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Lt. Governor Skillman Awards Whitley County a $195,000 Community Economic Development Program Grant

INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2010) – Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has awarded Whitley County a $195,000 Community Economic Development Program grant for purchase of capital equipment to expand the operations of Greatbatch Medical. These funds, from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, were dedicated to Indiana after several natural disasters caused damage in many areas across the state during 2008.

“In these tough economic times, it is critical to leverage all of the resources we can to spur economic growth in communities that were affected by the natural disasters,” said Lt. Gov. Skillman. “By supporting Greatbatch Medical, Whitley County is driving economic recovery in their community in a growing business sector.”

Greatbatch Medical manufactures a variety of medical components for the orthopedic, cardiac, and neurology fields. The grant will fund new machinery that will streamline production processes to reduce lead time and increase the facility’s capacity to build prototypes for the research and development area of the company. By expanding its operations, the company will add 15 jobs to their current operations.

Indiana’s CDBG Disaster Recovery program is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

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Lt. Governor Skillman oversees the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. OCRA was created by legislation in 2005, making rural Indiana a major focus for the first time. For additional information on OCRA and its programs visit www.ocra.in.gov.

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Source: Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs