Economic Development of Kosciusko County

KEDCo Annual Report

Kedco Annual Report 2017

2017 Achievements: 2017 was another year of solid economic growth. All confidence indicators on a National level (consumer, corporate CEO, small business and home builders) are reaching high levels which foretell positive growth for the US economy. Indiana’s rankings as a great State in which to do business resulted in record setting announcements last year. At the same time, the State is addressing the same challenges as we are locally: a shortage of skilled labor and labor generally; a shortage of affordable workforce housing.

  • We announced 4 projects resulting in 341 new jobs at an average wage of $18.23 per hour.
  • Those projects will result in $49.4 million of new capital investment in the County.
  • The local economy continued to grow. The total number of people employed in the County remains at record highs over 40,000 workers. This is a significant progress from 2010 when KEDCo was formed. In 2010, employed individual had dropped to 33,000 and the unemployment rate was in double digits.
  • Our unemployment rate the entire year stayed in the 2.7-3.0% range and is one of the lowest rates in Indiana. Our direct workforce development efforts resulted in adding 21 certified machinists to our workforce with partnerships of Ivy Tech, the Warsaw Area Career Center and WorkOne.
  • The County’s population continued to increase making us one of the few rural counties in Northern Indiana to do so. Many of our neighbors are expressing declines in total population.

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