Welcome to Ellettsville!
Ellettsville was founded in 1837 and later incorporated in 1866. It gets its name from the first merchant to get established, Edward Ellett. Ellettsville’s proud heritage is rooted in the limestone industry. “Millions of tons of building stone have been shipped by trains and trucks throughout the United States to build magnificent memorials, cathedrals, government buildings, libraries, public schools, colleges and universities, and countless churches and synagogues. Included in these shipments have been priceless carvings that have told the rich history of our states and national capital. Craftsmen from our limestone mills have traveled throughout the nation to do on-site work on these structures in “Building American History” (by Maurice Endwright), hence the town’s motto, “Builders of American History.”
A volunteer, cross-community group that includes business, educators, town and county government, and residents has spent the past few months exploring the right path forward to build a shared vision for our community that is strategic, actionable, and sustainable.
The people who call Ellettsville home are passionate about their community and are proud of the positive changes that have happened over the past few years. The stage has been set for the Ellettsville community to reach its full potential. The greater Ellettsville community offers:
- A welcoming atmosphere for new business opportunities and open land for development
- Platted lots that are available now for development of single family housing and a desire to develop other options that meet housing needs in our county
- Outstanding schools that offer opportunity and more personal attention
- Well-developed utility infrastructure and the capacity to grow as the town grows
- One of the nation’s top 100 broadband providers (Smithville) headquartered, and engaged, in our community
- Security and safety, thanks to dedicated and experienced fire and police leadership
- The ability to provide flexibility and options for Monroe County residents who want an alternative to the more urban Bloomington environment
- Proximity to I-69 and road infrastructure that provides easy accessibility to other communities in the region
- A collaborative and enthusiastic group of leaders who are willing to work together to create a shared vision for our community
As the Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan states, growth within Monroe County can be best managed by raising the quality of place across the entire county. Ellettsville is well positioned, because what has already been accomplished, to contribute to a high quality of place that invites people to live in our county and encourages them to set down roots in our community.
Now is the time
Over the years, a lot of good work has been accomplished to move the Ellettsville community forward. But, this moment in time feels special. There is outside interest in our community. Momentum and excitement is driving engagement and collaboration. We recognize that if we aren’t proactive, someone else might determine our future.
Our core stakeholders recognize that strong communities develop best when there is collaborative and visionary leadership. Our leaders have come together representing various segments of our community including business, residents, schools and students, town and county government, and not-for-profit organizations.
We want to hear the voices of all the people who call Ellettsville home and collect their input to create a shared vision and action plan for our community. The Envision Ellettsville project has been awarded a $30,000 Community Impact Grant by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (CFBMC), supported by the Smithville Charitable Foundation. This grant will give us the ability to hire a firm to lead us through the visioning process and leverage their community development expertise to ensure that all voices are taken into account and create an action plan to help us reach our full potential as a community. The right stakeholders are engaged and in position to support this important work to set the future vision of our community and contribute to the overall health of Monroe County.
With a population of approximately 6,677, Ellettsville is best known for is its hometown atmosphere, where friends are always friends and neighbors always are willing to help neighbors. Yet, it is technologically up-to-date and bustling with new business and residential areas. Its population has grown over 97% since 1990. It is served by a local fiber-optic network, a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant, and two state highways, making it an ideal place to live, work and grow a business.
Situated only 7 miles from Bloomington, the seat for Monroe County, Ellettsville is close to Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College, and Lake Monroe, the largest lake in Indiana. Ellettsville is only 8 miles from Indiana’s first state park, McCormick’s Creek, featuring the Canyon Inn. There are abundant opportunities nearby for recreation, art, entertainment and shopping.
Ellettsville is served by Indiana University Health, the only nationally recognized health care system in Indiana. IU Health’s Bloomington Hospital has 24-hour emergency service with a hospital ambulance stationed at the Ellettsville Fire Department. Many medical practitioners have ofices in Ellettsville for convenient access to all medical services. Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation is a strong community asset with primary, intermediate, middle, and high schools.
Duke Energy, which is the largest electric utility in Indiana and one of the largest U.S. investor-owned utilities, is an energy provider in the Ellettsville area. In addition to supplying reliable electricity at competitive rates, Duke Energy partners with local government and businesses to foster job creation and capital investment to advance economic growth. Information about Duke Energy’s economic development services and incentive riders can be found at www.locationindiana.com.
Duke Energy also is committed to working with Indiana regulators in developing energy efficiency programs that both save our customers money and improve the environment. Our company offers several energy efficiency programs to help business customers save energy and money. Programs for residential customers are available, as well. In addition, Duke Energy participates in the Energizing Indiana initiative which offers comprehensive energy efficiency programs that bring savings to communities throughout Indiana and improve the economy and environment.
Duke Energy gives back to communities it serves through philanthropy and volunteerism. The Duke Energy Foundationprovides grants to local non-profit and governmental organizations. Since the 2006 merger between Cinergy and Duke Energy, the company has contributed more than $9 million to Indiana charitable organizations. And the Helping Handprogram provides energy assistance to qualifying residential customers who are least able to cope with bills.
Smithville Communications is a locally-grown, family-owned, cutting-edge, live-where-we-work, stand-by-our-products, part-of-the-neighborhood, wildly-Hoosier technology company in the heart of Southern Indiana. We provide the best technology services in the world without sending you across the globe for support.
Smithville Digital was one of the first to embrace the power of fiber-optic technology, a virtually endless supply of bandwidth delivered at the speed of light. Prompting us to build Indiana’s largest facilities-based, privately held, fiber network.
