Archives 2016

Annual Pioneer Steam Show approaches

annual pioneer show

The four-day running of the Pioneer Engineers Club is held annually the first weekend in August and this year will mark the 68th running of the event.

Advance-Rumely steam engines and Allis Chalmers Tractors will be featured this year.

Daily activities include parade, a working line-shaft machine shop, plowing demonstrations, sawmilling, threshing, a blacksmith shop, a calliope, field events and entertainment.

According to organizers, it is anticipated the show will include roughly 25 large steam engines, 300 tractors of various makes and sizes, a variety of gas engines and flea market as well as plenty of good food. Two church services will be held – 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and 9 a.m. Aug. 7.

The reunion show is held at Caldwell Acres which is easily accessible from Rushville by taking SR 3 south to CR 325S then east to CR 200W and south a short distance.

Cost is $10 for a four-day pass (the duration of the event) or $5 for a daily pass.

The event has steadily grown in popularity. The show was held locally beginning in 1948 through 1953 during the annual running of the Rush County Fair prior to moving to Porter’s sawmill on the Rush County farm of Lawrence Porter until 1956. Due to its growing popularity, the event for a move to larger grounds at the Rushville Conservation Club east of Rushville on SR 44, where it remained until 2007. Beginning in 2008, it again relocated to its current Caldwell Acres location.

The public is invited to attend the working museum. Campsites are available for the duration of the show, for camping information, contact B.J. Bischoff at (513) 266–2128 and online at miniadvance38yahoo.comor for reunion information, contact Mark or Dawn Dieckmann at (812) 852 – 2660 or Tracy Porter at (765) 969 – 3937.

Contact: or (765) 932 – 2222 x106

What: Pioneer Engineers Club Reunion Show

Where: Caldwell Acres

When: Aug. 4, 5, 6 and 7

Cost: $10 weekend pass or $5 daily pass


ECDC Helping Small Businesses Grow in Rush County

The Rush County ECDC and Chamber of Commerce regularly sponsor educational programs to help our small businesses prosper. The upcoming workshop will focus on important role of marketing in growing a business. The event will take place June 21 from 8-9am at River Point Office Suites. Participants need to register by calling (765) 282-9950 or by signing up on under the “Workshops & Events” link.


Power of Profitable marketing-Rushville - June 2016

ECDC and Chamber of Commerce Sponsoring High School Job Fair

“We wanted to be sure the students who were graduating knew about all the services available to them to help with finding and keeping a job”, said Sandy Fussner, Executive Director of the Chamber. “WorkOne has an amazing array of things to offer, from their job matching program to free training to help with paying educational costs. Some you do have to qualify for; others are accessible to anyone”.

Getting information out was one reason the ECDC and Chamber decided to hold this event. Another was the need businesses have to fill open jobs.  During the BOSS (Better Opportunities for Successful Students) presentations, they learned there were many local opportunities.  What better way to match the students to those opportunities than to have a job fair at the high school, scheduled for the end of the school day? It will be held Wednesday, May 11th, in the high school cafeteria, from 2:45 to 5:00 p.m.

Companies who will be there include: First Call for Emerson Copeland, Flat Rock Lodge, INTAT, Manufacturing Matters, Millers Merry Manor, Rush Shelby Energy, Trane, Wells Fargo, and WorkOne.

“Parents of these juniors and seniors need to know this is going on, so they can encourage their young person to attend.  Even if they are not currently looking for a job, students will learn a lot about the local businesses and the opportunities they present”, said Carolyn Bunzendahl, Client Services Manager of the ECDC. “Just knowing about the training programs for which they may be eligible is valuable information. Representatives from the Manufacturing Matters training program will be talking about the Manufacturing Matters Academy. This five week instructor led, condensed training program teaches safety, quality and measurement, manufacturing processes and maintenance awareness in preparation to become a Certified Production Technician (CPT).  For those who qualify, it’s paid for – a value of $3,150!  And there’s an immediate pay-off for completing – $400 – and an additional $100 once you take a manufacturing job in the area”.

For more information, you can call the ECDC at 938-3232

RUSHVILLE selected as Finalist in Stellar Communities Program

Six cities and towns have been named finalists for this year’s Stellar Communities program. The statewide initiative involves funding and resources for projects designed to improve quality of life in smaller Hoosier communities.

The state says Stellar Communities helps with “transformative” efforts to plan, leverage existing assets, foster regional investments and stimulate long-term growth. It is a collaboration financially supported by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Indiana Department of Transportation through state and federal sources. The state says a total of 11 agencies will provide technical skills and expertise for the program.

Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb is set to visit each finalist in the coming months and says “cities and towns across Indiana continue to benefit from a strong business climate that makes them attractive places to live, work, and play, and the Stellar Communities Designation Program remains an important catalyst fostering local economic growth.”

The finalists are broken down based on size. Division 1 communities have populations between 6,000 and 50,000 and Division 2 finalists have 5,999 or fewer residents. The 2016 finalists are:

Division 1

  • City of Rushville
  • City of Shelbyville
  • City of Warsaw

Division 2

  • Town of Corydon
  • Town of Culver
  • City of Union City

Ten communities applied for the program. Finalists will receive a planning grant to launch or bolster strategic plans, projects and potential funding partnerships. One winner from each division will be announced in the summer.

Past winners are:

2011 – North Vernon and Greencastle

2012 – Princeton and Delphi

2013 – Richmond and Bedford

2014 – Huntingburg and Wabash

2015 – Crawfordsville and North Liberty

Rush County ECDC awarded grant from The Foreign Trade Zone program

The Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation (ECDC) was recently the recipient of an $8,300 grant from the Greater Indianapolis Foreign Trade Zone, Inc. The ECDC will use these grant funds to promote the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program. They will market the benefits of the FTZ program to existing businesses in Rush County and also to those companies that the ECDC is targeting for attracting to Rush County.

