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Tourism and Economic Development Launch Collaboration in Noble County

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Visit Noble County relocated to the Noble County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) offices in Albion.

Late last year, Visit Noble County and the EDC decided to enhance county-wide collaboration starting with the co-location. Visit Noble County, previously located in Rome City on the Gene Stratton-Porter property, completed the move last week.

Emily Schneider, executive director of Visit Noble County, said “I am glad to complete this co-location as both organizations strive to promote and develop assets to enhance economic growth.”

“Great work is going to happen as a result of our offices coming together,” agreed Gary Gatman, executive director of the EDC. “Collaboration is key to Noble County’s ability to grow. Noble County stands to gain from the ability to develop messaging that attracts and retains talent, as well as leisure travelers, to the region.”

The organizations appreciate the visibility the downtown county seat provides. Located near the corner of state roads 8 and 9, and the Courthouse Square, the organizations will benefit from foot traffic and streamlined communications with stakeholders in the local economy. 

The co-location also aligns with other regional and state initiatives, including the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s efforts to bring tourism leaders into economic development planning and projects. The State of Indiana is working to create a quasi-governmental agency in partnership with economic development and tourism called the Indiana Destination Development Corporation. It is expected to begin work in July 2020. 

The EDC and Visit Noble County are located at 110 S Orange Street in Albion. The visitors bureau’s entrance is located on the south side of the building adjacent to free public parking. Visit Noble County may now be reached at 260-636-3602. Visitors to the EDC may use the main building entrance on South Orange Street (State Road 9).