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TURTLE TOWN UPTURN: ’Busco on economic upswing

August 12, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — An economic shot in the arm has boosted Churubusco’s small town status and created an economic swing in the town’s favor.

Whitley County has been touted for its ability to make a strong comeback from the economic slump seen across the state in recent years, according to Indiana Economic Development reports.

Churubusco is another extension of the county’s growth.

Recently, Town Council President Frank Kessler shared his perspective on the town’s success with The Post & Mail.

“The economic downturn brought to light what it takes for a small town to stay viable,” Kessler said. “We learned what we need to keep life in our town and how to maintain an energetic economy.”

Kessler cited programs such as the Main Street U.S.A. initiative as one of the many ways Churubusco’s downtown has been revitalized.

“Our Main Street merchants are good, strong businesses,” Kessler said. “There is a good variety in our downtown. Those businesses are healthy and have a lot of longevity in this community.”

Receiving the Main Street U.S.A. designation required that ’Busco complete a lengthy list of tasks, but in the end the label will allow for the town to earn grant dollars, which will create more investment opportunities in the downtown area.

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