What Will Be
Now, having successfully secured over $134,000,000 on behalf of the South Bend – Elkhart region in a span of seven years, we look to expand our operational capacities to meet the demand from our local economic development, industry, and educational partners. Under the guidance of an engaged and active board of directors, the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership is implementing the following operational updates:
I. The organization has established an internal leadership team comprised of the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), to ensure execution and continuity on current and future projects and programs.
II. As a part of all strategies, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Quality of Life/Quality of Place, and Talent Attraction and Retention pillars will work alongside the CSO to facilitate cross-initiative integration, along with the marketing department.
III. Education and Workforce, Industry Growth, and Entrepreneurship will operate together under the umbrella of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Talent Development, led by the newly appointed COO.
IV. New positions will increase the organization’s capacity, including the positions of Vice President, Talent Initiatives; Manager, Digital Content and Public Relations; Manager, Economic Development Initiatives, and Specialist, Community Outreach focused on implementing the WE+YOU regional brand strategies. These positions will begin accepting applicants in late January 2022.
The five committees will continue to advise and activate on the Smart, Connect Communities 2030 Plan. More information about the committees can be found by following their respective links below.
I. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
II. Education and Workforce
IV. Industry Growth
V. Talent Attraction and Retention
As we move into a new era of the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership, we are confident that our portfolio of programmatic offerings, as well as our core convening services will continue to bring together a region with an upward trajectory, built on a storied legacy of innovation, entrepreneurship, and world-class education and sustained through the shared alliance of invested and engaged thought leaders.
In the next eight years, we have big, audacious, and compelling goals to achieve. We are poised, experienced, and aligned with incredible stakeholders to deliver on our promises to the South Bend – Elkhart region of increasing the numbers of startups built, moving the population net in-migration from negative to positive, increasing the number of post-secondary credentials achieved, increase the number of high wage positions in traded industries, and eliminating the racial wealth divide.