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									Adams County 4Community Project
Economic Development Roundtable
Thursday, May 18, 2006

Roundtable Report

At 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 16, 2006, Wes Kuntzman convened the meeting of
the 4 Communities Economic Development Roundtable. The community was
well represented by 44 individuals who came from a wide variety of

   1. Billie Stevens                          23. David Koenig
   2. Al Lehman                               24. Mike Schwartz
   3. Ed Coil                                 25. Alan Tio
   4. Mike Pettibone                          26. John Mann
   5. Bart Alexander                          27. Dan Kershner
   6. Dan Michaels                            28. Lynn Selking
   7. Steve Baumann                           29. Pam Hampshire
   8. Bill Borne                              30. Doug Baumann
   9. Barry Ehinger                           31. Rex Moore
   10. Tim Hartigan                           32. Linda Settlemyre
   11. Doug Milligan                          33. Garry Jones
   12. Steve Hampshire                        34. Randy Lehman
   13. Floyd Liechty                          35. Rex Hinsky
   14. Connie Potter                          36. Barb Engle
   15. Joe Caffee                             37. Eric Mann
   16. Wylie Sirk                             38. Carol Bowers
   17. Andy Barrett                           39. Charlie Bowers
   18. Fred Isch                              40. Jay Gould
   19. Dave Bracey                            41. Bob Rhoades
   20. Matt Lehman                            42. Rosemary Puterbaugh
   21. Mark Settlemyre                        43. Andrew Briggs
   22. Dennis Overdorf                        44. John Minch

What is Economic Development?
Lead facilitator, John Sampson guided participants in a general discussion of
what comprises economic development. The group agreed that economic
development was a complex interconnection of issues including job creation,
income generation, education/workforce development, infrastructure, and quality
of life
Where are we?
To help answer the question, “where are we?” Elaine Fisher took the group
through an environmental scan process asking them to identify Adams County
strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats or challenges – with the
following results.

Strengths:                             Weaknesses:
   • People/ Family                      • Location
   • Heritage                            • Dependent on recreational vehicle
   • Schools                                industry
   • Values/principles/morals            • Lack of diversity in population
   • Location                            • Large elderly population
   • Infrastructure                      • Lack of regional involvement
   • Access to health care               • Limited access to education (higher
   • Agricultural industry                  and technical)
   • Industrial base                     • Amish population
   • Diverse industry                    • Heritage/identity have not mixed
   • Local financial resources           • Lack of cultural opportunities
   • Clean, safe and Friendly            • Low unemployment
   • Large and small businesses          • Brain drain
   • Retiree population                  • Lack of right kind of jobs
   • Affordable                          • Low income population
   • Unique identity                     • “More memories than dreams”
   • Low unemployment                    • Lack of cultural
   • Dependable workforce/Work ethic        diversity/environmental factors
   • Available space/land
   • Good leadership
   • The Amish community

Opportunities                          Threats/Challenges
  • Identify/build industry clusters      • No land use planning
  • Develop recreation/tourism            • Lack of action!
  • Agriculture                           • No internal marketing of
  • Manufacturing = furniture                strengths/assets
  • Connect existing businesses with      • Funding for infrastructure
      available business resources        • Globalization
  • Develop a unified, countywide         • Empty Buildings
      industrial park                     • Not “wired” - lack of advanced
  • Create countywide Plan                   telecommunication infrastructure in
      Commission                             some part of counties
  • “Big” picture of county
  • Organize countywide marketing
  • Conduct internal marketing
  • Globalization
  • Available real estate
Where do we want to go?

Asked to vision their ideal future, participants described it in the following terms:

The future Adams County will have…….

   •   a diverse workforce (variety of          •   a shared vision of the future and a
       employees)                                   plan to get there
   •   a variety of non-manufacturing jobs      •   a strong tax base
   •   a strong technology base                 •   an entrepreneurial business climate
   •   strong retention of grads (brain         •   an educated citizenry (workforce)
       drain)                                   •   expanding existing business
   •   excellent schools                        •   a strong business retention
   •   managed growth                               program
   •   a unique identity, based on heritage     •   a robust tourism industry
   •   good paying jobs                         •   a culture of cooperation and
   •   a rich quality of life                       collaboration among individual
   •   21st century infrastructure                  communities
                                                •   a broad base of leadership

Through an organized voting process, the group determined the priority level of
each vision component or Goal and in small group discussions identified some
specific objectives that might help meet that Goal
Ideal Future:

