Regional Partnership Expands Footprint

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The organization includes 11 counties. The organization includes 11 counties.
FORT WAYNE -

The president of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership says bringing Kosciusko County into the fold is about more than orthopedics. The organization now includes 11 members after adding its first new county since 2007. John Sampson says the collaboration that took place during the statewide Regional Cities Initiative pushed the county and organization to join forces. He adds the organization has never been focused on adding counties "as an objective," but says it is open to the idea if it could better serve the regional economy.

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Board Chairman Joe Pierce says "as a region, we want to be bigger, bolder and more assertive. With the addition of another member county, the partnership can continue to grow as a united, adaptable and collaborative region working to make Northeast Indiana a magnet for business and talent.

The partnership includes Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

The county and organization have previously partnered on initiatives including talent attraction, the Regional Cities Initiative and improvements to U.S. 30.

Kosciusko Economic Development Corp. says joining the partnership "makes perfect sense" because of the connections among the companies and work force in the county and the greater Fort Wayne area.

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership President and CEO John Sampson tells Inside INdiana Business "the real potential in this is about what we don't know today."
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