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
Market President of STAR Financial Bank
President of Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home
CFO of Marion General Hospital
President of Atlas Foundry
VP of Resource
President of JG Bowers Inc
VP of Marketing
Founder of Marion Design Co
“To promote a vibrant, sustainable economy that attracts and empowers business growth and innovation.”
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:
business expansion and retention
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.
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.
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.
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
an industrial maintenance training program that offers training at no cost to Grant County employers.
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
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.