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4/29/2012 10:00:00 AM
Greene County forges forward; Brown hurting from recession
Birders attempt to identify sandpipers and other shorebirds at Beehunter Marsh in this photo from April 2007. Crowds gathered on levees at the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area wetlands as part of Greene County Community Birding Day. The county has profited from tourism generated by Goose Pond, and plans are in the works to build a hotel nearby. (Herald-Times / MONTY HOWELL)
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Birders attempt to identify sandpipers and other shorebirds at Beehunter Marsh in this photo from April 2007. Crowds gathered on levees at the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area wetlands as part of Greene County Community Birding Day. The county has profited from tourism generated by Goose Pond, and plans are in the works to build a hotel nearby. (Herald-Times / MONTY HOWELL)
Al Drake is shown at work in his Nashville business, Touch of Silver, Gold & Old. He started off selling handmade sterling silver spoon rings on the streets of Nashville in 1972, and he has been able to survive through economic ups and downs. (Herald-Times / DAVID SNODGRESS)
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Al Drake is shown at work in his Nashville business, Touch of Silver, Gold & Old. He started off selling handmade sterling silver spoon rings on the streets of Nashville in 1972, and he has been able to survive through economic ups and downs. (Herald-Times / DAVID SNODGRESS)

Laura Lane, Herald-Times

When Joan Bethell came to Indiana from Arizona five years ago to become executive director of the Greene County Economic Development Corp., she had visions, big ones, for the rural area.

Bethell hoped to engage private and government resources to build infrastructure while preserving the rich rural nature of the state’s fourth-largest county.

She hailed Interstate 69 and development of the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park as paths to Greene County’s future.

At the same time, Bethell recognized the value of making the most of local assets, which range in scope from the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center to the abundant outdoor nature opportunities offered by the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.

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