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City of Shelbyville - Tom DeBaun, Mayor

The City of Shelbyville is a committed partner in the efforts to establish and grow the Purdue Equine Center in Shelby County. The City already has dedicated over one million dollars to jump start this process. In today’s climate of fiscal restraint shown by most governmental agencies, that level of financial participation is not seen often and is a clear indication of our commitment to the project.

More than that, however, is the value that the City of Shelbyville, and I as the Mayor see in the partnership with Purdue University. Shelbyville and Shelby County have a rich agricultural heritage and view this partnership as an opportunity to enhance our natural capabilities and assets as a community. Additionally the proximity of the site to the Intelliplex Certified Technology Park, which is another partnership between the City, Shelby County and Major Hospital, illustrates our shared vision for investing time and resources into the future of technical and medical advancement in this region.

In closing I want to say that the City and the County have been working diligently to make this project a reality in our community. In that spirit of cooperation the respective units of government have already begun discussions regarding infrastructure improvements that would support not only this project but the anticipated future growth of complimentary programs in the area. I am happy to discuss the City’s goals and objectives regarding this highly anticipated partnership at any time.

Major Health Partners - Robert W. Carmony, Dir. of Marketing

In my 12 years as a county councilman in Shelby County, Indiana, no other economic development project has generated as much excitement in our community as the proposed Purdue University Regional Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center.  Shelby County’s history began in the 1820’s and agriculture has always been the backbone of our culture.  That is why officers of Major Hospital in the City of Shelbyville were eager to begin working with the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, as early as October, 2007, to create a unique partnership and build the Regional Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center.  This project fit perfectly with our vision for developing a new animal life sciences commercial park and positioning Shelby County as a preferred location for animal life sciences businesses.  Foundational to that strategy is the establishment of the Purdue equine center in proximity to Indiana Downs, which is one of only two horse-racing tracks in the state.  We believe this approach will help us establish new employment opportunities for our residents, especially the many students raised on Shelby County farms who have been moving away for job opportunities elsewhere after completing their education. 

We are resolute in our commitment. Since 2003, Major Health Partners, the City of Shelbyville and the Shelby County Government have invested more than $8 million to create Intelliplex (www.intelliplex.org), which is a 141 acre, state-of-the-art certified technology park.  Additionally, our city and county donated $2.3 million to the Purdue Foundation for purchase of land adjacent to Intelliplex as the site for the equine center, and to provide seed funding for construction.  Shelby County and the City of Shelbyville also adopted resolutions committing a significant portion of our Racino revenue to economic development projects.  This revenue stream was created by Indiana statute when the Indiana General Assembly approved casinos at Indiana’s two horse tracks.  It is anticipated that our city and county will be willing to provide additional financial incentives to animal life sciences companies interested in opening facilities that will create a synergy with the equine surgery center and Purdue University.

It has been my personal pleasure to be associated with this special partnership between Shelbyville, Shelby County and Purdue Veterinary Medicine. In the grocery store, at church or just about anywhere, I sense the enthusiasm for this project when people ask me for updates.  I always am excited to respond by emphasizing what a special opportunity we have to become a true agricultural life-sciences destination.”