Duke Energy Foundation awards $12,500 economic development grant to Jackson County

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PLAINFIELD, IND. - The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $12,500 grant to the Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation to develop a three-year strategic plan.

The plan will include interviews with key business and community stakeholders and will compare the organization with other similar Midwest industrial and economic development groups. Officials expect to complete the project by mid-2015.

"This new plan will be our roadmap for the future of economic develop ment in Jackson County," said Jim Plump, executive director of the JCIDC. "We appreciate Duke Energy'’s support for this project."

"Duke Energy has a long history of helping the communities we serve identify and develop new and expanding business opportunities," said Chip Orben, Duke Energy Indiana community relations manager for Jackson County. "We look forward to partnering with the JCIDC on this important initiative."

In Indiana, the Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable grants of nearly $2 million annually to support the environment, economic development, education and community vitality.

Duke Energy Indiana's operations provide about 7,500 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 800,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state’s largest electric supplier. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.