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Once known as the “Little Village” with the opening of the first general store in 1876, DeMotte, Indiana has evolved into the lively exurban community it is today. The fastest growing community in Jasper County and one of the fastest growing in all of Indiana, the area is characterized by new subdivisions and related commercial development interspersed with more traditional rural oriented housing stock and businesses.
Growth in the DeMotte area is being fueled primarily by its geographic proximity to the urbanized and suburban communities to the north coupled with the relaxed country lifestyle available in the community. In fact, many residents of the area commute to work in neighboring Lake and Porter Counties. As DeMotte has progressed, its economy has diversified with the influx of more industrial and institutional oriented development.
With downtown Chicago only an hour’s drive away, residents and businesses in DeMotte experience the best of both worlds – access to amenities and customers without the stress and costs of the big city. A place where families and businesses together give a whole new meaning to prosperity and community livability.
Managing Responsible Growth
The Town of DeMotte is fortunate to possess progressive leadership and has launched several major infrastructure initiatives design to responsibly manage and service the community’s growth. They include:
Major improvements to Spencer Park featuring a new performance lawn, bandshell, pavilion and related facilities;
Streetscape enhancements such as new fixtures, sidewalks and related amenities in the downtown corridor;
Expansion and modernization of DeMotte Town Hall to accommodate increasing numbers of citizens and stakeholders;
Establishment of the Northwest Jasper Regional Water District (NORWEJ) to construct and operate a new $14.5 million water system. This project is being financed and built in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development and is expected to be operational in mid-2013;
Creation of the DeMotte Redevelopment Commission and Economic Development Commission for tax increment financing and bonding purposes to stimulate economic development projects.