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How a rural Indiana county solved their workforce-housing crisis.

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Kristal Painter Ex Dir. Orange County Indiana Economic Development in front of one of their new homes for local workforce families.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from French Lick, Indiana where he visits with Kristal Painter, Executive Director for the Orange County Economic Development Partnership in Southern Indiana.

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Orange County Indiana workforce housing. Homes sell from $155,000 to $175,000 for a four bedroom.

Painter shares fascinating insights about how Orange County is mitigating their workforce-housing crisis with a brilliant, but simple plan that every community, county and state in the country can employ to help solve America’s workforce crisis.

A couple highlights include eliminating need for realtors, all housing projects are constructed without material or labor markups, and homes are sold to workers through a lottery system avoiding bidding wars with turn-key home costs, including land, averaging around $155,000 for a three bedroom two-bath, two-car garage, complete with all appliances.

Come along and join the conversation with Kristal Painter to learn the rest of the story.

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