The FTZ program is a federal trade incentive program that helps companies that import by reducing costs and improving logistical efficiencies. The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) became the local administrator of the FTZ program for central Indiana in 1981 with approval from the Foreign Trade Zone Board (U.S. Department of Commerce).

The IAA formed a separate company (Greater Indianapolis Foreign Trade Zone, Inc., also known as INzone) to administrate this program on its behalf within its 41 county service area. INzone is responsible for locally marketing the benefits of the FTZ program, assisting businesses with gaining access to the federal program, and providing support services.

The FTZ program assists companies that import into the United States with improving their competitive position versus utilizing offshore manufacturing and distribution processes. Operating within an FTZ service area can increase business efficiencies – saving time, money, and hassles. The FTZ program provides a diverse group of financial savings and logistical opportunities that help streamline business operations.

The ECDC will include FTZ information / logo on signage at the front entrance of the new Commerce Park at Rushville, and on any billboards advertising the Park. More information about this program can be found at, or by calling the ECDC at 765-938-3232.

JOB OPENING for Client Services Manager at Rush County ECDC

The Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation (ECDC), a primary economic development partner in Rushville and Rush County, seeks a qualified individual to join the economic development team in order to foster public/private partnerships that result in private sector investment and job creation.

The Client Services Manager is a full-time exempt position that reports to the President/CEO.

This professional position is responsible for all administrative functions with a special emphasis on project management and workforce development activities.  Other activities include, but are not limited to, economic development lead response, phone/email inquiries, accounts payable/receivable processing, coordination/planning of events and meetings, and database/website systems management.  This position will be Rushville, Indiana; please indicate willingness to relocate to Rush County in cover letter.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Provide administrative support for Rush County ECDC staff, including receipt/distribution of mail, preparation of written correspondence, maintenance of file systems, and activities related to monthly Board meetings.
  • Responsible for reporting and ongoing accounts payable/receivable processing, as well as preparation of monthly statements and reports.
  • Oversee maintenance and development of statistical and/or informational databases. Perform ongoing updates and maintenance of available sites and buildings inventory. Must possess an ability to perform effective online research. Proficiency in Excel required.
  • Perform ongoing updates and maintenance of ECDC website through a content management system. Proficiency with website content management systems preferred.
  • Design marketing and promotional materials for both domestic and international markets using various media. Experience with Desktop Publishing and social networking tools preferred.
  • Coordinate and execute communications with targeted industry leaders.
  • Design and coordinate press releases and other outreach material.

Project Management:

  • Preparation of initial response for economic development project leads.
  • Responsible for coordinating workforce development programs and activities as they pertain to the organization and partners.
  • Will assist with coordination of prospect site visits, as well as preparation of customized information packets.
  • Responsible for planning and executing special events, such as (but not limited to) Board of Directors Annual Meeting, stakeholder receptions, workshops, and other programs.
  • Community or economic-based grant application coordination, with grant research, writing and administration as a desired skill set.

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

The ideal candidate will project a professional demeanor at all times. He/she will possess:

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • A working knowledge of the Indiana Workforce Development structure preferred
  • A working knowledge of economic development or nonprofit organizations, including the principles of economic and community development, volunteer management, program administration, project management, and grant application writing preferred.
  • A working knowledge of local and state political structure preferred.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and judgment as a normal and recurring part of performing day-to-day duties, including the ability to maintain confidential information and/or discussions.
  • Strong public relations skills, with the ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships among diverse groups of people.
  • Expertise in Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher.
  • Knowledge of social networking tools preferred.
  • Knowledge of website content management systems preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of insurance.
  • Ability to perform basic research and analyze data using acceptable research practices, and to formulate alternatives and recommendations
  • WorkKeys Assessment Preferred
  • A minimum of Associate’s Degree (Bachelor’s degree is preferred) in Business Administration, Marketing, Economic Development, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and 3-5 years’ experience.

Compensation Package:

Salary and benefits are commensurate with skills and experience.

Resumes and applications are being collected through March 14th. Interested applicants should contact with their resume and cover letter.

Commerce Park at Rushville featured in BUILDING INDIANA magazine

An article about the official opening of the Commerce Park at Rushville was recently featured in the Jan/Feb issue of BUILDING INDIANA magazine.  Pictured were Sandy Fussner, Director, Chamber of Commerce; John McCane, ECDC Executive Director, State Representative Tom Saunders, Mayor Mike Pavey, City Clerk Treasurer Ann Copley, Morgan Reardon, Project Inspector for Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc., and Cathy Wenning, Chair of the ECDC Board.  More about the article at


City of Rushville to host Brownfields Informational Meeting on January 29th

The City of Rushville was recently awarded a $364,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The grant supports EPA’s goals and objectives to promote sustainable and livable communities.  The City’s goals for its Brownfields Program are to create jobs, eliminate public health impacts, and remove blighted/unsafe conditions and environmental threats to area residents.

By definition from the EPA, a brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. There will be extensive community outreach to inform Rushville citizens of the plans for this assessment process and to solicit public input.

The first of these public meetings will be held Friday, January 29, 2016, 3:00 the City Council Chambers, 270 W. 15th Street, Rushville. The City has contracted with the engineering firm, SME, to provide environment services for the coordination, direction, conduct and/or oversight of the Brownfield Assessment activities approved by the grant. Representatives from SME will be presenting information at this meeting, and will be on hand for a question and answer session. Local oversight will be provided by the Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation.

Who should attend these meetings? Community partners, health department, City and County elected officials, Chamber of Commerce, local financing institutions, real estate developers, area plan commission and any other interested citizens.

Further questions about the meeting or other grant activities can be directed to the ECDC at 765-938-3232.