An innovative Hendricks County biotechnology company and a community’s effort to draw similar businesses were recognized with the top award winners at the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership’s annual meeting, held at the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatics Center.
“2013 was an extremely successful year for strengthening Hendricks County’s business community,” HCEDP Executive Director Cinda Kelley said in a press release. “We achieved more than $121 million in new investments by companies, which created 617 new jobs at an average hourly wage of $20.33. Adding permanent, high-paying jobs like that improves the health of the community and makes us even more attractive to other companies.”
In 2013, for every dollar of public investment, HCEDP’s efforts generated $355 in new investment.
Danville Town Council member and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marcia Lynch presented the Project of the Year Award to Bio-Response Solutions of Danville. Founder and CEO Joe Wilson accepted the award for the company, which designs, produces, and implements custom bio-waste treatment systems such as liquid decontamination systems and tissue digesters.
As the company’s business has expanded into other markets such as the funeral industry, Bio-Response Solutions had outgrown its original location. Wilson turned to HCEDP for assistance, and eventually moved to a new facility in the Danville Commerce Park.
Ashley Hobbs, Brownsburg Town Council member, accepted the Program of the Year award for the Town of Brownsburg’s Innovation Zone marketing effort. Brownsburg has become a destination for companies in innovation-centered industries such as life sciences, motorsports, and medical devices. Town officials hope to encourage start-up and stage one companies that are currently housed in business incubators and similar spaces to come to the community when they are ready to grow.
The e-marketing campaign uses highly targeted e-mails and a special website — www.innovationbrownsburg.com — to present Brownsburg’s many advantages, including its skilled workforce, quality of life, education resources, and incentive programs.
The Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership (HCEDP) is a public-private agency and is the primary agency responsible for attracting new jobs and new investment to the county.
New business investment in Hendricks County since 2001 has totaled $1,087,671,747.00 with the creation of more than 12,733 new jobs.
Information on available development sites, buildings, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available online at www.hcedp.org or by calling 745-2400.