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With graduation season upon us, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career.

To help recent graduates launch their careers in the right place, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest markets in the U.S. based on 23 key indicators of career-friendliness. The data set ranges from availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to housing affordability.

Best Places to Start a Career Worst Places to Start a Career
1 Salt Lake City, UT 141 Jackson, MS
2 Orlando, FL 142 Chesapeake, VA
3 Austin, TX 143 Shreveport, LA
4 Grand Rapids, MI 144 Detroit, MI
5 Tempe, AZ 145 Yonkers, NY
6 Atlanta, GA 146 Toledo, OH
7 Miami, FL 147 Montgomery, AL
8 Denver, CO 148 Augusta, GA
9 Irving, TX 149 Cleveland, OH
10 Madison, WI 150 Newark, NJ

Best vs. Worst

  • Durham, N.C., has the highest monthly average starting salary (adjusted for cost of living), $3,909, which is 2.7 times higher than in Honolulu, the city with the lowest at $1,447.
  • Gilbert, Ariz., has the highest median annual household income (adjusted for cost of living), $84,973, which is 3.3 times higher than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest at $25,850.
  • Oxnard, Calif., has the highest workforce diversity, which is 1.8 times higher than in Durham, N.C., the city with the lowest.
  • Madison, Wis., has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.7 percent, which is 4.6 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 12.3 percent.
  • Boston has the highest share of the population aged 25 to 34, 22.8 percent, which is 2.2 times higher than in Cape Coral, Fla., the city with the lowest at 10.4 percent.
  • Irvine, Calif., has the highest share of the population with at least a bachelor’s degree, 66.4 percent, which is 5.8 times higher than in San Bernardino, Calif., the city with the lowest at 11.5 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 05/16/17 at 1:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

From the NH Chamber of Commerce:

We wanted to make sure you are informed concerning the I469 at U.S. 24 Interchange project that is being proposed by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).  There was a public hearing held on May 10 at New Haven High School.

State Representative Dave Heine and several New Haven representatives were at the meeting and presented some concerns with the current proposal.

Our main concern is the high cost of constructing a fly over for west bound U.S. 24 traffic going south on I469 and the cost to maintain 2 additional bridges.  The current plan has no loop for southbound I469 traffic for eastbound U.S. 24 travelers and thus the need for the fly over.   This also created several issues for the New Haven bound travelers coming from the east on U.S. 24.

This is a proposal and hopefully will get changed.  INDOT is accepting public input until May 26th and additional information can be found on their web site at The presentation given is available on the web site.  The welcome letter and comment form you can use to provide input is attached to this email.

The INDOT representatives shared a lot of information and were excellent.  Now they need our input.

This project will impact New Haven and the East Allen County community for decades to come.

POSTED: 05/12/17 at 10:37 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Insurance Agent, Tom Murphy, and Murphy Insurance, Inc., were recently recognized by Aetna Insurance Company.  Mr. Murphy and staff member, Julie Tomlinson-Oberley, were recognized by Aetna personnel at a dinner at The Cork & Cleaver Restaurant and Tom Murphy was awarded a trophy recognizing him as the number one producing agent for Aetna Medicare Advantage plans in Indiana during the recent Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for 2017.

POSTED: 05/08/17 at 8:50 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With Mother’s Day around the corner and more than 70 percent of moms with young children working today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms.

In order to help ease the burden on “Women Who Work,” particularly moms, WalletHub’s analysts compared the attractiveness of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to a working mother based on 13 key metrics. The data set ranges from median women’s salary to female unemployment rate to day-care quality.

Best States for Working Moms Worst States for Working Moms
1 Vermont 42 Wyoming
2 Minnesota 43 West Virginia
3 New Jersey 44 New Mexico
4 Delaware 45 Idaho
5 Connecticut 46 Mississippi
6 Massachusetts 47 Alaska
7 Maine 48 Arizona
8 Rhode Island 49 Nevada
9 New York 50 Louisiana
10 Illinois 51 Alabama

