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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....

Jasper County Prepared for Transition Away from Schahfer Generating Station

February 22, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jasper County Prepared for Transition Away from Schahfer Generating Station RENSSELAER, Ind. – Last week, NIPSCO announced their plan to reduce generating capacity of the Schahfer Generating Station by 50% with the retirement of coal-fired units 14 & 15 at the end of 2021. This decision is consistent with NIPSCO’s 2018...

Jasper County Economic Development Organization and WorkOne to coordinate with local employers to fill job openings during COVID-19 crisis

RENSSELAER, Ind. – Jasper County Economic Development Organization (JCEDO) and WorkOne Northwest Indiana look to aid the community, both its residents and businesses, through the trying times created by the COVID-19 Crisis. Industries deemed “essential” by state and federal governments maybe be looking to hire more employees to meet increased demand for their...

Rensselaer Town Mall Fire

RENSSELAER, Ind. – On Sunday, November 17, Downtown Rensselaer experienced great tragedy. The devastating fire, which caused damage to the buildings located between Front St and Van Rensselaer St along the south side of Kellner Blvd, displaced approx. 20 local businesses. Although this is a major loss to Rensselaer and the community throughout...

JCEDO Announces “Celebrating Industry” Events in Jasper County High Schools

RENSSELAER, Ind. –The Jasper County Economic Development Organization (JCEDO), Rensselaer Central School Corporation (RCSC), Kankakee Valley School Corporation (KVSC) and area businesses are planning trade show types of events for junior and senior students. RCSC will have their event on October 24, 2019 and KVSC will have their event on October 29, 2019 These events...

JCEDO to Host 2nd Round of Community Engagement Workshops

RENSSELAER, Ind. – Jasper County Economic Development Organization (JCEDO) will be hosting its second round of Community Engagement Workshops throughout the county over the next two months. Meetings will rotate through different communities in Jasper County and will take place in the evening. The planned workshops will cover challenges and issues facing early childhood...