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Business in White County
Agri-Life Science Community

White County, Indiana is in the heart of the Heartland, with Indiana serving as one of the nation’s largest agricultural producers. Our state is a major producer of corn, soybeans, hogs, cattle, popcorn, and other food products — and home to nearby Purdue University, where groundbreaking research in agriculture and the life sciences is always underway.

Business in White County
Attracting thousands
Each Summer

White County, Indiana, offers a great tourism experience with two beautiful lakes and a quaint, charming family-owned amusement park. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, local eateries, and fun amusements and a water park, creating lasting memories. New businesses can thrive here by providing lodging, dining, and entertainment options to cater to tourists and enhance their stay.

White County Business
Ready for growing businesses

White County, Indiana has become home to growing businesses thanks to extensive planning and an enthusiastic, welcoming attitude. Local leaders have identified prime sites throughout the county that offer the resources and amenities today’s growing businesses need, and have worked in conjunction with utility providers and the transportation industry to ensure that these sites are ready for development.

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White County, Indiana is in the heart of the Heartland, located midway between Chicago and Indianapolis, and in the very center of the automotive corridor that spans from central Michigan to Alabama. That central location, coupled with an excellent transportation network, creates extraordinary opportunities for companies in a broad range of industries. Our proximity to many of the nation's largest markets makes it easy for food processors, manufacturers, and distribution centers to quickly and affordably move products to consumers.

Our Mid-America Commerce Park is less than a mile from Interstate 65, so a truck can pull out of a loading dock and be traveling at Interstate speed in just over two minutes. With local access to rail and high-quality highways in every direction (including to the nearby Port of Indiana at Burns Harbor), moving raw materials and finished goods in and out of the county is affordable and convenient.

We're at the center of a workforce of well over 297,000 hard-working individuals who share the longstanding work ethic that's rooted in our agricultural heritage and Indiana's longtime manufacturing leadership. We keep that workforce strong through educational programs for all ages, starting with our four county school districts and their employer-focused programs for in-demand skills. The Indian Trails Career Cooperative serves over 5,000 high school students with programs in advanced manufacturing, culinary arts, agriculture, automotive, engineering, logistics, welding, and other high-demand fields. In addition, Purdue University and the Purdue Research Park are just 30 miles (48 km) down the road, giving companies access to innovative research developments. 

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Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs COVID-19 Response Grant Program

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has recently awarded a $250,000 grant to eligible businesses in White County for their COVID-19 Response Program: Phase 3. Eligible businesses must meet 51% low-to-moderate income requirement.

Eligible businesses must be outside of the Monticello City limits, but within White County Boundaries. Eligible businesses also must have less than 100 employees, and have been established and operational within White County boundaries since April 1, 2020. The maximum award for a designated recipient is $10,000.

The purpose of the grant is to help businesses retain low-to-moderate jobs, and the awarded funds may be applied to 1) working capital; 2) continue operations; or 3) support remote work.

Applications may be picked up at the White County Economic Development office at 124A North Main Street in Monticello Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:00pm. The deadline to submit the completed application is 3:00p.m. EDT on June 25, 2021. Only one application per White County business.

You may contact Debbie Conover at 574-583-6557 with any questions regarding the application. 

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Contact Information

White County Economic Development Organization
124 N Main Street, Suite A
Monticello, Indiana 47960



Randy Strasser, President

Debbie Conover, Operations Manager

Mission Statement

The mission of the White County Economic Development Organization is to enhance the economy of White County by facilitating the growth and development of business and industry.