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South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership Accepting Ideas For $50 Million State Grant June 17

South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership

The South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership is hosting a launch event June 17 where people can submit project ideas for a $50 million state grant. 

“The main goal is to invest in projects or programs that are going to accelerate our ability to attract people and accelerate our economic growth,” regional partnership president Regina Emberton said. “Our north star is increasing per-capita personal income.”

The grants come from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative, or READI.

The event starts at 10 a.m. in South Bend’s Howard Park. The proposal will be submitted to the state at the end of August.

“We want to really get the juices flowing and have people bringing ideas about what’s important to them, what they’d like to see in their communities across the region,” Emberton said. 

The regional partnership is focusing on five pillar areas for economic development — entrepreneurship, talent attraction and retention, industry growth, education and workforce and diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Jakob Lazzaro comes to Indiana from Chicago, where he graduated from Northwestern University in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and a double major in History. Before joining WVPE, he wrote NPR's Source of the Week e-mail newsletter, and previously worked for CalMatters, Pittsburgh's 90.5 WESA and North by Northwestern.