Regional Opportunities Alliance

Winning the $42 million Regional Cities grant was a catalyst for collaboration in the South Bend-Elkhart Region. But in order to make the region thrive as one offering great jobs, cool places to live and play, a reason for talent to stay, and a diversity in our communities, we need to continue to work together.  For the region and its residents to succeed in a global economy, we must employ a collective effort to execute a plan that will drive per capita income to reach or exceed the national average.

The Regional Opportunities Alliance supports the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership by enabling a long-term systemic approach toward advancing the region’s economy. We value our Alliance members for the lasting impact their leadership and financial support provide for the prosperity of our region.

Investment in the Alliance goes directly toward execution of the activities outlined in the Regional Economic Development Strategy plan, including:

  • Educating a world-class WORKFORCE.
  • Recruiting and retaining great TALENT.
  • Attracting and growing new economy companies in complement to our remarkably strong manufacturing INDUSTRIES.
  • Promoting INCLUSIONand sparking opportunities for minorities.
  • Helping ENTREPRENEURS thrive.

We are optimistic about the future. The soil is fertile for a renaissance. As we look around the region, we see new initiatives emerging from the foundation of hard work and entrepreneurship that has made the region historically strong.  We are excited and are ready to get to work on enacting the plan and growing per capita personal income in the region.

To learn more about how you can join us in securing a prosperous future for the South Bend - Elkhart Region, please contact Regina Emberton at 574.400.5432.

Make your contribution directly. Contributions start at $2,500. Let’s get started:

Private Industry

1st Source Bank           Lake City Bank             Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation

The Judd Leighton Foundation               Beacon Health Systems                

Colleges & Universities

University of Notre Dame

Economic Development Entities

Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County               South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce               South Bend - Elkhart Regional Development Authority

Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance     Marshall County Economic Development Corporation                     Startup South Bend - Elkhart


Key Stakeholders

Community Foundation of Elkhart County           Community Foundation of St. Joseph County                      Marshall County Community Foundation

Local Government

City of Mishawaka               City of South Bend             City of Elkhart   

City of Goshen             Elkhart County               St. Joseph County

                Michiana Area Council of Governments

Utilities & Transportation

South Bend International Airport             NIPSCO            Indiana Michigan Power