Business briefs: Restaurant celebrates grand opening


Greenfield Main Street president Mary Gibble, left, Greenfield planning director Joanie Fitzwater, Greenfield mayor’s office administrative assistant Stacy Hartman, Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell, The Depot general manager Mike Vachon and The Depot co-owner Thomas Moore celebrate a ribbon-cutting at The Depot on Jan. 24.

Mitchell Kirk | Daily Reporter

GREENFIELD — The Depot, a grain elevator renovated into a family restaurant and bar at 240 W. Mill St., celebrated its grand opening.

While the venue had been open since September, it had been operating on a limited menu to accommodate staffing needs. Now the restaurant is ready to go with an expanded menu.

Local realtor named president of state association

GREENFIELD — Stacy West, a sales associate with Berkshire Hathaway’s Greenfield office, recently became president of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors Association.

MIBOR is a professional association representing central Indiana’s realtors. The organization was founded in 1912 and currently serves more than 8,500 members in Boone, Brown, Decatur, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Morgan and Shelby counties.

Unemployment hits 1%

HANCOCK COUNTY — The county’s estimated unemployment rate dropped even lower in December 2021, to 1%, according to the latest information from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

That’s down from 1.6% in November 2021 and a benchmark of 3.3% in December 2020.

Estimates for December 2021 jobless rates are extremely low for all 92 of Indiana’s counties. LaGrange County had the lowest, at 0.7%, while Lake County had the highest, at 2.5%.

Indiana’s estimated December 2021 unemployment rate is 2.7%, down from November 2021’s 3% and December 2020’s 4.6%.

The estimated U.S. unemployment rate for December 2021 is 3.9%, down from November 2021’s 4.2% and December 2020’s 6.7%.

State seeks apps for early ed programs

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is accepting applications for a second round of Build, Learn, Grow Stabilization Grants, intended to support child care, early care and education, and out-of-school time programs that have faced increased costs and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds awarded in this round will cover five months of providers’ operating expenses, allowing them to stabilize their operations and invest in their businesses to build capacity for the future.

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