Archives October 2015

City of Rushville issues Request for Qualifications and Proposals for Brownfields Assessment Consulting Services

The intent of this RFQP is to request technical qualifications from qualified environmental consulting firms (Respondents) interested in providing environment assessment services to the City with the needs outlined in the RFQP. The City plans to qualify a single Respondent that meets the threshold and selection criteria outlined in this RFQP.  The RFQP is open to all qualified environmental professionals (QEPs) capable and qualified to meet the objectives and requirements described in this document.  Qualified DBE/MDE/WBE organizations are encouraged to respond.

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Ivy Tech Community College Richmond will be first tenant in Rushville’s City Center Building renovation project

The City of Rushville announced today that Ivy Tech Community College will become the first tenant in the soon- to- be renovated City Center Building on Main Street. Current Ivy Tech Richmond offices and classrooms at 126 South Main Street will move to the City Center Building in late 2016.

Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey said, during the 11 a.m. ribbon cutting, “I have looked forward to this day since I became Mayor in 2012. We are saving a community and downtown landmark, and creating a new vibrant cultural center that will provide entertainment and educational opportunities as well as house city offices and streamline services.”

John McCane, Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation executive director, said, “Today, we are taking an important step to assure Rush County’s new and existing businesses have the educational resources available to support their current and future needs and those of their employees.”

Richmond and East Central Regions’ Chancellor Andy Bowne said, “These plans have been a long time in the making, starting with our previous chancellor, Dr. Steve Tincher.  The students of Rushville and Rush County need access to high quality at a price they can afford, and a location that makes starting their educational journey possible.  We are excited to partner with Mayor Pavey and community leaders to make this happen.”

Chad Bolser, Richmond Campus President said, “It was an offer we couldn’t refuse. We are thrilled to be in the central part of Rushville with visibility, great technology access, classrooms and office space.  It is a wonderful opportunity for current and future students of Ivy Tech Community College.”

The City of Rushville acquired ownership of the building in November, 2014. The first floor building renovation, in addition to the space for Ivy Tech, will provide opportunities for multiple cultural events including a movie theater; a large live music seating forum (winter extension and bad weather venue for the Riverside Park Summer Concert Series); the performing home of the Rush County Players-Live theater troupe. The second floor will be used for consolidation of city-related offices, enhancing efforts to streamline Rushville city services.

ECDC aides regional employers by organizing JOB FAIR

When local business and industry leaders shared the struggles they were having in filling current job openings, a task force of representatives from the Rush County ECDC, the Rush County Chamber of Commerce, and WorkOne embraced the challenge to identify workers capable of filling the void.

The First Annual Rush County Economic Development Job Fair was established as the means to help meet the worthy goal. Last week, 24 regional employers came together to meet and interview prospective employees from Rush and surrounding counties.

 “We had a total of 24 exhibitors representing 30 companies and nearly 175 job seekers participate,” John McCane, executive director of the Rush County ECDC, said. “Although the majority of those were from Rushville, Connersville and New Castle, there were also people from Greensburg, Shelbyville, St. Paul, Arlington, Mays, Straughn, Spiceland, Greensboro, Winchester, Cambridge City, Spiceland, Milroy, Lewisville, Manilla, Knightstown, Indianapolis, Falmouth, Dunkirk, Glenwood and Muncie. This was truly a regional event, as the employers were also from different cities throughout the area.”

Several employers stated they were able to find quality applicants that day.

“To have the opportunity to share your business with the community is a positive for everyone regardless of open positions. Finding great qualified applicants is just a huge plus. This event was very successful and I look forward to speaking with some applicants we received throughout the day,” Dennis Fogle, vice president of Human Resources for Rush Memorial Hospital, said.

Max McMichael, co-owner of FarmBoys Smokehouse BBQ, said, “We came away with a stack of completed applications, and are beginning to call some candidates in for interviews. We were very pleased with the turnout and the whole process of the job fair.”

“I talked to several of the manufacturing firms participating in the job fair, and some had already found the workers they needed,” Sandy Fussner, Executive Director of the Rush County Chamber of Commerce, said. “It was a great opportunity to connect job seekers with local and surrounding businesses. We’ll definitely do it again next year.”

Some employers provided prizes that were given away, and ten of the job seekers who attended will be getting phone calls to inform them of prizes they won during the day. Those winners will be notified to pick up their prize at their local WorkOne office.

“I believe the organizers hit it out of the park when they decided to host the event on a Saturday,” ECDC Client Services Manager Carolyn Bunzendahl said. “This provided currently employed individuals who seek better jobs the opportunity to visit with regional employers without having to miss their regular work.”