Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Warrick Outlook Is Rosy 'Pretty Good Place to Live'

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Warrick Outlook Is Rosy 'Pretty Good Place to Live'

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Despite some obstacles, Warrick County's economy is faring better than the surrounding area's, and its future looks bright. That was the message from County Council President Gary Meyer and Board of Commissioners President Tim Mosbey during a State of the County address Thursday. "This is a pretty good place to live," said Mosbey. "Our unemployment ranks 86th out of 92 counties in Indiana, so that is very good. We have a 6.9 percent rate for unemployment whereas the state is at 8.7 percent. Our projected population by 2015 is 61,407, and that is a 13.9 percent increase in population (since 2000). We are a growing county."

Mosbey pointed to recent job growth in the county, with new facilities under construction for North American Lighting and Hamilton Pointe assisted living facility. He also mentioned growth at existing companies such as AFCO Racing Products and Prime Foods.

"We have had a lot of bright spots the last year or two," said Mosbey. "North American Lighting (in the North Warrick Industrial Park) will bring in 42 high-quality positions, including engineers and machinists. Hamilton Pointe will open in August, and they will be employing about 160 people. And AFCO, which was born in Warrick County, is a leading manufacturer for the racing industry. They are putting in a new distribution center (in Boonville) and opening a museum."

As the seventh-fastest growing county in the state, Warrick officials have tried to plan for growth with the North Warrick Industrial Park near Elberfeld and the Warrick Wellness Trail, a planned medical district near Indiana 66 on the county's western edge.

The Indiana Department of Transportation also recently completed widening projects for Indiana 66 and Indiana 62 in Warrick County.

"The Wellness Trail is being marketed for medical-related businesses, and it is anchored by Deaconess (Gateway) Hospital and a potential new St. …

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