Congratulations to St. Elizabeth on the New Medical Office!

Article from Eagle Country:

St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s new medical office building in Greendale is now open.

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting was held for the multi-million dollar, 25,000-square-foot facility Tuesday. More than 150 people attended the event, which featured a fly-in by a medical helicopter.

Dr. Aleah Gibson is one of the physicians now seeing patients in St. Elizabeth’s new Indiana home, which had been under construction since late 2016.

“There’s a (healthcare) access issue. I think that people need to be seen faster and sooner than they are. From a primary care aspect, that’s our goal – to serve that need and get patients seen when they want to be seen,” Gibson said.

In addition to family medicine and urgent care, the Greendale location includes specialty services such as neurology, spine and pain management, behavioral health, podiatry, endocrinology, dermatology and weight management. St. Elizabeth Healthcare says additional specialties will be added in the future.

“We’re trying to get care to people who really need it. We have an urgent care that is open seven days a week. It’s a much needed commodity here,” St. Elizabeth Greendale office manager Lea Donley.

“St. E” has had physicians in Dearborn County for about 10 years at offices in Aurora and Hidden Valley. Donley says those offices will remain open even with the addition of the new medical office building.

“We pull patients from a very large area in southeastern Indiana. We want to continue to serve those areas,” Gibson said.

About 75 people, including 15 doctors, will work in the new medical office building on Flossie Drive.


EcO Manufacturing Network

Development and Customization of Apprenticeships/Technical Certificate Programs-

The Regional EcO Manufacturing Network is cohosting information sharing sessions with Ivy Tech Community College to further the regional discussion around the development and customization of apprenticeships/technical certificate programs.

The two dates scheduled to continue these discussions include the following:

  •         Thursday, April 19th from 9:30-11 am at the Columbus Learning Center in the Summerville Conference Room (#1400), 4555                    Central Ave., Columbus, 47203
  •         Tuesday, April 24th from 9-10:30 am at the Jackson County Learning Center, 323 Dupont Dr., Seymour, 47274

The following items listed below will be a part of the discussion:


  •         Apprenticeship/Technical Certificate Program Overview
  •         Expectations and Roles
  •         Clarify Programs
  •         Identify Number of Students
  •         Start Date
  •         Sustainability Plan
  •         Recruiting Students
  •         Grant funding available via the state called Next Level- Employer Training Grant in which some funding is available to assist employers         with the cost of training new employees and the creation/development of new technical training programs. The grant provides up to                  $2,500 to qualifying companies for each new employee needing training or retraining.

Please email Stephanie Weber if you or members of your team plan to attend either of these sessions along with the date and location preferred.

Register Today for the 2018 Post Legislative Luncheon presented by CalComm

Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce Post Legislative Luncheon

Annual event recapping the 2018 state legislative session will be held on April 17

Lawrenceburg April 4, 2018:

Southeast Indiana state lawmakers will be in Lawrenceburg this month to review the recently completed state legislative session.

The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Post-Legislative Luncheon presented by CalComm Indiana at the Ivy Tech Riverfront Campus in Lawrenceburg on Tuesday, April 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with state legislators about what they experienced and accomplished while in Indianapolis.

State representatives expected to appear include Randy Frye and Randy Lyness. State Senators Chip Perfect and Jeffrey Raatz also plan to attend.

The event is free and open to the public thanks to the support of CalComm Indiana and Buffalo Wings & Rings.

Those planning to attend the event are asked to register in advance at the Dearborn County Chamber ( or call 812-537-0814.


FC Cincinnati Scores Big at Get Energized


The Dearborn County Chamber hosted another great Get Energized! luncheon. Once again Duke Energy was the title sponsor for the fourth year in a row and local utility providers again continued their support. This luncheon continues to grow as the program yet again featured a regional business on the cusp of massive growth.

Jeff Smith, VP of sales and marketing for FC Cincinnati, presented an exciting vision of the future of professional soccer in the tri-state.

March 6th, 2018 Weekly Update

Time for another weekly update from the Chamber of Commerce!

Contact us at 812-537-0814 to join today and ensure you are included in the 2018 Membership Directory

Leadership Dearborn:…/united-way-and-coc-anno…/

Dearborn County Home and Garden Show:

March BABA Meeting – Evening Social – Auction 101:

State Chamber Releases Updated Legislative Agenda

Each year the state Chamber releases guidance on the legislation they find important to create a strong business climate in the state. Generally about halfway through the session they update their priorities.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s second edition of the 2018 Legislative Agenda is now available. This document details bills introduced in the Indiana House and Senate that the Chamber has taken a position on and the reason for that stance. This publication provides clear input on issues that not only affect the Indiana business community, but communities, families and individuals throughout the state.

As you will note, all legislation labeled “job-killers” was successfully defeated in the first half of the session and therefore not in this new document. A number of our positions have also changed due to modifications – mostly sought-after improvements – made to the bills.

In addition to being online, this information is sent directly to legislators. We plan to use votes on the bills – those that make it to the House or Senate floor – contained in this document in our annual Legislative Vote Analysis, which scores legislators on their voting record.

Get Energized with Duke Energy and FC Cincinnati

Get Energized! w/ Duke Energy
March 1st
11:30 – 1pm
Dearborn Country Club
Aurora, IN

Chamber to Host Annual Luncheon On the Economic Future of Dearborn County

A representative of FC Cincinnati will keynote, speaking to their plans for regional involvement

The biggest regional sports news lately has not involved the usual suspects, instead the buzz in the tri-state region is all about FC Cincinnati and the prospects of big time professional soccer.

