Lieutenant GovernorSkillman Awards Starke Countya $500,000 Community Economic Development Fund Grant
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Lieutenant GovernorSkillman Awards Starke Countya $500,000 Community Economic Development Fund Grant

Facility Creates 100 New Jobs

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman recently awarded Starke County a $500,000 Community Economic Development Fund grant, which the county will use for construction of the Baugh Midwest Cooperative facility. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is administering these funds through the Small Cities and Towns Community Development Block Grant program.

“Construction of the Baugh Midwest Cooperative facility is another step for Indiana on its road to economic recovery with the creation of 100 jobs,” said Lt. Gov. Skillman. “Attracting new businesses and jobs is a key priority for state government.”

The grant will go toward constructing a new redistribution center for SYSCO Inc. on 320 acres of newly purchased property. The new redistribution center will have a main building of approximately 600,000 square feet, a transportation building, and improved surfaces of approximately one million square feet. Upon completion, the redistribution center will serve food-service industry facilities in nine states.

The Community Economic Development Fund grant program has proven to be an effective tool for community-based planning and research initiatives that improve local quality of life and economic opportunities.

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The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs was created by legislation in 2005, making rural Indiana a major focus for the first time. Lt. Governor Becky Skillman was appointed as the first-ever Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. For additional information on OCRA and its programs visit www.in.gov/ocra.

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