Series of workshops tell ‘our story’

October 3rd, 2014

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Series of workshops tell ‘our story’

Whitley County participates in NE Ind. initiative

The Post & Mail

COLUMBIA CITY — A new regional project, the Our Story Project, sought public input to help change the way residents speak about Northeast Indiana.

Workshops were held in Whitley County in September and continue in all 10 counties within the region this week and next.

Public participation helps to establish the region’s reputation, with themes including who we are, where we are going as a region and what Northeast Indiana will be known for.

With key messages defined, peo ple and organizations throughout Northeast Indiana will be able to tell a unified story about the re gion.

“We are excited about this proj ect to gather input from the local community and thankful to everyone who participated in the first Our Story workshop last month in Columbia City,” said Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio. “We raised the bar for the second session by setting a goal to double participation, which provides an opportunity to welcome new per spectives into this important dis cussion.”

The workshops consist of inter active, proprietary exercises aimed at building and refining Northeast Indiana’s story and conducted in two phases.

The first phase of workshops fo cused on discovering the region’s personality, while the second phase of workshops will center on the messages used to talk about the region.

The second workshop in Whitley County was held Wednesday at Parkview Whitley Hospital.

For a complete workshop list and to reserve a spot in an upcom ing workshop, visit

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

“Public input is vital to the success of the Our Story Project. This is your chance to help create the authentic story of Northeast Indiana,” said Courtney Tritch, vice president of marketing at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “Momentum has been building over the last several years in the region. We’re ready to tell our story, bu we need your help for this project to be effective.”

For more information about the Our Story Project, visit

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 creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration.

In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life.

The 10 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit