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Partnership Update: How Can We Continue the Regional Cities Momentum?
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OCTOBER 2018
Partnership Update
CEO Perspective

Regional Cities Initiative Demonstrates Remarkable Impact

Today’s most urgent threat to economic growth for cities, regions and states across the country is the availability of and access to a skilled workforce aligned to the needs of employers.

A bright spot in recent history occurred in 2015 through legislative action. Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative was enacted and signed into law by former Governor Mike Pence.

The Regional Cities Initiative was designed to “nudge” significant investment by local governments and the private sector in quality of place amenities. The ultimate objective of this investment in Indiana’s regional cities was to turn the tide of outmigration and increase our rate of population growth.

In the 2019 legislative budget session, our legislators will consider enabling round two of Regional Cities Initiative funding and authorization of a Regional Development Tax Credit.

So, how do we continue this momentum? 
 
Read the full article >>

Business Development

Trade & Tariffs: International Opportunities for Northeast Indiana

Northeast Indiana business and economic development leaders are encouraged to join the World Trade Center Indianapolis and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership for a half-day seminar on trade and tariffs in a global marketplace fettered by uncertainty. Leaders can learn how to export products and build international business from economic experts and those already succeeding in our region. 

Read more or RSVP >>

Foreign Direct Investment: Why Is It Important to Indiana?

Respectively, Canada and Japan remain the second and third largest sources of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States, and foreign companies have not slowed down their pace in accessing the U.S. market.

In the Hoosier state, Canadian and Japanese companies are the top foreign investors, too. Recently, Northeast Indiana leaders traveled to Canada to explore new relationships while also planning a trip to Japan in November. 

Read more about our FDI plans >>

To learn more about Northeast Indiana’s business development efforts, please contact Vice President of Business Development Chad Ruston.

Northeast Indiana Recognized Internationally for Marketing

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership received two awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on October 2. The honor was presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference held Sept. 29–Oct. 3, in Atlanta.

The Regional Partnership won:

  1. “Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award” for the Northeast Indiana Jobs and Internships Portal, a project in the category of Special Purpose Website
  2. “Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award” for its Northeast Indiana Business Attraction Collateral, in the category of General Purpose Print Brochure

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and the year's most influential leaders. With 34 awards, the IEDC honors organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.

Read the full article >>

Annual Report Showcases Economic Development Work 

In a message from President and CEO of the Regional Partnership John Sampson to regional stakeholders, he writes:

The time has come to set the vision for how Northeast Indiana and Fort Wayne will continue to build our region over the next decade and beyond.

Our goals for Vision 2030 are clear. We must continue to invest strongly, boldly and consistently in collaborative efforts to increase per capita personal income, population growth and educational attainment. Now is the time to build on the foundation of the past, to go further and faster. 
Read the full annual report >>

To learn more about the the region's marketing efforts, please contact Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Communications Kate Virag.

Talent Development

Business Leaders Encouraged to Attend Early Learning Summit in October

Two thirds of Hoosiers with young children work outside the home and need childcare to remain in the workforce. Yet, in a recent report from the Pre-K Coalition, Indiana ranks No. 49 for access to state-supported pre-k. Vision 2030’s Early Learning Subcommittee asks business leaders to consider attending the 2018 Indiana Early Learning Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Indianapolis to learn more about this important issue. Please visit the website to RSVP today.

Next year, Northeast Indiana will host the location for the 2019 Indiana Early Learning Summit, and we are honored that the region was chosen to host the event, which was previously held in Bloomington, Muncie and Indianapolis. Leaders in Northeast Indiana are starting to plan the event now, and we’re looking for passionate business leaders to help!

If you would like to help plan the 2019 Indiana Early Learning Summit, please contact Director of Regional Initiatives Amy Hesting


Northeast Indiana Strengths Network Trains 13 Leaders in DeKalb County

The Olin and Desta Schwab Foundation graciously provided additional funding for the Northeast Indiana Strengths Network, enabling the region’s work around strengths-based development. Recently, the Regional Partnership team trained 13 people from Auburn and DeKalb Central Schools on Clifton StrengthsFinder’s 34 Themes of Talent and how to have strengths-based conversations. Now, these DeKalb County leaders are using the people trained as Strengths Advocates to help DeKalb Central Schools become one of the region’s first strengths-based school systems.

To learn more about the Northeast Indiana Strengths Network, please contact Director of Regional Initiatives Amy Hesting

Talent Attraction

Hoosier Home Base Aims to Attract Military Talent to Workforce

Between 100,000–200,000 service members exit the military each year. Historic trends show that about 33 percent of these service members will stay in the community surrounding the base where they were stationed, and another 33 percent will return to their home towns. This leaves the final 33 percent who are willing to relocate for the right opportunity.

What does this mean for Northeast Indiana? It means a potential pool of over 25,000 veterans who are looking for an opportunity to put their skills to work. Many veterans bring families and spouses who are looking for a welcoming community to call home.

We’ve created Hoosier Home Base as a digital, military-friendly front door to Northeast Indiana, showcasing job opportunities and quality of life in the region. We are promoting this site to veterans and will seek out new avenues to reach service members directly. We encourage business leaders to post their jobs for free on the Northeast Indiana Jobs Portal to ensure veterans – and all job seekers – can view all available jobs in the region on one comprehensive site.

Read the full article >>

Create Your Account on Northeast Indiana's Jobs Portal to Post Your Job for FREE

Companies are working overtime to influence and attract quality talent.

Recently, employers utilizing Northeast Indiana’s Jobs Portal found success in attracting talent and filling jobs.

A new administrative login allows employers to manage a database of jobs, import an Excel file to post multiple jobs and republish jobs with a click of a button. The portal also provides top-level analytics to employers to better understand which jobs talent is clicking on and how many times. 

For more information about our talent attraction efforts, visit the website or contact Director of the Road to One Million Michael Galbraith.

FROM THE BLOG
Air Service Luncheon
Community Engagement
Art in Northeast Indiana

Indiana Tax Climate Tops Midwest
Small and Mid-size Business Owners Feel a Slight Chill in the Air
Regional Cities Initiative: Preliminary Economic Impacts
Have Wages Increased Everywhere? Earnings Change in the U.S. by States & Metros
Insider Influence: Episode 7 with John Sampson

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Optimistic for US, Global Economy
Annual DOT Seminar in Fort Wayne on Oct. 10
"Startup Nation and the United States" with Larry Turow
CEPEX From "Product Out" to "Market In" Beyond Just In Time & "Kaizen"
Clean-Tech Startup Picks Northeast Indiana for New Operations Center
Japan-Owned Automotive Manufacturer Growing in Wabash County
Grow Wabash County to Honor J.M. Reynolds Oil Company as Business of the Year
Wabash Delegation Prepares for Asian Trade Mission
East Coast-Based Agbioscience Company Expanding to Indiana
Huntington Tool & Die Shop Completes Investment
$5.2 Million Street Corridor Project Completed
Flyover Country Mo More: Millennials Flocking to the Rust Belt
Video of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Economic Outlook Presentation

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Phone: (260) 469-3469

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