Over 47 smart connected communities in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan are moving forward together as one region to attract and grow the best industries and workers by capitalizing on the significant manufacturing and educational resources already available. Economic development professionals and industry leaders recognize that they have more to gain by working together than separately and that a “win” for a particular part of the region is a “win” for all partners and the region.
South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership
The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership serves as a single point of contact for regional communication and creation of economic opportunities through collaborative promotion, marketing and capacity building efforts of the 47 smart, connected communities in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.
Regional Development Authority
The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Development Authority was formed in 2015 to apply for the Regional Cities Initiative and has continued an important role of developing a regional strategy to identify projects of regional importance in Elkhart, Marshall and St. Joseph Counties and the municipalities within those counties.
Regional Opportunities Alliance
Strong public-private partnerships across the South Bend - Elkhart region have been embraced by business, education, government and nonprofit leaders that are actively engaged in advancing the region’s economy.
Economic Development Strategy
Strategies for success focused on five key areas; talent attraction and retention, workforce, entrepreneurship, industry growth, diversity and inclusion to increase per capita personal income across the region.
Indiana Regional Cities Initiative
Indiana's Regional Cities Initiative has lead to $400 million Quality of Place investment for the region including, 3.5 miles of urban riverfront trails, 568 new apartment units, a 170,000 square-foot aquatics center and 90 minutes to Chicago by rail.