Join us on Thursday, March 1st to hear from Jeff Smith, a Vice President with FC Cincinnati. We’ll hear about the future of soccer here in the tri-state, a history of the club and gain some insight into the exciting world of professional sports.

Space is limited so register today by calling the Chamber at 812-537-0814 or registering online here!

Thank you to Duke Energy for their continued support of this fantastic event to kick off another great year of business in Dearborn County!

Week In Business 2/9/18

If you were in a Super Bowl haze all week, here’s what you missed:

Good luck to Nick Goepper in South Korea! He’ll compete on February 18th.

Goepper will go for gold in men’s ski slopestyle competition on Sunday, February 18. If you want to catch the competition live on television, and not on your DVR, you’ll have to stay up until about 12:11 a.m. Eastern Time that day. Watch on NBC or

Goepper earned bronze at his first winter games in Russia in 2014. Ski slopestyle was new to the Olympics that year.

Former Chamber board Chairman (and current board member) bought a historic fixer-upper in Ohio County

With a clear understanding of the true scale of work, in December the Speakman House’s owners agreed to sell the property to Mark Banschback of nearby Dearborn County, who will use the house as an office, residence, and community gathering place.

Banschbach owns Top Quality Building Products, Inc. and has decades of experience in residential and commercial development. With partner Guinevere Emery, he expects to operate Banschbach Properties, a property management company, on-site.

It will soon be easier to get to Austin to listen to some great music thanks to new routes out of CVG

Delta is adding two warm weather destinations at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.

The airline announced Monday it will soon begin service to Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Flights from CVG to Austin will begin May 1. Flights will run daily with the exception of Saturdays.

Service to Phoenix will run daily beginning November 4.

Indiana is slowly inching towards considering medical marijuana legalization 

Two bills are passing through the legislature that are intended to, in one, legalize CBD for all Hoosiers and, in another, support the hemp industry which is currently under tight controls limited to research. House Bill 1137, authored by Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, intends to start the process in opening industrial hemp production. The bill authorizes the Indiana Department of Agriculture to set up a program to study industrial hemp and its products, including CBD. The bill also eliminates the state registry, created last session, for patients with epilepsy who are prescribed CBD.

“This issue gets more and more exciting as we move along,” Lucas said. “We’re seeing more momentum pick up for the hemp industry and the CBD issue here in Indiana that hopefully will be resolved very shortly.”

This week, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, was asked about the CBD bills, as well as his view on Sunday alcohol sales, and said, “I think policymakers have spoken clearly on both of these issues that these are things Hoosiers want, these are things that policymakers want.”

Study shows rural Indiana is struggling to retain youths 

Hicks said Indiana doesn’t struggle as much to keep its residents, but attract people from out of the state. The country is full of people who would want to move from a big city to a small town, he said, especially creative people who can work remotely. But, they want to confidently know that their children will receive a good education and that their home doesn’t depreciate in value.

Towns and cities that focus on their amenities tend to lure in more residents, Hicks said.

“Don’t worry so much about growing your economy, worry about making your place something that people would like to live in, and it would grow on its own,” Hicks said.

Hicks also has some interesting thoughts on growing the local economy

Most places in Indiana should entirely eliminate economic growth as a public policy goal. That’s right—most of Indiana’s counties, cities and town should abandon economic or even population growth as a realistic policy goal. The demographic trend is already set, and more than half of Indiana’s counties will continue to lose population throughout this century.

Instead, today’s economic development policy ought simply to focus on making life better for residents who have chosen to remain. These people need great schools, yet most don’t really have them. These residents need safe communities, some sort of recreational activities and a thrifty and responsible local government. They don’t need speculative buildings, fancy makerspaces or tax abatements granted on all new businesses. Those are the policies of the desperate, uninformed and unimaginative.

This new strategy is not a surrender to inevitable decline. Rather, it is a recognition that growth will someday return to much of Indiana, and the places that enjoy that growth first will be the ones with the best schools, the cleanest neighborhoods and the most efficient local governments. Those will be the places people wish to live. The places that ignore these fundamentals will remain in decline for decades to come.

Bosma: Major changes to state workforce system likely must wait

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday that lawmakers, despite proclaiming that revamping the state’s workforce development efforts was their major issue this year, wouldn’t tackle the majority of needed changes to the system until next year.

His comments came a day after the Indiana House passed a workforce development bill that didn’t go as far as he and other advocates wanted in terms of fully retooling the system.

“I think we’re teeing it up for a major retooling next year,” Bosma told reporters.

That is likely to frustrate some advocates in the business community who believe lawmakers have toiled long enough on the workforce development system, making incremental changes year after year.

How the opioid crisis and child poverty are hurting Southeast Indiana kids

Every Southeast Indiana county in our region saw an increase in the number of opioid overdose deaths between 2013 and 2016, according to the report.

Dearborn and Ripley counties saw their child abuse and neglect rates increase during that time, too.

Dearborn County went from 10.1 cases of substantiated abuse or neglect for every 1,000 children in 2013 to 24.9 substantiated cases for every 1,000 children in 2016.

Ripley County went from 11.5 cases of substantiated abuse or neglect for every 1,000 children in 2013 to 18.9 substantiated cases for every 1,000 children in 2016.

And across all four counties, there were more children living with a foster parent in 2016 than in 2013.

Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy your free time, pitchers and catchers report on Monday!

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