Kyndle unveils 5-year economic development strategic plan

By Erin Schmitt of The Gleaner

Great strides have been made to grow and retain jobs in the region, but Kyndle is aiming for even better returns with its ambitious five-year economic development strategic plan Ignite 2021.

"New jobs and investment don't just happen," said Rick Tappan, the immediate past chairman of Kyndle. "It has to be a coordinated approach."

Kyndle unveiled its $3 million, five-year economic development initiative to attract jobs to Henderson, Union, Webster and McLean counties during an informational meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Henderson Fine Arts Center.

The goal is to raise $3 million in cash and pledge commitments. Ignite 2021 campaign co-chair Scott Davis acknowledged it was a daunting challenge but that he was "extremely confident" the goal would be achieved.

In the past 90 days, 55 investors have raised $2,110,000. Kyndle is 70 percent of the way to its fundraising goal and aims to reach the $3 million mark by May 31.

Davis and Old National Bank Market President Tony Krampe held up a large ceremonial check with the amount raised during the meeting. Old National Bank provided a key contribution to the campaign.

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