Rush County receives an incredible amount of community funding from grants awarded at the state and federal levels. Community members are made aware of the financing through city projects, with a new project beginning seemingly daily. However, many don't know the hard work be
fore awarding grants completed by different organizations and charities, such as Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation (ECDC).Recently Rush County was awarded money from Duke Energy after the ECDC applied for their partnership grant when Duke opened it to communities in the Duke service area. 

John McCane, president of ECDC, explained future plans for the funding, saying, " Talent attraction, business retention and expansion, business and industry recruitment, workforce development, quality of place, population growth, and regional economic development are all strategies supported by the Rush County ECDC's strategic plan update.”
Eighteen ECDC organizations were awarded $5,000 to increase awareness of economic development strategies, marketing campaigns, and special events. Applicants were required to submit a plan directly impacting the community's economic growth, not including travel, lodging, food beverage, or entertainment expenses. 
The requirements to apply for the marketing grant tied in perfectly with what the ECDC is working on."The ECDC is in the final steps of updating their Strategic Plan," McCane explained. This grant will be invaluable to help us market Rush County, and make some updates to our website.
"Like many other things, strategic plans were impacted by COVID-19, however Rush County continues to look beyond COVID-19 and lighten the  economic impact as much as possible."COVID-19; has created a determined flight from urban areas," McCane said. "We want to be able to market that Rush County provides the quality of place that is welcoming to those seeking an alternative place to live.” 
OCRA awarded another grant recently received by Rush County ECDC for $250,000. The Rush County ECDC and the city's grant-writing professionals, the Administrative Resources association (ARa), applied to OCRA for this open grant. This funding again will go towards reducing the negative impacts of COVID-19. 
McCane explained how, "This will allow the ECDC to make grants to small businesses to provide $10,000 grants to any eligible business located within the city with less than 100 employees that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to help retain low-to-moderate income jobs."  
As far as future funding for the improvement of Rush County, it seems highly likely it will continue. 
"Rush County continues to 'Lead the Way in Rural Indiana,'" McCane said. "The public and private leaders in Rushville and Rush County have a dedicated interest in growing and improving the community. We live in an environment where the leadership is focused and ‘all rowing in the same direction.’ We have extraordinary partners. We have created lasting relationships with the IHCDA, the OCRA, USDA Rural Development and other state and federal agencies. I believe we have demonstrated to these partners that with their help, we can transform our community in a positive way.
 Furthermore, the Rushville leadership is dedicated to sharing our experiences with other rural communities in an effort help them learn from our successes. Of course, invariably, we always learn something from them, too."