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The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity through product development and effective regional collaboration.
In 2010, the partnership launched Vision 2020 (now Vision 2030) to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. Through its combined efforts in business development and capacity building, the partnership supports its 11 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.
The Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana is a membership organization of more than 90 businesses from 11 counties in northeast Indiana. Through advocacy and collaboration, the regional chamber promotes policies that yield a limitless future in northeast Indiana on the strength of 21st century talent, world-class infrastructure, and a business climate that fosters investment, growth and success.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) serves the employer and the worker to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future. Primary services include: regional workforce strategies; labor market information; WorkOne centers; professional training; and unemployment insurance.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is the state of Indiana’s lead economic development agency. The IEDC focuses its efforts on growing and retaining businesses in Indiana and attracting new business to the state. Northeast Indiana Works and WorkOne Northeast work closely with the IEDC in touting the workforce tools available to existing businesses or those considering locating in northeast Indiana.
Local Economic Development Organizations
Local Economic Development Organizations (LEDOs) in northeast Indiana work with a broad array of community, regional, statewide and national partners to attract, retain and expand businesses. Each of the 11 counties served by Northeast Indiana Works has a LEDO or similar organization: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.
Northeast Indiana Works partners with a host of educational organizations to bring training and education opportunities to people at various stages of their career paths.
Those partners include the region’s five high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) providers: FWCS Career Academy (Allen County), Area 18 Career & Technical Education Cooperative (Adams, Blackford, Huntington, Jay and Wells counties), Heartland Career Center (Grant, Huntington, Miami and Wabash counties), Impact Institute (Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange, Steuben and Whitley counties) and Marion Regional Career Center (Grant County).
There are also five adult education providers that offer basic skills instruction, High School Equivalency (HSE) exam preparation and in most cases HSE test administration, English language learner classes and short-term certification training. The five adult education providers: Fort Wayne Community Schools Continuing Education Program (Allen), Impact Institute (Noble, LaGrange, DeKalb, Steuben, Whitley and Huntington counties), the Learn More Center (Wabash), The Literacy Alliance (Allen, Adams and Wells counties) and Marion Regional Career Center (Marion).