?Economic Growth Partnership says two large employers are looking at Washington County PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008 00:00
    At the Wednesday , August 13, Budget Hearing of the Washington County Council, Jess Helsel of the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership (WCEGP), fielded questions from Council members about the WCEGP’s recent activities in attracting new business to the county.  Helsel informed the Council that strong interest has been expressed by a large employer looking to locate a new facility in either Indiana or Kentucky.
    In a Friday morning interview with Helsel and WCEGP Executive Director, Jerry Rose, they indicated that, in fact, two large employers have expressed interest in locating in Washington County.
    “Nothing is confirmed and we are only in the initial stages on one,” said Rose, “but we feel very good about our chances with at least one of the two prospects.  It is too early to be naming names or counting our chickens.”
    According to Helsel and Rose, either company would dramatically impact the economic situation in Washington County and the surrounding counties.  “We are talking about a payroll that would significantly increase the average wage in the county as well as the tax base.” Helsel explained.  “We have to be careful not to get the cart before the horse.  A lot of things have to fall into place but we think we are in a very good position to land at least one of these companies.”
    When asked what information, they could make public about the two companies, both Helsel and Rose were quick to say that any premature information leak could very well jeopardize the ongoing negotiations.”
    At the Council Budget Hearing the question was asked as to what impact the new employer(s) would have on County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) revenues; the number mentioned was $2.2 million.  When quizzed about this number on Friday morning, Helsel said that the figure is a little vague and depends on how quickly the employers would be up to full employment capacity.
    That number should be put into perspective.  By extrapolating the payroll necessary to generate that much CEDIT revenue, the payroll would have to be three to four times what the total payroll is today for all of Washington County jobs plus the payrolls of residents working outside of the county.  
    Another bit of research indicates that it would be a payroll comparable to that of Toyota in Gibson County, Indiana prior to its recent expansions.
    Again, both Helsel and Rose stressed the need for discretion on the part of key players in the county and that even though Washington County’s chances are good, we should temper our optimism with caution.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2008 09:51
?County Commissioners receive repair estimates for courthouse clock tower and Domestic Violence Center PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 00:00
??    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at their new location (the County Building
Conference Room located on Martinsburg Road) with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, all
claims, and payroll were approved unanimously.
    Judge Robert Bennett provided the Commissioners with estimates from three different historic preservation building
contractors for work to be done on the county courthouse. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2008 14:42
?County Council approves Highway Department’s request for additional fuel money PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 00:00
??    The Washington County Council met in regular session on Monday, August 4 with all members present.  The Council unanimously approved the minutes of previous meetings.
    Washington County Highway Department Superintendent, Rick Graves, and County Commissioner, Mike Goering, requested permission to transfer $58,000 from other accounts to the Gas and Oil account to pay a misplaced fuel bill from April of this year.  According to Graves he became aware of the oversight when he recently received notice that no further shipments of fuel would be delivered until the bill was paid.  The request was approved
     In a telephone interview, Graves said that the overlooked fuel bill was approximately $29,000.  When asked why wouldn’t that money still be in the fuel fund since it is an account payable, Graves said that it has been absorbed by the sharp rises in fuel cost this summer.  “With the rising cost of fuel, I underestimated the budget for fuel and oil.” admitted Graves.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2008 14:46
?The Women’s Giving Circle of WCCF announces information about first grant cycle PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 August 2008 00:00
? ?    There will be a public meeting for any non-profit organization wishing to apply for a grant from The Women’s Giving Circle of the Washington County Community Foundation.  The meeting will be held on August 19, at 7p.m. at the Community Learning Center.  Grant criteria will be discussed.  The criteria for this grant cycle include opportunities that will provide more independence for women and expanding horizons for girls.  This may include education, training, vocational skills, counseling, mentoring, and life skills or programs that address the immediate needs of women and children.
    Grant guidelines, application process, deadlines and reporting process will also be explained.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2008 14:48
?Nature Conservancy protects Cave River Valley PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 August 2008 00:00
??    Southern Indiana is famed for its rolling hills and vast caves. Several extensive caves in Washington County recently were permanently protected, which means that the rare and endangered animals—particularly the Indiana bat—that call these caves home have also received protection. The Nature Conservancy, working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Divisions of State Parks and Reservoirs and Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, purchased approximately 316 acres known as CaveRiverValley from Cave River Valley LLC. Without a doubt the most noteworthy feature of the property is its caves. Two scenic and significant caves accentuate the valley. The first, RiverCave, has 3,900 feet of underground stream passages where a population of the state-endangered northern cavefish is found. The second, EndlessCave, is 6,900 feet in length harboring an important colony of hibernating Indiana bats.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2008 14:51
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