High hopes for development in Carroll Co.

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – With the Hoosier Heartland complete Carroll County leaders are hoping the new roadway will drive business to the county.

A quick drive down the Hoosier Heartland will land you in Carroll County. A new road with the potential to bring big business to the county. Chamber of commerce executive director Julia Leahy said people want a variety of new businesses come to the area.

“Places to eat, obviously a hotel or places to stay in Carroll County,” Leahy said. “There’s also been a need for the boutiques. We have a few here now in our different towns.”

The first business to capitalize on the new highway, Indy Spine and Rehab, opened last fall. Leahy said part of the building is still open for a new business and the building’s owner has seen a lot of interest in the space.

“He’s shown the building a few times,” Leahy said. “He has somebody very seriously interested in moving in with him, so we hope to make an announcement sometime in the very near future.”

Several businesses have shown interest in the area, but Leahy couldn’t specify what types. She said she expects development to boom in Carroll County within the next couple of years.

“Once people know that we are serious about development here and they see that shovel in the ground it’s only going to take one,” Leahy said. “Pretty soon you’ll see industrial development as well as more small business and local development. People are going to capitalize on the fact that lots more traffic is going to be coming to this general area.”

While the county is hoping to attract new business Leahy said developing existing businesses is a top priority as well.

Drivers no longer have to pass the shops and restaurants in downtown Delphi thanks to the Hoosier Heartland, but making sure they know where to turn off the highway is vital in keeping the downtown thriving.

“They all have great things to offer and we need to make sure that people know about them,” Leahy said. “Let’s face it everything is so mobile and internet driven these days that we are doing what we can to try to make sure all of our business are out there and can be found in one way or another.”

With new signs marking the county’s boundaries Leahy is hoping more people will make a stop at any of the businesses in Carroll County.

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