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POSTED: 01/11/19 at 10:31 am. FILED UNDER: Business, Church, Entertainment, News, Schools, Sports

December 11, 2018 – Countless hours of community collaboration and planning ends with an announcement those living in East Allen county had hoped for from the state. Today, East Allen Communities were designated as an Indiana Regional Stellar Community, a recognition not easy to obtain. “This is truly an exciting time for our communities and the county as a whole. We have been working hard for the last four years to get to this point and we are excited to leverage this designation to the best of our ability with local dollars set aside to make a true impact. We want to thank our partners in the process and we look forward to implementing the plan to continue building our communities to attract and retain talent to our local region and the broader northeast Indiana region,” stated NewAllen Alliance President Kent Castleman.

In September, East Allen’s Rural Revival Regional Development Plan was submitted to the State of Indiana for their consideration. This plan outlines a bold vision to improve quality of place in all seven of East Allen’s Communities. Proposed projects will help connect people to places within the rural areas…think downtowns, parks, trails, and housing developments, in addition to capitalizing on the industrial growth opportunities of the region’s transportation assets. The region’s vision is to grow population by enhancing the livability of rural areas, which will attract and retain a talented workforce that benefits all of Allen County and Northeast Indiana. The proposed portfolio outlines a total of $64 Million in projects to be implemented from 2019 – 2022. Over $17 million in projects that are being proposed for support through the Indiana Regional Stellar Communities program (total costs for the list below). The remaining $47 million in projects are considered complementary to the Stellar request.
“It has been exciting to be a part of the ongoing success of East Allen County which has culminating in its designation as a Stellar Community. We are proud of the leadership of the New Allen Alliance and look forward to even greater things for this part of our county,” added Commissioner Nelson Peters. Commissioner Therese Brown also stated, “This announcement illustrates what collaboration can achieve. Congratulations to all that worked so diligently on this project; the New Year will truly be the beginning of many great things to come!” Indiana Regional Stellar Community designation unlocks access to a set-aside of funds. Amounts set aside by the state for each region includes: $4,5M in Community Development Block Grants, $2M in Federal Transportation funds, $35,000 in Rural Health funds, and up to $800,000 in affordable housing tax credits which can typically finance a $8 – $10M project. Projects currently proposed for Stellar funding include:

East Allen County Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Healthy Eating Active Living Kitchen Classes

Grabill Downtown Streetscape Project
Leo-Cedarville Downtown Streetscape Project

Monroeville Forest Street Sidewalk Project Monroeville Monroe Street Corridor Project

New Haven Meadowbrook Trail Project
New Haven Community Center Park Project
New Haven Kady Gene Cove Senior Housing Project Woodburn Sidewalk Improvements Project

Woodburn Downtown Streetscape Project

These projects are being supported by a number of sources in addition to the cities and towns, such as the Allen County Commissioners, Allen County Council, the Allen County-Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board, Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council, Brightpoint, local housing developers Keller Development and Niemeyer Builders, the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, and Parkview Health. Each community has local volunteers from their chambers of commerce, Main Street organizations, and local foundations that stand ready to support the success of the effort. “On behalf of the City of New Haven and all of NewAllen Alliance, we want to thank OCRA, and the selection committee for seeing the partnership as a worthy collaboration. Special thanks to all of the partner communities and their representatives. Now we go forward to continue our success and show the world how rural hometowns work together to achieve greatness,” said Mayor Terry McDonald.

A video about the initiative and a copy of the regional development plan can be accessed on NewAllen’s website at www.newallenalliance.net. A Stellarbration event is being planned for December 19th with local officials. Details of the meeting will be released this week.

POSTED: 12/27/18 at 9:16 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Continental Diamond Tool (CDT) celebrated it’s official ribbon cutting Wednesday, August 8th.

