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Borden Indiana working on economic development

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Borden, Indiana (WDRB) -- Agricultural tourism -- it is a trend offering people who live in the city the chance to escape the concrete jungle and re-connect with their rural roots.

Borden, in northwest Clark County, would like to get on the agricultural tourism map.  Its bright red town flag reads "A Small Town with a Big Future."

The community of less than a thousand people and a police force of two officers is looking to create a blueprint for future economic growth.

"Things are changing and growth is moving this way so it is just a matter of time until we see lots more growth out here and we would just like to be able to plan for it," says Borden Town Council President Rudy Cook.

A new four-mile road is under construction that will connect Borden with Starlight where the Huber Farms are located. The road is expected to be completed in about two years.

Borden would like to get a piece of the action from the half million visitors who go to Starlight each year, so Borden's leaders are hoping to come up with some new attractions.

"I would like to see more shops," says Cook," more dining, more restaurants, it would also be nice to have some kind of grocery store for the folks here."

A two-acre park just across the railroad tracks from the town hall could become the site of a new splash park.  "In public meetings we had folks said they really wanted a pool, but that is not feasible for a community of this size, but a splash park is something that would really go over very well here we believe," says Amy Williams.

She is part of Louisville based Taylor, Siefker, and Williams Design Group, a community planning company which is working with the town council to develop a plan.  She says other possible attractions the town could build are a new town square that could be used for community events and festivals.

Plans are already in the works for a new lake to be built nearby next to the Clark State Forest that attractions a number of visitors.

"This community is very passionate about who they are, they just don't want to settle for any development that comes," says Williams.

Cook adds, "The question is do we want to be like the Clarksville area with an urban feel with that kind of growth or more like Brown County with a rural setting."

A first draft of Borden's economic development plan is expected to be finished at the end of September.

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