Editor’s note: Every effort is being made to keep this listing up-to-date, including cancellations stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check with event organizers for the latest information.

Department of Corrections hiring events

The Indiana Department of Corrections has scheduled four virtual hiring events in October.

All events are being hosted on Microsoft Teams with an IDOC recruiter, and a representative from the Human Resources Department to assist in answering questions and scheduling interviews.

October IDOC Virtual Hiring Events:

3 p.m. EST, Oct. 14, http://bit.ly/101420ALLIDOC

4 p.m. EST, Oct. 21, http://bit.ly/102120ALLIDOC

3 p.m. EST, Oct. 28, http://bit.ly/10282020ALLIDOC

The IDOC has a variety of openings, but the greatest need is for Correctional Officers and Maintenance Staff. Please refer to the IDOC Recruitment page on Facebook to stay up to date on scheduled events.

Indiana Chamber to hold business events virtually

Two business events take place virtually this month from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

On Oct. 13, compliance and regulatory topics are center stage at the 2020 Indiana Environmental Conference, which is held in partnership with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Two weeks later, on Oct. 28-29, the 2020 Indiana Business Tax Conference highlights new federal and state information.

The Indiana Environmental Conference, sponsored by Plews, Shadley, Racher & Braun, includes sessions on changes to the Clean Water Act, inspection tips, legal matters related to COVID-19 and current advantages of solar, storage and sustainability.

The all new program at the Indiana Business Tax Conference features a number of tax matters. Among them: challenges of the mobile workforce, making sense of state tax and economic development incentives, how to leverage the power of data, the cost of performance and the latest tax and legal issues impacting tech and innovation businesses.

Both conferences cost $399 per person for Indiana Chamber members; the list price is $499. A 20% group discount is available for organizations sending two or more employees to either event. Register to attend at www.indianachamber.com/conferences.

Retired Teachers to meet at Amelio’s Oct. 12

Cass County Area Retired Teachers Association is planning to meet for a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 12, at Amelio’s on the River, 431 S. 5th Street, in Logansport, at 11:00 a.m. Paul Ulerick will unlock the doors at 10:30 a.m. so all might find an appropriately distant seat prior to the meeting.

The program will be presented by members of Logansport Civic Players and a brief business meeting will follow. Order from the menu. No reservation is necessary. For more information, contact Barrie McClain at 574-652-2895.

INDOT hiring seasonal help through event next next week

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be holding a second round of Winter Seasonal Worker Hiring Events on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — local time for each district with the event.

In the Northwest District, hiring events will be held at the Plymouth Sub District (2845 Jack Greenlee Dr., Plymouth) and the Mishawaka Unit (915 Beiger St., Mishawaka).

Winter seasonal positions run from November through March at a starting pay of $16 per hour. INDOT offers both $250 sign on and $500 retention bonuses for eligible candidates. Candidates should have a valid driver’s license and commercial driver’s license (CDL), current DOT Physical, and ability to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. A high school diploma or GED is preferred but not required.

Visit INDOTjobs.com to learn more and apply online. Candidates can submit an application ahead of time, but walk-ins are also welcome. Managers will be conducting interviews at the hiring events. Please email careers@indot.in.gov with questions.

Applications accepted for leadership program

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance is accepting applications for the inaugural class of the Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute.

This cohort-style learning experience, named in honor of philanthropic leader John Mutz, will develop a talent pipeline of diverse leaders prepared to serve at foundations and corporations across Indiana, bringing new ideas and fresh perspectives.

Participants may include foundation staff, corporate social responsibility professionals, foundation and nonprofit board members, emerging family foundation members, nonprofit professionals and individual philanthropists and donors. It is presented in partnership with Lumina Foundation and the Lilly School of Philanthropy.

Visit www.inphilanthropy.org/MutzInstitute for more information. Applications for the January 2021 inaugural class will be due by 12 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Assistance to farmers impacted by COVID-19

An additional $14 billion is available for agricultural producers who still face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin Sept. 21 and run through Dec. 11, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use funds being made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and CARES Act to support row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and many additional commodities.

Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities – Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities.

There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined.

Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap.

Past due tax bills going out

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is starting to send tax bills that were delayed earlier this year due to tax filing and payment extensions related to COVID-19. Bills for individuals who owe taxes, will begin reaching mailboxes this week and continue to be sent through December 2020.

Individuals can pay their bill in full online through DORpay at dor.in.gov using Visa, MasterCard or e-check. Payments can be scheduled for a future date.

Individuals that cannot pay their bill in full and owe $100 or more can set up a payment plan through INtax Pay at in.gov.

Corporate and business customers can pay their bills in full online or set up a payment plan through INTIME at dor.in.gov.