Goal 1.      (50 votes)
Adams County will provide excellent education for all citizens (50)
      • Locate and define mission of Adams County Learning Center by June
        1, 2007
            o Responsibility – Purdue Extension and Board, Area 18
      • Re-investigate career and technical education (K-14)
            o Responsibility – Area 18, Job Works, school corps
      • Develop marketing plan
      • Life-long learning
      • Conduct demand analysis studies using focus groups, survey
        o Chamber of Commerce
        o Job Works
        o Temp agencies
        o Completed by Jan. 1, 2007
  • Define outcomes from Learning Center – Set Goals
        o GED production
        o Higher Ed offerings
        o Internet learning
        o Enrichment programs
Goal 2.     (34 votes)
Adams County will grow and maintain a high-tech/advanced manufacturing
industry sector
   • Industry that is technically advanced, requiring high-level skills training
   • Plan and develop appropriate infrastructure
   • NIIC/support for entrepreneurs
   • Develop a technically trained workforce
   • Involve Chambers of Commerce and local banks
          o Work with RMP, respond to leads
          o Conduct analysis of community (educational resources/programs),
            partner with Ivy Tech
          o Support/encourage existing business
          o Involve/learn from successful entrepreneurs
          o Build a county “Hub” (clearinghouse)
          o Provide high-tech access throughout county

Goal 3.      (33 votes)
Adams County will develop a diverse economy that provides employment
opportunity for all
  • Develop a proactive business retention program
  • Develop infrastructure – basic
         o High tech master plan county wide $
  • Create a Value Added Agriculture Plan
  • Identify Adams County/Regions clusters now – what should we target
  • Develop Entrepreneurship – education in high school through Continuing
  • Nothing is easy.

Goal 4.     (28 votes)
Access to high speed internet will be provided through-out Adams County
  • Internet and cell phones
         o Law enforcement
         o Education
         o Hospital
         o Government
         o Local industry
  • Create a task force
         o Identify service prototypes and service areas
         o Meet with providers and identify needed service
  • Check with State agencies
         o State regulations
         o State programs
  • Research what other communities have done
  • Investigate incentives – existing/proposed industry
   •   Land use – allow cell towers
   •   Possibly subsidize service
   •   Fiber optic/wireless

Goal 5. (22 votes)
Expand social and recreational richness for everyone
  • Youth-oriented activities that are non-athletic
  • Choices – for youth
  • Senior citizen involvement
  • Cultural/fine arts center/location
  • Bike paths/walking trails that connect wetlands, etc
  • Specialty shopping/craft shops
  • Link senior centers and create opportunities for their involvement
          o Mentoring
          o Volunteering
          o Part time employment
          o Share information/publicize
  • Encourage school corps to share resources to expand offerings in
      academic/cultural areas.
  • Build “Greenway” to connect with wetlands and others (The Plan)

Other Goals:
Goal 6.        Diversify the agricultural industry (20)
Goal 7.        Make affordable health care available to everyone (19)
Goal 8.        Build and maintain strong inter-county communication (8)
Goal 9.        Maintain a safe, crime free community (6)
Goal 10.       Develop inter-generational communities (extended families) (5)
Goal 11.       Maintain respect for the environment (5)
Goal 12.       Encourage a broad diversity of age (1)

Conclusions and Next Steps

Initial assessments conducted by the 4Communities leadership identified the
following key issues:
     • Lack of diversity in the local economy
     • Need for better paying jobs (living wage)
     • Not replacing jobs as quickly as they leave
     • Need employment opportunities for unskilled labor

Clearly, the priority Goals identified at the Roundtable Discussion, support and
directly address these key concerns.

Roundtable participants indicated a strong desire to maintain the momentum
generated by their discussion and suggested a number of possible next steps
1. utilizing the existing 4Communities Steering Committee as a mechanism
   for moving the Adams County Economic Development initiative forward
2. Organizing a separate Economic Development Steering Committee (not
   mutually exclusive from the first suggestion)

Possible considerations:
   • Create an Adams County Economic Development Committee – it could
      be a sub-committee of the 4Communities Steering Committee or free

   •   The Adams County Economic Development Corporation Board would
       seem to be a good place to start. Other individuals could be added if
       broader representation is needed in order to address the full scope of
       the issues identified. At a minimum this broad discussion should
       provide some guidance to the EDC as it develops its future scope of
       work and might likely help identify the most appropriate individual to
       replace the current Executive Director, Mike Ripley.

   •   It might also make sense to create some Task Forces or Ad Hoc
       Committees to fully develop the priority Goals and Objectives identified
       at the Roundtable and identify the appropriate
       organizations/parties/coalitions to assume responsibility for moving
       them forward.

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