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The State of Indiana Budget Committee has approved a $30-million grant for programs designed to grow population, wages, and credential attainment in an 11-county region of northeast Indiana.

The $30-million grant is earmarked for the Northeast Indiana Strategic Development Commission (SDC), which was appropriated by the General Assembly in 2023. With this milestone, the SDC expects to begin considering a higher volume of requests aligned with its strategic plan.

“We are profoundly grateful to the state for entrusting the Northeast Indiana Strategic Development Commission (SDC) as stewards of these resources by resourcing the aggressive 5-year plan our region spent nearly two years assembling,” said Ron Turpin, chair of the Strategic Development Commission. “As the only region in Indiana to have a plan, this support will enable us to further amplify the remarkable momentum across the 11 counties within the SDC membership.”

Recently, the Northeast Indiana Strategic Development Commission partnered with the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority to launch a project intake portal to solicit innovative project and programming ideas designed to grow population, wages and credential attainment in northeast Indiana.