Regional Development Authority

Northeast Indiana Regional Development (RDA)

READI Update

On Sept. 30, 2021, the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) submitted Northeast Indiana’s regional development plan (RDP) as the 11-county area vies for up to $50 million in funding through Indiana’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) program.  

The plan, titled “Growing with Vision,” showcases Northeast Indiana’s strong economic transformation in the last decade thanks in part to opportunities such as the Regional Cities Initiative. Citing regional focus groups, data and research, the plan also explores the significant opportunities ahead for the region, which would be catalyzed and accelerated if the region receives READI funding.   

The Northeast Indiana RDA and Local Economic Development Organizations (LEDOS), which serve as the READI steering committee, received over 130 applications. Across the region, the READI funding request totaled $439,513,646.88. Most projects submitted through the proposal process were included in the final RDP.  

Discover Northeast Indiana's vision for the future by downloading the Growing wirh Vision Plan. 

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How to Submit READI Proposals

The Northeast Indiana RDA is accepting READI proposals. Before you submit, you are asked to also reach out to your local economic development office regarding this proposal.

READI Program Background 

Since 2016, Indiana has seen consecutive years of population growth driven through net positive migration. Coming out of the pandemic, there is a significant opportunity for states like Indiana to capitalize on individual and corporate decisions to relocate to lower-cost, less dense areas that still offer a high-quality live and work environment.

The Regional Economic Acceleration & Development Initiative, or (READI) Program, aims to do two things: 

  • Accelerate Indiana’s population growth through increased domestic and international migration by supporting the implementation of regional economic development strategies focused on making Indiana cities and towns magnets for talent
  • Investment in financial partnerships with regions across the state to demonstrate the potential to attract people and accelerate the state’s economic growth

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) will expect to invest $500 million to be matched by the private sector and local community. IEDC expects regions to attract a minimum 4:1 match. This includes a required 1:1 match from local public funding and a recommended 3:1 match from private and philanthropic sources.

Regional Resources

READI Timeline

October-November 2021 | Committee reviews regional applications

The IEDC board of directors will form a READI review committee to evaluate regional development plans. Each region will have the opportunity to present its vision, goals and strategies that will positively impact the area’s quality of place and quality of life, innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent attraction and development. The committee will establish criteria to evaluate the plans and will host a series of review meetings that will be open to the public.

December 2021 | State finalizes funding decisions

The review committee will make funding recommendations to the IEDC board of directors. Once approved, the IEDC will award READI funding to selected regions to advance implementation of the projects and programs designed to catalyze economic growth and talent development in Indiana.

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Meet the Board

The RDA is overseen by a five-member board that serves a four-year term. Appointed by their respective counties and municipalities, our board members are committed to improving Northeast Indiana and supporting the Road to One Million plan.

Board Members

  • President Gene Donaghy, retired from Northeastern REMC

  • Vice President Andrew Briggs of Farmers & Merchants State Bank

  • Secretary Bob Marshall of Campbell & Fetter Bank

  • Jeffrey L. Turner, Attorney at Law

  • James Khan, president and owner of BakerStreet Steakhouse, Proximo and The Hoppy Gnome in Fort Wayne

Our board members have the expertise, too. Each board member is required to have at least five years of professional work experience in one of the following: transportation, regional economic development, business or finance, the private sector, the nonprofit sector, or academia. Board members may not be elected officials or employees of a member county or municipality. 

RDA Meeting

Unless noted otherwise, the RDA’s public meetings are scheduled for 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every other month at the office of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, 200. E. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. The location of the meeting is subject to change. Please contact the RDA for any questions.

The Road to One Million

The Northeast Indiana RDA was formed to apply for funds available through the state’s Regional Cities Initiative, which seeks to make Indiana a magnet for talent attraction by funding transformative quality-of-place projects. Northeast Indiana won $42 million through this state initiative, and now the RDA is charged with implementing those funds to best reach the goals of increasing economic growth, increasing population growth, and enhancing the region’s national brand identity.

Road to One Million projects totaled $268 million with nearly 60 percent of the project funding coming from private sector sources.

The Road to One Million plan contains nearly 70 quality-of-place projects and $1.5 billion in investment in the region. We believe using the Regional Cities funds to begin implementing this plan will help Northeast Indiana reach its goal of a population of 1 million by 2031.

The full impact of Indiana’s Regional Cities initiative will not be realized for years to come. Clearly, a shot in the arm for quality of place assets in Fort Wayne and other regional communities, Northeast Indiana has committed to our own Road to One Million plan for retaining and attracting skilled talent and increasing our population growth rate.

Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority-Funded Projects

  1. Great Lakes Capital - $2.8 million*
  2. University of Saint Francis - $2.8 million*
  3. Trine University - $2.8 million*
  4. Embassy Theatre - $1.75 million*
  5. DeKalb County YMCA - $947,000*
  6. Little River Trail - $255,748*
  7. Manchester Early Learning Center - $520,000*
  8. North Buffalo Street Redevelopment Project - $3.5 million
  9. Regional Trails - Fort Wayne - $1.77 million*
  10. South Adams Trails - $498,000
  11. The Enterprise Center - $323,000*
  12. UB Block - $1.6 million
  13. Michiana Event Center - $3.96 million*
  14. Posterity Scholar House - $2.84 million*
  15. The Landing Redevelopment - $4.26 million
  16. The Clyde Theatre Renovation Project - $1 million*
  17. Riverfront Park Fort Wayne, Phase I - $5.17 million*
  18. Eagles Theatre Project - $976,636
  19. Wabash River Trail - $941,031
  20. Russel and Evelyn Fahl Aquatics Facility in Columbia City - $844,079*
  21. Strawberry Valley Cultural Trail in the City of Ligonier - $248,920
  22. Fishing Line Trail - $171,500*
  23. Kendallville Outdoor Recreation Center - $392,000*
  24. Grow Wells County - $423,183
  25. CASS Housing project in Fort Wayne - $200,000
  26. Kendallville Community Learning Center - $183,000*
  27. Enterprise Center phase two in Angola - $100,000
  28. Hanna Nuttman Park Revitalization in Decatur - $50,000

*Projects marked with an asterisk are completed as of 2021. 

