Hard-Hit Region Targets Growth

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The chief executive officer of Energize-ECI Inc. says the 10-county region is competing with communities throughout the world to land jobs. Mindy Kenworthy just returned from economic development visits to New York and New Jersey and says the area is still known for its auto manufacturing heritage, but is also growing a reputation for food processing. She says one of the biggest challenges facing the region is its lack of a widely-known metropolitan "hub" like Indianapolis, Evansville or Fort Wayne. October 13, 2014

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MUNCIE, Ind. - Mindy Kenworthy, President & CEO of Energize-ECI, spent two days in New York City and New Jersey, meeting with site development consultants to promote the East Central Indiana region for business development. According to Ms Kenworthy, "The goal of this sales trip was to update site selection consultants about the many business advantages and opportunities East Central Indiana offers to their clients. It follows the regional organization's sales trips to Chicago, Dallas and Cleveland." As a result of these outreach efforts Ms. Kenworthy has met with 50 consultants who direct and facilitate the site location process for domestic and international corporations.

About Energize-ECI, Inc.

Energize-ECI, Inc. is a public/private partnership providing pro-active services and programs to encourage new business investment and job creation in East Central Indiana. Energize-ECI, Inc. acts as the initial point of contact for promoting the many advantages of operating a business in the region, collects and cultivates leads and assists individuals, site consultants and companies researching the area. Energize-ECI, Inc. answers inquiries regarding sites, buildings and regional information, directing leads to the appropriate local economic development groups within the region. Energize-ECI, Inc. leverages the resources of the member counties to regionally, nationally and globally market the many assets of East Central Indiana to business decision-makers with plans for expansion and new job creation. Energize-ECI, Inc. provides support to: Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush and Wayne counties. Details about Energize-ECI, Inc. and information about East Central Indiana may be viewed at the comprehensive Energize-ECI, Inc. website www.energize-eci.org. The organization may be contacted at P.O. Box 1912, Muncie, IN 47308-1912; by phone at (765) 254.1420; fax (765) 254.1450 and by email info@energize-eci.org.

Source: Energize-ECI Inc.