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South Bend - Elkhart Region

Welcome to the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership’s home for all things READI! Here you can find real-time updates on the READI process for Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties. Learn how to apply, as well as news when funding is announced. We are excited to share with you this transformational opportunity for our region!

UPDATE: 8.31.22

Over 50 Applications Received

The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership released the Quality of Place Capital Projects Award Request for Proposals for the South Bend – Elkhart region’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) award in June. The first round of applications was due August 15, 2022; the RDA will vote on project allocations at its September 2022 board meeting. Over 50 applications were received, with a total request of over three times the amount of funds available to allocate! It is clear economic development is thriving and the demand is great in the South Bend – Elkhart region!

For the program award process, the Regional Partnership – working through its established committee structure – is using a letter of inquiry (LOI) process and collaborative meetings to support development of proposals by organizations during Q3 2022. It is expected that proposals will go before the RDA in Q4 2022 for consideration.

UPDATE: 7.27.22

Quality of Place Applications Now Open

The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership released the Quality of Place Capital Projects Award Request for Proposals for the South Bend – Elkhart region’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) award in June. The online portal for quality of place applicants opened on July 1st for eligible applicants.

For the program award process, the Regional Partnership committee chairs and vice chairs are leading the strategy to cultivate the most effective program implementation partners via a process that began last summer. Organizations with both a strong track record of execution and programs with direct alignment to the Smart Connected Communities 2030 plan will be invited to participate in collaborative meetings in the coming months, facilitated by the Regional Partnership. Afterward, invitations to submit letters of intent will be solicited, which will result in joint proposals prepared for the RDA’s consideration.

UPDATE: 6.16.22

Quality of Place Capital Projects Award RFP

South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority Releases Quality of Place Capital Projects Award Request for Proposal

The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership have released the Quality of Place Capital Projects Award Request for Proposal (RFP) for the South Bend – Elkhart region’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) award. A link to the RFP can be found here.

To support engagement by stakeholders in the READI quality of place award process, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership will host four identical educational sessions throughout the region on June 21 and June 22. Attendance at a session is required for project applicants.

The educational sessions will include a presentation overview of the READI RFP, with guest speakers from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and Ernst & Young (EY), along with South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership staff, and a short question and answer section.

To register for a session please, click here. Registration closes Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Project applications that meet the RFP award process that are submitted in the online form on or before August 15th will be considered at the RDA board meeting in September.

Quality of Place Capital Projects vs. Strategy-Driven Programs and Projects

Quality of Place Capital or “Regional Cities” Projects:
These projects are brick and mortar, quality of place projects that can have significant impact on the region. Project applications that meet the RFP award process that are submitted in the online submission form on or before August 15th will be considered at the RDA board meeting in September.

Strategy-Driven Programs and Projects:
The program award funding process- which is still under development - is being informed by ideas submitted last year as Strategy-Driven Programs and Projects. The committee structure of the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership is assisting with development of this process. More information to follow in Q3 2022.

UPDATE: 6.06.22

READI Educational Sessions

To support engagement by stakeholders in the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) quality of place award process, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership will host four identical educational sessions during the month of June. These sessions will complement the Request for Proposal (RFP) document that will be released by the Regional Development Authority (RDA) in mid-June 2022.

The educational sessions will include a presentation overview of the READI RFP, with guest speakers from Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and Ernst & Young (EY), along with South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership staff, and a short Question and Answer section.

To register for a session please, click here.

READI WORKSHOP SESSIONS

With IEDC and Regional Administrators

The IEDC is hosting weekly training sessions for the 17 regions engaging in financial partnerships through the READI program. The assets provided during each session are available via the links: January 11 KickoffJanuary 18 Grant Management, January 25 Economic Development, February 1 Economic Impact Modeling, February 8 Project Management and Execution, February 15 Grant Management Tool and Training, and February 22 Performance Indicators.

UPDATE: 5.10.22

The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership staff continue to collaborate with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to finalize the next steps in the READI process. The Regional Partnership staff traveled to Indianapolis in mid-April for a working session with IEDC and Ernst & Young.

To support the identification of eligible capital projects in Step 1: Evaluation of the READI process, a public Quality of Place Request for Proposals (RFP) is under development. The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the Regional Partnership will announce when the RFP process formally opens.

