Economic Development Program Chooses Dubois County

Economic Development useWEST LAFAYETTE (NNDC) – Dubois is one of 11 Indiana counties chosen to be part of Stronger Economies Together, a nationwide program designed to develop regional approaches to growing businesses and creating jobs. A team of Purdue University community and regional development professionals will play a key role in the effort.

The 11 counties make up two Indiana regions that have been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development to be part of the program undertaken in partnership with the regional development centers and the nation’s land-grant university system. The Indiana regions are joining 19 other regional economic-development groups in 11 states selected on a competitive basis to be part of the yearlong program.

Michael Wilcox

The programs expected outcomes include developing a stronger regional mindset, increasing regional collaboration, discovering the region’s current and emerging assets, and developing and implementing a high-quality regional economic development plan that aligns with the region’s strengths.

Stronger Economies Together provides each region with a step-by-step process for designing and implementing a practical and viable regional economic development plan, one based on a careful analysis of the region’s current and emergency industry clusters, its population and labor force features, and the insights and priorities of local residents.

Michael Wilcox, assistant program leader of community development for Purdue Extension, says, “Stronger Economies Together represents an exciting opportunity for their regions to work together with Purdue University and the SET State Rescource Team to forify their regional ties and identify their pathway to a vibrant future.”


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