Elkhart County Manufacturing Week


Elkhart County, Indiana – Starting Monday, October 2 and continuing through Wednesday, October 11, 2017,  the second annual Elkhart County Manufacturing Days will provide approximately 1922 8th grade students the opportunity to visit local manufacturers to explore the diverse education and career path ways available today in manufacturing. This year, all ten middle schools in Elkhart County are participating in this event, including, Bethany, Concord, Fairfield, Goshen, Jim town, North Side, Northridge, Northwood, Pierre Moran, and West Side. This explosive growth of this event spurred the creation of a new curriculum collaboratively created by Elkhart County school’s representatives for the student’s continued education of the Manufacturing Industry. Parent Events will also be held throughout Elkhart County after the company visits in October at each of the participating middle schools. The Parent Events will provide the opportunity to educate parent and families on the diverse career and financial opportunities available in Elkhart County’s manufacturing facilities.

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Manufacturing Days Press Release



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Indiana Plans for Revitalization, Talent Attraction

Indiana Regions to Present Plans for Revitalization, Talent Attraction

Seven Indiana regions, which plan to invest $3.78 billion in more than 420 cultural and livability projects across the state, present their formal Regional Cities Initiative proposals.  The Indiana Regional Cities Initiative encourages neighboring communities to work together to develop vision and action plans to create a quality of place that attracts and retains future generations of Hoosiers.  Elkhart County is in the North Central Region.  All presentation are available to view online:

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Welcome Mark Dobson, EDC President | CEO

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Elkhart County welcomes Mark Dobson as its new President/CEO.  Mark has over 30 years of economic and community development experience in both the private and public sectors in Indiana.

“I am very excited to join the EDC and to become actively involved in the communities of Elkhart County,” said Dobson. “The EDC of Elkhart County is the area’s premier economic development entity. The mission to collaborate with community leadership to grow Elkhart County is a challenge not taken lightly.”

Mark will head up efforts to encourage and support the economic growth of Elkhart County by developing and implementing the EDC’s aggressive economic development marketing program focused on business retention and recruitment, workforce marketing support, and image enhancement and economic development marketing.

“I look forward to working with the business and political leadership of the county and building upon the vision and mission that has already been laid in order to move Elkhart County forward,” said Dobson.

He most recently worked as the President/CEO of the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce, which has grown to over 600 members and is listed as the second largest Chamber in the Northeast Indiana region.  Mark spearheaded numerous successful projects during his 5+ year stint at the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce. He was named Indiana Chamber Executive of the Year in 2014 for implementation of the Chamber’s Strategic Plan. He was instrumental in raising the funds needed to support Elevate Indiana in the North Central Region. And he oversaw the absorption of Warsaw Community Development into the Kosciusko Chamber’s mission.

Mark earned his Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Management from Butler University. He also obtained his Institute of Organization Management certification from the US Chamber and is an Accredited Executive. He serves Governor Pence as an appointee on the Indiana Judicial Technology Committee and is a Rotarian. Mark lives in Elkhart with his wife Tina of 31 years and has two grown children; a son who is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and a daughter who is an educator in central Indiana.

Learn more:

EDC Leader Named, South Bend Tribune

Collaboration, Growth, Elkhart Truth

Need for ‘workforce watershed’ to fill new opportunities, Truth Radio 1340

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Become a better leader – Listen!

Listening — it seems so simple. Yet, it’s estimated that the average person ignores, forgets, or misunderstands at least 75% of what he or she hears. Is it any wonder that mistakes occur, opportunities are missed, or that the “I’ll take care of it!” never happens?

Have you ever caught yourself saying “I know I’m forgetting something”? Does your family ever say “would you just listen to me”? Is building a better business environment and strengthening family relationships top on your priority list? If you have answered YES to any of these questions, this workshop is for YOU!

The Pfeil Innovation Center, sponsored by Beacon Health System, is proud to present the one-day LISTENING PAYS® workshop on November 20th  and December 2nd.  More details >>

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Environmental & Safety Conference

Stay ahead of regulatory changes at the Environmental & Safety Conference on Wednesday, November 4th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Conference location is the Lerner Theatre, 410 South Main Street, downtown Elkhart. Download registration document or click here to register.