We anticipate conducting Quality of Place RFP educational sessions in Marshall, St. Joseph and Elkhart counties before the RFP submission form goes live on the READI website.

The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership's committee structure will be used to help identify strategy driven programs that align with our region’s Smart Connected Communities 2030 Plan as part of Step 1: Evaluation in the READI process.

A timeline for the READI evaluation and award process is under development.

UPDATE: 3.31.22

READI Evaluation Criteria and Checklist

Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) releases pre-submission checklist to help regions prepare for Regional Economic + Acceleration Development Initiative (READI) project or program awards.

The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership, in its role of supporting the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority (RDA), received state guidance to aid in determining what is needed for a project or program to move forward with a READI award while complying with federal funding guidelines. Though the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was identified as the funding source when the READI program was created, the exact compliance required was not known until the U.S. Department of Treasury released the final rules in January 2022.

The newly released pre-submission checklist allows regions to understand what project or program compliance is needed for the overall READI initiative. The expectation is that projects or programs selected to move forward after a regional evaluation will be able to meet the guidelines outlined in the submission checklist.

The South Bend – Elkhart Region is preparing its evaluation and award process.

Step 1 Evaluation: Regions are preparing their individual process for awarding READI funding within their Region. A requirement of the READI Regional Development plan was to identify and define how the region will evaluate projects for funding. The Evaluation Framework in the Smart, Connected, Communities 2030 plan is still relevant and can be found here. Informed by the Evaluation Framework, the RDA will finalize and announce final evaluation criteria, along with the timeline and official process for this first step in the early part of the second quarter. The RDA does not anticipate that applicants will need to follow the procurement guidelines described in the Final Rule, hyperlinked above, will be required until a project or program is selected for Step 2.

Step 2 Collaboration and Review: Selected projects and programs from Step 1 will work alongside the IEDC, Ernst & Young (EY) and the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership (on behalf of the RDA) to complete the pre-submission checklist. Procurement will be required, and resources will be available to aid the project or program in procurement completion. The IEDC and E&Y will determine the appropriate ARPA expenditure category.

Step 3 Approval and Submission: If the selected project or program appears to strongly align with the goals of the Smart, Connected, Communities 2030 plan, READI goals, and ARPA compliance, the application would be submitted via a grant management tool for final approval by the IEDC with the support from EY.

Step 4 Award and Ongoing Compliance: Approved projects or programs will be required to complete ongoing reporting. Funds must be obligated by December 2024 and expended by December 2026.

The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership will continue to update with relevant information as it becomes available via the READI tab at southbendelkhart.org.

UPDATE: 2.24.22

IEDC READI Implementation Team Visit the South Bend - Elkhart Region

On Thursday, February 24th, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership and the Regional Development Authority welcomed the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s (IEDC) READI implementation team to the South Bend – Elkhart region to learn more about our Smart, Connected, Communities 2030 plan (our READI proposal) and gain a deeper understanding of how our region’s economic development is organized.

The IEDC team attended meetings over the course of the day, two of which we hosted at Regional Cities Initiative project locations, the Howard Park Community Center in downtown South Bend and Hotel Elkhart in downtown Elkhart.

The South Bend – Elkhart region kicked off the day at Howard Park with a presentation from South Bend – Elkhart READI Steering Committee representatives sharing specifics around the region’s economic development strategies including talent attraction and retention, quality of place and life, industry growth, education and workforce, entrepreneurship, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The day concluded with a roundtable discussion with Mayors and Commissioners from across the region at Hotel Elkhart. During this time, the IEDC team provided an overview of the program, both what has transpired since the award announcements and what lies ahead. This informal conversation provided the opportunity for all in attendance to ask questions directly to the IEDC and share feedback.
Accompanied by the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership’s Chief Strategy Officer, Bethany Hartley, the IEDC team also received a windshield tour of many Regional Cities Initiative projects that have been completed to showcase not only the region’s ability to successfully execute, but the add-on development that came from Regional Cities activities.

These Regional Cities projects included the South Bend Blue Ways (Notre Dame Boat House and Howard Park), Studebaker Building 84 and 113, Potawatomi Zoo, The Mill at Ironworks Plaza, Ironworks Phase II at Beutter Park, Elkhart Health and Aquatics Center, and River Point West (River District). The IEDC team also received an overview of Regional Cities projects completed in Marshall County including the REES Theatre, Marshall County Manufacturing Center, and the Marshall County Aquatics Center (Susan Bardwell Aquatics Center).

