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Commission looking at Brazil's growth

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

The Brazil Economic Development Commission is set to once again tackle the issue of financial growth when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at City Hall.

The December meeting was canceled, but on Nov. 1, Mayor Tom Arthur shared with the commission various possibilities for new business and industry in Brazil.

He said he has been contacted by businesses seeking to establish new stores and plants in this city.

One company, seeking to remain anonymous, has sought proposals from various cities under the ambiguous title, "Project Pumpkin." The business does light manufacturing and distribution and seeks to employ about 300 workers at an average wage of $11.26 per hour.

The mayor's office submitted a proposal on Nov. 1.

Another company proposes hiring 450 workers at an average wage of $14 per hour. It is looking for a 40- to 50-acre tract of land, the mayor said.

Members of the commission were asked to go over the Project Pumpkin proposal and make suggestions for future proposals.

The mayor is also looking into the possibility of an education/economic development roundtable for established industry leaders and area high school students. The purpose would be to let students know what opportunities exist in this area, particularly for those students who may not have college plans or do not want to join the military after high school.

At its last meeting, the commission approved the following mission statement: "Expand, attract and enhance business and industry opportunities, creating new jobs for citizens of Brazil, Indiana."

The meetings are open to the public.

Members of the commission include Jeff Stewart, Sam Glover, Ron Harms, Wayne Jenkins and Frank Phillips.

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