The goal of the Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative is to make Indiana a magnet for talent by creating a national identity for Indiana cities. Northeast Indiana is competing for up to $42 million in state matching funds by submitting The Road to One Million plan. With an initiative like Regional Cities led by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Northeast Indiana and Fort Wayne can fast track our quality of place projects and become a magnet for talent attraction and business investment. The Road to One Million plan draws from hundreds of existing community plans, focus groups in each county, interviews with stakeholders, walking tours and planned private sector investments. The full portfolio of $1.4 billion in investments features 70 projects including phase 1 projects (years 1 and 2); longer term projects (years 3-8 implementation); and ideas for projects beyond the state’s initial 8-year time frame.
Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA)
The Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA), currently the largest RDA in the state, consists of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. Only the RDA may apply to the new state funded Indiana Regional City Fund (administered by the Indiana Economic Development Council) for matching grants and loans; it may also accept loans, grants, and other contributions from federal, state, and private sources. If Northeast Indiana is selected as a winning Regional City and can move quickly to implement projects, the region will be eligible for additional funds in subsequent years. The RDA is overseen by a five-member board, each appointed by consent of the executives of the member counties and municipalities.