To view photos from, click here.

UPDATE: 2.18.22

Operational Activities | Criteria and Guidelines

Below is the most recent update for the South Bend – Elkhart region’s READI program, also posted on the regional READI landing page.

Operational Activities

  • The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership, in collaboration with the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority (RDA), has been participating in weekly training sessions with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and Ernst & Young (EY). EY is contracted with IEDC to facilitate the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) compliance components of the READI program. Sessions conclude at the end of February.
  • The point of contact for inquiries and questions should be directed to the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership via email at readi@southbendelkhart.org.
  • Updates to the process and timeline of fund disbursement will continue to be posted to the READI South Bend – Elkhart website. These will be built out in greater detail as the partnership with IEDC is solidified.
  • The RDA will hold monthly board meetings throughout 2022 to ensure proactive governance and administration of the READI program within the South Bend – Elkhart region. RDA meeting information is posted here.

Criteria and Guidelines

  • The funds are being disbursed under ARPA, which provides detailed guidance on the usage of funds. There are seven expenditure categories which can be found here. The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership is working with the IEDC to understand what the full state and federal requirements are in advance of administering any public call for projects.
  • Projects and programs will be expected to have a 1:1 ratio of local, public-sector match to READI funds, with READI funds not to exceed 20%, therefore anticipating no less than 60% of funding coming from private sources – i.e. community foundations, debt capital, private investments.
  • At a regional level, projects and programs will need to align with the Smart, Connected, Communities 2030 plan.

We will continue to share information as it becomes available and applicable to the South Bend – Elkhart region.

UPDATE: 1.11.22

IEDC Convened Regional Administrators

On January 11, 2022, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) convened administrators representing the seventeen regional organizations selected to receive funding through the State of Indiana’s READI program for a Workshop Kick-Off Session. The IEDC reemphasized the key program goal of increased population growth and introduced the Ernst & Young (EY) team that has been engaged to provide economic development consulting, reporting, compliance, and project management support to the IEDC and individual regions. The following timeline is a reasonable expectation for next steps:

1Q 2022:

  • Execution of a grant agreement between the RDA and IEDC
  • RDA Administrators to attend a series of training sessions hosted by the IEDC and EY in January and February
  • IEDC staff will visit the region in February

2Q 2022:

  • RDA conducts a public RFP process for Project and Program Identification

3Q 2022:

  • RDA recommends projects to IEDC for funding allocations

The IEDC confirmed that the READI program is funded through federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars, provided an overview of the ARPA and outlined some of the requirements this source of funding will necessitate, including obligation of funding by the end of 2024 and expenditure of funds by the end of 2026.

Throughout January and February, EY will conduct a series of six training sessions for the RDA Administrators to become familiar with the grants management and treasury reporting guidelines, project eligibility for ARPA funds, identification of other funding streams for non-eligible project types, and assistance with refining regional strategies and the project identification process. They will also train regional administrators on the economic impact modeling and grant management tools being developed for the program. While EY will provide feedback on the eligibility of each region’s example projects, the IEDC recommended that regions conduct a Public RFP process as a next step for identifying and prioritizing projects and programs to receive funding.

The IEDC staff plans to visit the South Bend – Elkhart region on February 24th to meet with stakeholders to learn more about the region and strategies within our Smart Connected Communities 2030 Plan.

Following these training sessions and meetings that will inform final project criteria, the RDA anticipates they will be prepared to facilitate an open call for project applications in 2Q 22. The RDA will then work in tandem with the IEDC to prioritize and select the most impactful eligible projects to receive funding starting in 3Q 2022.

All updates will be posted here. For specific questions please email, readi@southbendelkhart.org.

UPDATE: 12.15.21

Gov. Holcomb Awards $50 Million READI Grant to South Bend – Elkhart Region

The South Bend – Elkhart region consisting of 22 cities and towns in Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties in Indiana has been awarded $50 million to support regional economic development plans across the region. The South Bend – Elkhart region is one of 17 regions that received funding through Indiana’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI).

