Workforce & Talent

Northeast Indiana prides itself on its efforts to develop, attract, and retain a talented workforce to help your business succeed. We have more than programs, infrastructure, and a welcoming business landscape to benefit your business. We also have the culture and quality of life to attract and retain skilled talent.

Northeast Indiana has a developed pipeline of talent and our talent is ready to work for your business.

Employment and Wages

Our list of major employers spans our 11-county region with target industries including defense and high-tech communications, food processing, insurance, logistics, medical devices, and vehicle manufacturing. Some of our top industry leaders include BAE Systems, Maple Leaf Farms, Lincoln Financial, General Motors, and Zimmer Biomet

Wages in Northeast Indiana are a common incentive for our businesses. We work to attract and retain our businesses and their employees with competitive wages. Northeast Indiana is also recognized as a friendly place for new businesses that do not wish to be represented by a union. In 2012, Indiana became the first state in over a decade to pass right-to-work laws


Northeast Indiana has a developed pipeline of talent and our talent is ready to work for your business. Our investment in our students is a benefit to doing business in Northeast Indiana. We know that increasing educational attainment and credentials will increase overall economic wealth and meet the needs of your growing business. Businesses in Northeast Indiana have access to one of the largest concentration of New Tech schools and more than a dozen colleges and universities located 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, and health. We are also working on increasing the number of residents in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area with a high quality degree or credential to 60 percent by 2030.


The region’s growing economy demands a workforce with a wide range of skills. By working with businesses and community partners, we are committed to the development and expansion of talent pipelines that will keep Northeast Indiana companies and workers competitive in the 21st-century global marketplace. By partnering with regional workforce development organizations like Northeast Indiana Works and WorkOne Northeast career centers, we are investing in our region’s talent.

Northeast Indiana Works, which oversees 11 WorkOne Northeast career centers in northeast Indiana, provides Skill-Link training at little cost to employers. Skill-Link is a program that offers certification-based training tailored to employers’ specific skill needs. Employers select high-potential employees for the training, which promotes talent retention, career-pathway development, and, in many cases, leads to promotions and pay increases. WorkOne Northeast assists employers in filling positions left open by the promotion of employees who complete Skill-Link training. 

We are here to meet your needs as a business, and our workforce and talent are ready too. We live out these values of grit and determination to get the job done every day. If you’re ready to consider doing business in Northeast Indiana, contact our offices today.

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