The Monroe County Redevelopment Commission has hired Schmidt & Associates to conduct a Place Making project for the West Side Economic Development Area. The Westside Economic Development Area (WEDA) was established as a Tax Increment Finance District in 1993 to spur employment in the area, and includes the GE plant, Cook headquarters, and the Ivy Tech main Bloomington Campus, among other employers and businesses. The goal of the Place Making project is to create a sense of community in the district, to recognize the investments already made within the district, to attract new employers to the area, and to highlight the quality businesses, training, research and innovation occurring within its boundaries. Schmidt & Associates held a public meeting on November 2 to solicit feedback.

The BEDC hosted a Stakeholder Breakfast on December 9 with employers who are located within the district to review the key features of the area, branding options and a name for the community. The businesses within WEDA have been vital economic drivers for the county, and the BEDC is very supportive of this project. We see this placemaking effort as a way to recruit new talent and attract new businesses to grow employment and investment in our county.

The public can provide feedback/suggestions and receive more information by visiting http://wedaplacemaking.blogspot.com/.