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September 1, 2013

LEHE: What a great summer

The begin-ning of Septem-ber is here, school has started and the activities just keep coming. Harvest season will be here before we know it, followed shortly by the 2014 legislative session.

Before we look too far into the future though, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what I consider to be very productive summer in many ways. One great accomplishment for our community was the ground breaking ceremony for the Magnetation plant in Reynolds – the largest investment in White County history. I attended the ceremony along with our lieutenant governor, Sue Ellspermann, and was excited to hear that more than 100 jobs will be heading our way. The plant is expected to open at the end of 2014 and will be the first in the company to make iron ore pellets.

Ellspermann made a few other visits to our area as well. As part of her mission to visit all 92 counties in Indiana, she stopped by to meet with White County elected officials and business owners to see what the state can do to better work with local governments and businesses.

Our governor, Mike Pence, also had some great new for our community this summer. The Subaru Isuzu plant in Lafayette will undergo a $400 million expansion, adding about 900 jobs to its work force. Being a part of that announcement was a privilege, and I’m excited to see the impact this new venture will have on our community.

Summer festivals and 4-H fairs are also an integral part of summer here in Indiana. We have our fair share, and I truly enjoyed traveling to each one and meeting all the folks who came out to support our agriculture industry, celebrate our Hoosier heritage and simply have a good time.

Attendance at these events seems to have skyrocketed this year, leading me to believe that our economy is steadily on the uptick. The state fair broke records with almost 1 million people stopping by to see the 6,510-pound popcorn ball and the new Glass Barn.

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