About three years ago, we chose to adopt regionalism as part of our economic development strategy. At that time, we were primarily focused on business recruitment efforts.
The state of Indiana’s foresight in launching and funding the Regional Cities initiative has brought significant change to our region. It has been the perfect catalyst by making us think more broadly, by encouraging our community leaders to come together in an unprecedented way and making us think about sustaining our initiatives through quality of life enhancements that will allow our region to both attract and retain talent.
In response to the Regional Cities Initiative, community leaders embraced the importance of quality of place and came together immediately to develop a Regional Strategy to achieve this. The Innovate Indiana plan is built on four key success factors we believe to be critical in creating competitive places and employment centers and they include: density, connectivity, amenities, and productivity.
To achieve our plan, the South Bend-Elkhart region is taking full advantage of what we have always had going for us: a tradition of innovation and excellence in workmanship and production; an unbeatable work ethic; a distinctive location with an edge in infrastructure from asphalt and rails to energy and fiber; and the resources of a world-class university that has accepted a leadership role in the life of our region.
Many thanks to the State of Indiana, we now have the energy, the enthusiasm and the commitment from every community in our region to move forward together. Led by the presence of world renowned higher education institutions, our history of advanced manufacturing, our accessible location, and our growing excellence in information technology, our future is unlimited. We are pleased to be partnering with the State to make Regional Cities a watershed moment for the South Bend-Elkhart Region by building a leading example of a smart, connected, community.
President of Michiana Partnership