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OCRA awards $250,000 to support manufacturing training programs. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) recently announced the award of a $250,000 workforce investment grant to be shared equally among a collaboration with Adams and Wells County economic and workforce developmentRead more
She's not a typical intern Lexy Counterman’s workday is much like other employees’ time at AT Ferrell in Bluffton. Four days a week, she arrives at the facility on South Adams Street and dons gloves and a welding hood. Then, she gets to work. The 18-year-old isn’t a full-time employee, though. She’Read more
Wells County is one of only 39 Indiana counties to have gained population in the past year, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The growth is not much, however. Wells is one of 18 counties that grew less than 0.3 percent in the past year. Figures list Wells County’sRead more
Wells County is the best place in Indiana to get a mortgage, according to a study by a financial website. A home at 428 W. Ohio St. is one of many for sale in Bluffton and Wells County. A recent study by an online financial company said Wells County is the best place in Indiana to get a mortgage.Read more
Mayor Ted Ellis announced a plan Friday to combine two potential community projects: The $1 million downtown plaza and a $1 million Interurban Trail extension from Monroe Street to Jackson Street. The proposal was announced at the end of his annual State of the City address during the Wells CountyRead more
The Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works today unveiled a free, three-week pre-apprenticeship program that will help enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations. The Building Futures initiative, a collaboration of numerousRead more
Roembke Manufacturing and Design and Design Facts Inc. of Fort Wayne have consolidated their manufacturing companies under one roof in the Roembke building. While Roembke will retain its name, Design Facts is becoming DF Automation. “Roger and Andy (Felton) ran Design Facts and they were a greatRead more
People have replaced businesses as the recruitment target for economic development. Unemployment in Wells County is at or below 4 percent — the level considered by many economists to be “functional full employment.” Chad Kline, Wells County’s economic development director, says the emphasis is nowRead more
Noble and Whitley counties and Adams and Wells counties formed training and outreach initiatives as a way to connect capable residents to the manufacturing world. Noble and Whitley counties’ economic development corporations are offering incumbent worker and entry-level position training programsRead more
Bluffton High School received a 4-Star School designation by the Indiana Department of Education for the 2014-15 school year. In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories. Additionally, a qualifying school must haveRead more