For Immediate Release
January 21, 2016

Office of Community and Rural Affairs Designates Owen County as Indiana Site Certified Silver

Indianapolis – Today, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announces the designation of Owen Camp Industrial Site, located in Owen County, as Indiana Site Certified (ISC) Silver.  

The ISC certification program validates sites that are ready for economic development. The Indiana Site Certified Silver tier defines boundaries with a clear title, establishes a price, demonstrates executive level local government support, defines utility capacity and distance, and provides documentation such as the Phase I environmental assessment, ALTA, topographical, and property layout.

“Owen County’s ISC designation shows their commitment to growing and expanding business opportunities in their community,” said OCRA Executive Director Bill Konyha. “I applaud Owen County for taking these important steps in ensuring their hometown is positioned for economic prosperity both now and in the future.” 

The Owen Camp Industrial Site is situated within close proximity to the new Hoosier Energy Operations Center and is near the new I-69 corridor at the Bloomington exit. The site is located on 117 contiguous acres and has the benefit of several universities in their back door which assists in developing a qualified workforce.

“The ISC designation represents one of many recent successes in economic development that are a direct result of the tremendous team work among county, town, and local government officials, businesses, non-profit entities, volunteers and valued professionals,” said Owen County Redevelopment Committee President Craig Coffman. “We are truly blessed to have such key players who share the common goal of making Owen County a better place for current and future generations.” 

Indiana Site Certified is led by OCRA in partnership with the state’s Fast Access Site Team (FAST), which is comprised of multiple state agencies including the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). 

The goal of the ISC program is to assist Indiana cities and towns:

  • Illustrate the communities‘ commitment to economic growth
  • Mitigate risks for businesses who want to locate or expand their operations in Indiana
  • Serve as a marketing tool to promote sites that are ready for development

“This designation has enabled us to increase our attraction efforts, expand industrial development in the county as well as provide an opportunity for new investments,” said Owen County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Gwen Tucker. “Thank you to the State of Indiana, Owen County, Hoosier Energy, South Central Indiana REMC and local community leaders for their work to make this project a reality.”

For more information regarding the tiers and general programmatic parameters, please visit the Indiana Site Certified webpage.

Communities of any size may apply for the designation through OCRA. Applications for certification are accepted on a rolling basis. The first step is to contact your OCRA Community Liaison who will be able to offer current program details, evaluate readiness to proceed and provide application instructions. 


The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state, and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development.

For information on Indiana Site Certified, visit

Media Contact:

Emily Duncan
Public Relations Director 
Office of Lt. Governor Ellspermann 
(c) 317-471-9048


Global Wine and Spirits Company Establishing Bourbon Barrel Production in Owen County

SPENCER, Ind. (June 11, 2015) – Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BF.B), one of the largest American-owned companies in the wine and spirits business, announced plans today to establish its first Indiana operations here, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2017.
“Indiana’s recognition as the best state in the Midwest for business is more significant than a title,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “Brown-Forman’s expansion across state lines is evidence that our efforts to lower taxes and reduce regulations are producing tangible results, attracting new investments and new companies to the Hoosier State.” 
Brown-Forman Corporation will invest $12 million to acquire and renovate an existing 15,000-square-foot mill at 725 S. State Road 231 in order to expand the company’s distillery operations. The new facility will be used to convert logs into bourbon barrel stave and heading pieces, which will be assembled into barrels at another location.
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, the company employs nearly 4,200 people worldwide with locations in 39 countries. Brown-Forman Corporation plans to begin construction next month and will begin hiring once complete. Interested applicants can learn more online at
“As the Brown-Forman whiskey portfolio expands, we continue to look for new outlets for increased capacity,” said Greg Roshkowski, vice president and general manager of Brown-Forman Cooperages. “We’re excited to develop operations in a new region as this new mill in Indiana will provide the materials we need to continue to grow the Brown-Forman brand.”
Founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown, Brown-Forman Corporation is a publicly-traded, fifth generation family-controlled business and is among the top 10 largest global spirits companies. Brown’s original brand, Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, was America’s first bottled bourbon. Today, the company’s portfolio comprises more than 25 whiskey, tequila, vodka, liqueur and wine brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Herradura, Finlandia and Southern Comfort.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Brown-Forman Corporation up to $350,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Spencer will consider additional incentives at the request of the Owen County Economic Development Corporation.

About Brown-Forman Corporation
For more than 140 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca and Woodford Reserve. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,200 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit

About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, focusing on helping companies grow in and locate to the state. Governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit

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Media Contacts: 
Phil Lynch (Brown-Forman Corporation) – 502.774.7928
Abby Gras (IEDC) – 317.232.8845 or

Indiana Department of Transportation Highway 46 Project 

For information regarding the upcoming highway project in 2016, click here.

Questions or comments can be directed by email to Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement


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