Friday Dec. 18, 2015
It’s been a big week for the Elkhart-South Bend area.
The board of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. decided to award a proposal put together by boosters from Elkhart, St. Joseph and Marshall counties $42 million in grant funds. The money, designed to leverage even more from the private and local public sectors, is to be used for infrastructure and development projects, bolstering the quality of life here and encouraging population growth.
The IEDC took its action Tuesday in Indianapolis. I previewed the issue Monday, then did a followup Wednesday, focused on additional funding that’ll have to be appropriated by state officials to make the plan happen. Two other regions in Indiana are also in line to receive $42 million each.
Aside from a story based on the action Tuesday, I live tweeted the IEDC meeting, plus a gathering beforehand of an advisory committee to the IEDC and a press conference afterward led by Gov. Mike Pence. The tweets, by my quick count, numbered around 50. Here are links to the articles:
- “Elkhart County lawmakers say request for an extra $42M in Regional Cities funding has good prospects,” Dec. 17, 2015
- “Elkhart-South Bend area’s Regional Cities proposal to receive $42 million in state funds,” Dec. 15, 2015
- “Elkhart, St. Joseph, Marshall county boosters to learn if they get share of $84 million in development money,” Dec. 15, 2015