Building From Within
All four communities in Jasper County recognize the importance of undertaking community development initiatives that will benefit local residents and stakeholders and also increase the area’s desirability to those considering relocation or business investment. Efforts are being made throughout Jasper County to:
- Enhance the appearance of commercial areas in each community through the rehabilitation of historic buildings, new construction, application of consistent design themes, and long-term strategic planning;
- Develop broad consensus and cooperation among the many public and private entities and individuals involved in the revitalization process in order to ensure a positive, self-reliant and sustainable effort;
- Market each community’s image and commercial assets to customers, investors, businesses, local residents and visitors;
- Solidify and expand each community’s existing economic base while also identifying ways to capitalize on development opportunities.
Several major public sector capital projects in recent years have enhanced the county’s attractiveness and livability. They include new and modernized schools in the DeMotte and Rensselaer areas, a new water utility in DeMotte, a renovated water treatment plant and line extensions in Rensselaer, a new water plant preparing to open in Remington, expanded and improved wastewater systems in Remington, Rensselaer and Wheatfield, streetscape improvements in DeMotte, Remington and Rensselaer, and park and recreation improvements in all four Jasper County municipalities.
Effecting Positive Change
The Jasper County Economic Development Organization (JCEDO) supports the efforts of the following organizations that are working to achieve positive progress in their respective communities:
DeMotte Chamber of Commerce – organized in 1967 and involved in supporting initiatives that encourage community networking and vitality such as the annual Touch of Dutch Festival.
Remington Wolcott Community Development Corporation – created in 2008 to help grow the neighboring communities of Remington and Wolcott (in White County) and the corridor connecting them.
Remington Main Street – started in 2008 and involved in several community oriented events, downtown advocacy and related improvement projects, and special retail promotions.
Greater Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce – cultivating a prosperous business and community environment through activities and events that benefit local businesses and residents.
Main Street Rensselaer – formed in 2000 and accomplishing their objectives through infrastructure improvements, festivals and events, streetscape plans, and supporting business and property owners.
Wheatfield Chamber of Commerce – in existence since 2005 and bringing local businesses together to promote economic growth and commercial activity in the community.