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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:00 am

SDI gives JA $750,000 for headquarters

Journal Gazette

The capital drive for a new headquarters for Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana has gotten a $750,000 boost from the Steel Dynamics Foundation Inc.

The pledge will go toward funding Junior Achievement's Casting the Vision campaign, which hopes to raise $12.5 million to relocation and expand its headquarters, as well as its JA BizTown and JA Finance Park facilities.

The donation will “play a pivotal role” in funding the development of the new Steel Dynamics Entrepreneurial Center, Junior Achievement said Tuesday.

“Steel Dynamics shares our common vision that a better-educated workforce creates a stronger economy for Fort Wayne and all of northeast Indiana. This pledge will certainly help us make our vision a reality,” Jim Johnston, the JA Foundation board chairman, said in a statement.

Steel Dynamics President and CEO Mark D. Millett said the company believes in “making a positive impact within the communities where our employees and their families work and live, supporting quality organizations through both financial support and encouraged volunteerism.

“An entrepreneurial spirit and mindset,” Millett said, “is core to Steel Dynamics' culture.”

During the 2016-17 school year, JANI reached 139,536 students in 30 counties. Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana has the greatest market share of any JA chapter in the nation, local officials say.