Get READI South Bend – Elkhart


South Bend - Elkhart Region

As the regional convening organization in partnership with the Regional Development Authority, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership is committed to engaging and informing partners from across Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph County in this exciting and transformational opportunity!

The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership will update this page regularly with key announcements from the state as they become available. Below you will have the opportunity to sign up to stay informed with real-time emails regarding both state level activities and regional developments.

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.


Please provide the following information


For Applicants


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.



  • Communities must identify their region and notify the IEDC by July 1, 2021.
  • Regions develop strategic plans.
  • Regional plans are due by August 31, 2021.



  • Review Committee application review and Regional presentations.


  • First round of investment decisions are made and financial partnerships announced.




INOVA Federal Credit Union
Regional Development Authority


University of Notre Dame
Executive Committee


South Bend International Airport
Executive Committee


University of Notre Dame, iNDustry Labs
Regional Development Authority


University of Notre Dame
LIFT Network


Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce
Northern Indiana Chamber Coalition


Indiana Michigan Power
Chair, Industry Growth


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


Community Foundation of Elkhart County
Executive Committee, Regional Development Authority


Lake City Bank
Regional Development Authority


South Bend Regional Chamber
Executive Committee


University of Notre Dame
Regional Development Authority


Kem Krest
Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Smoker Craft
Chair, Entrepreneurship


Goshen College
Chair, Education and Workforce


Michiana Area Council of Governments


Marshall County Economic Development Corporation
Executive Committee


Elkhart County Board of Commissioners
Executive Committee