Clinton Co. revamping redevelopment commission

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Clinton County leaders are taking steps to actively seek and attract new business to the county. Commissioner Bert Weaver said the county used to have a redevelopment commission, and after years of being inactive Weaver is working to reorganize it.

“We have the land. We hope to have the tax base that’s available to make that attractive for companies to come and develop sites, so that they can transport very easily back and forth on Interstate 65,” Weaver said.

The idea to revamp the redevelopment commission all started when the city and county landed a big deal with ConAgra.

“Obviously that property is actually sitting in the county, as we speak, and an offer to invite them or to give them an incentive to come. We weren’t in a position, because that committee was not aggressive [at] this point in time. So, the city was able to offer them some tax abatements through what they call their TIF program,” Weaver said.

The commission will work with Clinton County economic development director Shan Sheridan to create the county’s own TIF, or Tax Increment Financing, program.

“It gives us another tool in the tool box in the sense of incentive packaging,” Sheridan said. “We have an abatement process that we go through right now, but this will actually work as a super abatement.”

Sheridan said having those tools to attract development will benefit all communities in the county.

“We want to look at this from a whole county’s perspective. Not only just the 28 corridor that gets us to 65, but other communities like Colfax, Mulberry, Kirkland, Michigantown and Rossville,” Sheridan said. “All of these other communities serve a great place in our county.”

Weaver said he hopes to have the redevelopment commission organized and meeting within the next 30 days.

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