South Bend – Elkhart Regional Opportunities Forum


Tuesday February 6, 2018 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Holiday Inn Mishawaka Conference Center | 1208 E. Douglas Rd, Mishawaka, IN 46545

We hope that you will join us Tuesday, February 6th to celebrate the many success of the South Bend - Elkhart Region and learn more about the areas of focus for future efforts and the opportunities to engage in the evolution of our region's economic development initiatives going forward.


4:00 - 4:30 PM | The Cedar Room

Event registration will open at 4:00 PM. Please stop by the registration table (stationed outside of the Cedar Room) to check-in, pick up your name tag and event booklet.

4:30 - 5:15 PM | The Cedar Room

Presented by: Dr. Pete McCown
Chair of the RDA's Regional Economic Development Strategy Committee

Presentation of the Regional Economic Development Strategy Plan, including an overview of the process for developing the plan and a summary of the recommendations from the five subcommittees which focused on the key areas identified by the RDA's Strategy Committee:

  • Educating a World Class Workforce
  • Recruiting and retaining great talent
  • Attracting and growing new economy companies in complement to our remarkably strong manufacturing industries
  • Helping entrepreneurs thrive
  • Promoting inclusion and sparking opportunities for women and minorities.

This plan represents input from hundreds of leaders from across the region who worked together throughout 2017 to develop regional strategies that would build on the Regional Cities Initiative and its quality of life focus to support growth in the five focus areas and drive the ultimate goal of increasing per capita personal income in the region.

Information on the proposed Regional Opportunities Alliance framework that would further align the work of the RDA, South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership and other regional Stakeholders to help resource and execute the plan.

5:15 - 6:00 PM | The St. Joseph Room

Celebration of the planning work completed by the committee members and all stakeholders who are interested in supporting the execution of the Regional Economic Development Strategy plan.