Helping You THRIVE

by building strong communities and improving quality of life in West Central Indiana

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The availability of safe, affordable, age friendly, and quality housing plays a critical role in economic growth and quality of life. Without it, residents may experience housing instability, financial hardship, health issues, and limited economic mobility. Moreover, these challenges experienced by individuals and families also impact businesses as they face difficulty in recruiting and retaining employees. As West Central Indiana seeks to reverse its trend of population decline, the region must have adequate housing to meet the demands of current and prospective residents at their various stages of life and income levels.

Key findings of this analysis are:

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CEDS – Draft

CLOSED for Public Comment

Thrive has prepared a draft Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a federally required economic strategy for Clay, Montgomery, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties. This plan was developed with local leaders and economic development professionals. The draft plan is now available for review. The public comment period ended on October 31, 2022. The final CEDS will be completed soon.

The CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. It provides an opportunity for local leaders, organizations, institutes of learning, and private industries to engage in a meaningful conversation about what capacity-building efforts would best serve economic development in the region. The CEDS provides a summary background of the economic conditions in the region, an analysis of regional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, a vision, goals, and action plan, and an evaluation framework to measure the implementation and impact on the regional economy.

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Thrive Launches

It can be hard to access capital as a new or growing business. Thrive is dedicated to encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit that drives business development in our communities. Working with local governments, the Just Transition Fund, the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the U.S. Department of Agricultural (USDA), we are accepting applications to provide low interest loans to businesses in Clay, Montgomery, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo counties.     [Learn More]

Over the course of 18 months, Thrive West Central has worked diligently to develop a resiliency plan which addresses our region’s most pressing economic issues. Resilient is intended to serve as a guide for communities as they look to emerge from the pandemic and prepare for future economic crises.

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We Are Ready to Serve You

Thrive is responsible for developing, managing and implementing many federal, state and local programs throughout West Central Indiana. We provide expertise in the following areas of service:

Join the Team!

Want to be a part of the solution for making West Central Indiana a great place to live, work, and play? Are you a problem-solver and a good communicator? Are you interested in working for an organization that leads with a servant’s heart? If so, you may be who we are looking for to join our team! We offer full-time, part-time, internships, and volunteer positions.

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Serving West Central Indiana.
Serving You.

Thrive serves businesses, municipalities, senior citizens and families throughout West Central Indiana, which includes the following counties:


We are working hard to improve communities in and around Region 7 as our priorities and core values apply to all individuals

Meet the Leaders at Thrive

Each employee at Thrive is committed to leading change in your community through their expertise in economic development, community development and aging and disabled services.

RYAN KELLERExecutive Director
KRIS KRUEGERInterim Director of Economic and Community Development
JON FORDDirector of Business Development
JESSICA TAYLORDirector of Aging and Disabled Operations
Thrive Leaders

Promised Growth.

Dedicated Quality of Life.

Committed Care.