Hydroponic Farm Could Bring Jobs

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Several city and state officials are set to unveil details Monday of a hydroponic greenhouse farm near downtown Indianapolis that could create up to 25 jobs. New York-based BrightFarms Inc. plans to grow millions of pounds of produce on a five-acre lot that has been vacant since the mid-1990's. July 14, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Community Leaders to Announce 100,000 Sq Ft Urban Greenhouse Farm. The New Greenhouse Will Grow Up to 1 Million Pounds of Local Produce

WHO:

Mayor Greg Ballard

Lieutenant Governor Susan Ellspermann

Gina Sheets, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Phil Votaw, Executive Director of the Westside Community Development Corporation

Paul Lightfoot, CEO of BrightFarms

WHAT: Announce plans for a state-of the art hydroponic greenhouse farm.

WHEN:

Monday, July 15, 2013

3:00-4:30pm

WHERE:

The Platform

East Wing of City Market, 202 East Market Street

BACKGROUND: Led by the WCDC, the area near the site of this greenhouse farm has become a redevelopment hub, connecting commercial revitalization to residents of the community. BrightFarms 100,000 square foot farm will create up to 25 green collar jobs and grow millions of pounds of produce that conserves natural resources and is thousands of miles fresher for the greater Indianapolis community. The farm will be built at 2219 W. Michigan Street. The nearly 5-acre parcel of land on which the farm will be built has been vacant since 1996. BrightFarms joins five new businesses, locating in this section of the Michigan Street corridor.

Source: City of Indianapolis