Founded in 1973 by Ray Viggiano, Continental Diamond Tool took shape with just 2 employees and 4,500 sq. ft. in New Haven, Indiana. CDT has been providing technically superior precision tooling to a number of industries ever since. After multiple expansions to meet product and customer demand, CDT has grown again with a 112,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility that will accommodate new product releases and future customer needs. With a motto of “Small Company Values, Large Company Capabilities” CDT has become a worldwide manufacturer of superabrasive grinding wheels and tools.

POSTED: 12/27/18 at 8:33 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Bob Nelson running for New Haven Mayor

EACS board leader seeking to replace retiring McDonald

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

More than a dozen people crowded inside New Haven Bakery on Wednesday morning to support mayoral candidate Republican Bob Nelson.

“Under my leadership, we will focus not only on the next few years, but the next 40 years,” said Nelson, the East Allen County Schools board president. “I want to prepare the next generation of leaders in New Haven.”

Nelson, 60, joins Steve McMichael, Republican city councilman and business owner, in vying to lead New Haven. Longtime incumbent Terry McDonald, a Republican, has said he is not seeking re-election in 2019.

Nelson said several people encouraged him to run for mayor. He stressed he isn’t seeking a long tenure.

“I am looking to be a bridge to the next generation of leadership,” Nelson said, speaking to an audience that included his mother, his wife, a New Haven High School administrator and two city councilmen.

Nelson, who works in marketing and public relations, has lived in New Haven more than 30 years. McMichael moved to New Haven in 2003.

Nelson was first elected to the EACS board in 2012 and was re-elected for a second term in 2016. He has been board president since January 2017.

If elected as mayor, Nelson’s second term on the school board would be cut short a year. Fellow board member Chris Baker, who attended Nelson’s campaign announcement, didn’t view that possibility as a loss to East Allen.

The school district would benefit from a stronger relationship with the city, Baker said, confident Nelson won’t turn a blind eye to East Allen as mayor.

“I think it’s great for New Haven,” Baker said.

Education – along with community pride and safety and security – is an area Nelson would focus on as mayor.

Nelson summarized projects he has fought for in East Allen, including the high school renovation, the construction of a new intermediate school and the development of a vocational school. It’s time, he said, city leadership takes a stronger, more visible stand in education at the city’s private and public schools, which are doing amazing things.

“We need to tell our story,” Nelson said.

Nelson intends to be a mayor who is visible throughout the community, visiting businesses, churches and community gatherings. Everyone – elected officials, and business, community and educational leaders – will have a voice.

He promised monthly updates via print, video and social media and has formed an accountability group to hold him to his intentions.

“My leadership will be different,” Nelson said.

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POSTED: 12/20/18 at 2:56 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Schools

NEW HAVEN’S OTB/WINNERS CIRCLE SOLD TO CAESARS AS PART OF GROUP

Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR, “Caesars”) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Centaur Holdings, LLC (“Centaur”) for $1.7 billion in cash, including $1.625 billion at closing and $75 million in deferred consideration. As a result of the transaction, Caesars will add Hoosier Park Racing and Casino (“Hoosier Park”) in Anderson, Indiana, and the Indiana Grand Racing and Casino (“Indiana Grand”) in Shelbyville, Indiana to its Total Rewards network.

“The addition of Centaur is the first example of our post-emergence, inorganic growth strategy,” said Mark Frissora, President and Chief Executive Officer of Caesars Entertainment. “The acquisition of Centaur represents an excellent opportunity to enter into a growing region. We anticipate that the deployment of Total Rewards will bring substantial benefits to current Centaur customers and the implementation of our centralized supply chain and efficient operating model will drive synergies.”

Centaur welcomes more than 6.5 million guests each year across its properties and serves more than 1.1 million members as part of its loyalty program. Caesars Entertainment considers central Indiana an attractive region for investment based on the combination of under-penetration and favorable economic fundamentals. Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand, which serve the Indianapolis area, will add to the Caesars network, which includes Horseshoe Hammond and Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Horseshoe Hammond serves the Chicagoland area and Horseshoe Southern Indiana serves the southern Indiana and Louisville area.

