June 04, 2009 08:03 ET

Union City Community & Economic Development Committee Presents "Discover Union City... America's Next Boomtown"

UNION CITY, IN and UNION CITY, OH--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - The Union City Community and Economic Development Committee (UCCEDC) will present "Discover Union City... America's Next Boomtown" on Friday, June 19th, 2009. Union City's location on the Indiana-Ohio border gives it the unique ability to leverage business incentives from either state and to draw from the labor pool and quality of life opportunities from both.

The day will be filled with activities and events and will end with a presentation by Jack Schultz, author of "BOOMTOWN USA, The 7 1/2 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns." Many service clubs and community organizations are participating with cookouts and family activities. The scheduled events, however, are what will highlight current initiatives in alternative energy education, business opportunities, and quality of life. Local entrepreneurship, natural resources, a passion for training our youth for the global economy, and our agricultural heritage has made Union City a hotbed for alternative energy development.

A wind turbine groundbreaking at Union City Community High School is planned for 10:30 AM. Union City is the first community in the nation to have wind turbines producing energy for both a school and city. The ceremony will include comments by the private and public partners working on innovative curriculum to educate and train high school students in the alternative energy fields. Students will also speak on how the program has already made a difference in their lives.

The Union City Gateway Trail Dedication and Ribbon Cutting will be at 1:30 PM on the State Line in Union City. The trail connects Railroad Park in Union City, Ohio to Harter Park in Union City, Indiana. Union City Downtown Revitalization Group will be selling green reusable bags; customers who purchase these bags will receive a discount from participating merchants on June 19th. Industry open houses, merchant sales and business special events are scheduled from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Business owners and investors will be particularly interested in visiting available commercial and retail facilities hosted by Coldwell Banker - First Choice Realty. The Community Room on Columbia Street will host the press room and exhibit area for partners in higher education, local merchants, manufacturers, and service organizations. Informative videos on Union City will play throughout the day. The Union City Welcome Center will serve refreshments at 5:15 PM in the Rotary Room in the Hotel Museum on Columbia Street downtown. The public is welcome to socialize until the evening presentation by Schultz.

Jack Schultz is a premier authority in economic development recognized for his ongoing research and vast knowledge of rural America. In his book and presentation Schultz exposes the well-hidden truth of America's hometowns that he fondly calls the agurbs®. Jack established the "Boomtown Institute" to better share his continuous research and sought after knowledge. The Institute's mission is "To provoke innovative thinking, encourage leadership and foster investment in communities across the USA." Jack says, "Vision is the difference between a ghost town and a Boomtown!" Jack inspires communities to construct their own vision deliberately, not waiting on the inevitable to happen.

Schultz will speak at Mississinawa Valley High School at 7:00 PM. Tickets and his books are available at Randolph Economic Development Corporation in Winchester, IN, Union City Chamber of Commerce, Darke County Chamber of Commerce in Greenville, OH, Union City City Building in Union City, IN, Old National Bank in Union City, OH, Pacesetter Bank in Union City, IN and at The Corner Cupboard in downtown Union City, IN. Books are $11 and include entry to the Schultz presentation. Tickets may be acquired without purchasing the book for a suggested donation of $5.00 at the door.

The Art Association of Randolph County hopes everyone will continue the celebrations through the weekend by attending their Annual Gourmet Evening on Saturday, June 20th at the Arts Depot. For more information please call 800-905-0514 or visit us at

The UCCEDC is a volunteer group comprised of business leaders, elected officials, citizens, religious leaders and other dedicated community advocates from Union City, Indiana and Ohio working together to create an environment for economic growth and community pride for the Union City area.

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