“The seventeen regions submitted innovative, creative and visionary projects that will result in a positive economic impact on Indiana’s future,” said Gov. Holcomb. “It took immense collaboration between communities as they put aside their own visions and worked together to present the best plan for the region. These plans will shape Indiana for generations to come and bring value to our state like nothing we’ve witnessed before. I want to thank the general assembly for having the courage and leadership to prioritize this initiative.”

Launched by Gov. Holcomb and led by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), READI builds on the framework and successes of the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative and the 21st Century Talent Initiative, encouraging regional collaboration and data-driven, long-term planning that, when implemented, will attract and retain talent in Indiana. The $500 million READI fund was passed by legislation during the 2021 session. The IEDC awarded the maximum grant amount of $50 million each to five of the seventeen regions, including South Bend - Elkhart. Awards for the other regions ranged from $5 to 30 million.

“On behalf of half a million of us who live in the South Bend – Elkhart region, I want to thank Gov. Holcomb and the IEDC for continuing to invest in our region, not only with your dollars, but with your time and trust,” said John DeSalle, Chair of the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority Board and Executive Engineer-in-Residence, iNDustry Labs at Notre Dame. “And congratulations to the other sixteen regional recipients, this is a win for each of our regions and for the state of Indiana.”

Earlier this month, a team of South Bend – Elkhart regional leaders presented the region’s “Smart Connected Communities 2030 Plan” (The Plan) to the IEDC and members of the READI review committee. The presentation represented the final phase of the region’s READI application process, following The Plan submission in September of this year. The READI review committee, an external seven-member citizen committee, reviewed and scored the plans based on the established guidelines and against other relevant data, including historical population trends.

Considering additional public and private investments that would serve as matching funds to the READI grant, the overall impact is significant. Based on the example projects included in the South Bend – Elkhart region’s Plan, the $50 million from the state of Indiana could generate over $461 million of total investment, comprised of 11 percent READI grant funds, 14 percent local public funding, and 75 percent private sector funding.

“This award is a prime example of the outstanding collaborative efforts that have led to immense progress for the South Bend – Elkhart region,” said Regina Emberton, President and CEO of the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership. “Of course, none of this work is possible without the dedication, passion, and commitment of our community and regional stakeholders to making the South Bend – Elkhart region a prime location to live and work.”

On the heels of securing a $42 million Regional Cities Initiative grant awarded by the state of Indiana in 2015, the South Bend – Elkhart region’s shared vision catalyzed a $42 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to launch the Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation (LIFT) Network and associated iNDustry Labs at Notre Dame. To date, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership who also serves as administrator for the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority has helped secure over $134 million in grant funding for the region. To read the full press release, click here.

UPDATE: 12.14.21

Gov. Holcomb Awards $500 Million to Indiana READI Regions

On  December 14, 2021, Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) Board of Directors approved plans today to award $500 million to support regional development plans across 17 regions representing all 92 counties. This competitive process considered applications for the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). The total requests tripled the allocated $500 million READI budget, as submissions from the 17 regions amounted to more than $1.5 billion in demand and detailed nearly 800 projects and programs with a potential investment of $15.2 billion. “The seventeen regions submitted innovative, creative and visionary projects that will result in a positive economic impact on Indiana’s future,” said Gov. Holcomb. “It took immense collaboration between communities as they put aside their own visions and worked together to present the best plan for the region. These plans will shape Indiana for generations to come and bring value to our state like nothing we’ve witnessed before. I want to thank the general assembly for having the courage and leadership to prioritize this initiative.”

The READI review committee, an external seven-member citizen committee, reviewed and scored the plans based on the established guidelines and against other relevant data, including historical population trends. All 17 regions presented to the external review committee, allowing each region to present an overview of its plan to distill its vision, goals and strategies to positively impact the area’s quality of place, innovation, entrepreneurship, talent attraction and workforce development. Following the evaluation, the READI review committee members proposed funding recommendations to the IEDC Board of Directors.

“Congratulations to the seventeen regional recipients who worked so hard for their communities. We’ve been impressed by their hard work and commitment to positively impacting the state” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers. “Thank you also to the citizen-members of the external review committee for their diligent work in meticulously reviewing thousands of pages of proposals. This bold initiative sets the national standard for regional development and advancement and will build even more momentum as Indiana continues to lead.”

