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Welcome to the Team – Again

Welcome to the Team – Again

This month, we welcomed a new team member of the Forward Wayne County team, Seth Stegall. We asked him to share his story and what he hopes to accomplish in his new role. Hello there! This blog may be a reintroduction for some of you and, for others, a new face. My...

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Wayne County’s Music Community

Wayne County’s Music Community

We are talking about Arts & Culture this month and asked Sean Lamb to share his thoughts: I have proudly been a part of Wayne County’s music community for the better part of 20 years. Over those years, I’ve seen so many changes at a local level that benefit people...

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Furthering Your Education in Wayne County

Furthering Your Education in Wayne County

Wayne County residents have countless ways that they can further their education past high school. Higher education, job training, and certificate programs are all over - as are the tools to help you find and afford them. As we focus on Education this month, read...

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Engaging Students in the Trades

Engaging Students in the Trades

Forward Wayne County is focused on Education this August. We visited Nixon Tool Co. Inc. in Richmond, Indiana. We interviewed Scott Nixon about the importance of trade schools, apprenticeships, and how Nixon Tool has adapted to a new workforce while supporting...

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Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Forward Wayne County is focused on Neighborhood Development this month. According to a study from the Pew Research Center, only 57% of Americans say that they know some of their neighbors. Only 26% say they know most of them. Improving a community starts small, and...

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Building Resiliency Through Neighborhoods

Building Resiliency Through Neighborhoods

This month, Forward Wayne County is focused on Neighborhood Development. We asked Paul Lower, Director of Grants and Data at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, to write about his experience with our NICE! Program and how he uses what he learned about...

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Wayne County, Across Time

Wayne County, Across Time

Forward Wayne County is focusing on Our People this month. We teamed up with some of our local historians to write about a few of Wayne County's historical figures! Read below to learn about some interesting people from Wayne County's past. George Booe Written by Joe...

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The People of Wayne County

The People of Wayne County

When you think of the resources that Wayne County has, what comes to mind? The natural spaces? Our abundance of higher educational facilities? Whatever you love about Wayne County, it would be impossible to achieve without Our People. This month, Forward Wayne County...

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Early Childhood Grant Opportunities

Early Childhood Grant Opportunities

High quality child care is essential for the future of Wayne County. When our children are properly prepared for school, they are more likely to succeed! Many organizations across Indiana and beyond offer grants to help our child care providers continue doing what...

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The Need of Early Childhood Education

The Need of Early Childhood Education

Forward Wayne County is focused on Early Childhood Success this month. We asked Dani Arthur, founder and executive director of Oak Park Early Learning Academy, to write about the importance of early childhood education in Wayne County! I absolutely love that Forward...

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Cardboard Recycling in Richmond

Cardboard Recycling in Richmond

The Richmond Sanitary District began a curbside cardboard recycling program in December of 2021. In 2022, more than 200 tons of cardboard were recycled in Richmond. Since Forward Wayne County is focused on our Environment this month, we asked Pat Smoker, Director of...

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Five Tips for a Greener Home

Five Tips for a Greener Home

For the month of April, Forward Wayne County is focused on our Environment. Read some of the tips below on how to make your home a greener and more environmentally efficient space! Open the windows As we find ourselves in between spring and summer, resist turning on...

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High-Growth Jobs in Indiana

High-Growth Jobs in Indiana

Our focus this month is on Employability. NextLevel Jobs, an initiative from the State of Indiana, highlights job sectors with the highest rates of growth across the state and provides training for Indiana residents. Big Indicators of Success Building a more skilled...

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2023 Chamber Career Fair

2023 Chamber Career Fair

This month, we asked Melissa Vance, President and CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, to share her thoughts on Employability. Learn about this year's Chamber Career Fair and more below: If you experience the winter blues in February, we have an excellent...

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