White County Touting Year of Growth

Posted: Updated:
Randy Mitchell is president of White County Economic Development. Randy Mitchell is president of White County Economic Development.

The president of White County Economic Development Organization Inc. says "everything is on the move" in terms of business progress in the northwest Indiana county. White County farmers produce more popcorn than any other county in the state and Randy Mitchell says the county's economy is also bolstered by a manufacturing presence that is tied to one-third of all jobs. During the organization's annual luncheon that drew 400 attendees, Mitchell talked with Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick about the economic development mix and the focus of job attraction efforts. He says collaboration is key.

"It's what makes this all happen," Mitchell said. "From our county commissioners to our county council to the mayor to the town boards, everybody is on the same page and works together to make things happen. We don't have a lot of the infighting that some communities see. Everybody want to do what they can do to make the county grow."

The organization, he says, has recently sold a shell building and is working on developments within one of its business parks, which include Mid-American Commerce Park, Monticello Professional Park and Monticello Business Park South. "We have a total Gross Domestic Product of about $900 million: of which a third of that is manufacturing, a third is agriculture and a third is everything else."

Key employers within White County include: A ConAgra Foods Inc. operation, Rose Acre Farms, Wabash Valley Farms, Cives Steel Co. Easton Technical Products, which bills itself as the world's largest supplier of archery arrows, Monticello Spring Corp., Hardebeck Trucking and Indiana Beach Resort in Monticello.

White County is among the 10 counties included in the Wabash Heartland Region strategic planning effort that was launched in late 2016.

The annual luncheon was held Friday at Monticello's Brandywine Convention Center in Monticello.

  • Perspectives

    • Employers Are Key to Improving Healthcare

      It's no longer news that American healthcare is broken. In the U.S., we spend more than $3 trillion a year on healthcare - more than any other developed nation - yet we are in overall poorer health than similarly developed countries. But dealing with healthcare's myriad issues isn't the only challenge facing business owners and employers. They're also grappling with how to attract and retain a shrinking supply of employees.



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


  • Most Popular Stories

    • Angie's List Campus Re-Imagined as Creative 'Playground'

      A group of investors, many with previous ties Angie's List, has closed on the acquisition of the company's former corporate campus. The backers that make up the Fred Abel LLC investment group are led by former Angie's List Chief Executive Officer Bill Oesterle and include participants in Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York and Ohio. Boston-based Aquent CEO John Chuang is an investor and says the vision is to "create something far more than office space."

    • (Image courtesy of Indiana Grown)

      Eskenazi, Indiana Grown to Outline Partnership

      Eskenazi Health and Indiana Grown will Monday detail a new partnership at Sidney & Louis Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. The organizations are also hosting a "food networking event" allowing Indiana Grown members to connect with each other and local business owners. Eskenazi Health CEO Dr. Lisa Harris will discuss the partnership this weekend on Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick. Indiana Grown, which helps consumers find products grown, raised, produced...

    • $2.5B Coal-to-Diesel Plant Proposed in Dale

      An energy company is proposing a $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel facility in Spencer County. Riverview Energy Corp., which is based in Delaware and has a presence in New York, says the operation would eventually produce 4.8 million barrels of diesel fuel and 2.5 million barrels of naphtha, a liquid used as a solvent, a fuel and in plastics. President Gregory Merle says the facility would be the only one of its kind in the U.S. and is the company's most ambitious project yet.

    • AgriPark, New Jobs in Fishers Future

      The city of Fishers will partner with Brandywine Creek Farms to launch a 30-acre development focused on urban farming. During his State of the City address, Mayor Scott Fadness detailed plans for Fishers AgriPark, which will include crop fields, livestock, aquaponics, beehives and educational space. In today's address, Fadness also said to expect economic development announcements in the coming weeks involving $150 million in capital investment and hundreds of new jobs.

    • On-Air

      Find out when and where you can watch and listen to our reports.