Elkhart County supports a range of existing businesses, and targets a diversification of industry through a variety of local programs and resources. Learn more

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Indiana ranks high in low taxes, 1st among Midwestern states for favorable corporate taxes, 4th among states for low property tax index and 9th for low individual income tax index. Learn more

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80% of the labor force in Elkhart County is in manufacturing and Indiana ranks 3rd in the country in Manufacturing GDP for states where Manufacturing is the number 1 industry. In fact, Indiana is one of only 6 states to receive a grade of “A” for friendliness to manufacturing and logistics. Learn more

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Indiana is in the median center of U.S. population with the distribution advantage that 70% of the U.S. population is within a days drive of the state. Learn more

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Elkhart County promotes commercial investment opportunities for innovation-based industries such as nanotechnology, robotics, alternative energy and high-tech manufacturing. Learn more

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Elkhart County Looking to Fill Jobs

Posted: Jun 09, 2017 12:23 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 09, 2017 1:52 PM EDT

Lippert Components is one of the major companies looking to fill open positions.Lippert Components is one of the major companies looking to fill open positions.

ELKHART COUNTY –The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says Elkhart County is having difficulty in finding qualified workers for the manufacturing industry. The county, which is at record-low unemployment, says companies are looking to fill an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 open positions.

Elkhart County Economic Development Corp. President Mark Dobson is encouraging workers throughout the state who may have been displaced from previous employers to consider relocating to Elkhart. The DWD says the majority of the jobs are coming from employers such as Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO), Lippert Components Inc., and Forest River RV Corp.

The DWD says many of the jobs are entry-level and offer on-the-job training. They include engineers, welders, plumbers, technicians, electrical hook-ups and installers, builders, parts and shipping specialists, customer service representatives, and supervisors and managers.

Interested potential candidates are being encouraged to contact their local WorkOne Career Center to find more information.



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June 2017 Newsletter





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:        June 13, 2017


David Smith

General Manager

Lerner Theater



Elkhart to host representatives from Tongxiang City, China as part of Sister Cities International affiliation.

Elkhart, IN—Representatives from Tongxiang City, China will visit Elkhart, Indiana on Wednesday June 21, 2017 as part of their Sister Cities International affiliation. This relationship is designed to expand and improve activities in both cities in regard to arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development and technical exchange.

The group will begin their visit with a campus tour of Notre Dame, and enjoy lunch at Café Navarre in South Bend before making their way to Elkhart. Mayor Tim Neese will welcome the group to their Sister City in a meeting hosted by Dallas Bergl at INOVA Federal Credit Union. To top off the day’s events, a local Elkhart park will be dedicated to Tongxiang City in honor of the cooperation between the two cities, followed by a tour and dinner at the Lerner Theater.

Representatives from Elkhart and Tongxiang City will continue to work collectively toward fulfilling the mission of Sister Cities International, and expanding upon the union they have created through this diplomatic network. Elkhart Sister Cities Association (ESCA) President David Smith stated “Today’s technology allows for greater unity of our world’s cultures than ever before. Elkhart’s participation in Sister Cities International is our community’s commitment to better know our neighbors.” The board members of ESCA are proud to be a part of this international alliance and look forward to the opportunities it will create.

About Sister Cities International

Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a nonpartisan 501(c) (3) nonprofit which serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the U.S.  Sister Cities International provides essential services, programs, and resources to help members cities find partners as well as expand and improve their activities. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in over 500 member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in 145 countries on six continents.

About Elkhart sister Cities Association (ESCA)

The Elkhart Sister Cities Association (ESCA) was founded in 1998 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation managed by an all-volunteer board of directors with David Smith as the current president. Elkhart has two other sister city relationships with Burton-upon-Trent, England and Kardjali, Bulgaria.




The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County is a Public-Private Partnership serving the County, Cities, Towns, Businesses, and Residents of Elkhart County.  We are the “One-Stop Shop” for all of your Business Attraction and Expansion needs.  Our Mission is to create an economically vibrant community by recruiting, retaining, and strengthening our economic base; being a catalyst for diversification, innovation, and economic change. We accomplish our mission by working with companies looking to locate or expand in Elkhart County.


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