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
- 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.
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