Two organizations in La Porte are joining forces. The boards of directors for the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce and the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corp. have formed an alliance aimed at aligning the organizations’ overall vision.

The groups say they will continue to operate their functions independently but share staff and workspace to achieve their goals as they represent the business interests of the greater La Porte community. The next step, according to the organizations, is to hold “strategic visioning workshops” to determine their shared vision, new name and brand identity.

Bert Cook will serve as Director of the Alliance.

"Essentially, we want to invigorate and improve what is working well and shed what isn’t," Cook said in a news release. "The best way to do that is to rebuild our organizations in conjunction with each other. It is a tremendous opportunity. Our boards have entrusted us with the challenge of building an innovative center for economic prosperity."

The groups say establishing the alliance will likely create capacity for additional staff resources in key areas, which can be used for programs such as the Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force and the GLEDC’s prospect development initiatives.

A major staffing announcement related to the alliance is expected next month during the State of the City address.