Greetings from Michigan City, Indiana!

2018 was a fantastic year for us and 2019 continues to be bullish.  Michigan City economic growth continues to head in a positive direction with staggering statistic. Over #1 billion in capital investment has been invested in public and private projects in the past 6 years. In the past three years 2016-2018, over $322,525,895 million in capital investment, 603 new jobs, and 2079 retained jobs.

In 2018, the northern section of the city was designated an Opportunity Zone and the city boundaries grew by 426 acres with land zone for two new business parks and 125 acre residential subdivision.

The City of Michigan City has undertaken numerous quality of life projects and infrastructure improvements projects hoping to attract private investments and new residents. Programs like the Michigan City Promise Scholarship, Compressed Air Academy at the high school, Artspace Artist Residence Lofts, and the La Porte Skill Up Network continues to draw attention to our community.

The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City has a positive outlook for 2019 and welcomes your inquiries on how to create new investment in a supportive business environment. Please review the 2018 highlights below and contact me if you have any questions.

Clarence L. Hulse
Executive Director

To view our 2018 Annual Report, click here .
Michigan City - La Porte MSA Market Profile now available

Having access to data is key for any business that is looking to grow or expand in a community. Being able to provide that data quickly and easily is important for all local economic development organizations. The EDCMC recently partnered with Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation and the La Porte County Office of Economic Development to create a Market Profile for our MSA so that we are all sharing the same information.

Download the brochure,  here .

Opportunity Zone

"Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide," according to Economic Innovation Group (EIG) . Earlier this year, Michigan City submitted several census tracts to be considered for this new federal program. As of June, three census tracts (403, 408, 430) in Michigan City have been designated as Opportunity Zones (see map below). The designated Opportunity Zones in Michigan City are situated on the north end of the City and encompass downtown, industrial space, and neighborhoods.

A view of all the designated Opportunity Zones in the USA can be found here.

SiteLink Forum is a Success in Michigan City

Economic Development professionals, developers, and site selectors came together for a successful conference at Blue Chip Casino August 2018. The three day conference was informative and interactive for many of the participants. The EDCMC was fortunate to be a part of it and to host three of the site selectors in Michigan City for the weekend following the conference. Site selectors were given a tour, met many community leaders, and took in the boat races before their departure.

Read more about the conference,  here .
See the site selectors comments,  here .
Education Spotlight
Ivy Tech Classes now being offered at AK Smith

Responding to local industry needs, Peter Linden, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Michigan City, announced the College and its Campus academic team, led by Vice Chancellor Rob Jeffs, is strategically realigning investments towards training programs in Industrial Technology, Logistics, and Information Technology. He added, “It is our intention to enhance opportunities for residents to access local high paying jobs and for employers to invest in their reliable employees by upgrading their skills for anticipated openings.” Courses began the week of January 14, 2019 and benefit from an expanded partnership with A.K. Smith Career Center. 

Read more,  here.

Michigan City Students Attend IMTS

The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City and the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce again partnered to help send community Middle School students to the International Manufacturing and Technology Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. Students were able to learn about manufacturing companies and the jobs that go with them. They participated in hands on experiences and got to meet Jeremy Bout of Edge Factor. Edge Factor then visited with community members at the AK Smith Career Center to talk about the programs that will be introduced to La Porte County schools. This program is being brought to La Porte County schools through the Skill Up Network.

Read the article about the Edge Factor visit, click here.
To learn more about Edge Factor, click here.

Sullair Air Compressor Academy

Sullair, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, announced a partnership with Michigan City Area Schools to increase opportunities for students to learn about industrial equipment usage, servicing and repair. With a donation of equipment, the Air Compressor Academy began last fall at Michigan City High School. La Porte County is home to a multitude of businesses that are directly or indirectly connected to the compressed air industry and several have already jumped on board to be a part of this newly formed academy. Introducing students at an early age to numerous career opportunities in the industry will help connect the businesses with their future workforce.

Private Investment
Tonn & Blank Business Park
Tonn & Blank Business Park is a 100 acre +/1 business park within 2 minutes of Interstate 94 and Hwy 20.

  • Water & Sewer served by City of Michignan City
  • Rail served by Chicago South Shore Freight
  • Build to Suit Options
  • Located in New Market Tax Credit Area
  • View brochure for details on Tonn & Blank

This property is located off Hwy 20 in Michigan City.

To learn more about this business park and other available sites, please contact the EDCMC at 219-873-1211. 
Woodruff Business Park
Woodruff Business Park is a 100 - acre industrial park developed by the Roy J. Woodruff Family and Woodruff & Sons, Inc. 

  • Rail Access
  • Easy Access to the Interstate
  • Utilities Ready
  • Shovel Ready Lots
  • AT&T Fiber Certification
  • Built to Suit Options
  • Read more here...

The entrance to Woodruff Business Park is located off E. Michigan Blvd. on Motts Parkway which is less than 2 miles from Interstate 94.

To learn more about this business park and other available sites, please contact the EDCMC at 219-873-1211. 

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