Benton County is located in north central Indiana, situated half-way between Indianapolis and Chicago on the Illinois State Line.  Our County is over 90 percent agriculture and is one of Indiana’s top agriculture communities thanks to our rich, high-yielding soil.  We may be known for our wide open spaces, rich farm ground and traditional farming, however in 2008 we welcomed the future and became known as the "Home of Indiana's FIRST wind farm."


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On-line GIS Mapping!
SEARCH Benton County property aerial maps, parcel assessment information as well as tax
information. Click Here to give it a try. 

Find the permit you need in one place! Click here to view the list of applications and  permits.                                                                                               






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Frequent Questions

Can I tour a Benton County Wind Farm? 
Absolutely! Tours run from April-October and can be scheduled by calling Kelly in the Economic Development Office at 884-2080. Click Here to see what a tour is all about!

Local Events:

Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing everyone a safe and joyous holiday. 

Did you know? Benton County is 175 yrs old this year! Below is a short history about Benton County.

Thank You to all of the 2015 sponsors and members of the Benton County Chamber of Commerce. We greatly appreciate all your support and help in making our first year a GREAT Success!! We couldn't do it with out any of you. We are looking forward to another great year in 2016! VIsit our website at www.bentoncountychamberin.com and "like" us on Facebook! The 2016 membership drive is in full swing! Visit our website for an application to join. Be sure to check out our member directory page and the events page to see what festivals and special events our towns and members have planned!

Shop Local! Small Business Saturday is November 28th
. Start (or finsih) your holiday shopping by visiting on of Benton County's small businesses! 

The Bicentennial Committee will be meeting Tuesday December 8th at 5:00pm at the Annex building in Fowler. If you would like to be a part of the Indiana Bicentennial or would like to learn more about what Benton County is doing to celebrate then plan to attend the meeting! If you would like to be involved but can not attend the meeting, call Lauren Lee at 765-583-2107.

2016 is the State of Indiana's Bicentennial!
As part of the celebration, the state is asking each county to participate in different events, to highlight our past, present and future.  One event is the Torch Relay. The relay was created to honor Hoosiers who have served their community, region or state through public service, achievements, acts of heroism or volunteer service. The Bicentennial Committee is seeking Torch Bearer nominations. Do you know someone in our Benton County Community that deserves to carry the state's torch during the relay? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Details available online (indiana2016.org) or call the Otterbein Public Library (583-2107). Nominations must be submitted to Lauren at the library by December 31st. The 92-county torch relay will pass through Benton County on October 11, 2016. To download a form, click here.

The Benton County Extension office
will be holding a Be Heart Smart program in December.  The class will meet four times in December, the 1st,3rd,8th and 10th, from 12-1 pm. Lunch will be provided, and the cost is $15.00. Registration ends November 24th. Call the extension office, 884-0140 or email Kelsie, kmuller@purdue.edu. View the flyer here.

Are you the parent of a child(ren) aged birth-5?
The Benton County Extension Office is starting a Raising Sprouts group. Connect with other parents, and learn and share about raising healthy, active children. First meeting is January 27, 2016. 

The 2nd Annual Run Run Rudolph 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday December 5th at 8:30 a.m. (EST). As a special bonus all participants will receive a certificate for $5 in Jingle Bucks, spendable on race day at participating Fowler merchants and vendors including Sacred Heart Bazaar. To be guaranteed a t-shirt (long sleeved) register by Monday November 23rd. Race day registration and check in will be from 7:45-8:15 a.m. at the Fowler Community Center. All proceeds will benefit the Fowler Community Center and the Benton Central Student Council. Find a registration form here.

Letters 2 Santa are back!
If you would like to nominate a local organization, write a Letter 2 Santa by Noon December 3rd. Letters can be mailed to the Benton Community Foundation or dropped off at their office.  Santa's elves will collet the letters and help him decide which organizations should receive  a $500 award. Awards will be announced on the Community Foundation's website (www.bentoncf.org) and their Facebook page each day December 14th-18th. Click on the image below for more information!

The September-December Benton County Economic Development newsletter is now available!
Read it here.

The Benton County Chamber of Commerce's website is: www.bentoncountychamberin.com. Be sure to check our member directory and the events and festivals page to see all the happenings going on!

The Purdue Extension Office in Benton County is now a distributing agency for the Indiana Safe Sleep Program. The program provides safe sleep education and cribs to families in need of a crib for their baby. There is no income criteria, however they must currently have no safe place for their baby to sleep and no other resources to acquire a safe place for them to sleep. Anyone in need can contact Kelsie Muller at the BC Extension office, 884-0140.

The Benton Fountain Warren Adult Education program offers a GED prep class in Oxford on Tues./Thurs. 4-7pm in the CAP offices.  Contact the Learning Center at 765-764-1880 or "like" them on Facebook for more information about any of the classes they offer.  They offer welding certification classes, C.N.A. classes in Williamsport, HVAC Maintenance Course, CDL Courses.  
A CNA class in Williamsport will begin January 4, 2016. This is a three week class, and you may be  able to take the class at no cost to you! Call soon to start the process, 765-764-1880.

Welcome these new businesses to Benton County! 2014 Benton County New Businesses list.

Need to check and see which township you are in to vote? Click here to see the townships and their boundaries.

Do you need to register to vote?
You can register online at the following site:
Indiana Voters Website - Register to vote on-line, find polling locations, review candidates on the ballot, check voter registration status, print application for an absentee ballot, and see who your elected officials are.

Did you know the Benton County Retirement Village has a Facebook page? "Like" their page to stay up on all the lastest happenings.

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Are you interested in a career in manufacturing? Advancing Manufacturing is a mid-north Indiana regional partnership of industries, organizations, education and government, bringing job training and career oppprtunities to our area. Certified Production Technician training and scholarships are available through Ivy Tech Corporate College, at several locations. For more information, visit advancingmanufacturing.com. Local manufacturers who prefer CPT's are: Drug Plastics and Glass Co., Holscher Products, Oxford-House and Powell Systems. 



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         January 19th-Martin Luther King Day
         April 3rd- Good Friday
         May 25th - Memorial Day
         July 3rd - Independence Day
         September 7th- Labor Day
         November 11th - Veterans Day
         November 26th & 27th-Thanksgiving 
         December 24th & 25th - Christmas

District map for County Commissioners.


District Map for County Council


Watch a music video featuring a song by singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin (and fellow Hoosier) about some of Indiana's amazing destinations. Watch it here.      

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