Progress Program

Goshen County Economic Development Progress Program Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

Goshen County Economic Development won a BRONZE for its Progress Program, a project in the category of Multi Year Economic Development of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 15 during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 13 – October 16, in Indianapolis, IN.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the IEDC for trailblazing the Progress Program and its unique funding source. The ¼ Cent Sales Tax for Economic Development is an innovative funding mechanism that allowes Goshen County Economic Development Corporation to award over 1.1 Million dollars to the businesses, non-profits and municipalities of Goshen County. Since the program’s inception in 2011, 542 jobs have been impacted through the Capital Matching Grants awarded to businesses. Sixty community organizations were supported through the Community Enhancement Grant to include the after-school program and the food bank.  Five municipalities are funded annually through the Infrastructure grant assisting with water and sewer projects, fire trucks, community centers and recreational facilities. All of Goshen County benefits from the Progress Program through the funding of quality of life and infrastructure projects. Thank you, Goshen County businesses, residents and communities for your continued support, and Congratulations!” 

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year's most influential leaders. 34 award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 400 submissions from 12 countries.

“The recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day”, said 2019 IEDC Board Chair, Tracye McDaniel. “We’re honored to recognize more than 100 communities for their excellent work, which forges new opportunities for our profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2020 awards program.”

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.



With the renewal of the optional quarter-cent sales tax for economic development in 2010, the GCEDC board of directors launched a new program to aid local businesses, communities and organizations.

The goals of the Progress Program are to help businesses succeed by making their properties more attractive to their customers, and to make communities more attractive to potential new businesses, employees, residents and visitors.

Goshen County Economic Development Corporation strives to maintain accountability and transparency of the use of the 1/4 cent economic development sales tax funds.

Collected funds are used for the Progress Programs; Community Enhancement, Capital Matching, and Infrastructure Investment Fund. Started in 2011, the overall goal of the Progress Program is to help businesses succeed by making their properties more attractive to their customers, and make communities more attractive to potential new businesses, employees, residents and visitors. Since it's inception over $953K has assisted 161 organizations, municipalities and businesses.

Applications are reviewed quarterly and awards made within 45 days of the due date. Applications and supporting materials must be received by noon on the following due dates:

January 24, 2020
April 24, 2020
July 24, 2020
October 23, 2020

Contact Goshen County Economic Development for Progress Program Applications

Sondra Dent, Marketing Director



For Business:

Capital Matching Fund - This program is intended to take small steps to make Goshen County a better place by helping new and existing businesses to succeed, make their property more attractive for their customers, and to make the community more attractive to potential new businesses, employees, residents and visitors. 

  • Capital Matching Application


For Communities/Organizations:

Community Enhancement Fund - This fund is designed to assist communities and nonprofit organizations working to create, improve and strengthen the quality of life by promoting and enhancing job development through cultural, historical, recreational, education, health/fitness and social/ethnic activities in Goshen County.

  • Community Enhancement Application


For Municipalities:

Infrastructure Enhancement Fund - Understanding the importance of quality and up-to-date infrastructure for the economic health and well-being of all Goshen County communities the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) Board of Directors have set aside proceeds for an Infrastructure Investment Fund. Utilizing economic Development 1/4 cent sales tax funds the Infrastructure Investment Fund will be made available in the form of grants. These funds are designated to provide funding for publicly owned infrastructure that serves the needs of businesses and communities. All municipalities located in Goshen County are eligible to apply for funding. Applicants will need to state how the project will benefit the community, businesses or aid in future business development.

  • Infrastructure Application

Applications require Adobe PDF Reader - Download here    

For more information contact:

Sondra Dent, Marketing & Operations Director