Grow Dubois County has extended a partnership with the Purdue Technical Assistance Program. The five-year deal is valued at $250,000. Officials say the collaboration has yielded a more than $33 million economic impact since 2007. March 26, 2015

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JASPER, Ind. (March 12 2015) – Grow Dubois County has announced continued investment of local funds in support of the regional Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP) office. In total, the organization will provide $250,000 of funding to the Purdue program over the next five years.

Purdue's presence in the region, which dates back to 2007, has proved advantageous for Dubois County. In the past three years, the partnership between Dubois Strong and Purdue TAP has resulted in over $33 million in local economic impact. That impact is composed of $30.4 million in increased and retained sales, $2.2 million in cost savings, and $742,000 in investment. The program has also impacted a total of 269 jobs in the area.

Purdue TAP has worked with local companies such as Jasper Rubber, German American Bank and Ridetech.

“I am excited to continue working directly in Dubois County bringing Purdue's programs to the doorsteps of many wonderful organizations. We have been very successful the past three years and I will continue to ensure that success continues,” said Adam Auffart, Southwest Indiana Account Manager for Purdue TAP.

“We look forward to the extension of the partnership with Purdue TAP. The work Adam Auffart has done within Dubois County linking our companies with the resources of Purdue University has been extremely beneficial in terms of economic impact,” said Ed Cole, President of Dubois Strong.

Purdue TAP provides high-value solutions that help Indiana businesses maximize their success by increasing profits, reducing costs, and implementing growth and innovation engineering systems. Our organization serves more than 500 companies annually by implementing continuous improvement principles in the areas of productivity, growth and technology. Purdue TAP has helped our clients collectively achieve over $1 billion of economic impact in Indiana since 2005.

Dubois Strong is Dubois County, Indiana's, economic development source for innovative entrepreneurs and thriving businesses. Dubois County is home to two publicly traded corporations and numerous other homegrown businesses that were born out of local entrepreneurship. For additional information about Dubois Strong, please visit

Source: Purdue University

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