What is the impact of one single, good-paying job? It provides an income that gives a family peace of mind. Often times, it includes fringe benefits such as retirement plans, company-paid insurance, or even educational assistance. But, it’s also about something greater; it elevates the entire community. New jobs mean there’s more money that can be spent in local shops, restaurants and attractions or even buying a house, making property taxes work harder for the schools and local units of government.
When a new business opens or an existing business expands, that is economic development at its core. However, there are many facets to economic development, but for this article, it is about employment opportunities and strengthening the tax-base. The persona of a community helps create a climate where businesses want to be, so they can grow and thrive. When businesses grow, the entire community benefits. Ultimately, new investment and new jobs contribute to lower taxes because the tax burden is spread across a broader tax-base. Even during the prolonged economic downturn, Martin County added good paying jobs that offer fringe benefits.
Since April 2010, the Martin County Alliance has been a key player in many new projects in Martin County. From April 2010 to December 2014, this has included nearly $28 million in new investment, plus 110 new jobs created and 279 jobs retained. Part of the job of economic development organizations, like the Martin County Alliance, is to help create a stable, flourishing market where employers want to be and more importantly, where they want to stay in the ever changing business climate.
The Martin County Council and the Martin County Commissioners have been an integral part of this economic growth through its support of, and belief in, the Martin County Alliance. Their support has helped lay the groundwork for more opportunities and investment yet to come in addition to the millions already injected into the local economy. That’s the power of a single, good-paying job.
MARTIN COUNTY ALLIANCE 2015 EXECUTIVE TEAM
The Martin County Alliance for Economic Growth is proud to announce its 2015 executive team. President Don Bowling is joined by Vice-President Jim Henry, Treasurer Mike Arvin and Secretary Pam Loughmiller as well as Mayor Harty, Councilwoman McFeaters, and Laura Albertson. Also, the Alliance welcomes Jessica Sheetz to the Board of Directors. All are familiar names in Martin County, and each are committed to the continued growth of the place we all call home.
The Martin County Alliance’s Executive Committee oversees the day-to-day operation and its various endeavors. Tim Kinder, Executive Director of the Alliance, has managed the organization since it began operations in April 2010. In addition to his Alliance responsibilities, Tim is also a member of the executive committee for Radius Indiana, a regional economic development organization lead by Becky Skillman.
To learn more about the Martin County Alliance for Economic Growth, Inc., please call Tim Kinder at
812-295-4800 or visit www.martinalliance.org.