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Indiana Residents Invited To Attend Solarize ECI Zoom Meeting

Indiana residents and business owners will learn how the 26% federal tax credit has been extended to 2021 and 2022 for installing solar panels on homes, farm structures and places of business. ‘business at Solarize East Central Indiana’s upcoming Zoom meeting.

The Zoom meeting sponsored by Solarize ECI, a grassroots community group affiliated with Solarize Indiana, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 23.

The Zoom meeting will consist of a 30-minute presentation followed by an hour of questions and answers. There is no charge to attend the Solarize ECI Zoom meeting.

Prior registration is required. The Zoom link for registration, which is free, can be found at or by sending an email request to Carolyn Vann, [email protected], or John Vann, jvann @, who are Solarize ECI team co-leaders.

One of the main benefits of working with Solarize ECI and the Indiana Solarize state organization is group pricing which lowers the cost of installing a solar system.

Adding solar panels to structures also allows for greater energy independence with less exposure to rising utility bills, Carolyn Vann said. Net metering will be available until June 2022.

Second, adding solar power will not increase the homeowner’s property taxes. Adding solar power, however, has the potential to increase property value.

Howard County Community Foundation provides grants

The Community Foundation of Howard County awarded more than $ 39,200 in competitive grants in the first half of 2021.

“These grants follow the wishes of our donors in supporting Howard County,” said Joe Dunbar, chair of the Howard County Community Foundation grants committee, in a statement. “We thank them for having the foresight to anticipate that the needs of the community should be supported now and in the future through endowment funds. Since our inception in 1991, the generosity of donors has enabled the Foundation to provide approximately $ 13.3 million to non-profit organizations during its 30 years of existence. As we look into the next 30 years, the Foundation will continue its charitable mission to help our communities. “

The following agencies and programs received grants in the first semester of 2021:

• $ 2,500 to the American Red Cross to support home fire relief efforts in Howard County. The funds will be used to provide response and recovery services to families this year by training members of the disaster response team.

• $ 2,000 to the Carver Community Center to provide wireless internet access at the Carver Community Center for students doing homework.

• $ 3,230 to the Curtain Call Theater for Children for the summer production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

• $ 10,000 to the Howard County Historical Society to fund the “Porte Cochère Repair” project. The funds will help raise $ 50,000 for a historic preservation grant that requires a $ 1 to $ 1 match. The covered porch-like structure on the west side of the mansion, a national monument, requires repairs to ensure the integrity of the structure going forward.

$ 6,500 to the Kokomo Civic Theater to install ADA compliant toilets and a new HVAC system for the theater space.

• $ 5,000 to the Kokomo Park Band for many community activities offered throughout the year including the July concerts, a Labor Day concert, a winter concert in February and four concerts in June 2022.

• $ 10,000 to the Narrow Gate Horse Ranch for the installation of pasture fencing on their new property which will provide year round availability to help at-risk students have therapeutic experiences with horses.

High Performance Alloys Inc. honored “Small Rural Business of the Year”

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today issued a proclamation declaring September 13-17 as Indiana Small Business Week, celebrating Indiana’s over 529,000 small businesses and over 1.2 million. Hard working hoosiers they employ.

“This week, we recognize the small businesses that drive our state’s economy forward,” Governor Holcomb said. “The state is placing more emphasis on supporting entrepreneurial businesses in Indiana, and with their persistence and entrepreneurship, small business owners are creating vital careers and opportunities for every community in all 92 counties. . “

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) will recognize nine Hoosier small businesses that have worked with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC), an IEDC program, to start, grow or scale their small businesses. . These awards, presented in conjunction with the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National Small Business Week, honor the achievements of entrepreneurs and small businesses and their contributions to growing Indiana’s economy and strengthening communities. of State. The 2021 local winners are:

Small Rural Business of the Year, High Performance Alloys Inc.

Founded by Russ Kirchner in 1984, High Performance Alloys Inc. manufactures and distributes superalloys and super stainless steels to meet the needs of the aerospace, chemical, oil and gas, medical and processing industries. food. With locations in Tipton and Windfall, the company employs over 60 Hoosiers and serves a global customer base.

First Bank of Berne named IBA five-star member

First Bank of Berne has been honored as a Five Star Fellow of the Indiana Bankers Association. The award was presented on September 15, 2021 by Josh Myers, IBA AVP-Member Engagement, in recognition of the involvement of the First Bank of Berne association throughout 2020.

The five-star membership designation recognizes IBA member banks that demonstrate exceptional commitment to the Association in five areas: political awareness, advocacy, lifelong learning, IBA volunteering. and using the preferred service provider.

“We very much appreciate the dedication of First Bank of Berne and as a five-star member bank,” said Amber Van Til, President and CEO of IBA. “Our Association is strong, thanks to our members who support us. “

Five-star member of the First Bank of Berne of the Indiana Bankers Association are (left to right): Kent Liechtenstein, First Bank of Berne President & CEO, Josh Myers, IBA AVP-Member Engagement and Jenilee Bransteter, First Bank of Berne Business Banking Manager.

The Indiana Bankers Association supports Indiana banking services through problem analysis, job training, and products and services that enhance the ability of member banks to serve their communities.

Founded in 1891, First Bank of Bern has seven convenient offices, located in Indiana and Ohio. Since its inception, First Bank of Berne has always been involved in the community and has dedicated its efforts to providing its customers with the best possible service. The bank has been recognized as the ICBA Top Performer, a five-star bank, and has been ranked multiple times as Indiana’s # 1 bank, as reported by the Financial Management Consulting Group.

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