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Kosciusko County Community Survey – Final Week

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Final Week for Community Survey with the Welcomness Study

The community-wide Welcomeness Study is set to wrap up this next week as the survey comes to a close Thursday, May 16th. “OrthoWorx and our community partners have been delighted of the community response to the survey. More than 1,600 community members have shared their joys and concerns around living, working or playing in Kosciusko County,” stated Nichole Rouached, Manager, Communications and Projects at OrthoWorx.

According to Rouached, Kosciusko County’s vast natural attractions and wide array of professional opportunities help attract and retain talent. However, in a tight job market and with many workers choosing urban living, the community needs to know what keeps the local workforce and their families in the county and what can be done to better support those who interact with the county’s employers. Based on the first two phases of the Welcomeness Study that were carried out in the summer of 2018, housing and child care were identified as pressing concerns. “The survey will help collect valuable information for our community leaders so that we can make intentional and data-driven choices on directing community resources,” she said. “This is the best platform we can provide for our community to share their stories, both the successes and shortcomings of life in Kosciusko County.”

Community members who live, work or play in Kosciusko County are asked to complete the survey by Thursday, May 16th. Results from the survey will be shared in the coming months with the public as well as with various community and corporate organizations. The Welcomeness Study is being managed by BlackOnyx of Indianapolis. Cardinal Services and the Kosciusko County Community Foundation are partners with OrthoWorx in supporting the study.  To complete the survey, please visit: https://bit.ly/2UerIxZ The survey is also available in Spanish at: http://bit.ly/2Yi0c07

 

About OrthoWorx

Formed in 2009 with initial funding from the Lilly Endowment, OrthoWorx

(www.orthoworxindiana.com) is a community-based initiative that works strategically and collaboratively with the orthopedic industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the Warsaw region continues to reap the social and economic benefits that derive from its position as The Orthopedic Capital of the World.®

KEDCo pursuing acquisition of prominent regional golf course

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WARSAW, IN (April 15, 2019)– The Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation (KEDCo) today announced the local economic development organization has executed a Letter of Intent to purchase Stonehenge Golf Course.

“Economic developers are described as ‘gap fillers,’ ‘matchmakers,’ and ‘dot connectors,’” said KEDCo CEO Alan Tio, “Relaunch of Stonehenge Golf Course provides a great opportunity for our team to play all three roles as we work to refocus our efforts to include quality of place amenities.”

Kosciusko County is a member of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA), both of which were involved in the Regional Cities Initiative that saw communities across Northeast Indiana prioritize quality of place amenities.

“We are competing with communities nationwide to develop, attract, and retain residents who ‘vote with their feet’ about where to live,” said Orthoworx Executive Director and RDA Chairman Brad Bishop, “The Regional Cities Initiative demonstrated how critical quality of place amenities are to attracting and retaining talent.”

Stonehenge Golf Course will reopen this spring under the management of Cindy & Denny Hepler, longtime local residents who also operate the nearby Raccoon Run Golf Course.

“I have been involved with this course and a member for many years and understand its importance to what our community offers residents and visitors alike,” said Hepler, “We’re in the early stages of a plan that will see the course and its amenities become a key part of what puts Winona Lake on the map.”

KEDCo will now pursue due diligence on the property and finalize plans for redevelopment of the building and pool. Additional developments will be announced as more details become available.

About Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation:

Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation (KEDCo) was formed in 1984 to promote economic and community development in Kosciusko County. KEDCo is the economic development corporation serving Kosciusko County and all the municipalities therein.  Our mission is to promote economic development in Kosciusko County through the retention and expansion of existing business and industry, while attracting new business investments that complement the improvement of the quality of life. For more information, visit: http://www.kosciuskoedc.com.