LaGrange County EDC Commissions State Road 9 Corridor Utility Master Plan

10/07/2016
News Release
Contact: Ryne Krock, LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, 260.499.4994, rkrock@lagrangecountyedc.com
 
LaGrange County EDC Commissions State Road 9 Corridor Utility Master Plan
 
LaGrange, IN. (October 6, 2016) -  The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation announced on Friday that they intend to enter into a contract with GRW Engineer for a State Road 9 Corridor Utility Master Plan. The study phase of the plan will begin in early October and the final plan will be completed in early 2017.
 
The call for this study and plan comes as the Indiana Toll Road Operator prepares to tie-in water and sewer more than five miles east of their facility at the Fawn River Crossing area near Howe. Officials expect the momentum of that project to lead to more infrastructure investments along the State Road 9 Corridor to prepare for future economic development projects.

The study will examine water, sewer, gas, electric and telecommunications infrastructure one-half mile on each side of State Road 9 from the Indiana-Michigan state line to the Town of LaGrange. The study area will also expand east to Still Lake, North and South Twin Lakes and Pigeon Lake. The goal of the plan will be to identify costs associated with extending sewer lines south along the corridor from Fawn River Crossing, as well as water. The plan will also examine current capacity and capabilities of the gas, electric and telecommunication infrastructure. The LaGrange County EDC will work with the engineers to identify sites with the potential to be developed for commercial, industrial, residential and retail uses. An analysis will determine what the return on any future infrastructure investments would be to the taxpayers of LaGrange County. 
 
Ryne Krock, President and CEO at the LaGrange County EDC believes this study is a critical piece to attracting future private investment along the Corridor. “The State Road 9 Corridor, with its access to the Indiana Toll Road, is an ideal location for future private development. Unfortunately, without adequate infrastructure in place, we cannot expect to see businesses move in. This study will provide key decision makers in LaGrange County and its utility providers information to make informed decisions on critical investments in sewer, water, gas, electric and telecommunications.” 
 
Stakeholders see this study as an opportunity to take a long-term, proactive approach to economic development and infrastructure development. “It’s always important for us as elected officials to spend taxpayer funds wisely. This plan will be a good tool for us to do just that as we consider investments in infrastructure along State Road 9,” said Charlie Ashcraft, LaGrange County Council Member and Board Member for the Redevelopment Commission. “know I speak for several other elected officials when I say that this study is critical to growth in our community.” 
 
This study is being funded through the LaGrange County Redevelopment Commission, NIPSCO, Wabash Valley Power Association and the LaGrange County EDC.
 
About the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation
The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, established in 2009, is a 510 (c) 3 corporation designed to assist business development needs. The LCEDC partners with local, regional, state, and federal agencies to attract, retain, and develop new businesses and entrepreneurs in LaGrange County and its communities. For more information about the LaGrange County EDC, please visit www.lagrangecountyedc.com or call at 260.499.4994
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