PLAINFIELD — Duke Energy awarded grants of up to $5,000 to 19 Indiana economic development groups for two separate programs. The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation was one of those recipients.

“The Marketing Partnership Program and the Foreign Direct Investment Partnership Program are designed to help local economic development groups strengthen marketing efforts to help attract jobs and investment to the communities within our Indiana service territory,” Erin Schneider, director of economic development for Duke Energy Indiana, said.

To qualify for program consideration, each applicant must submit a marketing plan that has a direct impact on the community’s economic growth and supports Duke Energy’s economic development goals. Grant funding does not include travel, lodging, food and beverage and entertainment expenses.

Other economic development organizations receiving the 2019 grants include:

Boone County Economic Development Corporation

Cass County Economic Development

Crawford County Economic Development Corporation

Greater Lafayette Commerce

Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation

Hancock County Economic Development Council

Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership

Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation

Morgan County Economic Development Corporation

Pike County Economic Development Corporation

Accelerate West Central Indiana

I-74 Business Corridor Group

Indiana Technology Corridor

North Central Indiana Economic Development Partnership

Radius Indiana / Bloomington Economic Development Corporation

Southwest Indiana Development Council

Shelby County Development Corporation

Grow Wabash County

Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,600 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 840,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.

Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its non-regulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.