Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Bedford, Ind. – Hoosier Energy has presented $5,000 to the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council (LCEGC) to help fund enhancements at the North Lawrence Career Center. CoBank, a national cooperative bank, has matched Hoosier Energy’s investment with an additional $5,000 through their Sharing Success Matching Grant program. Combined, the $10,000 will put LCEGC on track to finance the needed upgrades at the center so they may continue to meet the future workforce training demands in Lawrence and the surrounding counties.


The Career Center’s goals include increased utilization of space, increased staff access to resources needed to meet workforce training demands, and reduced hurdles for other schools in the area to use the Center. In addition to building enhancements the project will also provide equipment purchases, such as audio visual aids, computers, printers and industry-specific training modules.


“Hoosier Energy believes the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council is providing a great community service through the offerings at the North Lawrence Career Center,” said Harold Gutzwiller, manager of economic development and key accounts at Hoosier Energy. “We want to see these programs continue to grow and prosper, thus helping the community become stronger.”


The North Lawrence Career Center offers both student and adult education classes in the fields of agriculture, auto mechanics, child care, family and consumer sciences, construction trades, cosmetology, drafting, electronics, engineering, graphic art, information technology, welding, radio and television.


“The Growth Council believes that providing opportunities for people of all ages, a chance to enhance their knowledge/skills in a relevant and proven manner, is the cornerstone to any successful economic development strategy,” said Shance Sizemore, CEO of LCEGC.


CEO of the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council, Shance Sizemore (center), poses with Hoosier Energy representatives Harold Gutzwiller, manager of economic development and key accounts (left) and Christy Langley, economic development coordinator (right) after receiving the investment check. This money will help secure the upgrades needed for the North Lawrence Career Center.



Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the coal-fired Merom Generating Station, three natural gas power plants, several renewable energy facilities and a 1,700-mile transmission network. For more information, visit