Priority Wins

In Northeast Indiana, we are a community of visionaries committed to seeing our Vision 2020 priorities fulfilled in a way that benefits your business and leaves a lasting legacy in the community.

When a priority succeeds, we call that a win.

Northeast Indiana’s Vision 2020 priorities focus on long-term, progressive, and innovative opportunities for positive economic and community growth. The more challenging, the more impactful, the better, and we’re committed to seeing these priorities through.

But once a priority succeeds, then what?

As we continue to bring our long-term vision to fruition, here are the highlights of a few of our priority wins so far:  

When Northeast Indiana Wins, We All Win

When the Regional Opportunities Council (ROC) feels the region has achieved the vision of the established priority, the priority is then retired so we can work on the next one.

Here’s a snapshot of our retired priorities:

Downtown Riverfront Development

We know that a bustling, vibrant urban core is a key component to building a strong and economically viable region. It makes a positive impact on your business, too, because investments in quality of life are critical for business and talent attraction. Developing the riverfront in downtown Fort Wayne will create a dynamic metro center for the region and serve as a catalyst for future development throughout Northeast Indiana. By pursuing a quality-of-life initiative that is tied to the region’s history and natural resources, we’re bringing our past with us into the future and capitalizing on our existing natural wonders. In 2014, we passed the downtown riverfront-development torch to our community partners at the City of Fort Wayne’s Riverfront Fort Wayne program. The Downtown Riverfront Development (DRD) Task Force made the recommendation to the ROC based on belief that Riverfront Fort Wayne has the momentum, community support, and funding to maintain the efforts that we started with downtown riverfront development.

Elevate Ventures

Today, Elevate Ventures serves as a statewide organization that provides startup funding for small, high-growth companies, and helps second-stage companies succeed. Entrepreneurs play a crucial role in Northeast Indiana’s economic success. That’s why entrepreneurship is one of the five pillars of Vision 2020. To strengthen the resources available for entrepreneurs in Northeast Indiana, the Regional Opportunities Council (ROC) made establishment of Elevate Ventures in the region a priority under Vision 2020 in 2011 and helped raise $760,000 to get it started. The impact of Elevate Venture’s presence in Northeast Indiana has not gone unnoticed. For every dollar invested in Elevate Ventures, the region has received a $47 return. Elevate Ventures has helped fill the previous gap that existed in providing much-needed resources for high-growth companies in Northeast Indiana.