Partnerships & Regionalism

Two of the guiding principles of the Marshall County EDC are seeking partnerships and supporting regional cooperation between businesses and our communities. Our goal is to inspire a common vision in Marshall County where our communities promote the growth of new and existing businesses, where businesses are actively involved in the community, and where everyone is working together for the betterment of our future.

The collaborative spirit is alive and well in Marshall County. That is why when Marshall County was named a Stellar Communities finalist in 2018, the cornerstone of our plan was "connecting, collaborating, and creating." Our team provides businesses many strategic advantages. You can count on continued successes, such as those highlighted below, aimed at improving the overall economic climate in northern Indiana.

Crossroads Advantages

Our established partnerships and investments enable local businesses to grow and thrive through successful public-private partnerships.

  • Marshall County Crossroads Stellar Initiative – In 2018, Marshall County was named a Stellar Communities finalist. Through the program, leaders from across the county collaborated to create a plan with a projected $156 million economic impact that will enhance quality of place and improve quality of life for all residents.
  • Regional Cities - Marshall County Projects – Marshall County collaborated with a regional partnership that won $42 million through the Regional Cities Initiative (RCI). Community leaders developed 10 transformative projects, representing $5.8 million in RCI funding that will improve the quality of place as a means to attract and retain top talent and spur capital investment.
  • County Development for the Future – A series of quarterly economic development round-table discussions that began in 2013. These meetings bring local leadership together for the purpose of identifying business advantages and community priorities in a collaborative effort to assist one another. Over 24 meetings have been held so far.
  • Metronet Unlimited Bandwidth – A public-private partnership between two counties, one city and two private businesses extended unlimited bandwidth dark fiber into Marshall County creating capacities and speeds at par with Chicago and New York.
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) – A multi-county partnership raised over $250,000 to secure additional funding for the implementation of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curriculum in grades K-12 in all Marshall County public schools, ensuring a knowledgeable and skilled future workforce.
  • Economic Development Initiatives – Partnerships and assistance provided to communities across Marshall County to increase the number of available sites and buildings. These projects include:
  • South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership – a collaboration of the economic development partners from 47 smart connected communities in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. The organization seeks to create economic opportunities for all partner members through collaborative promotion, marketing, and capacity building efforts.