“We are impressed with Centaur’s operations and culture, and the strong presence it has built in its host communities. Together, we will build on our respective value creation and execution achievements for the benefit of customers, employees and local partners,” Mr. Frissora said. “We look forward to welcoming Centaur’s properties, guests and employees to the Caesars Entertainment family.”

Offering gaming, racing, dining, and entertainment, both Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand feature over 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games, multiple dining outlets, and both live and simulcast horse racing.

Centaur Holdings also owns Winner’s Circle OTB properties in Indianapolis, New Haven/Fort Wayne and Clarksville.

 

POSTED: 12/20/18 at 2:50 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Katie Branning… the 2018 Bill Fritcha Award Winner

Diane Fritcha giving Katie the 2018 Bill Fritcha Community Volunteer Award at Monday’s New Haven State of the City Event. Next time you stop in the New Haven Bakery tell Katie congrats.

POSTED: 12/18/18 at 1:10 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Election process begins for Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op

Co-op seeks candidates to run for board of trustees

Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative is looking for highly qualified professional individuals to run for the board of trustees and help shape the strategic direction of the co-op. Three seats are up for re-election within Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op (PPEC)’s territory. The upcoming election will be for districts 2, 4, and 5.
District 2 includes members who reside in Van Wert County, Ohio. This position is held by William Dowler, who is seeking re-election.

District 4 includes members living in Emerald, Jackson, Blue Creek, and Paulding townships in Paulding County, Ohio, as well as Defiance County’s Delaware Township. This position is represented by Jay Dangler, who is seeking re-election.

District 5 includes members who reside in Indiana’s Maumee, Adams, Jefferson, and Jackson townships. This position is held by Steven McMichael, who is seeking re-election.

Each trustee serves a three-year term. The PPEC board of trustees consists of nine co-op members who each represent one district within the territory. “The trustees have a great deal of responsibilities, and that is why it is important to have highly qualified individuals run for the board,” stated President and CEO George Carter. “The trustees are responsible for establishing, reviewing, and revising corporate policies and identifying strategic initiatives to ensure that service to the PPEC membership remains foremost in mind.” If interested in running, you must be a member of PPEC and you must complete a petition form, which requires obtaining 20 signatures from members in the district from which you reside. Petition forms can be picked up at PPEC’s office located at 401 McDonald Pike, Paulding, Ohio, or can also be downloaded online at www.ppec.coop/elections/. Petitions must be returned to the co-op office no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday,

POSTED: 12/10/18 at 11:13 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

LEAF PICK UP IN NEW HAVEN EXTENDED TO THE END OF 2018

Due to rain, freezing temperatures and other unforeseen circumstances, the City of New Haven will extend its leaf pick up schedule until the end of this year throughout the City of New Haven (weather permitting). An extension of the schedule includes all homes
within the city. Utility Superintendent, Dave Jones said, “Leaves fell very late this year. Additionally, inclement weather has made it more difficult for our equipment to pick up wet, frozen leaves which has put our crews behind in getting all leaves collected. However, we will continue to get leaves picked up by the end of the year, as weather permits.”

Leaves must be raked onto the park strip between the sidewalk and curb (not in the street), and away from street signs, poles, mailboxes and parked cars. Leaves that are picked up are recycled into compost, which is available free to the public at the Utility Complex located at 2201 Summit Street. Bagged leaves WILL NOT be accepted as this will inhibit the pick up process and the bags are not conducive to composting.
For more information, please contact Utility Superintendent Dave Jones at 414-9097.

POSTED: 12/08/18 at 12:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

 

Now Hiring Security Officers For New Haven and Fort Wayne

Please apply at www.aus.com/careers 0r call Stacey 317-672-5462

POSTED: 11/09/18 at 11:17 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

POSTED: 10/29/18 at 3:36 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News