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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor was one of seven recipients awarded the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC). As we previously reported, the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor had an outstanding 2014 and fully deserves the recognition. This award is given each year to recognize ports that register a year-over-year increase in international cargo tonnage. According to SLSDC Administrator Betty Sutton, the Great Lakes Seaway System, as a whole, managed a 7.6 percent increase in tonnage.

The Elkhart/Goshen metro ranked 3rd in the nation in Site Selection magazine’s annual national Governors Cup rankings. The rankings recognize new and expanded corporate facility projects in places with a population fewer than 200,000. “This is another huge win for Elkhart County and demonstrates that our development is still accelerating,” said Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

Wabash, Indiana was the focus of a Wall Street Journal article by Josh Zumbrun as an example of a Rest Belt town adapting to the changing economy. “The nation’s economic recovery hasn’t been kind to small cities like this onetime industrial hub,” Zumbrun writes, citing a 15% decrease in employment in Wabash during the recession. Zumbrun goes on to examine what he says “could be a road map for other ailing towns” to follow, thanks to the efforts of local leaders who knew that they needed to “become more like the cities that are drawing residents away.” That strategy includes shifting priorities and transforming the town’s historic downtown to “attract educated workers, firms that employ high-skilled individuals and even [attracting] tourists.” While the writer reports progress and many improvements, he’s also honest; the labor force is still shrinking, and only time will tell if this strategy works in the long-term. Read the full article at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/wabash-2-0-indiana-city-reinvents-itself-1427296470.

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