BrightSide is a community driven effort to shine light on the positive stories, places, and people of Wayne County, IN. Come, take a walk on the bright side.

Serving Richmond and Wayne County from the Sky

Transportation has been key to the development of Wayne County, Indiana. The National Road – the first federal highway to the West – cut through the county, bringing travelers, settlers, and entrepreneurs providing services for them. Railroads made (and continue to make) it possible for local manufacturers to ship goods throughout the country. Thanks to […]

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Parallax Systems connects Richmond area with region, nation, and world

Nearly 20 years ago, Richmond, Indiana, embarked on a venture unusual for a town of its size. Richmond Power & Light, a city-owned utility, had an electric grid serving roughly 40,000 citizens in their homes and work places. From the early 1980s, RP&L had been installing fiber optic cable to connect its substations. So forward-thinking […]

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Building relationships: Earlham grad finds community of treasures, opportunity in Wayne County

Eric Nicholson has fallen in love with Wayne County’s architecture, its culture and its affordability. And its opportunity. “I’m getting experience here that I probably could not have gotten somewhere else,” said the 24-year-old Nicholson, who is executive director of Richmond Neighborhood Restoration Inc., a local nonprofit that acquires and rehabilitates historic buildings for resale […]

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