PAGE 2 BY HALIE BARGER S taff R epoRteR HP rePorter @ registerPublications . com Despite canceled events, post- poned gatherings and electronic meetings, Rising Sun Mayor Steve Slack and the rest of the city re - mained positive in 2020. “2020 has been a challenging year, but uplifting to see everyone work so hard to move forward in a safe and healthy manner,” Slack said. As the global pandemic raged, Ohio County and Rising Sun man - aged to continue to develop eco- nomically. Lane Siekman, executive director of the Ohio County Eco - nomic Development Corp., said the county’s goals for 2020 and 2021 both include economic development. “In 2020 we brought in a new business, actually an existing busi- ness, moving into the business park here in Ohio County,” he said. Moore’s Landscaping broke ground on a new building in Novem- ber. The building is still under con- struction, but is expected to be n - ished later this year. Siekman and the rest of the eco - nomic development corporation have a couple of projects in the works for 2021. A local veterinarian is also looking to transform one of the old buildings on Industrial Drive into a veterinary hospital. “There should be announce- ments about that soon,” he said. Another future project includes turning a vacant lot in downtown Ris- ing Sun into a public space that can be used for concerts, events and oth- er activities residents can participate in. “Hopefully, when everything is a go, that will be moving forward as well,” he said. COVID-19 had a huge impact on Ohio County and the city of Ris- ing Sun, similar to what a lot of com - munities experienced. While the city and the county lost revenues from the shutdown of the Rising Star Ca - sino, it also saw the impact affecting local businesses as well. When the casino shut down it laid off all of its employees, he said. The city had a large chunk of residents ling for un - employment. With little to no money to spend, people also weren’t visit - ing restaurants as much as they had been. “That lters through very quickly in a small town,” he said. While the pandemic may have gotten in the way of a lot of the proj- ects for the city and the county in 2020, Siekman said people are still optimistic about the future. “The COVID shutdown is a once in a lifetime disaster,” he said. “Things are slowly coming back and people are starting to get excited to do things again.” Rising Sun will also have a few projects in the works for 2021. The state awarded $192,118.50 as a part of the Community Crossing Matching Grants. The city intends to use the grant to improve roadways by repav- ing them and other maintenance. Slack said the rest of the plans for Rising Sun are still in the works. “We are looking forward to 2021 as a city and hope that with the new vaccine and continued hard work of our community, we will have a healthy and prosperous year,” he said. Rising Sun looking forward to ‘healthy and prosperous year ’ Aurora Mayor Mark A. Drury City Manager Derek Walker Clerk-Treasurer Benny Turner • City Attorney Jared J. Ewbank City Council Members John Borgman, Terry Hahn, Fred Lester, Pat Schwing, & Joey Turner HISTORIC INDIANA