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“Our Story” Project Now Online

October 22nd, 2014

News Coverage:

"Our Story" Project Now Online

Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:00 pm

by Joseph Slacian, jslacian@wabashplaindealer.com

The Our Story Project, an effort by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership to redefine the 10-county region, is seeking input from the public.

NIRP hosted a series of workshops throughout the region seeking input in September and October. For those unable to attend the workshop, it’s going online.

The Our Story Project online workshop is available at www.neindiana.com/workshop.

Public input will help shape how the region is marketed by economic developers, chambers and tourism agencies from all 10 counties in Northeast Indiana, NIRP officials said. Results from the online workshop will be combined with input gathered from more than 500 participants who took part in over 20 public workshops held throughout the region.

The online workshop is the last opportunity for residents in Northeast Indiana to contribute to the project.

“I think that anyone and everyone should take advantage of this opportunity to add a Wabash County voice to this 10-county process,” said Bill Konyha, President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County. “Wabash is just about the smallest county in the region and they make efforts like this to provide us with every opportunity to be heard.

“I participated in two workshops and this online opportunity is an effort to secure even more input from Wabash County and the other nine counties in the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.”

The online workshop, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete, gives the public the opportunity to weigh in on the traits Northeast Indiana possesses, our personality as a region -- today and in the future -- and how we authentically articulate that to others.

"If you havent participated in the Our Story Project up to now, I strongly encourage you to spend a few minutes completing the online workshop. The authenticity of our story relies on gathering as much input from the public as we can. This is your chance to add your voice to the project," said Courtney Tritch, vice president of marketing at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

Everyone who takes part in the online workshop will be entered into a prize drawing along with participants from the public workshops. Prizes include:

• An iPad mini ($300 value) donated by 95.1 Best FM

• A tool box with tools ($100 value) donated by Do it Best

• Rolling luggage ($280 value) donated by Vera Bradley

• A travel bag ($130 value) donated by Vera Bradley

• A $400 gift certificate donated by Best One Tires

• A vineyard lunch for two ($200 value) donated by Joseph Decuis

• A $250 flight voucher to or through Philadelphia donated by Fort Wayne International Airport

• A guitar ($200 value) donated by Sweetwater Sound

• A pair of sunglasses ($50 value) donated by Desiar

The online workshop will only be available until Friday, Nov. 7.

The Our Story Project is sponsored by 21Alive, 95.1 Best FM, Chase, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Parkview Health, BKD LLP, Indiana Michigan Power, Design Collaborative and Novae.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity through product development and effective regional collaboration.

Through its combined efforts in business development and capacity building, the Partnership supports its 10 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

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