Best vs. Worst

  • New York has the highest day-care quality score, 116, which is five times better than in Idaho, registering the lowest at 23.
  • Mississippi has the lowest child-care costs as a share of the median women’s salary, 9.87 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in the District of Columbia, registering the highest at 26.70 percent.
  • The District of Columbia has the most pediatricians per 100,000 residents, 52.51, which is 28.2 times more than in Idaho, registering the fewest at 1.86.
  • South Dakota has the highest ratio of female executives to male executives, 79.39 percent, which is 3.1 times higher than in Utah, registering the lowest at 25.81 percent.
  • Maryland has the lowest share of single-mom families with children younger than 18 in poverty, 26.5 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, registering the highest at 51.0 percent.
  • Virginia has the highest median women’s salary (adjusted for cost of living), $42,814, which is 1.9 times higher than in Hawaii, registering the lowest at $22,645.
  • North Dakota has the lowest female unemployment rate, 2.4 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in the District of Columbia, registering the highest at 7.5 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 05/08/17 at 8:48 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Paulding Putnam Electric Co-Op Members Give Back Over $12,000 with Operation Round-Up

The Operation Round Up Board awarded $12,333.00 to area agencies dedicated to making an impact on the lives of residents in this region. Operation Round Up is a program which allows members to have the option to round up their bills to the nearest dollar every month, with those extra few cents going to benefit people in need within the co-op’s service territory.

Paulding Putnam began doing Operation Round Up in July 2010. Currently, over 8700 of the co-op’s 12,900 members participate and to date local charities have received over $$328,044.13. The board is made up of PPEC members representing all of our districts and the board was pleased to announce the following organizations grants:

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, Paulding County Emergency Management Agency, Paulding FFA, Hands of Hope Pregnancy Services, Putnam County Special Olympics, Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, American Cancer Society, United Way of Putnam and Paulding Counties, Antwerp Local School, Auglaize Twp. Fire Dept., Lions Club of Paulding County, St. John Emmanuel Lutheran School.

For more information on Operation Roundup, and how you can submit an application or how you, as a member can participate, please visit

POSTED: 04/24/17 at 9:08 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Etica Acquires Civil Engineering Firm

Indianapolis-based The Etica Group Inc. has acquired Avon-based civil engineering firm PCS Engineers. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, however Etica says more than 30 PCS employees will be retained under the Etica name.

The Etica Group is an architecture, engineering design, construction inspection and building envelope consulting services firm. The deal with PCS engineers brings the number of employees at Etica to more than 50 at offices in Indianapolis, Fishers, Avon and New Haven.

“This is an exciting time for Etica and PCS Engineers,” said Jessica Nickloy, chief executive officer of Etica. “In this industry, when like-minded firms join together, the potential is nothing short of spectacular. Acquiring PCS Engineers has presented us with an opportunity to grow from the inside, and in turn, continue to exceed client expectations for many years to come.”

Etica says the addition of the PCS employees will add 11 Indiana Department of Transportation qualifications to the company’s existing services, in addition to land surveying, transportation design and site development services.

POSTED: 04/24/17 at 9:06 am. FILED UNDER: Business

With National Small Business Week approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best Small Cities to Start a Business.

To determine the most business-friendly small markets in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 1,200 small-sized cities across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from average growth in number of small businesses to investor access to labor costs.

Top 20 Small Cities to Start a Business
1 Holland, MI 11 Irondequoit, NY
2 Carbondale, IL 12 Hobbs, NM
3 Springville, UT 13 La Vergne, TN
4 East Chicago, IN 14 Tonawanda, NY
5 Jefferson City, MO 15 North Chicago, IL
6 Wilson, NC 16 Superior, WI
7 Enid, OK 17 Deer Park, TX
8 Rio Rancho, NM 18 Big Spring, TX
9 Clearfield, UT 19 Maryland Heights, MO
10 Cheyenne, WY 20 Grand Island, NE

Best vs. Worst

  • Bend and Redmond, Ore., have the highest number of startups per 100,000 residents, 280, which is 9.3 times higher than in Salisbury, Md., the city with the lowest at 30.
  • Wellesley, Mass., has the highest share of the population with at least a bachelor’s degree, 83.4 percent, which is 21.9 times higher than in Wasco, Calif., the city with the lowest at 3.8 percent.
  • Kentwood, Mich., has the most affordable office spaces, at an annual rate of $9.06 per square foot, which is 6.8 times lower than in Mountain View, Calif., the city with the least affordable at an annual rate of $61.85 per square foot.
  • Carbondale, Ill., has the lowest labor costs (median annual income), $17,764, which is 10.5 times lower than in McLean, Va., the city with the highest at $186,962.
  • Pharr, Texas, has the lowest cost-of-living index, 70, which is 3.2 times lower than in Palo Alto, Calif., the city with the highest at 222.
  • Fort Hood, Texas, has the longest work week, 49.1 hours on average, which is 1.7 times longer than in East Lansing, Mich., the city with the shortest at an average of 28.2 hours.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 04/19/17 at 11:15 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Paulding Putnam Electric Encourages Safe Tree Planting

Spring is here and it’s the best time of year to start planting young trees. Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op knows that planting trees is a great idea. However, as beautiful as trees can be in certain places, everyone always need to be aware of the best place to plant them based on their height. Understanding spread distance and mature height of the tree being planted will prevent any dangers that could happen in the future. Trees that mature over 25 feet can cause shock, fire hazards, power outages and so many more dangers when planted too close to power lines. Just because the tree is short and far away from the power lines now, doesn’t mean it will be 5 years from now.

