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Chamber EVP Laskowski to Retire; DeCleene Named New EVP; Bishop Promoted

Published Monday, December 4, 2017
After 18 years of service, South Bend Regional Chamber Executive Vice President Paul Laskowski is retiring at the end of the year. Current Visit South Bend Mishawaka (VSBM) Executive Director Rob DeCleene has been named the new executive vice president of the Chamber, beginning January 1, 2018. In addition, Controller Mari Bishop has been promoted to

Idea Week April 21-28 to Celebrate Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Region

Published Saturday, December 2, 2017
The University of Notre Dame, along with the city of South Bend, the city of Elkhart and various community organizations and businesses, will host Idea Week April 21-28 (Saturday-Saturday) to highlight strides being made in innovation and entrepreneurship in the region and to inspire creative energy for future success. Idea Week was announced Dec. 1

South Bend-Elkhart Region Income Exceeds National Average

Published Thursday, November 30, 2017
Per capita personal income in the South Bend-Elkhart Region grew at more than double the national average in 2016, according to numbers released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income in the region increased by $1 billion, resulting in a $1,436 per person increase in personal income. “This is the one metric that economic

Ameriplex 80/90 Busines Park Continues to Expand

Published Monday, November 27, 2017
The ongoing development of the Portage Prairie Business Park has focused on a specific sector: logistics and distribution. Located on the east side of U.S. 31 and also known as Ameriplex at Interstate 80/90, the park is only two miles north of Interstate 80/90. With two FedEx facilities, ChasePlastics, Pepsi and Hubbel-Raco already at the park, developed

Business Community Reacts to South Bend Schools Focus 2018 Plan

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the South Bend Community School Corporation released its Focus 2018 Plan, a design for the future. The plan included new grade configuration, new bell times for all levels, and the closing and repurposing several schools. Access the plan. The Chamber, the voice of the local business community, has long had an interest in the

SF Motors Acquires AM General Auto Assembly Pant; Jobs Coming Back

Published Friday, November 3, 2017
SF Motors, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle (EV) company, today announced that the acquisition of AM General's commercial assembly plant ("CAP") has closed. SF Motors, which is the only EV company to establish its own U.S. and Chinese manufacturing capabilities, will use the plant for upcoming North American EV production as part of its global strategy to

United Federal Credit Union Expanding

Published Tuesday, October 31, 2017
According to a company press release, United Federal Credit Union will open six new locations in St. Joseph County over the next three years. The Michigan-based credit union broke ground recently on a new location on Main Street in Mishawaka. This fall, the credit union also broke ground on a new branch on Ireland Road in South Bend. Both the South Bend

MFG Day 2017 is Friday, October 6

Published Thursday, October 5, 2017
On Friday, October 6, the third annual Manufacturing Day 2017 in South Bend will provide more than 600 area high school students with the opportunity to visit local manufacturers, explore education and career opportunities in our community, and see how their classroom learning today is building a foundation for their future success. “The mission of


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