2018 Wage & Benefit Survey

Welcome to Elkhart County’s 2018 Survey of Wages and Benefits.  Your participation enables us to publish and distribute this valuable resource each year.

 

The collection of information from area businesses serves an important purpose.  Local employers are provided with benchmark data on average wages and benefits for over 100 different occupations, resulting in a report that is one of their key resources when setting or negotiating wages and benefits.  As with any survey, the quality of the report depends on the quality of the data submitted.  Please help by answering all of the questions completely and accurately.

 

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Elkhart development could bring new cutting-edge medical services to region

By Ed Semmler | South Bend Tribune – Apr 22, 2018

ELKHART — A proposed $175 million complex on the east side of Elkhart could bring several unique medical service providers, including a company that specializes in proton therapy for cancer, to the region.

Officials took the first step last week to turn a 117-acre parcel at the northeast corner of County Road 17 and the St. Joseph Valley Parkway or Bypass into a Tax Increment Financing or TIF district. The measure would allow real estate taxes collected on the new development to be used for roads and other necessary improvements and services.

Proposed Medical Complex
 Elkhart officials have largely kept details close to the vest. However, they say an announcement could come early this summer and that the project would include four medical buildings, with possibly more to come in the future. It could also bring hundreds of new medical-related jobs.

Some of those medical services could include proton cancer therapy, brain trauma, memory care and treatment for opioid addiction, officials said. There also could be schools focused on nursing and other aspects of medicine.

Proton therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses protons — rather than X-rays — to attack tumors. Because protons allow for more precision, there are fewer side effects, in large part because there is less damage to healthy tissue, according to the National Association for Proton Therapy.

There currently are fewer than 30 locations in the United States with proton therapy, but there are about 10 more under construction or in development. Proton therapy treats many solid cancer tumors, including tumors of the brain, central nervous system, eye, gastrointestinal tract, head and neck, liver, lung, prostate, spine and some breast tumors, the association said, adding that it’s especially important when treating children because of their smaller size.

Jim O’Connor, president of the Philadelphia company that will develop the land in Elkhart under the name 1720 Land Development Co., said three medical service providers have already committed to the project and a fourth is very close.

“The chances of this not happening are almost non-existent,” O’Connor said. “But we’re precluded from providing details because of non-disclosure agreements.”

The land was assembled more than 10 years ago with the idea of using it for medical-related purposes. But development fell through largely because of the recession, said Mark Dobson, head of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

But a couple of years ago, city and county officials began talking to a developer who liked the site, in large part because of the regional connectivity created by the Bypass and the Indiana Toll Road about four miles to the north.

Dobson confirmed that the services being proposed for the site will largely complement or enhance the medical strength of the region rather than compete against existing services.

The project could eventually grow to nine buildings and could support as many as 300 to 500 jobs, he said. That’s especially important to Elkhart County, which has been been interested in diversifying its manufacturing-based economy since it was hammered during the recession.

Planners also expect the development might attract hotels, restaurants and additional offices in much the same way new businesses sprang up around St. Joseph Regional Medical Center when it relocated to Mishawaka.

Jeff Rea, president and CEO of the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the Elkhart site is a good one for medical development because it offers easy access for most of the region. In that way, it’s similar to the land that was developed for medical use on the south side of Mishawaka at Elm Road and the Bypass several years ago.

And if the project enhances existing services or brings new ones to the market, the entire region will benefit since it will augment our standing as a regional medical center.

“Health care and higher education have been two of the fastest growing segments of our local economy in recent years,” Rea said. “If the Elkhart project adds something new, it could help the entire market.”

Source: https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/business/elkhart-development-could-bring-new-cutting-edge-medical-services-to/article_824835cf-2f57-5f31-9981-ba26bec10859.html

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Elkhart aquatics center aims to build community with health, fitness, wellness offerings

By Marshall V. King

The Elkhart Health, Fitness, Aquatics and Community Center will be a new home for high school swim teams and community members wanting to socialize and get a workout.

It’s also designed to be a gathering spot for book clubs, card games, yoga classes, and people working on their health, whether it’s to maintain it or get it back.

