Our Opportunity Zone

What is the Opportunity Zone Program?

The Opportunity Zone Program is a federal program connected to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. It is designed to spur community investment by providing tax benefits to investors who hold their investment between five to ten years. The benefits on investments made in Kentland will take the form of new industries taking root, new jobs being created and more families taking up residence in the town.

Federal Tax Advantages

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Enables tax incentivized investment of realized capital gains, into designated Opportunity Zones.

Under Seven Years

Original capital gains taxes invested in QOF is deferred until sold.

Seven Years or More

Original deferred capital gains in the QOF is reduced by 10%.

Ten+ Years

10% reduction in the original capital gains investment; no capital gains taxes on the appreciated value of the investment.

Period of Investment

Maintains 5 years or greater but less than 10

Deferred payment on original capital gains through 12/31/2026 or when investment is sold, if prior to 12/31/2026. 10% decrease in capital gains tax owed on original investment.

Period of Investment

Maintains 10 years or greater

Deferred payment on original capital gains through 12/31/2026 or when investment is sold or exchanged. Exempt from capital gains tax on future capital gains (appreciation) while invested in the QOF.

Opportunity
Zone
Projects

Our journey of building a prospectus began when our county was selected to take part in a new program titled the Rural Opportunity Zones Initiative (ROZI).

The program was a collaboration between two distinct groups: the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). ROZI was going to invest in six counties, offering their expertise, technical assistance and capacity-building support for the purpose of developing and implementing a sound investment prospectus. The prospectus is a calling card, inviting any and all who are interested to invest in the projects our community has deemed invaluable. The program is powered by a grant that was recently awarded to PCRD by USDA Rural Development.

Learning that our town was located in one of the six counties, we knew we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to create a prospectus. We gathered a leadership team and started to identify key investment projects that would benefit our future. From here, we formed an Opportunity Zone Task Force and hosted a focus group consisting of longtime residents spanning young and old. If we were going to pursue great economic change in Kentland, we needed the community’s support and input to move forward. To our joy, the information that was gathered at the focus group proved to be crucial in the development of our prospectus with ROZI’s assistance.

The Task Force met with ROZI and drafted two initial projects that were both suitable to Kentland’s Opportunity Zone and highlighted the community’s interest. These projects included an intergenerational wellness center, which would feature separate buildings for childcare, health services and senior living, as well as a walking path, green space and a playground for children. It also clarified new business development opportunities we could pursue to add even more life to our town.

Simultaneously, during all of this, we had also entered into a partnership with a creative agency that would help us dial in our town’s brand identity. We felt establishing a strong look and feel that was consistent with our core values would help us tell our economic development aspirations. Once we had all forged the basis of a strong prospectus, we gathered the town together for a community presentation and unveiled our town’s new brand, and the Opportunity Zone projects we were aiming to accomplish. We also threw a community picnic to celebrate our bold move forward into our future.

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Mike Davis

Opportunity Zone Task Force Director

Phone

(219) 869-1156

Email

Task Force

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Our Prospectus

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Rural OZ and Recovery Playbook

Kentland was featured in a national publication. Read it now!

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Our journey of building a prospectus began when our county was selected to take part in a new program titled the Rural Opportunity Zones Initiative (ROZI).

The program was a collaboration between two distinct groups: the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). ROZI was going to invest in six counties, offering their expertise, technical assistance and capacity-building support for the purpose of developing and implementing a sound investment prospectus. The prospectus is a calling card, inviting any and all who are interested to invest in the projects our community has deemed invaluable. The program is powered by a grant that was recently awarded to PCRD by USDA Rural Development.

Learning that our town was located in one of the six counties, we knew we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to create a prospectus. We gathered a leadership team and started to identify key investment projects that would benefit our future. From here, we formed an Economic Development Task Force and hosted a focus group consisting of longtime residents spanning young and old. If we were going pursue great economic change in Kentland, we needed the community’s support and input to move forward. To our joy, the information that was gathered at the focus group proved to be crucial in the development of our prospectus with ROZI’s assistance.

The Task Force met with ROZI and drafted two initial projects that were both suitable to Kentland’s Opportunity Zone and highlighted the community’s interest. These projects included an intergenerational wellness center, which would feature separate buildings for childcare, health services and senior living, as well as a walking path, green space and a playground for children. It also clarified new business development opportunities we could pursue to add even more life to our town.

