The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Business

April 11, 2013

Elwood inventories strengths, weaknesses

ELWOOD, Ind. — Elwood is taking a hard look at its strengths and weaknesses.

Mayor Ron Arnold said Thursday the city will conduct an analysis of its abilities, along with opportunities and threats to future economic growth, as a part of a new campaign to attract business.

“It’s important that as a city we know how we stack up as compared to the rest of the state,” Arnold said, “And work to make sure businesses know about the opportunities we have here in Elwood.”

The campaign would be handled by Elwood Redevelopment Commission adviser Alan Moore and Economic Development Director Bill Savage.

“I have seen great progress in the area of economic development the last few years,” Savage said, “And this project is a critical part of taking the next step in terms of business attraction.”

Among the first tasks, Moore said, will be to “gather public input both online and in person to see what the public thinks are the strengths and weaknesses of Elwood.”  

One concern is the high number of empty stores in the city, which paints a less-than-promising future for developers.

The project will seek to identify and remedy such problems, and play up the features developers might find attractive.

“We have to keep working to attract new businesses,” Arnold said, “both large-scale employers and retail opportunities to better use the assets we have.”

A part of that will involve visits to other similarly sized cities, which would help the team see how Elwood stacks up and offer a “clear picture of what is the competitive edge that Elwood has as compared to other communities,” Moore said.

Arnold added, “We need to know what other cities are doing, and what opportunities might be a good fit for here. This will be an important part of the process.”

A driver in moving the project forward has been Elwood City Council President Tim Roby, who said, “Getting more businesses in Elwood is an issue that I think everyone can agree is critical.”

Find Baylee Pulliam on Facebook, @BayleeNPulliam on Twitter or call 648-4250.

1
Text Only
Local Business
  • FEA - HB0729 - Senior Falls Aging safely in the comfort of her home Marilyn Moneyhun said being totally reliant on others is difficult. "Losing your independence is a shock to your system," Moneyhun, 84, said. "You are not in control anymore."

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0728 - business expansion CB Fabricating makes $2 million investment

    A local business founded in 2006 has invested $2 million in new equipment and a building expansion.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charo Boyd: 'My Social Security' simplifies your life So many people buzz through extremely busy and complicated schedules these days. A smartphone in one hand, a computer in front of you, and a digital task list that never seems to end. In addition, to complicate things just a little more, there’s another event you need to add to your list — National Simplify Your Life week.

    July 28, 2014

  • nws - hb0725 - colts - jc - 4.jpg Colts camp's impact: pricey or priceless?

    Football fever is here and the city is flooded with fans eager to catch a glimpse of a favorite player. But officials say they are unclear what kind of economic impact the Indianapolis Colts training camp has on the area.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0727 - Skill gap 2 Seeking a solution today, not tomorrow Tina Warner-Morton says she wants to open her own healthcare business because it is too difficult to work for an employer with unclear employee expectations.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0727 - Cathy Cupboard Biz Profile Business Profile: Cathy's Cupboard focuses on customer satisfaction Cathy McPhearson opened her first storefront in June, but this is not her first venture into business. “I have always wanted to have my own business,” she said. “The problem was finding what people like, but everyone seems to like candles.”

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital named Level III trauma center The Trauma Center at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons.

    July 26, 2014

  • Clark, Big Joe mug 'Big Joe' Clark: Beat the market or meet your goals? True or not, my experience tells me that goals – especially when written down – undoubtedly serve as catalysts for success. However, danger arises when a goal does not properly focus on the long term result you expect.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_8125.JPG Auction teaches in business, farming

    After 10 years of 4-H, saying goodbye to his animals has become a simple matter for McKennon Heald. But he said he wouldn't be surprised to see some tears from some of the younger participants. He's been there.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Anderson, Alexandria and Elwood receive grants to tear down abandoned houses Three Madison County cities — Anderson, Alexandria and Elwood — received state grants that will be used to tear down abandoned, dilapidated houses.

    July 25, 2014

Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide