The Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center is the local economic development organization for Putnam County, Indiana and its incorporated communities. Putnam County is located 40 miles west of downtown Indianapolis along Interstate 70. The City of Greencastle (the county seat) is home to DePauw University and a campus of Ivy Tech Community College. The county has a wide range of employers including the sectors of higher education, advanced manufacturing, logistics, natural resources development, and agriculture.


The mission of the Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center is to promote investment in Putnam County which will result in quality job opportunities, sustain and contribute to economic growth, and improve the quality of life for our county.


The business community and local government recruit the Development Center’s assistance for a variety of projects. When called upon, the Development Center can pull together a comprehensive team of local leaders, board members, and others to assist with a project or issue.

Services that the Development Center offers include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Business attraction to Putnam County.
  • Business retention, expansion, and recruitment in Putnam County.
  • Monitoring of tax abatement for both companies and local units of government to ensure that companies obtain their maximum benefit while complying with the terms of the abatement award;
  • Monitoring and updating of tax increment financing areas including preparation of various reports to the State of Indiana;
  • A robust microloan program that lends funds to small businesses in Putnam County;
  • Grant writing, i.e.: assistance with state and local grant applications;
  • Database management for sites, demographics, employment trends, etc.
  • Assistance and support in regard to obtaining various planning, zoning and utility approvals and permits required for a successful project;
  • Notification and reminders of deadlines, workshops, and other opportunities;
  • Specific workforce training assistance for employers including information on sources of training and grant opportunities;
  • General workforce training advocacy with Area 30, Ivy Tech Community College, the Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board, and area school systems to help insure a well-qualified workforce in the future;
  • Communications and networking opportunities; and,
  • Research for various special projects and requests.

We invite you to contact us directly with any questions on how we might help your business or organization grow and prosper in Putnam County and its communities.

Updated: 5/2024