About The Partnership

Who We Are

South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership is a collaboration of the economic development partners from 47 smart connected communities in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. The organization serves as a single point of contact for regional communication and seeks to create economic opportunities for all partner members through collaborative promotion, marketing and capacity building efforts.

The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership also serves as the Administrator for the Regional Development Authority – which consists of and leverages the vast experience and services of business, academic, philanthropic and government leaders working to transform the region by improving quality of life and spurring population growth.

How We Operate

The Partnership was founded in 2011 by the lead economic development organizations (LEDOSs) of seven counties, with encouragement from the States to work within a regional capacity to help the South Bend - Elkhart region grow its economy. The first staff was hired 3/11/13 to implement the plan and further the mission. 

The Partnership is an outcome-based performance entity that serves as a single point of contact for regional communication. The Partnership provides companies, site selectors, real estate brokers, and corporate advisers with information and data that will create a favorable image of South Bend - Elkhart as an area for success due to a positive economic environment and strong partnerships. 

The Partnership Staff

Our primary office location is within the South Bend International Airport, and are further supported by resources of our LEDO partners, including the ability to work from their offices, which supports collaborative efforts with these partners.

Board Members and Investors

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

In addition to our standard operations, the Partnership has a Contract for Services with the Regional Development Authority (RDA) administering their operations and programs, such as the Regional Cities Initiative and the Entrepreneurship Board.

Board of Directors

Jeff Rea, Chair
South Bend Regional Chamber
President & CEO

Mike Daigle, Treasurer
South Bend International Airport
Executive Director

Mark Dobson, Member
EDC of Elkhart County
President & CEO

Jerry Chavez, Vice Chair
Marshall County EDC
Executive Director

Barkley Garrett, Secretary
Southwestern Economic Growth Alliance
Executive Director

Shelley Klug, Member
Indiana Michigan Power (AEP)
Economic & Business Development Manager

Additional Partners

Rob Cleveland, CEcD
Cornerstone Alliance