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. 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.

  • 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.
  • County Development for the Future – A series of quarterly economic development round-table discussions bringing local leadership together for the purpose of identifying business advantages and community priorities in a collaborative effort to assist one another.
  • 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.
  • Regional Cities - Marshall County Projects – Community leaders developed 18 transformative projects that will improve the quality of place as a means to attract and retain top talent and spur capital investment.