Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation
Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation
A Rich Local History.
A Growing Economy
A Welcoming Community.
These are just a few reasons
why the City of Madison and Jefferson County, Indiana
is where you should locate
Out and About with JCIDC
Riding the Rails
Madison Railroad hosted an open house, including a tour of its rail line
that connects local manufacturers to freight opportunities
Mayor Damon Welch, left, and JCIDC Executive Director Matt Wirth enjoyed a lunchtime ride on the Madison Railroad line in North Vernon during a customer appreciation open house on May 17. The event was to showcase what the freight company has to offer its existing and potential customers who might need rail service.
"Mayor Welch and I were pleased to attend the event. Our railroad is truly an asset to Madison's business and industrial community," Matt said, pointing to ModRoto as an example of one local industry that relies on the rail line to ship in supplies and ship out their products.
For more information about Madison Railroad, call Casey Goode at (812) 273-4248.
MCS WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAMS
DISCUSSED AT STATE SUMMIT
Growing success of partnership between high schools and Ivy Tech campus
was topic of panel discussion at Department of Workplace Development event
(Left to right) Katie Jenner, senior director of learning and title programs with Madison Consolidated Schools; Molly Dodge, chancellor of Ivy Tech Madison; Matt Wirth, executive director of Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation (JCIDC); and Dave Ungru, CEO of Koehler Tire & Welding and a JCIDC board member, were tapped to discuss the success of a Jefferson County collaborative effort to develop educational pathways designed to help students move from high school to gainful employment or post-secondary education.
The panel spoke and answered questions during the Indiana Workforce Capacity Building Summit, hosted in Indianapolis Tuesday, April 24, by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
Panelists Jenner and Dodge described how Madison Consolidated Schools and Ivy Tech Madison have partnered to offer area high school students programs that enable them to earn a diploma and a technical or professional credential, allowing them to get good-paying jobs right after graduation. The program also allows students to complete 30 to 60 credit hours of college-level classes, enabling them to enter four-year colleges in the state as sophomores or juniors. In MCS, the district pays about $100,000 in tuition for students in the program, saving families as much as $3 million in college expenses, Jenner said.
Following the summit, Ungru said the path to success isn’t rocket science. “It’s bringing people from all sectors together. It’s people working together to help determine what students have to learn,” he said. “How do you start? Sit down, have a conversation and just get something going.”
Throughout the rest of the day, the Madison team received positive comments about Jefferson County’s efforts, said JCICD Board President Larry Truax, who also attended the summit. “Having the opportunity to witness the incredible response given our team was extremely gratifying. It was obvious how very hard our team worked to make the Pathways come alive for our students.”
Overall, the event “was a great day,” Wirth said. “It was a good day for Madison to shine. …I was proud to serve my role, on the economic development perspective, and tell the story of how ENVISION started and what it has accomplished.”
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About the Pathways program
So far, three Pathways are in place for engineering, manufacturing and medical-health sciences.
This year, a total of 216 students from Madison, Shawe Memorial and Southwestern high schools, as well as Switzerland County High School, are in these programs; 105 students are expected to graduate this spring with professional or technical certification and college credits through the Pathways program.
In August, the industrial maintenance pathway will be added to the program, along with an entrepreneurship pathway that will focus on several disciplines, including art, hospitality, business, computer science and agribusiness (animal life science and food science). Recently, the student-run Cub Manufacturing program at MCHS has earned recognition for its contributions to the community, including decorative bicycle racks that have been installed downtown, new tree grates on West Street, and the decorative smoke stacks that adorn the new playground equipment at Hargan-Matthews Park on Vaughn Drive.
For more information about the Pathways offered at Madison Consolidated High School, click on any of the following links:
JCIDC – WHO WE ARE
Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation (JCIDC) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)4 corporation funded by local government and participation from the private sector. The corporation is governed by a ten-member board of directors whose membership currently includes individuals from a number of economic sectors including, but not limited to, industry, banking, education, technology, and more. Employed by the Board of Directors is a full-time Executive Director of JCIDC experienced in industrial development at the state and local level.
The Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation (JCIDC) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)4 corporation funded by local government and by participation from the private sector.
As the state-recognized Local Economic Development Organization (LEDO), Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation (JCIDC) is the public-private partner required to facilitate economic growth to Madison and Jefferson County.
- We promote local economic strengths that are attractive to new business and industry.
- We plan and promote activities to enrich the quality of life in our community.
- We help retain local business by providing links to economic resources that aid their viability and expansion.
- We are advocates for workforce development through our education infrastructure.
- We represent the economic interests of both the county and the city to our neighbors in the Southeast Indiana region, and throughout the state of Indiana.
Jefferson County Profile
State link offering statistical information regarding Jefferson County