Simultaneously, during all of this, we had also entered into a partnership with a creative agency that would help us dial in our town’s brand identity. We felt establishing a strong look and feel that was consistent with our core values would help us tell our economic development aspirations. Once we had all forged the basis of a strong prospectus, we gathered the town together for a community presentation and unveiled our town’s new brand, and the Opportunity Zone projects we were aiming to accomplish. We also threw a community picnic to celebrate our bold move forward into our future.

Our Journey
Headshot, Opportunity Zone Task Force Director, Mike Davis

Mike Davis

Opportunity Zone Task Force Director

Phone

(219) 869-1156

Email

Task Force

Get More Info

Our Prospectus

View

Rural OZ and Recovery Playbook

Kentland was featured in a national publication. Read it now!

Download

Our Strategic Priorities

Thrive Intergenerational Wellness Campus

Creating a central gathering place for all.

Housing & Real Estate Development

Building opportunities for new life in town.

Kentland
Endowment Fund

Meeting new challenges and investing in the future.

Broadband

Charging up the speed of business and communication.

Business Development

Inviting industries to call Kentland home.

Priority 1

Thrive
Overview

Opportunity Zone

Thrive Intergenerational Wellness Campus

Thrive Intergenerational Wellness Campus is our bold step forward in enriching the lives of our residents and the county through sensory experiences. This estimated 4.5 million dollar investment would be a three-phase project consisting of a Senior Living Facility, a Childcare Center and Wellness Complex.

Creating an intergenerational campus is all about bringing people together. Thrive would enhance the town’s nearby assets, including the pool, basketball courts, ball diamonds and community center. Its program of activities would be located on a single property with a shared green space that would allow for natural interactions throughout the day between children and seniors. Seniors would have easy  access to our grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants and shops. Additionally, Thrive would include a Wellness Center. This means a licensed, on-campus, nurse practitioner would be available during regular business hours. All care received in the Wellness Center would be nurse-directed and based on physician-approved clinical protocols. To make communication as fast and simple as possible, all physicians could be reached through a tele-health system. Altogether, the project could generate upward to 30 new jobs within the community.

Job Creation

  • Executive Director Campus and Senior Living
  • Assistant Director of Childcare Center
  • Assistant Director of Wellness Center
  • Childcare Teachers
  • Executive Director Campus and Senior Living
  • Janitors
  • Kitchen Staff
  • Nurses
  • Landscape
  • Maintenance

Phase 1

Senior Living

The proposed Thrive Senior Living Center would be a privately funded, private pay facility comprised of 28 units with the potential for expansion wired into its design.

This is not to be confused with a nursing home. Rather, this is an independent living experience for members of your family, where you can rest knowing that they’re safe and close by. Thrive would create new jobs in the areas of administration, programming, landscaping, and more. Seniors would have the opportunity to not only interact with children through music, arts, or crafts but also pass on their knowledge to the next generation.

Connective Park System

Partnering with the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) on two separate occasions, we raised upward to $350,000 to establish two brand new park experiences.

We’re a bold town on a mission: to continually enhance the quality of life for our residents today and tomorrow. During our campaign with the Jasper Newton Foundation, we garnered support from residents and friends from afar to revitalize Batton Park. A few short months later, we launched a second campaign through a partnership with the Newton County Historical Society to establish a park South of US 24 on the corner of Fourth and Allen. Together, with our already-existing Cast Park, we’re looking to create a connected experience in Kentland through the development of pathways between each park. This feature will not only complement the proposed Thrive campus but also provide even more opportunities for relationships to flourish. Both Batton and the Southside Park will be completed by Spring of 2022.

Batton Park Features

The newly-renovated Batton park will complement the proposed Thrive Intergenerational Wellness Campus, and as progress is made, we’ll be posting photo updates here! Please note that any renderings found here at this current time are not a final product. Park features are liable to change.

  • ADA-Compliant Equipment
  • Central Gathering Pavilion
  • Mega Tower Play Structure
  • Play Structure – Ages 2-5
  • Sensory Garden Play Center
  • Music Concerto
  • Lap Belt Swings
  • Intergenerational Swings
  • Toddler Swings
  • Inclusive Swing
  • Buddy Rocker

Southside Park Features

This new park will be located on the corner of Fourth and Allen, providing a safe travel location for residents south of US 24. Find all of the latest photo updates here! Please note that any renderings listed at this current time are not a final product. Park features are liable to change.