Our fiber network fuels Data, TV and Telephone services. We use Ethernet as our core protocol because it allows us to deliver multiple services over a single connection. Ethernet is a familiar, convenient method of delivery trusted by industry leaders.
In our fast-paced world, technology changes in an instant. Fiber is ever ready to adapt to new equipment developments. Our data transmission equipment allows up to 10 Gbps while the future promises speeds up to 100 Gbps or higher.
We love our services and Indiana. We think you will too.
The Town of Ellettsville Utilities is a municipally owned water & wastewater utility. It is managed by Bynum Fanyo Utilities, a private utilities management firm. The water utility consists of 90 miles of water main and two storage tanks with combined storage capacity of 1M gallons.
The sanitary sewer system consists of the Ellettsville Wastewater Treatment Plant, which also serves Northern and Eastern Richland Sewer Corporations, and includes approximately 22 miles of sewer mains in the collection system. The sewer utility serves approximately 4000 customers and has daily treated flows of 1.1 MGD.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant is located northwest of town on Red Hill Road. Built in 1997 with a design capacity of 2.3 MGD, it utilizes state-of-the-art technology, including ultra-violet disinfection, to ensure the highest quality effluent.
The Ellettsville Police Department staff is well equipped and well trained to handle the public safety needs of the Ellettsville community. With eleven full-time and three part time officers and a well established reserve unit, consisting of fifteen Deputy Marshals, they patrol the streets and protect the citizens day and night.
Each full-time officer is Indiana Law Enforcement certified, while the reserve officers have all completed their mandatory 40-hour pre-basic course. The officers are active in the community in many ways, both on and off duty. The officers have take-home vehicles, equipped with radios, radar, and video cameras.
Ellettsville has one of the lowest crime rates in Indiana and in 2015 was named the 13th Safest Town in Indiana by the Community Outreach Team at Safewise.
The Ellettsville Fire Department was established in 1888 and has been serving the community ever since. It has two stations and respond to all fire, rescue and EMS calls. It covers the Town of Ellettsville and Richland Township which includes the Bloomington West Side Industrial Park.
Ellettsville is easily accessible by State Route 37 from the north and south and by State Route 46 from the east and west. State route 37 is a four-lane highway that connects with Indianapolis. It is scheduled to be upgraded to Interstate 69 in the next few years. State Route 46 connects to Bloomington with a four-lane highway and to Terre Haute with a two-lane highway.
The Indianapolis International Airport is approximately one hour driving distance from Ellettsville and boasts a new terminal facility with streamlined security checkpoints, plentiful and convenient parking, great shopping and dining options, and colorful public art.
The Monroe County Airport is situated south east of Ellettsville and is open to the public. It is served by Cook Aviation and BMG Aviation, both of whom provide a complete line of services including courtesy cars, onsite rental vans and cars, meeting space, catering services and much more.
Local Area Schools, Colleges & Universities
Colleges & Universities
Adventist Christian School
Grace Baptist Academy
Wings of Love Christian Academy
Ellettsville, the second largest town in Monroe County, is located in the heart of the rolling hills of Indiana Limestone country. Long-abandoned stone quarries (made famous by the movie Breaking Away) are visible along the highway as you take the 10-minute drive to Ellettsville from Bloomington, the home of Indiana University. Bloomington is a regional economic center anchored by Indiana University and home to a diverse business community that excels in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, technology, health care, and the arts. Bloomington’s concentration of employment in the life sciences is six times greater than the U.S. average, and employment in the technology sector has grown by over 80 percent in recent years.
Ellettsville is a short, scenic drive away from Indiana’s largest lake – Lake Monroe. Indiana’s oldest state park – McCormick’s Creek State Park – with hiking trails, campgrounds, and Canyon Inn, is a few miles to the west (just past the buffalo ranch). In the region, many local wineries, Wonderlab, professional theater productions, festivals and fairs, farmers markets, and country back roads make Ellettsville a wonderful place to visit or call home.
Located close to Ivy Tech Community College, a new Northwest Monroe County YMCA will be just 3 miles south of Ellettsville. Ellettsville’s Heritage Trail will be part of a future county-wide trail system linking to Bloomington. There are 5 golf courses in the area. Ellettsville is about 1 ½ hours from the French Lick Springs Resort and Casino.
Ellettsville is also near the new Westgate Tech Park at CRANE.
There is a local Monroe County Airport, and the Indianapolis International Airport is just an hour away on 4-lane State Road 37, which is designated to be part of Interstate 69, a nationwide transportation link between Canada and Mexico. Ellettsville’s nearness to Indianapolis offers outstanding sports (Indianapolis 500, Colts, Pacers, etc.) and “big city” opportunities.
The regional limestone industry is still “building American history” as Bybee Stone Company in Ellettsville is still active and supplied the Indiana limestone needed to restore the Pentagon after 9-11. Downtown Ellettsville is listed in the National Register of Historic Places which makes it a destination to view different architectural styles in homes, churches, and fraternal order buildings dating back to the mid-1800’s that have been lovingly maintained for over 100 years.
Ellettsville is an ideal location for those who appreciate history, who want to enjoy our small-town atmosphere and the vibrancy of the present, and who want to work for a brighter future.
|Town of Ellettsville||Government Links|
|Ellettsville Town Hall
1150 W. Guy McCown Drive
P.O. Box 8
Ellettsville, IN 47429
Phone: (812) 876-3860