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Economic development enewsletter from the St. Joseph County Chamber  |  October 2013



ED Stats - Leads

67% YTD Response Rate (Responded to 18 out of 27 leads from the state, based on criteria)

  • Reported Capital Investment/Jobs for the 18 Lead Responses: $128.2M/1870 jobs
  • Overall Reported Capital Investment/Jobs for all State Leads: $185.7M/2532 jobs
  • Total Buildings/Sites Submitted: 43
    • South Bend: 72.1%
    • Mishawaka: 14.0%
    • New Carlisle: 14.0%
  • #Business Visits, September 2013: 7
  • #Issues Resolved, September 2013: 19
  • #YTD Business Visits: 76
  • #YTD Issues Resolved: 187


Business Expansion
& New Investment Report
To view a summary of 3rd Quarter BENI,click here.



Did You Know...?

According to Manufacturing News, Inc., Indiana led all U.S states in manufacturing jobs added in June and gained over 8,000 manufacturing jobs in the past year for a 1.4% increase from the previous year.  What's more, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis published recent figures showing Indiana's Gross Domestic Product grew 3.3% in 2012-higher than the national average of 2.5% and 8th best in the country



ND Impact: $1.167 Billion
The numbers are out! The economic impact of the University of Notre Dame's employment, spending, students, visitors and research brought $1.167 billion in economic activity and 13,766 jobs to St. Joseph County last year. For more details on ND's economic impact, visit impact.nd.edu.



New Distribution Center = New Jobs

Hubbell Inc.-owned RACO relocated its distribution center from South Holland, Ill. to South Bend, creating up to 77 new jobs by 2015. The company also spent about $1.5 million to move out of Cook County and into a new business park in northern Indiana. Governor Mike Pence, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg along with members of the South Bend City Council were on hand to cut the ribbon at the new center.



Tap into the internSJC Program 
Build talent through internships. The Chamber's internSJC program is designed to increase the quantity and quality of experiential learning in St. Joseph County. Our goal is to provide students with real-world experience that could lead to full-time employment and give companies access to talented and enthusiastic young people. Learn more about the program.
AEP Indiana Michigan Power

Free Services from NC ISBDC

Do you know the services available to those individuals who have a client relationship with the NC ISBDC? ReferenceUSA, a premier source of business and residential information for reference and research, and industry reports such as IBIS, a market research and purchasing report, are a few of the free services offered to NC ISBDC's clients. For more information, contact Jan Fye at jfye@southbendbcg.com or 574.400.4044.



Site Selectors Guild Conference

Regina Emberton of Michiana Partnership and Greg Lorch of the SJC Chamber attended the Site Selector Guild last month in Indianapolis. Key takeaways from site selectors were:

  • Consideration for selecting a site includes: labor, cost of doing business and ease of doing business
  • In order to be competitive, local permits should not take longer than 30 days to obtain
  • If a location does not have ready sites, it will be hard
    to compete
  • Market yourself regionally, sell yourself locally
  • Site Selectors are involved in approximately 1/3 of
    the placements
  • Public policy drives economic development
  • Quality of public and private leadership drives economic development success.




St. Joseph County Economic Profile



Stats - August 2013 (projected)


Rates by County 

  • St. Joseph 9.9%
  • Elkhart 7.7%
  • Marshall 7.7%
  • Fulton 7.9%
  • Kosciusko 6.1%

Rates by State 

  • U.S. 7.3%
  • Illinois 9.2%
  • Indiana 8.1%
  • Kentucky 8.4%
  • Michigan 9.0%
  • Ohio 7.3%

Commercial Construction
Activity Report

Expansion & New Investment Report

Keep In Touch:
ED Updates

Keep updated on economic development news by reading Chamber President and CEO Jeff Rea's column appearing on Tuesdays in the South Bend Tribune.


Thank you to our growSJC investors. For more information click here. 


* Ancon Construction

* Barnes & Thornburg LLP

* Beacon Health System

Bradley Company

Crowe Horwath

* Faegre Baker Daniels

* Fifth Third Bank

* Gates Automotive Group

* Gibson

* Indiana Michigan Power

* IU South Bend 

* Jurgonski & Fredlake


Kruggel Lawton & 
  Company, LLC

* Kuert Concrete, Inc.

* Lake City Bank

Lake Michigan Mailers

* Majority Builders 

* McGladrey


Newmark Grubb  

  Cressy & Everett 


PNC Bank  


  Construction Company

* South Bend Airport

South Bend Clinic

* South Bend Tribune/

   WSBT Stations

* Specialized Staffing


* Tire Rack

Tuesley Hall Konopa

University of Notre Dame

Walsh & Kelly


Additional funding is required. For more info, contact Jeff Rea at 574.400.4000, or email growSJC@sjchamber.org.

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Chamber of Commerce
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