Payments can also be mailed to DOR directly. Customers must include the taxpayer(s) name(s), Social Security number(s) and tax year on the check. Individual income tax bill payments can be mailed to:

Indiana Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 7224, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7224

Logan’s Landing announces Scarecrow Row Competition

Registration is now underway for Logan’s Landing’s annual Scarecrow Row Competition. Businesses and organizations throughout Cass County are invited to create and decorate scarecrows to be displayed from Oct. 19 through Nov. 1 at an assigned location along “Scarecrow Row” on Market Street and Broadway in downtown Logansport.

A panel of judges will award a prize to one winning scarecrow of free online advertising from Cass County Communication Network; there is also a People’s Choice Award, with a pizza and ice cream party package from U-Know Pizza & Sandwich Shop for the winner.

If your business or organization is interested in participating in Scarecrow Row, contact Logan’s Landing at lldirector@loganslanding.com or 574-722-9345. Registration deadline is Oct. 12.

Local Vet group gets grant

The Four County Joining Community Forces Military Supportive Communities Initiative (MSCI) Pathway Project proposal was accepted, Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute and the Purdue Center for Regional Development announced.

The group will receive a $2,000 grant that will be used to strengthen the ability of military/veteran families in accessing local resources. The project also engages team members in outreach, both to identify rural veterans and families and to connect these individuals to resources and organizations.

The Four County Joining Community Forces group, previously called the East Central Indiana Military Network, was established in 2011 for Howard, Miami, Cass and Pulaski counties,” said Phil Turner, facilitator of the Four County group. “Fulton County was added to the group in 2014.”

The Four County group focuses on military/veteran employment, education, mental wellness, homelessness, financial literacy and legal issues. They started the MSCI process in March

COVID-19 business roundtable available

Inspire Results Business Coaching of Indianapolis is hosting a free weekly Back to Business Roundtable from 9-10 a.m. every Friday. They are open to any business owner.

The virtual discussion provides small business owners with the opportunity to talk with each other and experts about current events, the challenges they are facing and how to minimize the negative impact of the pandemic.

In addition to its free crisis management and free virtual coaching sessions, Inspire Results has also assembled a resource to help business owners as they tackle the changing business landscape.

To learn more about these events and download the free resource, visit www.inspireresults.com/leading-change-through-a-pandemic.

Farmers encouraged to participate in survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

A selection of 28,000 producers will receive the survey over the next few weeks, but all farmers are encouraged to take the survey at farmers.gov/survey.

“We want to hear from our customers so we can learn what we’re doing right and where we’re missing the mark,” Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said. “Good data is critical to good decision-making. The more responses we receive, the better we can understand what we need to do to improve our services to America’s farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners.”

Free COVID-19 testing for Hoosiers

The Cass County Heath Department offers free COVID-19 testing from 7:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1616 Smith St., Logansport.

Testing will be available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms. Children as young as 2 years of age can be tested with parental consent.

Individuals should bring proof of Indiana residency, such as a state-issued ID, work ID or utility bill. Walk-ins will be welcome, but to avoid waiting in line, individuals can register for an appointment by visiting https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/.

This testing is made possible through a grant from the Indiana Department of Health to ensure that community testing is available anywhere there is a need. Through this grant, all the testing supplies and equipment, including test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer and the platform for registration and data management, are provided. The grant continues through June 30, 2021, and is renewable.

The state-run Optum sites will continue to offer testing as well. A complete map of test sites across the state is available at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm.

Light Up Logansport seeking volunteers

The Light Up Logansport Parade is seeking volunteers to assist with the planning and organizing of this year’s celebration to be held on Friday, Nov. 27. Volunteers are needed in many different roles such as logistics, safety, entries, float building, music, fundraising etc. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to give some time to make another great holiday memory. Call 574-753-2551 to sign up.

Applications available for Logan’s Landing program

Applications for the Commercial Facade Improvement Funding Program are available to commercial business or property owners within the Logan’s Landing district, according to a release.

Applicants have a full year from the date of approval to complete the project, and the program offers 50 percent matching funding up to $5,000 per property for eligible improvements.

Those improvements include exterior painting, exterior lighting, windows and doors, facade maintenance and restoration, awnings and installation of brick facade.

For an application or further information, contact Logan’s Landing at 574-722-9345 or lldirector@loganslanding.com.

Visitors Bureau accepting grant applications

The Cass County Visitors Bureau (CCVB) will be awarding grants for out-of-county marketing and visitor experience enhancement, to events and attractions within Cass County. Grant requests will be considered and awarded by the Cass County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Multiple grants will be awarded from the $10,000 fund so that a variety of organizations can be assisted with their events or attractions. These grants are very competitive, so it is suggested that applications be made as early as possible.

Rules and regulations for funding requests and grant applications will be available in the CCVB office between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday, or electronically by contacting Toni Savini at info@visit-casscounty.com.

Grant applications will be accepted throughout 2020, but must be in the CCVB office by the 20th of the month for consideration at the following month’s regularly scheduled meeting.

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