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.
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.
How do You See the Future of Northwest Indiana?
What industries should the Region court to diversify the economy? Should it focus more on revitalizing downtowns, redeveloping brownfield sites or both? Is it important to improve the perception of Northwest Indiana by outsiders or its own residents?
Your input will be used to craft a playbook on how to expand existing industries, recruit new businesses, develop the workforce, and attract and retain the talent employers need.
Join us Friday, April 27 for the State of the County Luncheon at Blue Chip Casino. County Commissioners Rich Mrozinski and Randy Novak will be featured during the program. La Porte County Office of Economic Development will have copies of the 2017 Annual Report available for all in attendance. Check-in begins at 11am. The buffet lunch and program will go from 11:20am to 1pm. Registration required for all attendees.
Blue Chip Casino
Blue Chip Orleans Room
777 Blue Chip Drive
Michigan City, IN
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Hobart Police Substation
2109 Southlake Mall
Hobart, IN 46410
10-11am CDT - Employer Session
11am-2pm CDT - Public Open House
Over 8,700 jobs are currently available in the state's northwestern region. On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Next Level Jobs will host an open house in nearby Hobart, Indiana to help level up employees for those jobs. Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, Department of Workforce Development and Commission for Higher Education representatives will be available to answer questions on how to level up.
Employers can apply for the Employer Training Grant (up to $25,000 per employer) and employees can apply for the Workforce Ready Grant through Next Level Jobs. Both grants are designed to skill up workers interesting in securing high-demand jobs in priority industry sectors. Priority sectors include advanced manufacturing, IT/business services, transportation and logistics, health sciences, building and construction, and agriculture. Representatives from the Department of Workforce Development and the Commission for Higher Education will be available to answer questions on both grants during discussion and one-on-one sessions.
Launched in August 2017, Next Level Jobs is part of Governor Holcomb's Next Level agenda to continue positive economic growth in Indiana. Next Level Jobs focuses on providing additional training for Hoosiers to compete in the workforce. The Governor's Office has partnered with the Department of Workforce Development and the Commission for Higher Education on the initiative.