Why Northeast Indiana?

Our region is consistently named one of the best places to do business. Here in Northeast Indiana, we seize opportunities to create a distinctive place for business success. If you’re ready to roll your sleeves up and get to work, make sure it’s in Northeast Indiana. Why? We’re so glad you asked!

Why You Should Be Doing Business In Northeast Indiana … Right Now

1.    Doing business costs less here.

From our status as a right-to-work state to our affordable operating costs, Northeast Indiana is a top contender for businesses looking to open or relocate. Northeast Indiana’s diverse target industries make for a dependable and reliable workforce, too. The Fort Wayne area has a large and educated workforce with high employment concentrations in defense and high-tech communications, food processing, insurance, logistics, medical devices, and vehicle manufacturing

2.    A talented workforce lives here.

Businesses in Northeast Indiana have access to one of the largest concentrations of New Tech schools in the country and more than a dozen colleges and universities in the region. Almost two-thirds of the 6,569 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded in 2014 by universities in the Fort Wayne region were in business, engineering, computers, math, or healthcare. We partner with the Northeast Indiana Works and WorkOne Northeast career centers to invest in our region’s talent and support our employers’ needs. We are deeply committed to improving the educational and career outcomes for children and adults throughout the region. Our Big Goal is to increase the percentage of residents in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area who have a higher-education degree or credential to 60 percent by 2025. 

3.    The heart of the Midwest shines here.

Welcome to Northeast Indiana, a place where you belong. We’ve proven to be a hearty and highly innovative place thanks to our welcoming business landscape and developed infrastructure. In Northeast Indiana, you get more than a central location; we are only two hours from Indianapolis and three hours from Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, and Cincinnati. Whether you’re looking to open a new business or looking to relocate, the Fort Wayne–area infrastructure makes doing business easy and affordable. Our friendly demeanor, reliability, and generosity continue to attract new businesses and people to the region. 

4.    We love our entrepreneurs.

Innovation happens in Northeast Indiana, and we want you to be a part of it. Northeast Indiana has served as the birthplace of some of the greatest commercial achievements in history, thanks to the creativity and reliability of our regional entrepreneurs. The television was invented by Fort Wayne inventor Philo Farnsworth. Sweetwater Sound has grown to be one of the nation’s largest retailers of music equipment. Vera Bradley’s perfect paisley design has become a worldwide trend-setter. How does this benefit you? Here, we nurture our local entrepreneurs with the support, resources, connections, and opportunities you need to take an idea to scale.

5.    Big initiatives are here, too.

We are actively stepping up for the betterment of the whole. With collaboration at the forefront of our community and economic development work, our region gains strength as a unit. Want proof? Just take a look at our regional initiatives. Collectively, and as a region, we have chosen priorities in five pillars to support the overarching mission to build, market, and sell Northeast Indiana to increase business investment. To attract and retain business and talent, we are tackling the big issues such as 21st-century talent, business climate, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, and quality of life. Why are we collaborating for the future of our region? To ensure our businesses and residents live a prosperous life. It’s true. We realize that great things do not come easily, so we are working together on the big issues to support our business, workforce, and economy in the global marketplace. 

Why You’ll Want to Live Here Too 

Our 11-county region fits all kinds of lifestyles, including yours. Northeast Indiana is all about options, too. You can stay busy in Fort Wayne’s vibrant downtown, relax in our laid-back smaller communities, or seek outdoor adventure in our northern lake counties

People from all walks of life call Northeast Indiana home, and we would love for you to be our neighbor. Need to know more? Here are our top five reasons we think you’ll love Northeast Indiana. 

1.    You get more for less.

As a region, we like to keep things simple. Northeast Indiana and Fort Wayne’s affordable cost of living is just one of the reasons we’re voted one of the best places to live in the country time and time again. Our affordable cost of living means you can enjoy the lifestyle you want, while still being able to take advantage of everything our region has to offer. Looking to buy your first home or upgrade to a larger home? You can afford that— and more— right here in the Fort Wayne area. Discover the advantages of living in Northeast Indiana yourself by using our cost-of-living calculator

2.    We’re smaller in size, but not in amenities.

Our 11-county region offers a vibrant urban core in Indiana’s second largest city: Fort Wayne. Downtown Fort Wayne has an expansive skyline with new retail spaces, condos, and apartments ready for city dwellers. The downtown area also features a growing arts campus, the No. 1 ballpark in the minor leagues, cafes, live music, and nightlife. But if city life isn't for you, our rural counties offer a quiet, laid-back lifestyle. From our many lakes and streams to tourist attractions and agritourism, in Northeast Indiana you’ll find Hoosier hospitality at its best. Believe us, life in Northeast Indiana is just easier.

3.    We are always learning.

We are a region that inspires you to reach your goals with ingenuity and good old-fashioned hard work. Just like you, our region is constantly learning, adapting, and seizing opportunities to grow. Our educational programs and institutions are here to meet the needs of you and your family. Residents of Northeast Indiana have access to over a dozen colleges and universities located in the region, including Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Manchester UniversityHuntington University, and Trine University. From one of the highest concentrations of New Tech schools in the nation focused on project-based learning to our many colleges and universities, Northeast Indiana is full of opportunities to learn and grow. 

4.    It’s all about location, location, location.

You already know about all the money you can save living and working in Northeast Indiana, so how do you put that extra cash to use? Well, use some of your extra pocket money to travel. If you’re ready for a road trip, Northeast Indiana is centrally located so that you can be in Chicago, Indianapolis, Ann Arbor, Michigan, or Columbus, Ohio in two to three hours. We also have the Fort Wayne International Airport, which can whisk you and your family away to more than 12 nonstop destinations, seven major hub airports, and unlimited vacation destinations. Another perk is our quick commute time. If you’re looking to get across Fort Wayne during rush hour, it only takes 20 minutes. If you want to travel to a county on the other side of the region, you can do that in an hour.  

5.    You’re welcomed here.

In Northeast Indiana, we live out our values every day. We keep things simple, treat people with respect, and help our neighbor. That’s how we’ve always done it. Transplants from larger cities often comment about how easy it is to find a fit in our midsize community. From networking in professional circles to joining a committed volunteer group, we tend to look out for the betterment of our community. One example is our Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA), which connects young professionals by developing a community of future leaders to create opportunities for action, growth, and regional pride. Ready to join us?