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Beginning with the first settlers in 1853, Rensselaer, Indiana has been a friendly and welcoming community since its founding. Located approximately halfway between Chicago and Indianapolis, Rensselaer serves as the county seat of Jasper County and is proud of its beautiful courthouse square and quaint downtown area. In the heart of the largest agricultural county in Indiana, Rensselaer is the regional market center for retail, commercial and institutional services.
Recently selected as one of Indiana’s top small cities, Rensselaer offers a broad array of quality housing stock ranging from historic neighborhoods to modest subdivisions to estate living. The community boasts over eighty acres of immaculately groomed parks, eight major churches, and outstanding public and private schools.
Businesses and residents alike benefit from some of the lowest utility costs in Indiana due to the fact that the City of Rensselaer is one of only three municipalities in the state to own and operate it electrical, natural gas, water, and wastewater systems. In addition, two corporate parks with numerous large and medium sized industries support the community’s tax base. Other major amenities are Jasper County Hospital and Saint Joseph’s College.
Investing in the Future
Several major projects are underway that will ensure Rensselaer’s continued growth and delivery of high-level services to the community. They include:
The City of Rensselaer is making substantial capital investments in upgrading both its water and wastewater treatment and transportation systems including a major initiative to extend services out to the I-65/State Route 114 Interchange. They are also investing in the ongoing improvement of arterial and collector streets and related transportation infrastructure.
Rensselaer Central School Corporation recently completed the $15 million, 550-student Rensselaer Central Primary School that opened in August, 2012.