Gallup Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jim Clifton will speak next month at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He will discuss what northeast Indiana must do to compete in what he calls “the coming jobs war.”

October 29, 2013

News Release

Fort Wayne, Ind. — A jobs war is brewing. Is Northeast Indiana ready? According to Gallup CEO Jim Clifton, only 100 cities globally will win the coming war for jobs. Clifton is coming to Northeast Indiana on November 12 to discuss what it will take for our region to compete as well as other themes from his book, “The Coming Jobs War.”

Clifton's appearance is part of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne's (IPFW) 2013 Omnibus Lecture Series. He will speak Tuesday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auer Performance Hall of the Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW campus. The lecture is open to the public; however, free tickets are required to attend.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Lutheran Health Network are partnering with IPFW to bring Clifton to the region because the book's themes align closely with regional efforts currently underway through the Vision 2020 initiative.

Over 250 regional leaders are currently reading “The Coming Jobs War” and using it to guide discussions around Northeast Indiana's future.

“Clifton's book emphasizes the role of local leadership in creating a region's economic future. It was important for me to have Lutheran Health Network involved in bringing him here to further rally and engage our local talent in the global fight for jobs,” said Brian Bauer, CEO, Lutheran Hospital and interim CEO, Lutheran Health Network. “We're looking forward to hearing his insights on how Northeast Indiana can continue to work together to build upon the solid foundation that's already in place.”

Clifton states in “The Coming Jobs War,” “The cities and countries that act first-that focus everything they have on creating good jobs-are the ones that will win.”

“Developing, attracting and retaining talent is vital to the economic success of our region. Without qualified talent to fill jobs, employers will locate elsewhere,” said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “Clifton's presence in Northeast Indiana will create a sense of urgency to coalesce around the regional priorities of Vision 2020. This is all about growing GDP in Northeast Indiana, and Clifton will be able to help us bring that point home.”

The lecture is made possible with support from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Lutheran Health Network, Sweetwater Sound and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

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In addition to the Omnibus lecture, Clifton will also be speaking to the Regional Opportunities Council, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership's investor board, on November 13.

About Lutheran Health Network

Lutheran Health Network is a taxpaying, integrated healthcare delivery system and one of the largest employers in the region. LHN encompasses eight separately licensed hospitals and nearly 1,000 licensed beds, including 793 in Allen County alone. The foundation of LHN is an experienced team consisting of 7,000 associates working together to deliver life-changing care. Lutheran Health Network continues to provide patients with extensive access to specialized services through its hospitals, patient care centers and physician practices. The strength of LHN allows it to recruit highly skilled physicians, innovate with the newest technology and participate in clinical research. Learn more at

About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The 10 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit

Source: Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

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