  • Play Structure – Ages 2-12
  • Ten Spin
  • Climber
  • Slides
  • Roof for Sun Protection
  • Metal Climbing Structure
  • Lap Belt Swings
  • Toddler Swings

Cast Park Features

Located near the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, Cast Park features a catch & release fishing pond and fantastic walking path. It is equipped with a large shelter area, and perfect for family parties, celebrations or resting after a run in the sun.

  • Play Structure
  • Slides
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • Swings
  • Fishing Pond
  • Running Path

Phase 2

Childcare Center

We’re proposing a licensed Child Care Center with a structured curriculum. This includes a fun time outside at the updated, on-site Batton Park.

It would feature five classrooms: Newborn, 1 year old, 2 year old, 3 year old, and preschool. Designated to each classroom would be a lead teacher and one or two teachers aides. A Center Director would oversee all operations, and there would also be kitchen and custodial staff.

Wellness Center

Multiple areas of focus for the Wellness Center are being evaluated, including but not limited to: Urgent Care, Primary Care, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Mental Health, and Nutrition.

Extensive research is being conducted into the possibilities of how this proposed center will positively impact our town and the Newton County area.

Priorities 2, 3 & 4

Housing & Real Estate Development

As Kentland continues its journey of development, the need for real estate becomes all the more essential in order to build new homes and house a growing workforce. This is our newest and most important priority for the long-term success of Kentland.

Endowment
Fund

Through the establishment of a private, Kentland-based endowment fund, we will be able to help people leave a legacy for their families. The fund could also be utilized to support new businesses and business development opportunities.

Broadband
Internet

Broadband broadens Kentland’s scope for opportunities. With it, it will attract more investors and businesses within our industries of focus, inviting them to make Kentland their base of operations. Access to more information through higher-speed internet means accomplishing and earning more.

Priority 5

Business
Development

We’re Placing an Emphasis on Four Industries.

We want to see new companies plant themselves in our soil. In our conversations with residents and among our Task Force, we were able to identify four key areas of industry that Kentland is perfectly poised to meet the needs of: Manufacturing, Warehousing and Logistics, Solar, and Agribusiness. To complement these traditional opportunities, we are looking to support and develop small business and creative start-up businesses. For more information, please call our Opportunity Zone Task Force Director, Mike Davis.

Mike Davis

Opportunity Zone Task Force Director

Phone

(219) 869-1156

Email

Manufacturing

American-based processing, fabrication, assembly, and disassembly— we invite manufacturers of all kinds to ground themselves here with us. We already possess a strong manufacturing presence and have the talent to support the industry and your company.

Warehousing & Logistics

With a host of facilities and ideal locations, Kentland is a perfect match for your warehousing or logistics business. It’s a short distance from significant retail locations via major roadways, rail lines, and aircraft carriers. Whether it’s refrigerated goods, general merchandise, or other materials you’re needing to keep secure or move, Kentland invites you to make it the base of your operations.

Agribusiness

Kentland has some of the most fertile land in the world. Your business is presented with boundless opportunity, with acre after acre of rich soil stretching far into the horizon. If you’re searching for a place to build your agribusiness, Kentland is your home. You just don’t know it yet!

Solar

Being located in the heart of the Midwest, Kentland is a wonderful location for your solar energy company. A quiet technology powering the town’s economy through inexpensive, clean, and renewable energy is precisely what Kentland invites to be rooted in its community.

Small Business
Start-Ups

Within the last six months alone, multiple entrepreneurs decided to launch their businesses in our community.

Needless to say, their decision to do so was during one of the most turbulent times in our country’s recent history. This says volumes about their confidence in our small community’s support system. To name just a few, these new businesses include Just Dance Studio, Downtown Lounge & Trattoria, and JP Style Co.

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Community Developments: A Brand New Firehouse, A New Bank, a Major Airport Update, and Our Newest Mural

This is just the beginning of more great projects to come.

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New Kentland Firehouse

The Kentland-Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department has a roster of 22 firefighters. These individuals give above and beyond, having employment throughout the community and surrounding area.

Serving the Town of Kentland and Jefferson Township, our firefighters run rescues and take responder calls. They’re highly trained in emergency procedures, which helps ensure that they make it back home safely after a day of fighting fires, running rescues, and taking responder calls. Our new fire station project has had countless support and funding over the past six years and is nearing the completion of its construction. This new station will be centrally located, improving our overall response time and helping meet the community’s needs. It is equipped with ample parking and brand new offices. We’ve also replaced the old back-in bays with drive-through bays to help prevent injuries to our firefighters.

