‘Always more work to do’

HANCOCK COUNTY — More than 100 business owners, government officials and Hancock County residents attended the Hancock Economic Development Council’s 30th annual meeting on Jan. 20.

Steve Long, president and CEO of Hancock Regional Hospital, was selected as the next president of the council’s board of directors.

The board also elected Karen Deno, a real estate broker, as vice president; Jeff Somers was elected as treasurer; and Mike Fruth, director of utilities for the city of Greenfield, was selected as secretary of the board.

Gerry Dick, host of Inside Indiana Business, gave the keynote presentation, highlighting various business developments across the state.

Skip Kuker, director of the economic development council, gave an overview of the organization’s biggest accomplishments in 2015, which include bringing approximately 830 jobs to the county and more than $160 million of investment in local businesses.

Kuker said he hopes 2016 will bring more developments for the area.

“Economic development is not a sprint; it’s a marathon,” he said. “There’s always more work to do.”

For more information about Hancock Economic Development Council, visit hancockedc.com.

Daniel Morgan is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (317) 477-3228 or dmorgan@greenfieldreporter.com.