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Weekly car event promotes community and local tourism

Cylinders and Snacks, a passion project for local community member and car lover, Rein Bontreger, brings cars and people together on a weekly basis in downtown Rensselaer. When you enter Reinforcements Design, Rein and Suzie Bontreger’s shop, a row of Hot Wheels can be seen hanging on the wall in the room beyond the...

JCEDO welcomes new Tourism and Community Development Director

Angelica Potts-Bramlage will join JCEDO and JCTC on June 10 Jasper County Economic Development (JCEDO) has hired Rensselaer native, Angelica Potts-Bramlage for the position of Tourism and Community Development Director. “Angelica will be an exceptional addition to our team,” said Sara DeYoung, JCEDO and JCTC Executive Director. “Her background in working for local tourism attractions, knowledge...

Ball State University alum hired for Tourism and Marketing internship for the summer season

Tori Smith has been hired as a Tourism and Marketing intern for Jasper County Economic Development and Jasper County Tourism Commission for the summer.  Smith will be responsible for creating promotional pieces regarding Jasper County events, organizations and community members.  Sara DeYoung, JCEDO and JCTC Executive Director, said having additional staff would be helpful for covering...

Two Businesses Awarded Rensselaer Facade Improvement Grant

Two Businesses have been awarded funding in the second round of the Rensselaer Façade Improvement Grant. Earth Magic Body Potions at 120 W Washington St and Shanley Construction Apartments at 226 E Washington St, were both awarded funds. The total amount available to be awarded each cycle is $25,000. Earth Magic had the most competitive application...

Jasper County Economic Development and Tourism Commission Seeks Dynamic Tourism and Community Development Coordinator

Jasper County Economic Development (JCEDO) and Jasper County Tourism Commission (JCTC) announced an exceptional opportunity for a driven individual to join our team as a Tourism and Community Development Coordinator. The role will play a pivotal part  in enhancing tourism and quality of life while driving forward economic growth. As an evolving county, Jasper County...

JCEDO Announces Departure of Community and Economic Development Operations Manager

Jasper County Economic Development (JCEDO) regretfully announces the departure of Zyan Miller, the Community and Economic Development Operations Manager, effective March 1, 2024. Miller has decided to pursue new opportunities in economic development, and while her departure is a loss for JCEDO, the organization extends its best wishes for her future endeavors. Zyan Miller, Community...

Fritts Berry Farm Demotte, Indiana

  History Fritts Blueberry Farm was established in 1949.  Dan and Darcy Fritts are the owners of the blueberry farm. Dan’s grandparents planted the blueberry bushes along with vegetables. He thought to plant the blueberry bushes because he notices there were wild blueberries already growing on the 80-acre property. Dan and Darcy took over the blueberry...

KIRPC Region Awarded Federal Grant to Develop Regional Value-Added Agricultural Strategy

October 1, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE KIRPC Region Awarded Federal Grant to Develop Regional Value-Added Agricultural Strategy. The Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission (KIRPC) is pleased to announce that the US Economic Development Administration (US EDA) has awarded a $34,930 grant to assist six counties in Northwest Indiana in creating a strategy to leverage the region’s agricultural assets....