Northeast Indiana combines an innovative, forward-thinking approach with a Midwestern work ethic to create a talent formula that is unparalleled anywhere in the US. Talent in Northeast Indiana brings equal parts grit, curiosity and humility to the office, manufacturing floor and distribution center each day.

In Northeast Indiana, biomedical engineers at Wishbone Medical are designing life-changing implants for children, scientists at L3Harris are controlling satellites that inform the most popular weather radars and applications, and technicians at GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly are building more than 1,000 award-winning trucks each day.

There’s no limit on what the Northeast Indiana work ethic can bring to reality.

Northeast Indiana’s higher education institutions produce 8,500 graduates annually from programs related to the region’s target sectors – and they make sure that talent is coming to you.


Northeast Indiana Works is the region’s workforce development organization, providing employment services and access to training for employers and workers in 11 counties. The nonprofit oversees WorkOne Northeast career centers in those counties, as well as two regional youth development programs, and leads or contributes to talent pipeline development initiatives. Services offered to Northeast Indiana employers include customized recruitment/hiring events, applicant screening and assessment activities, access to training for existing and prospective workers, job postings on various platforms, digital skills workshops, and labor market information.

In short, Northeast Indiana Works and its business services representatives act as support to your human resources team.

Northeast Indiana Works and WorkOne Northeast stand ready to:

  • Recruit job candidates at no cost through a variety of strategies, including posting job openings locally, regionally and statewide, and arrange customized hiring events and job fairs.
  • Assist with skills-based hiring practices.
  • Offer free pre-employment screenings that assess candidates’ skills.
  • Provide access to low or no-cost occupational training for existing workers.
  • Help veterans transition to the civilian workforce.
  • Provide customized labor market information that will help you better understand workforce trends.

Higher Education

In addition to quickly reaching private industry, there are more than 200,000 graduates from Tier 1 and Tier 2 universities within 200 miles of Northeast Indiana, with major universities like Notre Dame, Purdue University, Indiana University Bloomington, Michigan State University and The Ohio State University all nearby. Northeast Indiana is strategically located in the middle of everywhere–providing the prime access your business needs.

Northeast Indiana Colleges and Universities Network

The region boasts a wide array of career and technical programs, including the Northeast Indiana Colleges and Universities Network, a consortium of 10 institutions harnessing their collective 40,000 enrolled students to feed to the specific talent needs of companies and create custom training programs to fill gaps.

Click here to see a list of colleges and universities in the Network >>

21st Century Talent Region Designation

Northeast Indiana is officially designated as the inaugural 21st Century Talent Region by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. By taking a comprehensive, systems approach, a participating region will identify strategic priorities and projects aimed at helping its communities create a better quality of place, develop and skill up its workforce, and connect talented Hoosiers with businesses seeking to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs.

Click here to see the Northeast Indiana talent data >>

Talent Hub Designation by Lumina Foundation

Northeast Indiana’s 11 counties, along with 22 other national Talent Hubs selected in 2017 and 2018, meet rigorous standards for creating environments that cultivate, attract and retain talent, particularly among today’s students, many of whom are adults, Black, Hispanic, or Native American, students from low-income households, or the first in their families to go to college.

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