RDA Meeting Agendas
File Author Publish Date Download
Meeting Agenda September 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Sep 17 Download File
Meeting Agenda August 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Aug 6 Download File
Executive Session Meeting Agenda June 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Jun 4 Download File
Meeting Agenda May 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, May 7 Download File
Meeting Agenda April 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Apr 9 Download File
Meeting Agenda March 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Mar 5 Download File
Meeting Agenda January 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Jan 8 Download File
Meeting Agenda December 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Dec 4 Download File
Meeting Agenda October 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Oct 9 Download File
Meeting Agenda September 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Sep 4 Download File
Meeting Agenda July 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Jul 10 Download File
Meeting Agenda June 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Jun 5 Download File
Meeting Cancellation May 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, May 8 Download File
Meeting Agenda April 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Apr 9 Download File
Meeting Agenda March 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Mar 7 Download File
Meeting Agenda February 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Feb 7 Download File
Executive Session Meeting Agenda February 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Jan 31 Download File
Meeting Agenda February 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Jan 31 Download File
Meeting Agenda January 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Jan 10 Download File
Meeting Agenda December 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Dec 6 Download File
Executive Session Meeting Agenda November 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Nov 8 Download File
Meeting Agenda November 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Nov 8 Download File
Meeting Agenda October 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Oct 3 Download File
Meeting Agenda August 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Aug 9 Download File
Meeting Agenda June 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Jun 7 Download File
Meeting Agenda April 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Apr 11 Download File
Meeting Agenda January 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Jan 4 Download File
Meeting Agenda November 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Nov 9 Download File
Meeting Agenda September 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Sep 7 Download File
Meeting Agenda July 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Jul 6 Download File
Meeting Agenda May 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, May 4 Download File
Meeting Agenda March 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Mar 8 Download File
Meeting Agenda February 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Feb 21 Download File
Meeting Agenda January 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Jan 19 Download File
Meeting Agenda December 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Dec 19 Download File
Meeting Agenda December 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Dec 8 Download File
Meeting Agenda November 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Nov 9 Download File
Meeting Agenda October 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Oct 6 Download File
Meeting Agenda September 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Sep 8 Download File
Meeting Agenda August 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Aug 4 Download File
Meeting Agenda July 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Jul 7 Download File
Meeting Agenda June 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Jun 9 Download File
Meeting Agenda May 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, May 5 Download File
Meeting Agenda April 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Apr 7 Download File
Meeting Agenda March 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Mar 10 Download File
Meeting Agenda February 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Feb 10 Download File
Meeting Agenda January 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Jan 13 Download File
Meeting Agenda December 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Dec 9 Download File
Executive Session Meeting Agenda November 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Nov 22 Download File
Meeting Agenda November 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Nov 11 Download File
Meeting Agenda October 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Oct 14 Download File
Meeting Agenda September 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Sep 15 Download File
Meeting Agenda August 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Aug 24 Download File
Cancelled Special Meeting August 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Aug 23 Download File
Special Meeting Agenda August 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Aug 23 Download File
Meeting Agenda July 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Jul 19 Download File
Meeting Agenda June 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Jun 21 Download File
Meeting Agenda May 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, May 17 Download File
Meeting Agenda April 27, 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Apr 27 Download File
Meeting Cancellation April 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Apr 19 Download File
Meeting Agenda April 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Apr 19 Download File
Special Meeting Agenda April 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Apr 14 Download File
Meeting Agenda March 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Mar 18 Download File
Meeting Agenda February 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Feb 19 Download File
Meeting Agenda January 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Jan 19 Download File
Meeting Agenda December 2015 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2015, Dec 22 Download File
Meeting Agenda November 2015 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2015, Nov 16 Download File
Meeting Agenda October 2015 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2015, Oct 16 Download File
Meeting Agenda August 2015 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2015, Oct 16 Download File
Meeting Agenda July 2015 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2015, Jul 16 Download File
RDA Meeting Minutes
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Meeting Minutes August 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Sep 21 Download File
Meeting Minutes June 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Aug 10 Download File
Meeting Minutes May 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Jun 8 Download File
Meeting Minutes April 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, May 11 Download File
Meeting Minutes March 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Apr 13 Download File
Meeting Minutes January 2021 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Mar 5 Download File
Meeting Minutes December 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2021, Jan 12 Download File
Meeting Minutes October 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Dec 8 Download File
Meeting Minutes September 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Oct 13 Download File
Meeting Minutes July 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Sep 4 Download File
Meeting Minutes June 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Jul 10 Download File
Meeting Minutes April 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Jun 5 Download File
Meeting Minutes March 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Apr 14 Download File
Meeting Minutes February 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Mar 10 Download File
Meeting Minutes January 2020 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Feb 4 Download File
Meeting Minutes December 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2020, Jan 14 Download File
Meeting Minutes November 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Dec 10 Download File
Meeting Minutes October 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Nov 12 Download File
Meeting Minutes August 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Oct 7 Download File
Meeting Minutes June 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Aug 13 Download File
Meeting Minutes April 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Jun 11 Download File
Meeting Minutes January 2019 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Apr 15 Download File
Meeting Minutes November 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2019, Jan 8 Download File
Meeting Minutes September 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Nov 13 Download File
Meeting Minutes July 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Sep 11 Download File
Meeting Minutes May 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Sep 6 Download File
Meeting Minutes March 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Sep 6 Download File
Meeting Minutes February 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Mar 12 Download File
Meeting Minutes January 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Mar 8 Download File
Meeting Minutes December 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2018, Jan 23 Download File
Meeting Minutes November 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Dec 12 Download File
Meeting Minutes October 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Nov 13 Download File
Meeting Minutes September 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Oct 10 Download File
Meeting Minutes August 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Sep 12 Download File
Meeting Minutes July 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Aug 8 Download File
Meeting Minutes June 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Jul 11 Download File
Meeting Minutes May 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Jun 13 Download File
Meeting Minutes April 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, May 9 Download File
Meeting Minutes March 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Apr 19 Download File
Meeting Minutes February 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Mar 14 Download File
Meeting Minutes January 2017 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Feb 14 Download File
Meeting Minutes December 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2017, Jan 17 Download File
Meeting Minutes November 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Dec 13 Download File
Meeting Minutes October 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Oct 18 Download File
Meeting Minutes September 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Sep 20 Download File
Meeting Minutes August 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Aug 16 Download File
Meeting Minutes July 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Jul 19 Download File
Meeting Minutes June 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Jun 21 Download File
Meeting Minutes May 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, May 17 Download File
Meeting Minutes April 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Apr 27 Download File
Special Meeting Minutes April 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Apr 6 Download File
Meeting Minutes March 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Mar 15 Download File
Meeting Minutes February 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Feb 16 Download File
Meeting Minutes January 2016 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Jan 19 Download File
Meeting Minutes December 2015 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2015, Dec 22 Download File
Meeting Minutes November 2015 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2015, Nov 17 Download File
Meeting Minutes October 2015 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2015, Oct 20 Download File
Meeting Minutes August 2015 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2015, Aug 25 Download File
Meeting Minutes July 2015 Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2015, Jul 13 Download File
The Road to One Million
File Author Publish Date Download
Real-Time Talent Data State of Indiana 2019, Jul 18 View Website
Project Owner Information Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership 2016, Sep 14 Download File
Subrecipient Agreement Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority 2016, Sep 14 Download File
Regional Cities Initiative Development Plan Project Claim Form Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) 2016, Sep 14 Download File
Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority Project Cover Sheet Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership 2016, Sep 14 Download File
Regional Cities Initiative Agreement Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) 2016, Sep 14 Download File
Road to One Million Executive Summary Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. 2016, Sep 14 Download File
Road to One Million Plan Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. 2015, Jul 15 Download File
Regional Cities Talking Points Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. 2015, Apr 1 Download File