Top 5 Results in 2019
Make It Your Own
Unveiled by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and guided by focus groups and perception surveys, Make It Your Own is designed for businesses to enhance their talent recruitment efforts and tell Northeast Indiana’s compelling story through a logo, tagline, marketing materials and authentic narrative. In 2019, the Regional Partnership generated more than 200 million national public relations impressions, advancing the region’s brand awareness and telling the story of businesses and talent that Make It Your Own in Northeast Indiana.
20+ Business Development Projects
In 2019, Northeast Indiana’s 11 local economic development organizations (LEDOs) responded to 22 project requests issued by the Regional Partnership. Each project represents a company looking to expand or relocate to Northeast Indiana. This is the first time in Regional Partnership history the business development team has exceeded the region’s goal for project submissions.
24 RDA Projects in 11 Counties
The Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) leveraged nearly $42 million of state Regional Cities Initiative funding to generate over $258 million of total public-private investment in 24 quality of place projects in Northeast Indiana’s 11-county region. By the end of 2019, over half of the 24 projects have been completed.
Regional Internship Program for Employers
In 2019, the Regional Partnership hosted nearly 200 interns from 56 universities around the world, representing 44 Northeast Indiana companies through the Regional Internship Program for Employers. The program grew dramatically with over 100 percent increase compared to the previous year’s attendance for both employers and students. The best news? The students enjoyed the program and Northeast Indiana as 88% of interns surveyed said they would consider living in Northeast Indiana after graduation.
21st Century Talent Regions
Gov. Eric Holcomb, together with Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo and Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) President Elaine Bedel, presented Northeast Indiana with its official 21st Century Talent Region designation, the first in the state. The 21st Century Talent Region initiative encourages local governments, businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits and economic and workforce partners to create and implement a plan to increase educational attainment, raise household income and grow the population in a region.