Get READI South Bend – Elkhart

OUR APPROACH

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: 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 and Regional presentations.

 
DECEMBER, 2021

  • 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