The Journal Gazette: Five questions for Stéphane Frijia, President & CEO, NEI


NEI’s President and CEO Stephane Frijia recently completed a Q&A with The Journal Gazette. An excerpt from the article: Q: NEI recently awarded the first Pioneer Award and the Pioneer Starts Here digital storytelling movement. Why is celebrating northeast Indiana businesses and leaders key to growing the region? A: We have pioneered a new and interesting […]

NEI Launches

Following NEi’s Pioneer Starts Here event, which took place at Electric Works on April 27 and served as the launch of the Pioneer Starts Here digital storytelling platform, the organization unveiled The website is dedicated to the Pioneers of our region and includes video stories of the nominees (as well as our 2023 Pioneer Award winner Ariana McGee) […]

Brandon Noll Promoted to VP of Business Development at NEI

FORT WAYNE, Ind., May 15, 2023 —  Brandon Noll has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership (NEI) after serving as both Director and Senior Director since 2019, NEI announced today. Noll grew up in Pleasant Lake, Indiana, a town of less than 2,000 people where he lived on a rural farm […]

NEI Welcomes Eileen Alberding and Jackson Long to the Business Development Team

Restaffing can be both exciting and challenging for organizations. While it provides an opportunity to bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the table, it also requires significant effort and resources to ensure a smooth transition. Today, our business development team looks a little different – but thanks to the individuals who were here prior and the procedures put in […]

Business Attraction Predicts a Record Year

Our Business Development team is dedicated to achieving our organizational goals and growing opportunities for our 11-county region to win business investment. We measure our success through a set of key performance indicators (KPIs), which include, but are not limited to: Business Contacts | Any direct contact made by the NEI Staff to a c-suite executive […]

NEI Welcomes New and Increased Investors

Thank you, IU Health Fort Wayne, Turnstone, Sweitzer Family Office, Summit Brands, Team Quality Services, SME and Community State Bank – all of which have joined team NEI as new investors or have increased their investment this year! The following companies are new investors in NEI: Turnstone Turnstone creates possibilities as Northeast Indiana’s only free-standing not-for-profit […]

NEI Announces First Pioneer Award Winner

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – At an event on Thursday, April 27 at The Forum at Electric Works, NEI awarded Ariana McGee, founder and CEO of Navigate Maternity, the first Pioneer award. McGee says she was honored to win the award and it was extra special knowing the guests in the audience voted for her. “The […]

Growing Northeast Indiana’s Economy Through Regional Collaboration

Bringing Together NEI Business, Industry Leaders in 2022 NEI’s Regional Initiatives Team dedicated significant time and effort in 2022 to engaging with stakeholders to make Northeast Indiana the best region it can be. In 2022, the Regional Opportunities Council (ROC) was divided into three smaller, focused councils: the Built Environment Council, New Economy and Innovation […]

Why Electric Works is a Game Changer for NEI

Massive Mixed-Use Development Adds Vibrancy in Downtown Fort Wayne Electric Works is one of the largest office projects in the United States and was completed in 2022. It puts Fort Wayne in the same category as New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin and Charlotte, while triggering innumerable conversations of interest and amazement. Here is […]

NEI Continuing to Strengthen Economic Resiliency in 2023


Happy New Year, friends of NEI! It’s been a little over a year since my family and I made the move to Northeast Indiana. It’s been a year full of change, transition, challenges, new initiatives, hefty goals, and, most of all, assurance that I made the right choice in making NEI my family’s new home. […]