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Promoting Economic Development In Adams County

The ACEDC has one goal: help the businesses and people of our community thrive. Through key initiatives, site selection, low interest loans, partnerships, and so much more, we are building momentum in Adams County.

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Incentives, Tax Credits & Grants

Take advantage of every resource and incentive that can take your business to the next level. We are here to help.


Blue Collar Workforce

Although our community is home to a variety of industries, Adams County has the resources, land, and workforce to support your industrial business.

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For businesses, we are your guide to Adams County. Whether you are already here or need to relocate, let us provide the resources you need to build an even better company. When you succeed, so does our community.

Grow Your Business

For individuals, we are here to help you get where you want to go. That means advancing your career. Whether you are looking for a new job or training opportunities, we provide the resources you need to move forward.

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Our mission is:
To cultivate a strong economic future so Adams County residents and businesses have every opportunity to thrive.

Sites & Buildings

Adams County is full of the sites and buildings that could be the new home for your business. Browse all your options and let us know how we can help you take the next step.

Recent News

Signing Day 2022 Adams County Honorees
Adams County Students “Sign to Careers”

Decatur - The Adams Wells Manufacturing Alliance, along with the Adams County Economic Development Corporation and Wells County Economic Development Corporation, held the 3rd Annual Signing Day event Wednesday, May 4th at the MERIT Center in Decatur, Indiana. The event celebrated 12 local students who signed and committed to graduate and enter a local skilled trade career.

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It is a pleasure to continually partner with Adams County Economic Development. Colton and his team provide the much needed connection between the public and private sector. They always put the interests of Decatur and all of Adams County first when pursuing any initiative.

Mayor Dan RickordCity of Decatur

He (Colton), in a very quiet way, will fill us in on things that we need to know about, that do affect the company. Colton is open to coming in and sitting down to talk and ask questions. Anytime the ACEDC gets involved, the outcome has been informative and helpful, well worth our time. We highly recommend the ACEDC and Colton who runs a great program.

Deb TumblesonCo-Owner of Aqua Blast

The whole process of getting a loan with the ACEDC was quick and easy. Colton was very helpful when it came to explaining the process and the terms. I am very satisfied with the ACEDC and their willingness to help us start our Cajun Cafe food truck business. I would recommend ACEDC to anyone needing startup capital or needing help to expand their business.

Rene LeblancOwner of Cajun Cafe

For the past 5 years I've been on the Board of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation and am delighted to work with our executive director Colton Bickel and his assistant, Kim Tinsley, together they've made some great improvements for Adams County. Colton has been a great influence and a member of our MERIT Center board of directors, for the further advancement of Adams County's priorities of economic development.

Craig CoshowDecatur Chamber

Our experiences with the ACEDC have been nothing but positive and beneficial to our company, Experience Audiology. The ACEDC's support afforded us the opportunity to expand and grow Experience Audiology by taking on another office. Not only will this second office allow us to positively affect our bottom line which, in turn, will only further advance the economic standing of greater Adams County, but, more importantly, it will allow Experience Audiology to better the quality of life for more people in the community.

Ben WagnerOwner of Experience Audiology

The Porter Family has been building boats in Adams County Indiana since 1958. The Porter Family has operated manufacturing facilities in several other states but chose to consolidate operations in Adams County in 1988 because this is a great place for manufacturing high quality products in a manufacturing friendly environment. We enjoy great education from the three school districts, are supported with an excellent hospital locally and major hospitals regionally and the local support is first class.

Scott PorterPresident of Thunderbird Products/Formula Boats

Adams County EDC is a great organization to partner with for promoting economic development in Berne and Adams County. Colton and his assistant, Kim, are pleasant to work with and are always helpful and knowledgeable when called upon in regard to economic development issues.

Mayor Gregg SprungerCity of Berne