Marshall County Council Creates RDA06/10/2015Marshall County was the first in a three county coalition to take the necessary steps to create a Regional Development Authority (RDA). Shortly after the County Council’s approval of an ordinance supporting the establishment of an RDA on June 8th, neighboring St. Joseph and Elkhart County approved similar ordinances. The existence of an RDA allows the region the opportunity to submit a Regional Cities grant application. If successful in receiving one of the two grants, the region will have access to $42 million, coupled with a $168 million local match, for implementing projects and strategies to improve the region’s quality of place and attract top talent. The RDA’s main purpose is to provide administrative oversight and accountability, and supports long-term communication, agenda building, and performance tracking for the region. The application, which is being prepared with assistance by the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), the Michiana Partnership, Inc., and Fourth Economy Consulting, will be submitted by July 1st. For more information, please visit the Regional Cities of Northern Indiana.