The regional development plans included housing, trails, broadband, childcare and wellness initiatives, workforce development programs, and telling Indiana’s story to the world. The plans enumerated a nearly 10:1 capitalization leverage ratio from private and public sources as compared to state investment. To read the full press release, click here.

UPDATE: 12.07.21

Watch the Full Presentation

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Development Authority presented the South Bend - Elkhart region's “Smart Connected Communities 2030 Plan” (The Plan) to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and members of the READI review committee. The Plan focuses on increasing talent attraction and retention, improving overall quality of place and quality of life, and amplifying the impact of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and innovation economy. Watch the full presentation below.

South Bend-Elkhart Regional Development Authority | Indiana READI 2021 from Indiana Economic Dev Corp on Vimeo.

UPDATE: 12.02.21

South Bend - Elkhart Region Presents Plan to IEDC and READI Review Committee following application for $50M Grant

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, a team of South Bend – Elkhart regional leaders representing more than half a million people in Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties, presented the region’s “Smart Connected Communities 2030 Plan” (The Plan) to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and members of the READI review committee. The Plan focuses on increasing talent attraction and retention, improving overall quality of place and quality of life, and amplifying the impact of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and innovation economy.

Launched by Gov. Holcomb and led by the IEDC, the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) builds on the framework and successes of the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative and the 21st Century Talent Initiative, encouraging regional collaboration and data-driven, long-term planning that, when implemented, will attract and retain talent in Indiana.

The presentation represented the final phase of the region’s READI application process, following the Plan submitted in September of this year. Considering additional public and private investments that would serve as matching funds to the READI grant, the overall impact is significant. Based on the example projects included in the South Bend – Elkhart region’s Plan, the $50 million funding request from the State of Indiana would generate over $461 million of total investment, comprised of 11 percent READI grant funds, 14 percent local public funding, and 75 percent private sector funding.

Shannon Cullinan, Executive Vice President of the University of Notre Dame opened the South Bend – Elkhart region’s presentation by thanking the State of Indiana for the development of READI as well as the IEDC and the READI Review Committee for agreeing to serve in this process. Cullinan acknowledged their engagement as “an act of citizenship and selflessness given the extraordinary amount of time dedicated.”

During the presentation, Cullinan shared the stage with four dynamic regional leaders including Amish Shah, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kem Krest, Andrew Wiand, Executive Director of enFocus, Kristin Pruitt, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Lake City Bank, and Dr. Pete McCown, President of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. Continue Reading.

Below please see the two videos played during the presentation. To view photos from the event please, Click Here.

UPDATE: 11.30.21

Media Notice: READI Presentation

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 9:30 AM EST, regional representatives of the South Bend – Elkhart region will present the region’s READI Proposal, “Smart, Connected Communities 2030” to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and members of the READI review committee.

Individuals who will be presenting on behalf of the South Bend – Elkhart region and participating in the Q&A portion of the meeting include:

Presenting Team:

  • Shannon Cullinan, Executive Vice President, University of Notre Dame
  • Andrew Wiand, Executive Director, enFocus
  • Kristin Pruitt, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Lake City Bank
  • Amish Shah, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kem Krest
  • Pete McCown, President, Community Foundation of Elkhart County

Q&A Team:

  • Randy Danielson, Planning Team and Co-Chair, Marshall County Crossroads and Rees Theatre Project Committee
  • John DeSalle, Executive Engineer in Residence, Industry Labs, University of Notre Dame
  • Regina Emberton, President and Chief Executive Officer, South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership
  • Tim Sexton, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, University of Notre Dame

The South Bend – Elkhart region is one of 17 regions that submitted regional development plans to be considered for funding from the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). This is the second of three meetings during which each region will have the opportunity to present its vision, goals, and strategies to positively impact the area’s quality of place and quality of life, innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent attraction and development.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 Schedule:
8:30 - 9:20 AM – Greater Lafayette Region
9:30 - 10:20 AM – South Bend - Elkhart Regional Development Authority
10:30 - 11:20 AM – Northwest Indiana Forum
1:00 - 1:50 AM – Wabash River Regional Development Authority
2:00 - 2:50 AM – 70-40 Greater Mt. Comfort Corridor
3:00 - 3:50 AM – North Central Regional Planning Commission

Each presentation will be recorded and posted to IndianaREADI.com.

