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The Mayor of Goshen, Ind., and 37 other local leaders, including RV industry executives, have written a letter opposing the proposed CoreCivic detention facility in Elkhart County.

The South Bend Tribune reported that Jeremy Stutsman, Goshen mayor, wrote that the facility would cause “long-lasting damage” to Elkhart County, calling the decision a “critical juncture in our county’s history.”

In addition to Stutsman’s signature, the letter also includes those from people at the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, CEOs from the local manufacturing industry, healthcare professions, educators and others.

Leaders of some of the county’s largest employers were part of the list of those who signed, including LCI Industries CEO Jason Lippert, Thor Industries CEO Robert Martin, Goshen Health CEO Randy Christophel, Martin’s Super Markets CEO Rob Bartels and others.

According to reporting by The Goshen News, Stutsman said he heard feedback from local residents and business leaders shortly after the proposal became public.

“I knew I wanted to issue a statement,” Stutsman told The Goshen News. “I wanted it to be focused on quality of life and working together and just doing what’s right for our community.”

The letter calls on Elkhart County officials, community leaders and residents to join together in oppositions to the proposed facility.

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