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    Portland Business Grants

    8/19/20 – The City of Portland has made $150,000 available to businesses within the city to help with COVID-19 related costs.  Eligibility requirements and grant details can be found on Portland’s website in the link below: Portland Small Business Resilience Grant Program Continue Reading »

    4/3 gener8tor webinar

    Indiana Economic Development Corporation has partnered with gener8tor, a business startup accelerator, to provide a series of webinars to introduce resources for Indiana’s small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The final webinar of the series was on Friday.  It was led by Steph Weber, Brand Coach and Strategist with The Weber Co.  The focus was […] Continue Reading »

    4/2 gener8tor webinar

    Indiana Economic Development Corporation has partnered with gener8tor, a business startup accelerator, to provide a series of webinars to introduce resources for Indiana’s small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thursday’s webinar was led by Johnnie Walker with inDinero, a firm that assists companies with accounting, tax, and CFO support. The focus was on planning and […] Continue Reading »

    4/1 gener8tor webinar

    Indiana Economic Development Corporation has partnered with gener8tor, a business startup accelerator, to provide a series of webinars to introduce resources for Indiana’s small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wednesday’s webinar was led by Courtney Richey, Regional Director for the West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC). The focus was on resources offered by […] Continue Reading »

    COVID-19 Business Resources

    Updated 4/14 – There are many resources and programs available to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Follow the links below for more information.  Check back routinely as programs continue to develop daily. If you are aware of something that is not listed here please email trichards@jaycodev.org so it can be added. State Resources Indiana Small […] Continue Reading »

    3/31 gener8tor webinar

    Indiana Economic Development Corporation has partnered with gener8tor, a business startup accelerator, to provide a series of webinars to introduce resources for Indiana’s small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday’s webinar was led by Karen Young of Gutwein Law. The focus was on navigating new employment laws.  Topics included furloughs, lay-offs, unemployment benefits, the WARN […] Continue Reading »

    CARES Act Info

    Senator Mike Braun’s office has released information about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Click on the links below to see the overviews of each program. Sen Braun Business Resource Guide Braun_CARESAct_DirectPayment_032720 Braun_CARES Act_SBA_PaycheckProtectionProgram_032920 Braun_CARES Act_NonprofitOrganizations_032820 Continue Reading »

    3/30 gener8tor webinar

    Indiana Economic Development Corporation has partnered with gener8tor, a business startup accelerator, to provide a series of webinars to introduce resources for Indiana’s small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s webinar covered the assistance available through the Small Business Administration.  The discussion was led by Martin Anderson, Deputy District Director for Indiana.  He encouraged businesses […] Continue Reading »

    Jay County Celebrates Manufacturing Day

    10/16/19 – Jay County High School, John Jay Center for Learning, several local manufacturers, and Jay County Development Corporation came together to organize Manufacturing Day activities to coincide with the nationwide “MFG Day” on October 4, 2019.  Check out pictures and information from the celebration here: Jay County Manufacturing Day 2019 First held in 2012 […] Continue Reading »

    Jay! Region submits Regional Development Plan

    9/20/19 – Jay! Region submitted their Regional Development Plan to Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs today in their bid to become the state’s next designated Stellar Community. To view the plan, follow this link:  Jay! Region – RDP -9-20 Good luck and congratulations to the team for their incredible efforts! Continue Reading »

    Hood Building Project Information

    7/31/19 – Jay County Development Corporation releases information related to the Hood Building Project.  Click below to read on for more details. Hood Building Project Continue Reading »

    County Plans to join Suit

    Jack Ronald – Publisher The Commercial Review   Jay County Commissioners gave a tentative “thumbs up” Monday to joining a class action lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids. Subject to a contract review by attorney Bill Hinkle, the county will join Indianapolis and dozens of other cities and counties, engaging the Indy law […] Continue Reading »

    Council Forgoes Consultant

    Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review With the financial picture much stronger than it was just a few years ago, Jay County Council has decided to handle the 2019 budget process without assistance from a consultant. County council members agreed Wednesday that they do not need to hire Financial Solutions Group after using the […] Continue Reading »

    Mayor Looks ahead to Road and Wastewater Upgrades, Downtown Revitalization

    Rose Skelly – Reporter The Commercial Review Portland Mayor Randy Geesaman gestures during his State of the City address Tuesday afternoon at Jay County Hospital. Geesaman touted planned improvements scheduled for the city for 2018 and beyond. (The Commercial Review/Rose Skelly) A variety of improvements are planned for Portland in 2018. Mayor Randy Geesaman detailed […] Continue Reading »

    Army Corps is Working on Analysis

    Jack Ronald – Publisher The Commercial Review Salamonie River flood control meetings with staff from the Army Corps of Engineers will begin in March, Portland Mayor Randy Geesaman told Jay County Commissioners Monday. Geesaman said the Corps has been doing cost/benefit analysis on the project, a process which required getting assessed valuations for all properties […] Continue Reading »

    Upgrade to Lift Station Gets OK

    Portland Board of Works Residents on the southwest side of Portland should soon see water recede faster in times of heavy rain. Portland Board of Works on Friday approved nearly $90,000 in improvements to the Gerber Lift Station on Floral Avenue. The board also approved the purchase of one piece of equipment for the city’s […] Continue Reading »

    Stanley to Lead Council Again

    Virginia Cline – Society Reporter The Commercial Review REDKEY — Town council began the new year by electing officers, appointing department heads and getting an update on the 2018 budget. Redkey Town Council on Thursday re-elected Doug Stanley as president. Charles “Red” Coons was voted vice-president. Stanley appointed himself to oversee the water department, Coons […] Continue Reading »

    Fundraising Effort Passes $1.18 Million

    Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review Donations pledged for Portland Water Park have risen past the initial goal. The Portland Water Park fundraising committee announced Thursday that pledges have reached a total of more than $1.18 million. The initial goal was $1 million. “It’s a joy,” said committee chair John Young. “It’s a real […] Continue Reading »

    JCDC Hoping to Start Program

    Initiative would help start college savings plans Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review More education generally leads to better jobs, and a local group is hoping to start a program to make paying for higher learning easier. Jay County Development Corporation executive director Bill Bradley announced Tuesday that the group and several local partners […] Continue Reading »

    FCC to Invest $15.5 Million

    Ray Cooney – Editor The Commercial Review FCC is making another major investment in Portland. Company officials announced plans at Monday’s Portland City Council meeting for an 76,000-square foot expansion to their facility at the intersection of Franklin Street and Industrial Drive. They said they plan to add 57 jobs, and they are seeking a […] Continue Reading »