Shelby County leaders still support Intelliplex

In spite of the controversy this year about Intelliplex, the technology park on the north
ern edge of Shelbyville, the Shelby County commissioners wavered not a bit in approving an annual grant to the park.

The commissioners voted 2-0 in December to give Intelliplex $125,000 in Economic Development Income Tax, or EDIT, funds. Since the launch of Intelliplex in 2003, the county and the city of Shelbyville each agreed to pay $125,000 in EDIT funds each year, according to Tony Lennen, CEO of Shelbyville’s Major Hospital, which operates Intelliplex.

The money pays Major back for the upfront investment it made to develop the 141-acre park and build out its infrastructure, such as roads and utilities.

In October, officials at the Indiana Economic Development Corp. expressed some disappointment with Intelliplex. They recertified it as a tax-advantaged technology park for two years instead of its previous term of four years. They also gave the park’s leaders a list of several things to accomplish.

For example, the economic development corporation wants Intelliplex to add research space and at least 50 high-tech jobs by 2009.

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