Nov 28, 2018, 1:54 PM

Dollar General will store and distribute food at an abandoned warehouse in Westville that's undergoing a $24 million renovation.

The retail chain is asking for a five-year tax abatement on the $8 million in new equipment its planning to use in the 680,000 square foot structure.

Matt Reardon, director at the Office of Economic Development for LaPorte County government, said Dollar General will occupy almost 300,000 square feet of the building and create at least 80 jobs.

A LaPorte County Council vote on the request for tax abatement is expected in January. Reardon said Dollar General plans to begin its move into the building in May and complete it in August....


Oct 30, 2018, 1:25 PM

LAPORTE — The proposed $24 million renovation of a 680,000-square-foot vacant food warehouse just outside Westville has cleared its second-to-last hurdle.

The LaPorte County Council on Monday gave final approval to a five-year tax abatement on improvements to the dry and cold storage facility along U.S. 421.

"I think it’s a fantastic thing," said Randy Novak, president of the LaPorte County Council of the project being spurred by NorthPoint Development.

Angela Harshbarger, an incentive specialist with NorthPoint, said approval of the tax abatement allows the Kansas City, Missouri-based company to proceed toward closing on purchase of the structure, which was last occupied in 2016.

The hope is to begin work on the former SpartanNash food distribution center by mid-November, Harshbarger said. She said completion is targeted for early June.

NorthPoint Development bills itself as the nation’s second largest private landlord with 170 tenants, including General Motors, and $5 billion worth of real estate investments since 2012.

A tenant has not been lined up yet, but the company projects 125 jobs paying $15 to $20 an hour at the facility.

The goal is to have a food distribution operation committed to moving in before or shortly after the renovation is finished, according to company officials.

Harshbarger said the structure is on 90 acres and its complex refrigeration system remains in excellent shape...

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May 2, 2018, 12:06 PM

A Strong Foundation to Grow the Future

The La Porte County Office of Economic Development takes a forward-looking approach to workforce and business development in northwest Indiana. And in 2017, our office successfully promoted our entire county to expanding businesses and growing industries. We joined forces with our partners across our communities to develop La Porte County into a desirable place to work, grow businesses and enhance the local economy. We have a bright outlook for the upcoming year based upon the strong foundation and reputation that La Porte County has recently established. It is my pleasure to share with you this recap of our office’s activities during the past year, and thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Michael B. Seitz, IOM
Mary Jane Thomas

La Porte County Office of Economic Development

A New Look

The La Porte County Office of Economic Development’s communication toolbox is stronger than ever since a new logo, brochure and website were developed in 2017. The office’s identity has a clean, modern flair and the website has a mobile-friendly, sleek design. One of the most popular features of the new website is a search function powered by the Indiana Office of Economic Development’s Zoom Prospector.

Infrastructure Projects

La Porte County enjoyed several infrastructure improvements and projects in 2017. 80-90% was funded by INDOT and 10-20% was funded locally, all in partnership with the LaPorte County Planner and Highway Departments.

Kingsbury Industrial Park

Kingsbury’s thousands of acres of industrial-zoned land has all utilities located on site. This is the current home
of 103 businesses and is an example of LaPorte County’s economic development potential. The site has now caught the attention of several companies because substantial enhancements and investments are now in the planning process.

Year in Review

The La Porte County Office of Economic Development networks regularly with County Commissioners, County Council, Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation, Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, American Electric Power Company, NIPSCO, local businesses, industry leaders, developers, site selectors and prospects to further La Porte County’s economic success. The La Porte County Office of Economic Development is responsible for scheduling, holding and facilitating at the County’s Redevelopment Commission meetings.

The La Porte County Redevelopment Commission began planning the 421 TIF area expansions for future infrastructure improvements to support economic development within the corridor.

The La Porte County Office of Economic Development submitted 42 Zoom Prospector responses in 2017. These prospects included site selection, development, leases and land sales.


  • Won Project Splatter/Clean-Up which will train 200 new jobs, retain 63 jobs and realize millions in capital investments
  • Project Team made the second cut, almost qualified to make an in-person presentation in Charlotte about Kingsbury Industrial Park site
  • Job training fund is the second one in the state
  • Attended IEDA conference
  • Assisted owner with Dinosaur Credit application
  • Continued networking efforts with site selectors
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