E. North Central: IN/IL/MI/OH/WI

Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce (WI) – Economic Development Strategic Plan

Challenge In 2018, the city of Wausau had stagnant population growth due to outmigration of residents moving to bigger, high-growth cities as a consequence of a national economy with record low unemployment. The area’s agriculture and food processing industry faced major headwinds due to global competition, automation, and labor shortages. …

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Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission – Economic Recovery and Resilience Plan

Challenge Northwest Indiana (comprised of Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties) faces both old and new obstacles on its path to sustainable economic growth. Some, such as the decline of the steel industry, have been impacting the region for years. Others, like the region’s housing and workforce shortages, are nationwide …

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Northeast Indiana Strategic Development Commission – Northeast Indiana Five-Year Plan 2023¬2028

Challenge Despite its long history of collaboration, the 11-county Northeast Indiana region faces significant challenges. These include limited population growth outside of Allen County (Fort Wayne), postsecondary education and credential attainment that lags state and national benchmarks, and per capita personal income levels that have fallen substantially below the US …

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Detroit Regional CEO Group (MI) – Industry-led Workforce Partnership and Pilot Implementation Roadmap

Challenge Perceptions of a disconnect between the skill and experience needs of regional employers and the skills and experience of those seeking employment have long been a topic of discussion among Detroit area business leaders. While this disconnect is often raised as a national issue, resulting from technological disruptions and …

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Chicago Metropolitan Area Planning (IL) – Inclusive Growth Analysis

Challenge Charged with linking transportation and land use planning in a 7-county region of northeastern Illinois, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and its partners have a strong history of collaboration. Long-range planning efforts such as ON TO 2050, the region’s current comprehensive plan that identified economically disconnected and …

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Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and Fort-Wayne Allen County (IN) – ACT—Allen County Together Plan

Challenge With its wealth of economic assets and increasingly positive economic trends, Fort Wayne-Allen County is poised to solidify its position as one of the Midwest’s premier growth centers. However, certain obstacles stand in the way of achieving this goal including a shortage of developable and re-developable sites, talent shortages, …

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Wired65 Region / Lincoln Trail Area Development District (KY) – Regional Competitiveness Strategy

Challenge The Wired65 region, comprised of 26 counties surrounding the Louisville metropolitan area, presents a unique combination of assets and challenges. Home to Worldport, UPS’s international shipping hub, the area boasts a strong logistics and distribution cluster, as well as a significant automotive presence. In addition, the consolidation of the …

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Wisconsin I-41 Initiative – Economic Development Regional Strategy

Challenge The counties along Wisconsin’s Interstate 41 (I-41) corridor have traditionally comprised one of the nation’s largest manufacturing regions, with the sector accounting for nearly 19 percent of all jobs in 2016 (compared with just 8 percent of employment nationally). Following the Great Recession, the five-county area experienced steady job …

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Oneida Nation of Wisconsin – Economic Development Strategic Plan

Challenge The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin’s last economic development plan was prepared in 1997. Two decades later, the US and global economies had endured the largest downturn in generations. And technological advances and other disruptive forces had transformed multiple industries, like manufacturing and agriculture, that were fundamental to northeast Wisconsin’s …

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