Economic Development Monthly Update
August 2019
Register Today as a Made in Indiana Manufacturer!
The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s (MEP) “Made in Indiana” program highlights the vital contributions Indiana manufacturing makes to the state’s economy and raises awareness of the products manufactured in Indiana.

Click here for more information.
Economic Development News

Promise Scholarship
Michigan City's Promise Scholarship, a Mayor Ron Meer initiative, was named one of the "Best Practices in Talent Retention Strategies" by Ady Advantage, a comprehensive and integrated economic development, site selection and marketing consulting firm.

The scholarship won the award after a Midwest Talent Strategy was conducted by the Wisconsin firm, and was recognized at the Mid American Economic Council Best Practices Conference in July. 85 communities across the Midwest submitted their initiavties, 10 were interviewed, and the toop 5 were invited to the conference to receive the award.

For more information, visit the Promise Scholarship website.

EDCMC's New Strategic Plan
Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC) finalized a long-term strategic economic development initiative- An Agenda for Economic Prosperity- highlighting action items towards creating a local sustainable business environment and economic prosperity and equity for all residents following the same principles of economic inclusion.

In December 2018, EDCMC announced the organization was embarking upon a process to develop a comprehensive strategic initiative. Since then, EDCMC outlined a plan of action towards a more robust and competitive marketplace in Michigan City. The strategic plan highlights workforce development/talent attraction, placemaking, aggressive storytelling and economic modernization.

Read EDCMC's official strategic plan here.

EDCMC releases Opportunity Zone Prospectus
With funding from the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission, Economic Development Corporation Michigan City prepared and released Michigan City Opportunity Zone Prospectus, an investment guide that will be utilized to enable Michigan City to communicate its competitive advantages, trigger local partnerships and identify significant projects that are ready for the public, private and civic capital.

Opportunity Zones, introduced in the Tax Reform and Jobs Act of 2018, seek to encourage economic growth and investment in designated distressed communities by providing Federal income tax benefits to taxpayers who invest in business located within these zone.

Learn more about our Opportunity Zone Prospectus on our website.
Michigan City Spotlight
Safe Harbor: Back to School
Safe Harbor is an after-school care program that provides Michigan City Area School students with high quality enrichment programming.

Through dedicated academic support, MCAS students can participate in activities like music, art, dance, SPARK Recreation, robotics, horticulture, cooking, and so much more. There are specialized Safe Harbor programs for elementary, middle and high school respectively.

Learn more about Safe Harbor here.
Featured Real Estate
Marquette Mall
450 St John Rd
  • 8.8 Acre Site
  • Mixed-use retail/office
  • Regional shopping mall
  • Two retail out lots
  • Seven-story office tower
  • Value-add opportunity
  • Current tenants: Planet Fitness, GNC, Athletico, Bright Beginnings Learning Academy, Tire Barn, Allstate, Castle Ford & Lincoln.

Click for more information.

Contact Tim Franz, SVN Commercial Real Estate Advisors, for more details about this or other properties in Michigan City.
Phone: (312)676-1874, Email:

To learn more about other properties available in Michigan City or to have your commercial or industrial property featured in the future, please contact the EDCMC at 219-873-1211 or email
Upcoming Events
September 21, 2019 - UPS 6th Annual Charity Bass Tournament, to register.

September 26, 2019 - Influential Women of Northwest Indiana, get tickets.
2019 Manufacturing Excellence Awards
Nominations  Deadline September 4th, 4:30 p.m
Visit their  website for more information.
SAVE THE DATE: Made in La Porte County, October 4th
Call (219) 324-8584, or click here to learn more.
Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, November 15th
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Visit their website for more information.
Does your organization have a special event you want to promote? Email to be added to our calendar of events.
Preferred Vendor List

Horizon Bank
La Porte Hospital NIPSCO
Accurate Castings
American Licorice
Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad
La Porte County CVB
Franciscan Health
Space Center
Tonn & Blank
1st Source Bank
Dekker Vacuum Tech.
General Insurance Services
Holladay Properties
Michigan City Chamber of Commerce
Regional Development Company
Walsh & Kelly
Woodruff & Sons, Inc.
American Renolit
American Structurepoint
Don & Cindy Berchem
Centier Bank
Cressy Commercial Real Estate
Fidelity National Title
First Merchant's Bank
First Trust Credit Union
G.M. Fedorchak & Associates
Greater Indiana Title
Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce
H W Lochner
Harbour Trust & Investment
Haas & Associates
Hickman, Williams & Co
J. Shoffner General Contractor, Inc.
Kabelin Ace Hardware
Kingsbury Utility
Larson Danielson
McColly Bennett Commercial
Meridian Title
Michigan City Paper Box Company
Newby Lewis Kaminski and Jones
News Dispatch/Herald Argus
Oehmstead Company
Pioneer Pier
PNC Bank
Pyramid Equipment, Inc
Rieth Riley
Rowley & Company
SEH, Inc.
Sullivan Palatek
The Antero Group
Unity Foundation
Winn Machine
@ Properties
Barry McDonnell
BCA Environmental
Business Development Corporation
Cadence Environmental
Cender & Co.
Center of Workforce Innovations
Community Dynamics
Compresss Air
Craighead, Lange & Hough
Edward Jones/Jon Salisbury
Environmental, Inc
Guardian Couplings
La Porte County Assoc of Realtors
Kemp's Office City
Mayor Ron Meer
McKay Printing
New York Blower
Packaging Logic
Parkinson Hinton
Pioneer Lumber
RE/MAX Tom Larson
Sager Metal Strip
Schmitt & Kaylor
Shrewsberry & Assoc.
Strategic Management
Vermilion Development

If you would like to become a preferred vendor and an investor in the Community Investment Campaign, please see our brochure or call Clarence Hulse at 219-873-1211.