JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Burgers, fries and shakes are on the menu at Highway 55, which opened a little more than a year ago.
The diner is in a busy shopping center on Highway 62, and assistant operator Savanna Miller said a big reason her family opened there was because of all the customers it gets from River Ridge.
“We get a really awesome lunch rush, and then at night too when people are coming off their shifts and then the whole River Ridge development with the families,” she said.
River Ridge is booming with businesses, and more are on the way.
The United States Census Bureau could move to River Ridge in October 2021. The processing center is currently on 10th Street and currently employs 1,425 people. It plans to employ 1,500 by 2020.
The Census Bureau sent statement to WDRB:
"The General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced it has initiated a multiyear project to relocate the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Processing Center (NPC) in Jeffersonville, Ind., to a new facility in the same area by October 2021.
The NPC currently resides in multiple GSA-owned buildings on an 80-acre campus in Jeffersonville. The Census Bureau has occupied this space for 60 years through an occupancy agreement with GSA. GSA will assist the Census Bureau in determining the requirements and
logistics associated with moving NPC operations into a newer, more modern facility. The goal for a new location will be to incorporate all operations within a single building rather than the current multifacility configuration. All current and planned processing activities, including 2020 Census operations, at NPC’s main campus will continue as normal during the three-year planning and implementation effort. Once NPC operations are successfully moved to the new location, GSA plans to dispose of the current facility, removing the property from its inventory."
Mr. P. Express over-the-road driving school expanded on River Ridge on Wednesday.
The United Collections Bureau, Inc. also announced it's spending $2.48 million to move into 200 Patrol Road in River Ridge. The debt collection company plans to hire 620 workers by 2022 paying on average $18.22 an hour.
A company spokesperson says it was Indiana's pro-business environment and available job force that sealed the deal.
“The Indiana Economic Development Corporation or the IEDC board of directors offered United Collection Bureau up to $3.5 million dollars in conditional tax credits which is based on our job creation plans, as well as up to $150,000 in training grants,” UCB INC. Marketing Manager Anne Bulla said.
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said it's not all business. He's pushing to build a park in River Ridge.
“It was another battle we had,” Moore said. “Indiana, with Kentucky, South Carolina, and Georgia, those were the four states looking to locate this. We won again.”
After JeffBoat announced it’s closing in Jeffersonville, this development is a big shot in the arm for Jeffersonville and the businesses that rely on River Ridge.
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