Clinton, White, Benton, Tippecanoe, Warren and Fountain.  2 or more counties will need to collaborate to qualify for grant money. WHIN’s initiatives are Digital Agriculture (Engage agriculture producers/businesses in the region and develop agriculture IoT testbeds), Next-Generation Manufacturing (Enable real-time analytics of manufacturing process/delivery systems and develop manufacturing IoT testbeds), and Cultivation Fund (Invest in innovation place-making projects that increase education, vitality and connectivity).

Cindy Mason reported that she met with the Lafayette Economic Development Director to discuss how that person benefits their city.  He thinks that the City of Attica is missing out on opportunities because there we do not have an economic development director.  Cindy Mason suggested that this commission go on the record that the City should employ an individual to take on these duties.  Emily Harrison made a motion that the Attica Economic Redevelopment Commission would like the City to hire an Economic Development Director.  Val Maus made a second to the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

The next meeting will take place on October 4 at 6 PM at the City Council Room.