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Small Indiana city planning highway promotion sign

November 22, 2015

Leaders in a southeastern Indiana city are working on plans for a digital sign along Interstate 74 to help promote the community.

Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert has asked the Decatur County Commissioners for their support of the project, which he says could display messages about job opportunities and community events.

Herbert called the proposal a "long-term investment" that could help build interest in the 12,000-person city that's about 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

The site planned for the digital sign is near the Honda Manufacturing of Indiana assembly plant that opened in 2008 along I-74 just outside the city, the Greensburg Daily News reported.

"We want to look at everything we can possibly do to get people to move here," Herbert said. "Our industry doesn't have enough people for the jobs available."

The mayor said at least half of the workers at some factories in the city are there in temporary jobs, not as full-time employees, and that he hopes to see that change.

The city engineer estimated the sign could cost about $750,000. It could range in size from 600 to 1,400 square feet and display messages on both sides.

"I think it would be a real asset," city engineer Ron May said.

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