Location:
Dallara IndyCar Factory
1201 N. Main St.
Speedway, IN 46224

Virtual option:
Presentations will be live-streamed via this Zoom link. Virtual participants will be muted and unable to communicate with presenters.

Parking:
Visitor parking is available in the lot behind the building.

RSVP:
All media must RSVP to Melissa Thomas at mthomas@iedc.in.gov by 8:00 AM Wednesday and will be required to check in upon arrival.

Launched by Gov. Holcomb and led by the IEDC, READI builds on the framework and successes of the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative and the 21st Century Talent Initiative, encouraging regional collaboration and data-driven, long-term planning that, when implemented, will attract and retain talent in Indiana. More information on the READI review committee, as well as links to download the regions’ proposals, is available at IndianaREADI.com.

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Media Contact
Sarah Niespodziany
South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership
sniespodziany@southbendelkhart.org

UPDATE: 11.16.21

READI Presentation Date Announced

The South Bend - Elkhart region’s READI presentation has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 1st at 9:30am. The IEDC will host the presentations at the Dallara IndyCar Factory, 1201 N Main St, Speedway, IN 46224. These presentations will be open to the public and will be live-streamed via this link. Each presentation will be recorded and posted to IndianaREADI.com. Here is a LINK with information on the current schedule for all 17 presentations and a list of the Review Committee members appointed by the IEDC.

The IEDC Board meeting where awards are announced is slated for December 14th in Indy (time and specific location TBA). If our region is successful in securing a READI grant, the RDA will look forward to managing a formal RFP process for any previous or new projects or programs submittals wishing to apply for available grant funding.

 

UPDATE: 10.7.21

A Message From The State

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced 17 regions representing all 92 counties submitted proposals for funding from the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). Together, these proposals, which aim to accelerate small- and large-scale growth within their communities, total more than $1 billion in requested funding; the READI budget is $500 million.

“Secretary Chambers and I are impressed with and appreciative of all the hard work and collaborative energy invested in the READI regional development plans submitted across the entire state,” said Gov. Holcomb. “I have no doubt these plans will be the beginning of transformational progress that will impact Hoosiers for generations to come.”

In July, regions indicated their intent to pursue READI funding. Each region convened a broad, diverse group of stakeholders, including major employers and anchor institutions, education partners, economic development professionals, philanthropy partners, and elected officials, to develop a game plan for population and economic growth. In these plans, regions outlined their proposal to invest in their growth and prosperity, outlining a series of strategies focused on physical projects and sustainable, multi-year programs to advance quality of place, quality of life, and quality of opportunity. To read the full press release, click here.

 

UPDATE: 9.29.21

It’s official, the South Bend – Elkhart region’s READI proposal has been submitted!

This afternoon, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority (RDA) submitted the Smart, Connected Communities 2030 Plan on behalf of the region to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) as step two of the request for financial partnership process.

The plan outlines the vision for the South Bend – Elkhart region, the process of engaging stakeholders in informing that vision, the strategies that will bring the vision into reality, and the outcomes when success is achieved. The 200+ page plan was developed through inclusive collaboration with community, business, and educational leaders and guided by the third-party economic development consulting firm, Fourth Economy.

Our region is at an inflection point and we are poised to seize the opportunities ahead of us. You can read how we intend to do just that in the Smart, Connected Communities 2030 Plan below.

As we look to the future of the South Bend – Elkhart region, we ask that you take a few moments to reflect on the impact our first financial relationship with the state of Indiana had on our region by watching: South Bend - Elkhart Region Reflects on Regional Cities.

Before the end of the year, we will move into the final step of the READI process, presenting to the state’s review committee. From there, we will receive notification of our region’s award status and navigate the way forward just as we always have, with the support, insights, and collective knowledge of the people that make the South Bend – Elkhart region a great place to call home.

UPDATE: 9.18.21

South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority Meeting

The Regional Development Authority met Friday, September 17th. We received great feedback and input on the READI proposal draft. Here is a link to the recording of the RDA meeting if you are interested in viewing the discussion for additional context.

We are working now on proofreading, copy editing and design and look forward to sharing the final product by September 30, 2021.

