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  1. A Good Day’s Work for a Good Day’s Pay: A Ride-along Experience with DOT Foods/Transportation

    In anticipation of their soon-to-be-launched CDL+Plus program, Ron Oler, Site Director at Ivy Tech Community College – Connersville job shadowed a DOT Foods/Transportation Truck Driver Trainer during a typical early morning shift. The following is an account of his experience.  I had the opportunity to ride along with a DOT Foods/Transportation Driver Trainer for a […]

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  2. Building a buzz for Wayne County Weekends

    Wayne County Weekends is a simple idea that promises a big payoff. It’s the brainchild of the Buy Local Committee of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. Last year, the group was looking for “some ways to reinvigorate the Buy Local program,” said committee chair and chamber board member Sam Purcell, co-owner of Ply […]

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  3. Live entertainment brings businesses and non-profits together in concert

    When Dudley Fetzer joined the Richmond Lions Club in 2010, the group was in the middle of making a tough decision. For years, the club’s biggest fundraiser had been an annual home improvement show, but expenses were rising, and attendance was falling. Not only did the event require a great deal of time and work […]

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  4. Earlham offers unique (and EPIC) Advantage to area businesses

    Caleb Smith envies Earlham College students. It hasn’t been long since he was one himself. Smith graduated from the Richmond liberal arts institution in the spring of 2017. During his last year, he helped develop a Playground With a Purpose – a special playground for children with sensory processing issues – for Richmond Parks & […]

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  5. Candle business glows with success

    Twenty-three years ago, Jackie and Alan Carberry started a candle-making business in the basement of their home. Today, Warm Glow Candles are sold in 2,000 stores across the nation. The Carberrys manage an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that during peak season employs more than 20 and produces as many as 10,000 candles a day. Almost half […]

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  6. EDC joins new life in long-vacant historic building

    Back in the day, it was one of the hubs of Richmond. The former Pennsylvania Railroad Depot was designed by nationally-known architect Daniel Burnham. From 1902, it was where countless families, college students, people traveling on business or vacation, and even U.S. presidents came on their way to or from Richmond. The decline of passenger […]

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  7. Vintage vehicles help drive tourism dollars

    A rather small museum is having a rather big impact on the Wayne County economy. Trip Advisor ranks the Model T Museum in Richmond’s Historic Depot District as the county’s top attraction for visitors. “What a great find,” raves PlateMan of Arlington, Va., on the website. “The place is small yet jam-packed.” “Not the biggest […]

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  8. Lights, camera, future!

    Students in the radio/TV program at the Richmond Area Career Center are excited about the future. And, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education, they are able to hone their skills on newly purchased equipment. New cameras, new lights, new editing software, a production center on wheels that can go wherever […]

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  9. Dot Foods committed to growth and training

    Dot Foods delivers far more than supplies across a six-state region from its big and bustling plant at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Indiana 1 at Cambridge City. It also delivers good jobs, good community relations and a good model for economic development success in Wayne County. Dot Foods is built upon a culture […]

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