When deciding what trees to plant in a specific location, consider planting a minimum of 20 feet away from power lines. Trees that have a mature height of 15 feet are recommended to place near power lines, such as shrubs and bushes. Small trees that have a height/spread within 25 feet include Star magnolia, Crabapple, and Lilac. Medium trees that are 25-40 feet in height/spread include Dogwood, Eastern Redbud, and American Arborvitae. Large Trees that have a height/spread over 40 feet include Maple. Birch, and Oak.

Another location be aware of when planting trees is near underground utility services. The tree roots grow just as much as the tree itself does. As the roots continue to grow, they can interfere with underground pipes, cables and wires. If these roots cause damage to the underground wires, it could harm other plants or trees, possibly lead to removal.

When planting trees this season, take the time prior to understand the tree and the location that the tree is being planted. Make sure that it’s the correct distance so that utility services have easy access and the spread doesn’t grow into power lines. Call ahead to 811, the Ohio and Indiana underground utility locator service to confirm that it’s safe to dig so there isn’t any accidental contact with underground wiring. And, if you spot a tree getting into the lines, call Paulding Putnam Electric at 1-800-686-2357.

POSTED: 04/18/17 at 8:21 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

LEARN Resource Center Elects Four New Faces to Its Board of Directors

LEARN Resource Center announces the election of four new members to its Board of Directors, along with three incumbent members. Ginnie Galentine (Lincoln Financial Group), Sara Swihart (Wells Fargo), Allyson Schreiber (IPFW), and Mellissa Depew (YMCA) were all elected to the Board of Directors. They will provide new perspective and expertise for the organization. Meanwhile sitting board members, Shannon Gage (Early Childhood Alliance), Patricia Knaebe (WGU), and Ami Cook (Lutheran Hospital) were re-elected to serve additional terms.

For Executive Director, Sharon Wilson, adding four new board members is a dream comes true. “Growing the board has been a long term goal for the organization, and it’s something I have wanted to see happen for quite some time. I can already see renewed enthusiasm and energy on the board with the election of these new members,” says Wilson. Gage, who serves as the board chair says, “It is exciting to have these individuals share their time and talents to further the mission and vision of the LEARN Resource Center.”

LEARN Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving east Allen County that works to enrich the learning and well-being of children and their families by promoting personal, social and educational development for a lifetime. The organization operates two before school programs and three after school programs. LEARN Resource Center is currently taking registration for its summer program which will run June 5 – August 4. For more information, visit

POSTED: 04/18/17 at 8:18 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With Earth Day around the corner, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Greenest States.

In order to showcase the states doing right by Mother Earth, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states in terms of 20 key metrics that speak to the current health of the environment and the environmental impact of residents’ daily habits. The data set ranges from total municipal solid waste per capita to energy-efficiency score to carbon-dioxide emissions per capita.

Greenest States Least Green States
1 Vermont 41 Arkansas
2 Massachusetts 42 Kansas
3 Oregon 43 Kentucky
4 Washington 44 Nebraska
5 Connecticut 45 Louisiana
6 Maine 46 Oklahoma
7 Minnesota 47 North Dakota
8 New York 48 West Virginia
9 New Hampshire 49 Montana
10 Rhode Island 50 Wyoming

Key Stats

  • Blue States are greener, with an average rank of 12.70, compared with Red States, which have an average rank of 34.03. (Rank 1=Greenest)
  • Missouri has the lowest total municipal solid waste per capita, 0.82 tons, which is 3.4 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at 2.76 tons.
  • Maine has the highest share of recycled municipal solid waste, 48 percent, which is 48 times higher than in Louisiana, the state with the lowest at 1 percent.
  • Oregon has the highest share of energy consumption from renewable sources, 49.26 percent, which is 17.1 times higher than in Delaware, the state with the lowest at 2.88 percent.
  • New York has the highest share of people who do not drive to work, 45.4 percent, which is 3.3 times higher than in Alabama, the state with the lowest at 13.6 percent.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 04/18/17 at 7:20 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News