Economic Development Partnerships

The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership has worked closely with many leaders throughout the five-county area. The following organizations serve as our Economic Development Partners:

Business Development Corporation

BDC encourages small business start-ups and business expansions by offering supplemental long-term, fixed-rate loans in partnership with traditional lenders. In supporting entrepreneurs and business owners, BDC is stabilizing and revitalizing our local communities by preserving existing jobs and creating new employment opportunities.

Cornerstone Alliance

Cornerstone Alliance is a non-profit, investor-governed economic development organization primarily focused on increasing employment opportunities, private sector capital investments and the local tax base in Michigan’s Great Southwest with specialized business services offered in economically distressed areas.

Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County

The EDC of Elkhart County is a not-for-profit economic organization serving the community with the cities, towns, chambers of commerce, investor partners, and businesses of Elkhart County, Indiana. Their primary objectives are the retention and expansion of local businesses, attraction of new businesses to the county, and local entrepreneurial development.

Greater Niles Chamber

The Greater Niles Chamber provides site selection information and economic development services in Berrien County, Michigan for communities in: Niles Charter Township, the City of Niles, Buchanan Township, the City of Buchanan, Galien Township, the Village of Galien, Three Oaks Township, and the Village of Three Oaks.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)

IEDC is the State of Indiana’s lead economic development agency. The IEDC was officially established in February 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce. In order to respond quickly to the needs of businesses, the IEDC operates like a business.

Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC)

MCEDC is the lead agency for all economic development activities throughout Marshall County and an established industrial corridor in North Central Indiana. The mission of the MCEDC is to expand and diversify the economy of the County and its communities by fostering investment in new and existing facilities and creating entrepreneurial capacity.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

MEDC markets the state of Michigan and provide the tools and environment to drive job creation and investment. MEDC is working to transform the Michigan economy by growing and attracting business, keeping talented residents here, and revitalizing our urban centers.


Mno-Bmadsen is the investment enterprise of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. It is driven by the Pokagon Band’s ongoing commitment to the region through business development, job creation and diversification of the tribal economy. 


NIPSCO is committed to supporting and enhancing the quality of life through community partnerships, volunteering, charitable giving and economic development throughout northern Indiana. 

South Bend International Airport (SBN)

 SBN serves serves Indiana State’s St. Joseph County and its city of South Bend. Due to a multi-modal transportation complex in the South Bend - Elkhart Region, the Airport is the only small airport in the United States featuring air, interstate rail, and interstate bus services at one multi-modal terminal location.

South Bend Regional Chamber

The South Bend Regional Chamber, South Bend, Indiana, is a 5-Star Accredited catalyst organization, leading businesses and the community to achieve an environment ripe for growth and expansion. The Regional Chamber offers influence, leadership, advocacy, programs and resources, all aimed at creating a pro-business climate.