Conference topics will include:

  • OSHA recordkeeping and ways to save on insurance
  • Hearing loss prevention
  • Asbestos, silica and chromium
  • Soil remediation
  • Waters of the United States
  • Problem-solving with environmental audits
  • Planning annual environmental calendar
  • Hazardous waste determination
  • NESHAP/MACT/GACT Hot topics
  • Impact of proposed ozone standard

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The Pfeil Innovation Center in South Bend, Indiana is helping for-profit and non-profit organizations develop Innovation as a core competency.  Named in honor of Indiana entrepreneur, innovation pioneer and visionary businessman Richard J. Pfeil, the Center opened March 2011.  To date, more than 1,000+ enthusiastic thinkers from over 100 future-minded organizations are inspired to innovate daily after attending one of the Center’s two-day Innovation Leadership Immersions.

Beacon Health System, Pfeil Innovation Center’s champion of innovation in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan, believes in

  • innovation as a core value,
  • innovation as a driver of growth and prosperity, and
  • innovation as a teachable trait that can benefit any organization, anywhere.

Leaders, individual disruptors of mediocrity, and dedicated teams are invited to join the innovation in-crowd and register today for an upcoming Innovation Leadership Immersion session, click here for the details, wakeupandsmelltheinnovation.com.

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2015 Wage & Benefit Report

Elkhart County employers can now access a key resource to use when setting or negotiating wages and benefits – the 2015 Elkhart County Wage & Benefit Report.

Kruggel, Lawton & Company, LLC, a top 500 accounting, tax and business advisory firm, provided analysis of the data for the published report.

Report shares information for,
• 150+ positions, from CEO to housekeeping, in administrative, technical, sales, production, legal, medical.
• Benefits section summarizes costs, health care plans and options.
• Typical practices and policies for vacation, time off, retirement, training and incentives.

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Elkhart County 4th Largest Growth in Manufacturing

Elkhart County has one of the fastest-growing manufacturing industries in the country.

In 2014, the county ranked fourth in the nation for manufacturing job growth, with 3,194 new manufacturing jobs added, according to Headlight Data, a firm that aggregates and analyzes economic and workforce data released by the federal government. For this study, Headlight Data looked at data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics through its Quarterly Census of Employment and WagesRead on…

(source: Elkhart Truth, 07.23.15)


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Elkhart County Ranked Top 100 Leading Locations in U.S.

“Leading Locations 2015” study clearly reflects the strength of Elkhart County (Elkhart-Goshen MSA) as a place to do business.

Elkhart County Rankings

  • Top 100 Leading Locations in the U.S. – #51
  • #1 for Economic Strength among mid-size areas
  • #8 Year-over-Year Growth, mid-size areas
  • #6 “Recession-busting” attributes

Area Development analyzed economic and workforce data for 373 MSAs to determine which U.S. cities/MSAs are creating jobs and nurturing sustainable economic development.

The four key categories used in determining rankings for 2015 listed below are all critical factors for business leaders to assess when considering a location or expansion.

  • Prime Work Force
  • Economic Strength
  • Year-over-Year Growth
  • “Recession-Busting” Attributes

Every employer wants ready, well-qualified workers who are motivated, skilled, and require little training.

There are also big benefits in locating in communities with track records of economic growth. These cities/MSAs understand how business works and have the leadership, vision, and creativity to nurture sustainable economic development year after year — and not just in good economic times.

Perhaps what is most telling about a city or community is how it handled a bust cycle, or a recession — how did it get through? How did it still create business investment? How did it create jobs? How did it keep looking forward and creating positive results?

Click for link to full report at www.AreaDevelopment.com.

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Leadership Development Series

Leadership can often be hard to define and can mean different things to different people. Charisma, energy, solid decision-making, and an unwavering sense of direction are just some of the traits needed in a leader. They create an inspiring vision, and then motivate and inspire others to reach that vision.

The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County is pleased to announce a Leadership Training Series delivered by the Purdue Technical Assistance Program that addresses the recurring management challenges that new and experienced leaders encounter on a daily basis.  If you have new leaders in your organization or want to further develop existing staff – register for one workshop or the whole series!

Session One – Leadership Essentials & Situational Leadership (Aug 24)

Session Two – Managing Across Generations (Sept 21)

Session Three – Stress & Time Management (Oct 19)

Session Four – Managing Organizational Change (Nov 10)

Session Five – Emotional Intelligence (Dec 14)

Click here for more details.

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