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Shining Stars

Story by Site Selection magazine, March 2019

by Adam Bruns

If you’ve seen the inspirational film “Breaking Away,” you know that the locals known as “cutters” got their name from Indiana’s limestone business, which has produced stone for famous structures around the world.

You can find out all about it at the Land of Limestone Museum, housed within Stonegate Arts & Education Center (a former Indiana Limestone Co. facility) in Bedford, a town of 14,000 known as the “Limestone Capital of the World.” Among other functions, StoneGate provides space to Ivy Tech Community College and Oakland City University.

The project is one of 12 pursued thanks to $19 million in funding from the city’s 2013 designation as an Indiana Stellar Community — one of 16 areas so designated since the program’s inception in 2011.

“Of all the projects, that’s the one I’m most passionate about,” says Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis.

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