Crawfordsville 'Stellar' Project Moving Forward

Posted: Updated:
Crawfordsville received the Stellar Community designation in 2015. Crawfordsville received the Stellar Community designation in 2015.

The mayor of Crawfordsville says the centerpiece project of the city's Stellar Communities designation has cleared a key hurdle. Todd Barton says the city has closed on a 24,000 square-foot building which will serve as the home of Fusion 54. The facility will promote collaboration and synergy among city and county agencies who will relocate there and will include 6,000 square-feet of coworking space, as well as the Wabash College Center for Innovation, Business and Entrepreneurship.

Barton tells Inside INdiana Business the $2 million project is a "huge step forward" for the city. He says the goal is to keep young people and professionals in the community through the coworking space, while at the same time enhancing the performance of traditional groups within the community.

The agencies moving to Fusion 54 include economic development groups, the Crawfordsville-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Crawfordsville Main Street, Montgomery County Leadership Academy, and the Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Barton adds the city has already seen success with this type of collaboration on a smaller scale.

The city's partnership with Wabash College predates the Stellar Communities designation. Barton says moving the Center for Innovation, Business and Entrepreneurship to Fusion 54 will take the partnership to the next level.

"We take those young minds with all of these ideas about starting a business, whether it's creating software or whatever it might be, and we give them a space in which to work and to function," said Barton. "But we also physically connect them with the traditional economic development people."

Barton says he expects to begin construction on Fusion 54 late this year or in early 2018. The project could be complete by second quarter 2018. 

The mayor adds work on other Stellar Communities projects are progressing well. The city is looking to break ground on two new parks near downtown Crawfordsville next spring and will also work to connect its existing trail system into the downtown area. 

The city also has plans for an adaptive reuse of the Ben Hur building in the heart of downtown Crawfordsville, which will be transformed into a hotel and restaurant. Barton says the city could break ground on that project in a year.

Barton says the Fusion 54 project is a "huge step forward" for the city.
  • Perspectives

    • (photo courtesy of Conexus)

      October Celebrates Indiana’s Vibrant Manufacturing Industry

      Indiana is the most manufacturing intensive state in the country and more than a third of the state’s GDP comes from the industry. The health and wellness of Indiana’s economy is dependent on the state’s manufacturing industry. But Hoosiers face a challenge: it is expected that nearly a quarter of the current manufacturing workforce will be of retirement age in the next 10 years and we lack the generational workforce to make up that gap.



Company Name:
Confirm Email:
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections


  • Most Popular Stories

    • (image courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      U.S. Steel Updates Layoff Notice to State

      Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) has updated the State of Indiana regarding its previously announced layoffs at the East Chicago Tin Mill. The company says 314, rather than 307, workers will be displaced when the mill is idled this fall. 

    • Regal Beloit is closing in Valparaiso. (photo courtesy; The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Valpo Bearings Plant to Close, Eliminating 160+ Jobs

      Wisconsin-based Regal Beloit Corp. and the union representing workers have reached an agreement about the closing of a helicopter bearing factory in Valparaiso. According to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana, the decision will cost between 160 to 170 workers their jobs. 

    • AM General & Fiat Chrysler announce plans to build military grade Jeep Gladiator pickup trucks.

      AM General, FCA Collaborate on New Military Grade Jeep

      Nearly 80 years since the first jeep rolled off the assembly line, and helped support American soldiers throughout World War II, it appears the trusted four-wheel-drive machine may be making a comeback in the U.S. military. South Bend-based AM General LLC has teamed up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to build military-grade versions of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck. 

    • Red Star announced plans to expand and add 18 jobs.

      Larwill Medical Device Maker to Expand, Add Jobs

      A Whitley County-based medical device maker has announced plans to expand its facility in Larwill which should mean new jobs. Red Star Contract Manufacturing Inc. says it will invest $1.6 million in real estate improvements and additional equipment and will create 18 new jobs by 2022. 

    • Jaci Lederman

      Vincennes Professor Wins Prestigious Award

      The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants has honored Vincennes University faculty member Jaci Lederman with the Academic Instructor Circle of Excellence award. She is chair and associate professor of the Information Technology Department. Lederman won the distinction due to her commitment to cybersecurity education.