When the Tri-County School Board identified a need to increase enrollment in 2006, it also recognized the challenge of decreasing population levels across the communities it served.
A School Board commissioned study by Purdue University determined the communities of Remington and Wolcott needed to proactively seek business and residential growth in order to avoid school consolidation.
- Grow enrollment in the Tri-County School Corporation by 200 students in 5 years
- Attract ~75 families to the Remington-Wolcott area in 5 years
- Retain existing families and individuals to the Remington-Wolcott area
- Grow populations in both Remington and Wolcott to absorb the increasing cost of operating the towns
- Increase the value of housing through increased demand
- Increase customer base for retailers
The Tri-County Community Development (TCCD) task force was organized around five sectors: economic development, schools and education, housing, children and families, and senior citizens.
A second Purdue University study in 2007, led by Professor Kim Wilson, provided insight into and development strategies for growth in each community as well as in the areas surrounding and between them.
An additional marketing strategy, together with the results of the Purdue University study, led to the reorganization of the TCCD as the RWCDC in 2008. The RWCDC currently is conducting a formal economic development survey and raising funds and partners to implement community development strategies.