Economic Development and Planning

March 2018

The City of Angola is proud to announce that it has been selected as a top 10 Micropolitan City in the United States by Site Selection Magazine .  It has been ranked a top Micropolitan for the last 6 years in a row and for 9 years out of the last 10.  A Micropolitan City is defined as a community between 10,000 and 50,000 population covering at least one county who meets one of three criteria in new facilities and expansions including:

  • involve a capital investment of at least $1 million dollars
  • create at least 20,000 square feet of new floor area or
  • create at least 20 new jobs

"This is the highest the City of Angola has ever ranked and we are truly honored to be mentioned.  This is a culmination of a lot of hard work from out employees as well as our public and private partnerships" said Mayor Dick Hickman.

Indiana ranked 10th in the U.S. for number of projects (162) and number of projects per capita.

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/37670493/indiana-micropolitans-ranked-nationally-for-developments



The Department of Planning and Economic Development promotes economic development to include industry, business, and residential. The Department prepares and presents verbal and written technical assistance reports gathered from on-site inspection and research on a case-by-case basis for the Mayor, Common Council, Plan Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals . The Department also serves as the staff person to the City's Economic Development Commission, Redevelopment Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission. 

The Department also assists, advises and explains to petitioners, the public and developers, the process and procedures for zone changes, variances, special exceptions, and subdivision and zoning ordinance requirements.

The Department is also responsible for issuing City Sign permits.

The Unified Development Ordinance (which takes the place of our previous zoning and subdivision control ordinance) has been adopted and became effective June 11, 2008. Other projects underway are the Downtown 20/20 Plan and an owner-occupied rehabilitation housing program that may lead to grant opportunities for local homeowners. We are also happy to offer free workshops that range from business plan development for budding entrepreneurs to restoration workshops for historic building owners. 

If you want to get more involved in your community or have additional questions, please contact Economic Development and Planning Director Vivian Likes at vlikes@angolain.org or 260-665-7465. 

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