The environment provided by Grant County and support provided by the community led us to expand our operations, three times over ten years.
— Mike Beckman, Amcast Automotive
Every time that we have expanded, the Growth Council has been at our side helping us along.
— Steve Wicks, Agricor
The Growth Council has been an outstanding partner in working through tax opportunities and training grants at the state level. They were very helpful to our leadership team in making contacts in the local business community. They continue to help our operation stay current on changes in state and local government.
— Scott Murphy, Walmart DC
The Grant County Growth Council has gone to great lengths not once but twice to help us secure new locations. The Growth Council staff will go to great efforts to help with any expansion or startup project that you may be involved with
— Bob Kramer, Canine's Choice

in 1985.

For 35 years, the Growth Council has worked to bring economic growth and progress to Grant County, Indiana.



The Growth Council staff is supported by a diverse board of directors that assist in guiding, driving, and steering the mission of the organization.


Board of Directors

Andy Bishop
Alex Huskey
Adrienne Rines
Caitlin Bragg
Kristopher Harmon
Kristi Pulley
Joyce Wood
Ashley Hurd
Trevor Martens
Paul Dash
Scott Miller
Jodi Pomery
Kelly Turner
Tim Street
Tom Gallangher



Executive Board


Brett Carey

Market President of STAR Financial Bank


Anne Duncan
President Elect

President of Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home


Jeff Wakefield

CFO of Marion General Hospital


Bill Gartland
Past President

President of Atlas Foundry


Phil Bowers
VP of Resource

President of JG Bowers Inc


Wendy Puffer
VP of Marketing

Founder of Marion Design Co



Our Mission

“To promote a vibrant, sustainable economy that attracts and empowers business growth and innovation.”

Our Vision

The Economic Growth Council serves as champions of collaboration and opportunity, leading the charge to make Grant County one of the best places to live, learn, and work.


How we do it:


Support local
business expansion and retention

Business Visits 
regular visits with local manufacturers to gather current data, assists their goals for success, and share resources.

Grant’s Got Talent 
a downpayment assistance program that helps employers recruit skilled talent to Grant County.

Tax Abatement / TIF Financing Assistance
the Growth Council will work with a local business to secure tax abatement and/or tax increment financing for suitable and eligible business expansion/investment projects.

Manufactures Council 
a quarterly lunch where local manufacturers gather for networking, support, and education. 

The CHARM Grant  
a $1000 matching grant for high impact, visible improvements for local businesses.

Job Postings 
weekly job postings of featured on our website and Facebook feed to help local employers hire talent.

Community Job Fair
a monthly job fair hosted at Marion Public Library that gives employers a chance to connect with local job seekers.



Foster the entrepreneurial environment

Community Pitch Night
a shark-tank style event in which the winning business concept receives 1 year free lease in a downtown building.

Grant County Local Business Resource Guide  
an Ebook of resources for entrepreneurs in Grant County, including direct contacts, 
discounts, and free consulting sessions.

I69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge 
an annual business competition plan for college students, providing education business planning and entrepreneurship.

One-on-One Consulting 
a Growth Council staff member will meet with a local entrepreneur to provide business planning and networking assistance. 

Revolving Loan Fund 
a revolving loan fund (from the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant) that assists local entrepreneurs access to financial capital.

a monthly networking event that connects the Grant County professional community.



Attract business to Grant County

RFI (Request for Information)  
a Growth Council staff member will respond to official requests for information from site selectors and/or business, providing
information on available buildings, sites, and utility hookups.

Recruitment Trips and Marketing Event
participation regional marketing events and national recruiting trips annually. 
Site Consultant Forums 
participation in annual conferences to promote available sites and buildings in 
Grant County to site consultants. 



Build up and retain a skilled workforce

Workforce Training  
an industrial maintenance training program that offers training at no cost to Grant County employers. 

Industry Showcase
an annual event that educates graduating high school students on employment and career opportunities in Grant County.

Community Job Fair
a monthly opportunity for employers and job seekers to connect.



Collaborate with local organizations and educational institutions

Downtown Development 
working closely with local main street organizations, assisting with downtown development planning, business recruitment, 
and promotion of events.  

Local Elected Officials Dinner 
a quarterly dinner that provides educational and networking opportunities for all Grant County elected officials.

Comprehensive Counseling Coalition
a coalition of Grant County educators, non-profits, and businesses to problem solve, implement programming, and allocate funds received from the 1 million dollar Comprehensive Counseling Grant from Lily Endowment.