UPDATE: 8.20.21

South Bend – Elkhart RDA and READI Steering Committee Hear READI Grant Updates in August 17th Meeting

On Tuesday, August 17, 2021 the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Development Authority (RDA) and the South Bend – Elkhart READI Steering Committee convened in consecutive public sessions, with both agendas discussing the progress of the region’s READI proposal.

The meetings reaffirmed the region’s approach to the proposal development being facilitated by Fourth Economy, a national economic development consulting firm. This includes aligning ideas and themes to the intended and encouraged impact areas as outlined by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The IEDC is urging regions to select strategies that will make positive developments in the following focus areas:

  • Quality of Place and Quality of Life
  • Quality of Opportunity
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Talent Attraction and Development

A lively conversation was had as it relates to process and next steps, which included the notice that IEDC updated the deadline to September 30, 2021, for proposal submissions.

To read the full press release, click here.

UPDATE: 8.13.21

On Tuesday, August 17th, we are hosting an RDA meeting and the final South Bend – Elkhart READI Steering Committee meeting. Fourth Economy will share a developed framework for our region’s proposal. These are public meetings, for details and how to join virtually please, click here for the RDA meeting and click here for the Steering Committee meeting.

On August 2nd the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) adjusted the proposal submission deadline to September 30th.

As we move into the final proposal development phase, we want to reiterate that no funding allocations will be made in advance of entering into a financial partnership with IEDC, which is contingent on our region submitting a successful proposal. The IEDC will announce regional awards in December. Should we be so fortunate to receive funding, we will then navigate a robust and transparent request for proposals process, based on our winning strategic areas of focus. The 171 program and project ideas submitted from the region’s communities have informed the strategic themes in the regional proposal and exemplify the communities’ commitment to regional economic development!

We continue to be grateful for your engagement and active participation in this process and will continue to keep you informed as we move forward.

UPDATE: 8.10.21

August 17, 2021: READI Steering Committee Public Meeting Notice

Notice is hereby given that at 10:00 AM (EST) on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 the South Bend – Elkhart READI Steering Committee will conduct a meeting that is open to the public. This meeting will be held in the LIFT Network Training Room of the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership, 635 S Lafayette Blvd., Ste. 123, South Bend, IN 46601 as well as virtually via Zoom.

Given the hybrid nature of the meeting, please indicate if you will be attending in-person or virtually in order to have an accurate headcount for conference room capacity. To RSVP, please contact Sarah Kovich via email at skovich@southbendelkhart.org.

For questions or accommodations, please contact the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership.

UPDATE: 7.23.21

South Bend – Elkhart Regional READI Proposal Moves into Next Phase

Over the course of the past week, the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership convened seven regional stakeholder meetings and the second of three anticipated READI Steering Committee meetings.

Five of the seven meetings represented the advisory committees of the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Education and Workforce
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Industry Growth
  • Talent Attraction and Retention

The additional two meetings were comprised of regional Mayors, Commissioners, and economic development professionals. The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership advisory committees discussed project and program submissions which were tagged to their strategic initiatives and how the proposed projects and programs may align with these.

The meetings followed the closing of the Get READI Submission Form on Sunday, July 18th. The form was used to collect project and program proposals to support the South Bend - Elkhart region's READI application being submitted by August 31st to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The region provided 170 submissions for consideration, including brick and mortar projects as well as programs and initiatives aligned with the strategies outlined in the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS). Total READI funds requested from all submissions totaled nearly $215 million, including $148 million of brick-and-mortar projects.

The final proposal being submitted on behalf of the South Bend – Elkhart region will be informed by the submissions, alongside the REDS Plan, research done in recent history such as the TEConomy Report: Tides of Change, the Brookings Institute’s Indiana GPS Project, and the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership’s Regional Belonging Survey, and meetings with regional stakeholders and community members.

To read the full press release, click here.

UPDATE: 7.8.21

July 22, 2021: READI Steering Committee Public Meeting Notice

Notice is hereby given that at 2:00 PM (EST) on Thursday, July 22 2021 the South Bend – Elkhart READI Steering Committee will conduct a meeting that is open to the public. This meeting will be held in the LIFT Network Training Room of the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership, 635 S Lafayette Blvd., Ste. 123, South Bend, IN 46601.

For the health and safety of those in attendance and to adhere to the state of Indiana’s social distancing guidelines, we ask that the public join this meeting virtually. Please see meetings details below.