The plan is for the programming to be crafted as the building itself is constructed, but Pete McCown, president of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, can envision on any given day, the center will have volleyball league games, community open swimming, triathletes gathering to train, a healthy cooking class and a Medicare enrollment event.

Full article: http://vibrantelkhartcounty.org/2018/04/05/elkhart-aquatics-center-aims-to-build-community-with-health-fitness-wellness-offerings/

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WSJ – The Future of America’s Economy Looks a Lot Like Elkhart, Indiana

The capital of RV manufacturing, which once had the worst unemployment rate in the U.S., is now facing labor shortages and rising home prices and wages

ELKHART, Ind.—The self-proclaimed RV capital of the world gives a glimpse of what the American economy looks like when operating at full tilt.

High-school students around here skip college for factory jobs that offer great pay and benefits. For-hire signs sprout like roadside weeds. And workers are so flush that car dealers can’t keep new pickups on the lot.

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Employer Needs Assessment survey scheduled for Elkhart County

As a part of a larger economic study of Elkhart County, the county-wide 15-20 minute electronic 2018 Employer Needs Assessment is scheduled to begin in February targeting approximately 200 employers across different industries within the county. The survey link will be disseminated to select employers who will be asked to complete the assessment. The data provided by local employers will reveal drivers behind common employer problems and will be used to design strategies that enable the county’s workforce and businesses to be more efficient and effective.

Leading the economic study is consulting firm enFocus, working in close partnership with the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County. As part of the larger study, the 2018 Employer Needs Assessment will survey organizations throughout Elkhart County to identify the needs of employers of varying sizes and industries. This county-wide assessment will help address current workforce realities and future employer needs, and track the needs of employers over time to align workforce development programs. For a deeper understanding of employer needs, the survey will ask questions from the following areas: general hiring practices, trending hiring difficulty, employee recruitment and retention, and attainment of skill needs. Responses from Elkhart County employers will provide insight into several research questions in these areas.

“The primary objective of our work is to use insight obtained from the assessment to design strategies that will assist in addressing imbalances that exist between labor demand, hiring, and retention to support organizations establishing, relocating, or expanding their operations in Elkhart County,” states Connor Ratycz, an enFocus Fellow working on the project.“ We are eager to see what the data analysis yields and, more importantly, gain a more comprehensive understanding of the extent to which Elkhart County businesses are experiencing hiring and retention difficulties, and the top reasons for such difficulties across industries.”

Points to Highlight

  • 15-20 minute online survey with survey link emailed to select businesses via email
  • The survey will remain open for 1 month
  • Approximately 200 employers from the county will take the survey
  • Urge employers to please take the time to gather the necessary data and report accurately
  • Findings and insight from the employers will be analyzed to provide direction for future recommendation
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ElkhartCountyWorks.com Launches

The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County announces the launch of Elkhartcountyworks.com 

This website and accompanying media campaign was created as a tool to help recruit workforce for our rapidly growing economy.  It is but one response to our community’s labor shortage.

The website aggregates existing information on Jobs, Housing, Schools, and other community amenities to help a job seeker learn more about our great community. We are marketing Elkhart County to the job seeker and family.  The site does not require additional input from your company.  It aggregates existing databases such as Indeed.com, Monster.com, & CareerBuilder.com in such a way that bring focus to the opportunities available in Elkhart County.

Elkhartcountyworks.com is the foundation of the effort to bring workforce to Elkhart County.  It is supported by an extensive Social and Traditional Media campaign strategically targeted to areas of high unemployment, which have recent job loss announcements, and/or have experienced natural disasters.  A local concierge is available to answer questions about the community and potential employers.  A soft launch of the website occurred this past weekend.  A video outlining five reasons to move to Elkhart County was posted on one person’s Facebook page. It was shared by two other Facebook users.  By Monday morning over 600 substantive visits occurred to the website.

Our project partner is TaigMarks, Inc..  TaigMarks initiated a nationwide press release today.  Please reach out to me if you have questions.

Thank you,

Mark A. Dobson, IOM, AE
President & CEO

The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart Count
300 NIBCO Parkway | Suite 201 | Elkhart, IN  46516
P:  574.293.5627 | F:  574.343.2951 | C:  574.536.9083
E:  mark@elkhartcountybiz.com | W:  www.elkhartcountybiz.com

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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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Innovation

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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