2017 Annual Report

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