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Kentland Airport

Servicing three counties, our airport plays a crucial role in business, training, currency, and recreation. We currently have six buildings containing 17 hangars, as well as a maintenance shop. You can find planes flying in and out of here on a daily basis, from smaller charters like a Beechcraft Baron 58 to a larger capacity aircraft like a Citation CJ1.

In the past 10 years, we’ve invested 4.5 million dollars into our airport. 90% of this number came from the Federal Aviation Administration, 5% from the State of Indiana, and the balance from the Town of Kentland. We’ve done everything from adding permanent fuel farms to widening, lengthening, and resurfacing our runways. We’ve also upgraded our fuel terminal technology and have added a weather reporting station. Whether we’re managing agriculture, visiting investments, flying parts in and out to satisfy commitments, or seeking medical treatment, our airport is an essential asset that we’re consistently seeking to improve. This being said, we’re well underway with another airport update, adding a 1.4 million gallon retention pond, as well as a new taxi area, new terminal, and new hangars. Normally, the FAA would cover its 90%, the State with its 5%, and the town with our 5%, but due to recent legislation that allows the FAA to fund the town’s portion of the bill, we are receiving these additions to our airport at no cost.

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Kentland Bank

On June 17th, the Kentland Bank broke ground to mark the beginning of a new construction project and is now nearing completion.

This 5,000 sq-ft building has a modern design with new technological features, including a teller pod system, and will offer up an even greater working environment for its employees.

Mural

A new mural was painted on the side of the Newton County Historical Society by Rensselaer-based Rein Bontreger of Reinforcements Design.

This new art piece spans the full length of the building and it showcases the best of Newton County through its key figures, unique locations, and historical events.

Opportunity Zone
Statistical Snapshot

Opportunity Zone
Statistical Snapshot

Opportunity Zone, Indiana Statistical Snapshot

Opportunity Zone Highlights

Kentland is the largest town located within the Opportunity Zone. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of our area, we’ve gathered statistical data that covers a wide swath of information, beginning with the Opportunity Zone, then slowly broadening the scope to include Newton County and finally the State of Indiana.

20 Years

The population within the OZ has hovered around 2,400 people for more than two decades

1,748

As the County Seat, the Town of Kentland’s population is 1,748 people

1,120 jobs

The Total Employment in Kentland as of 2017

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17%

Employed in Manufacturing

17%

Employed in Trades, Transportation, & Utilities

8%

Employed in Agriculture

44%

Of adults 25+ years old have some college, associate’s bachelor’s degrees or more

OZ Population

OZ Employment

Population by Occupation

Newton County
Statistical Snapshot

Newton County
Statistical Snapshot

Opportunity Zone, Indiana Statistical Snapshot

Small Town Population

14,011 residents in 2018

Generational Mix

Residents from the Silent Generation & Baby Boomers to Millennials & Gen Zs.

Educated Community

20% with Associate’s, Bachelors or Graduate Degrees

21.5% with some College

Active Workforce

Labor participation rate of 86% in 2017

Small Business Presence

68% of businesses employ 2-9 people

53% of jobs are with Stage 2 firms
(10-99 employees)

Housing Tenure

73% of housing is owner-occupied

Low Cost of Living

7% lower on the Cost of Living index than the U.S. as a whole

Real Median Income

$53,060 in 2018

Engaged Community Foundation

Nearly $225,000 invested in local organizations & agencies in 2018-19

State of Indiana
Statistical Snapshot

State of Indiana
Statistical Snapshot

Opportunity Zone, Indiana Statistical Snapshot

Cost of Doing Business

NBC America’s top states for business, 2019

Our Opportunities, Cost of Doing Business

Bond Rating

Standard & Poor’s, 2020

Our Opportunities, Bond Rating

State Infrastructure

CNBC State Infrastructure Ranking, 2019

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Michigan – 33rd

Illinois – 16th

Kentucky – 2nd

Ohio – 4th

Best Long Term Fiscal Stability

US News & World Report, 2018

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Michigan – 26th

Kentucky – 47th

Ohio – 40th

Illinois – 50th

Indiana’s Workers’ Comp Premium Rate Ranking

US News & World Report, 2018

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Michigan – 15th

Ohio – 16th

Kentucky – 19th

Illinois – 30th

Total Population

6.5 Million

Median Household Income

$52,182

25.3%

% With a Bachelor’s Degree or greater

88.3%

% With a Highschool Degree or greater

16.1%

% Without a Highschool Degree or greater
(ages 18-24)

23.9%

% Under 18

14.6%

% Over 65

16.1%

Unemployment
(age 16 or older)