Madison Welcomes You

Madison, Indiana lies in America’s heartland, the land of the early pioneers heading west down the wide Ohio River. Established in 1809, it is strategically located in a triangle between Indianapolis, (IN) Cincinnati (OH), and Louisville (KY).
The city offers the best of best of both worlds... a safe and charming small city ambiance along with proximity to major league sports, international airports, and metropolitan excitement. The city now is ready to open its door to Turkish investors. The mayor of Madison, Albert G. Huntington, invites Turkish businessmen to his city to discover business opportunities. Madison is a small city but it’s assertive in attracting investors. People say in Madison, “Business is a pleasure.”

What makes business a pleasure in Madison? Along with its qualities of everyday life, Madison offers a friendly business environment with a skilled and available workforce with a strong work ethic, abundant and reliable low-cost utilities, advanced telecommunications, and a short line railroad linked to a nation-wide rail network.

As the city tries to attract more investors, it has developed transportation systems, business environments, and facilities. The Madison Airport has grown to be second to none in its class, with a modern terminal to welcome arrivals. The city has received FAA approval to extend the runway to 5000 feet, making the strip capable of handling nearly every type of medium-sized air transport. A new large commercial hangar is under construction, with several requests pending for additional hangar space.

Turkish-American architect and city planner Engin Artemel, who once served as the  Director of Planning for historic Alexandria, Virginia says; “Madison is another splendid river town that is reclaiming its historical importance as a cultural and commercial center.”  

The city was settled in the early 1800’s by pioneers floating down the Ohio River looking for new opportunities. It became one of the major cities in the Midwest. Envisioned as the State Capital, Madison was designed with wide boulevards to showcase government buildings and fine homes.

Today, renewed appreciation for historic preservation has brought new life to the city. The entire downtown (133 blocks) is listed in the National Historic Register, and at this writing, is about to be named a National Historic Landmark District.

The city has been designated one of a “Dozen Distinguished Destinations” in America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Ladies Home Journal has called the city “The prettiest small town in the Midwest.” The city welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Currently a city of 12,500 people, Madison is a thriving industrial, commercial and residential area conveniently located 90 minutes from Cincinnati, OH, Louisville, KY, and Indianapolis, IN.

Located in the center lane of “Auto Alley”, Jefferson County and historic Madison is a prime location for first and second tier manufacturers that service the automotive and truck industries.

Madison, Indiana offers a variety of festivals and special events throughout the year. The 1st Annual Ohio River Valley Folk Festival celebrates the greatness of Americana, combining traditional folk music and the art of spinning tales for fun and education. Some of the nation's top folk musicians and songwriters will perform America's traditional music, coupled with Celtic, French, and English heritage tunes. The festival will be held along Madison's riverfront between West Street and Poplar Street on May 19 & 20, 2006.

Spring Celebration Festival: "Have a Bloomin' Good Time" as Spring Celebration premiers. Tour the garden shops and peruse the wares of artists and exhibitors at the Courtyard Home & Garden Showcase. A weekend of shopping, wine tasting, plant giveaways, sumptuous garden lunches and beautiful spring blossoms. May 6 & 7, 2006.

Annual Shrimp Boil: July 8, 2006.
Fifth Annual Madison Ribber Festival.  A two day treat for the taste buds! Madison’s  Indiana State barbecue cook-off will be held along the Riverfront on August 18 &19, 2006. Blues music, balloon races, food & fun for the entire family.

Canaan Fall Festival and Pony Express Mail Run Celebration: Flea Market, parade, entertainment, Pony Express mail run, contests, children's games, homemade ice cream. September 8-10, 2006.

12th Annual Harvest Celebration Festival: "Fall into Fun". A cornucopia of artists, crafters, festival food and wine engulf the gardens surrounding Lanthier Winery. Celebrate the harvest traditions amidst the brilliance of autumn. September 23 &24, 2006.

36th Annual Madison Chautauqua: Celebrating 36 years! Juried outdoor fine arts and crafts show.
Hunters Moon Festival: Fall gardening, crafting and workshops in the gardens of Lanthier Winery. The Big Bulb drop and Fall Great Divide mix with our French country gardens’ colorful blossoms to make Hunter's

Moon a truly splendid celebration. October 14, 2006.
Madison Aviation Spectacular: October 7, 2006.
October Fest: Live music on stage October, 7 -14, 2006.
12th Annual Festival of Trees: November, 23-30, 2006

Louisville, KY          55mi. (88km)
Cincinnati, OH        75mi. (120km)
Indianapolis, IN      95mi. (152km)
Lexington, KY         110mi. (176km)
Columbus, OH      185mi. (296km)
Nashville, TN         225mi. (360km)
Chicago, IL             300mi. (480km)
St. Louis, MO         325mi. (520km)
Cleveland, OH       325mi. (520km)
Detroit, MI               345mi. (552km)
Pittsburg, PA         373mi. (597km)
Memphis, TN        380mi. (608km)
Atlanta, GA             418mi. (669km)
Birmingham, AL   460mi. (736km)
Kansas City, MO  569mi. (910km)
New York, NY        705mi. (1128km)
Minneapolis, MN  754mi. (1206km)
Dallas, TX              902mi. (1443km)

- According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), energy rates for Indiana’s industrial customers are 17% lower than the national average.
- Centrally located among the metropolitan areas of Louisville (KY), Cincinnati (OH), and Indianapolis (IN).
- Efficient land, water and air transportation networks provide easy access to national and international markets.
- Skilled and available workforce with a strong work ethic.
- Abundant, reliable low-cost utilities, including advanced telecommunications.
- Available buildings and industrial sites.
- Unsurpassed quality of life in a small historic town and rural countryside

- Madison’s downtown historic district contains over 1,520 nineteenth century structures (133 blocks listed on the National Register of Historic Places) designating it Indiana’s largest historic district.
- Madison is one of twelve Distinctive Destinations of 2001 selected by the National Register of Historic Preservation.
- Jefferson County has 3 National Historic Landmarks: Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, Shrewsbury-Windle House, and Eleutherian College.
- Eleutherian College, founded in 1848, was the 2nd Indiana educational institution to admit students without regard to race or gender, and the 1st to offer college classes to African-Americans.

Madison, Indiana is crown jewel in America’s Midwest. Our city, named America’s “Most Typical Small Town’ in the 1940’s, offers boundless opportunity for investment in industrial, commercial and residential development. The natural beauty, historic architecture, convenient and accessible location, and diversifying population create an ideal canvas for creative ideas and economic prosperity.

In order to better acquaint the world with the benefits our beautiful city, we welcome investors interested in developing a first-class business hotel near our scenic riverfront with breathtaking views of the Ohio River Valley, and picturesque recreational and business traffic on the river itself. Other significant opportunities include 3,500 acres at the former Jefferson Proving Grounds just north of Madison, and various historic buildings and land atop Madison’s granite bluffs.
I invite Turkish people to our beautiful city to see for themselves what so many others have discovered. We take great pride in the fact that our visitors often return and state that they would like to live here; in fact, many of them have moved to Madison, bringing fresh ideas and extra vitality to our community. “Come for a visit... Stay for a lifetime.”

Albert G. Huntington

To get more information about investment opportunities in Madison, you can contact directly Betsey Vonderheide
City of Madison
101 W. Main Street
Madison, IN 47250
Tel: +1 (812) 265 8322
Fax: +1 (812) 265 3349
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(January 2007, 23rd issue)
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