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LEDO Perspective: Michigan City

Friday, December 01, 2017

We recently talked with Economic Development Corporation Michigan City Executive Director Clarence Hulse about the latest in Michigan City:

NIPSCO EDI: How would you describe Michigan City, and what would you say are its features for its citizens and for businesses?

Hulse: Michigan City is Northwest Indiana’s lakefront community and is strategically located one hour from Chicago by Interstate 94 or 80.  Our quality of life, skilled workforce, and low cost of doing business are a few of the reasons why companies have chosen Michigan City, IN.  Our beach, casino, outlet mall and revitalized downtown are key features that continue attract prospective companies and millennials to Michigan City.

NIPSCO EDI: How has 2017 been for your territory in terms of economic development?

Hulse: We have had a great year in Michigan City – new retail, commercial and industrial expansions in our marketplace – we are seeing the construction of over $300 million in private sector investment and more plans for 2018.

NIPSCO EDI: What big successes or projects have started or completed recently?

Hulse: In the past 12 months, Michigan City has seen several new facilities constructed in the community across industry sectors.  Williams Systems invested $3.5 million in a new trucking facility adding 50 new jobs.  Silver Birch of Michigan City is completing a $20 million residential care facility due to open in early 2018.  Franciscan Health is half way through building a new $240 million hospital on the city’s southern edge.  Holladay Properties just completed a new $14.5 million auto dealership and recently broke ground behind it for $5.5 million shell building that will allow light industrial users to utilize up to 64,000 square feet.  Numerous new retail fronts have popped up as well, including Sonic, Belle Tire, ATI Physical Therapy, Edgewood Dental, and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

NIPSCO EDI: As a LEDO, what is your approach or what do you consider your priorities in handling the responsibilities of the job?

Hulse: From a strategic standpoint, we study our community, look at gaps in the business community and search for opportunities to meet those needs establishing networks and new businesses.

NIPSCO EDI: As we move into fall, how do the changing seasons affect your territory in terms of economic development?

Hulse: Changing seasons don’t affect us in the least. We have had activity year round in the past and I expect that continue, whether it is new projects or planning events.

NIPSCO EDI: What are you looking forward to in 2018 and beyond?

Hulse: I am looking to another great year! We have many new projects in the hopper and pushing to bring to fruition in 2018. We are also planning some new initiatives to drive workforce along with our partners.

Clarence Hulse, Executive Director
Economic Development Corporation Michigan City