Join Zoom Meeting
Dial: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 895 3826 4774
Password: 481106

For questions or accommodations, please contact the South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership.

UPDATE: 7.1.21

South Bend – Elkhart Region Now Accepting Program and Project Proposals for READI Program Application

Following the public launch of Get READI South Bend – Elkhart held on June 17th, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership has opened the online Get READI South Bend - Elkhart Submission Form for project and program organizers to provide details about their concepts and share details about the project or program including the goals, partners, impact and funding breakdown.

Proposals are segmented into two categories:

1. “Regional Cities” Projects are brick and mortar, quality of place projects that can have significant impact on the region.

2. Strategy-Driven Programs and Projects should be aligned with one or more of the five advisory committees for strategic initiatives through the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership. These committees include:

a. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

b. Entrepreneurship

c. Education and Workforce

d. Industry Growth

e. Talent Attraction and Retention

For project and programs to be considered in the shaping of the South Bend – Elkhart region’s vision for the READI proposal, submissions must be received through the online form by 11:59 P.M. EST on July 18, 2021. View the full press release.

UPDATE: 6.17.21

Get READI South Bend - Elkhart Launch Event

To kick off the development of the South Bend - Elkhart region’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) proposal, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership hosted the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) for a launch event on June 17th at Howard Park. The "Get READI South Bend - Elkhart" launch included a premiere viewing of the Regional Cities Impact video, an informational presentation by the IEDC about the READI program, and a regional presentation to update the public about the status of the region’s grant application, including ways to submit ideas and get engaged in the process.

The event recording, presentation, and photos can be accessed via the links below.

UPDATE: 6.8.21

Regional Approach and Next Steps

Completed Steps To Date

  • South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership identified as coordinating organization.
  • Region defined: Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph County.
  • Steering Committee formed, view members.
  • Fourth Economy engaged as third-party consultant.
  • Notified IEDC of intent to seek a financial partnership on June 4, 2021.

Next Steps

  • Facilitate planning process.
  • Submit plan by August 31, 2021.
  • Presentation in September, 2021.
  • Awards in mid-December, 2021.

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TIMELINE

For Applicants

Q2

MAY, 2021

  • READI launched statewide through stakeholder and community events.
  • Call to action. “What is your Region?”
  • IEDC establishes technical support programs to help regions identify themselves and establish an initial baseline for the region, including conducting a SWOT analysis.
  • IEDC offers financial support for regional planning efforts, up to a maximum of $50,000.

Q3

JULY - AUGUST, 2021

  • Communities must identify their region and notify the IEDC by July 1, 2021.
  • Regions develop strategic plans.
  • Regional plans are due by September 30, 2021.

Q4

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER, 2021

  • Review Committee application review.

November, 2021

  • Beginning November 29th, 17 Regions present READI visions to Review Committee.

DECEMBER, 2021

  • December 14th, First round of investment decisions are made and financial partnerships announced.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Members

DALLAS BERGL

INOVA Federal Credit Union
Regional Development Authority

SHANNON CULLINAN

University of Notre Dame
Executive Committee

MIKE DAIGLE

South Bend International Airport
Executive Committee

JOHN DESALLE

University of Notre Dame, iNDustry Labs
Regional Development Authority

SCOTT FORD

University of Notre Dame
LIFT Network

LEVON JOHNSON

Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce
Northern Indiana Chamber Coalition

SHELLEY KLUG

Indiana Michigan Power
Chair, Industry Growth

CHUCK LEHMAN

Lehman & Lehman, Inc.
Chair, Talent Attraction and Retention

PETE MCCOWN

Community Foundation of Elkhart County
Executive Committee, Regional Development Authority

KRISTIN PRUITT

Lake City Bank
Regional Development Authority

JEFF REA

South Bend Regional Chamber
Executive Committee

TIM SEXTON

University of Notre Dame
Regional Development Authority

AMISH SHAH

Kem Krest
Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

PHIL SMOKER

Smoker Craft
Chair, Entrepreneurship

REBECCA STOLTZFUS

Goshen College
Chair, Education and Workforce

JAMES TURNWALD

Michiana Area Council of Governments
MACOG

LAURA WALLS

Marshall County Economic Development Corporation
Executive Committee

SUZIE WEIRICK

Elkhart County Board of Commissioners
Executive Committee