FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership added a new member Wednesday – Kosciusko County.
In a midday press conference, officials with the Partnership formally added the county – the first addition of a new county since 2007.
“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,” said Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership board chairman Joe Pierce.
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, formed in 2006, is a public-private partnership that in many ways works to foster economic development and promotion.
Kosciusko County is now the 11th county collaborating with the Partnership in addition to Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.
Adding Kosciusko seemed destined after the Partnership had worked with Kosciusko on numerous initiatives in the past, including talent attraction, Regional Cities and infrastructure improvements on U.S. 30.
“We are impressed by the investment in collective success in Northeast Indiana,” said George Robertson, president of the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation. “Kosciusko’s global companies and skilled workforce are heavily connected to the quality of life assets in the Fort Wayne area, so it makes perfect sense that we would combine forces with the Partnership and its 10 regional counties.”
The Kosciusko County Commissioners, Kosciusko County Council and the Warsaw City Council each voted to align with Northeast Indiana.
“By partnering with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, we work toward a shared vision of growth, and a stronger community. Warsaw shares the same determination as Northeast Indiana and together we can continue to advance the region and generate new opportunities. This is just another example that the cities and counties in Northeast Indiana are committed to continuing to work together to make a meaningful difference,” said Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer.