Please attend the next Industry Leaders Lunch the last Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. All human resource staff members, plant managers, small business owners, and those involved with Clinton County business and industry are welcome to attend. Lunches are free, but please RSVP a week prior to each month’s Friday luncheon.
- Oct. 26, 2012 – Meet at Donaldson’s for lunch in their break room, discussion of their business practices, and a tour of the facility.
- Nov. 30, 2012 – Marketing with social media – a special invitation to small businesses to join the group.
- Feb. 22, 2013 – Meet in the Chamber of Commerce board room to hear Manpower’s expert speak about Workplace Injury Prevention.
- April 26, 2013 – Meet at Federal Mogul for lunch in their break room, discussion of their business practices, and a tour of the facility.
- May 31, 2013 – Mayor Chris McBarnes gives an update on city improvements and how they affect local businesses and the industrial park.
Starting in August 2011, Purdue Extension’s Learning Network of Clinton County reached out to industry leaders–those previously involved in the group as well as those new to the group–to meet on the last Friday of each month. A speaker from Indiana Wesleyan’s adult continuing education classes launched the Industry Leaders Lunch series in September 2011. In October 2011, ACHEIVE Clinton County/Healthy Communities of Clinton County explained employee wellness plan options. No meeting was held in November, but in December 2011 the group was treated to a presentation by Manpower and free “holiday” massages from a new local massage therapy business. Participants responded positively to the idea of touring of each other’s industries, so Cintas hosted the first tour in January 2012. In February 2012, an ergonomist from Purdue’s Agrability explained how to “Work Smarter, Not Harder.” In April 2012, the group toured DSM and learned about safety, and in May 2012, the group toured a local ag co-op, Co-Alliance.
After one year of consistently offering the Industry Leader Lunches and recruiting new corporate entities and small businesses to join, a group of 25 regular attenders have emerged; they are the industry leaders (human resource directors, plant managers, and supervisors) who have attended the majority of the eight “lunch-n-learn” meetings, resulting in 200 direct educational contacts. Thirty-six percent of the industry leaders completed an end-of-series survey in May 2012.
- **Of those who responded: 25% said that before the lunches, they were “not at all familiar,” 63 said they were “somewhat familiar” and 13% said they were “on a first-name basis” with other industry leaders in Clinton County. After the first year of lunches, 78% of participants said they either agree or strongly agree that the lunches “have been a valuable social networking tool” and/or “have been a valuable professional development tool for me.”
- **Of those who responded: 78% said they were “satisfied with the content presented” and with the “style/approach of the presenter’s delivery;” and 89% said they were satisfied with the schedule.
- Three articles in the local newspaper, The Frankfort Times, familiarized (at least) 4,500 Clinton County residents (as indirect educational contacts) with the successes and challenges of local industries that drive the economy of their community.