Welcome from the Executive Director

In 2023, our EDCMC team and community leaders were able to mark how all of the little steps truly add up to big changes as monumental projects took off and broke ground. The South Shore Double Track and SoLa (South of the Lake) developments are on pace as we see the progress take tangible shape.

While these projects are undeniably important to our city’s future path, I am especially proud of our progress in the social-economic arena this past year. Our city was one of three in the state that participated in an Economic Inclusion Learning Lab initiative that created our Vibrant Michigan City playbook.

From building healthy and engaged neighborhoods to constructing safe and affordable housing, the playbook pathways are imperative to our progress as an economically inclusive city that not only celebrates all of our residents but also welcomes our tourists and guests.

– Clarence L. Hulse








Cartagena Edwards

Economic Development


Mission Statement

To develop and implement seamless policies, procedures and programs for economic and community development that drive systemic and long-term viability through collaboration and consensus with our stakeholders and community resources.

Vision Statement

To assure the long-term viability of Michigan City with a healthy and robust business environment, modern public infrastructure, a stable tax base, outstanding customer service and quality human, technical and financial resources so that local leaders are able to sustain needed change.

Where We’re Going From Here

As a private nonprofit, the EDCMC is best able to serve the business community. We are dedicated to attracting new companies, helping existing businesses, spurring entrepreneurial efforts, developing educational opportunities and cultivating a strong workforce. We work toward this by uniting private and public sectors, business and community leaders and government and industry officials – all to incite economic growth.

In 2019, EDCMC put into place the groundwork for a long-term strategy: “An Agenda for Economic Prosperity.” The essence of the economic development plan is centered around strong synergy between all local entities from government to nonprofits. By partnering under the umbrella of equity, inclusion and a shared vision, local leaders are paving the way toward the city’s continued growth. The strategic plan has taken on an even more vital role as communities across America face challenges and obstacles.

The strategy’s elements include a focus on talent, business retention and development, housing accessibility, transportation solutions and inclusive economic opportunities.

The four tenets adopted by the EDCMC Board of Directors and city officials for the 2019-23 plan:

Businesses continue to base location decisions on availability of talent and cultivation of workforce development. Michigan City is concentrating on eight action steps to obtain this goal, including fostering connections to young professionals, partnering with industries to create the needed talent pool and creating a world-class robotics lab.

Michigan City needs to adapt and adjust to spark economic vitality. With an eye on sources of strength such as manufacturing and tourism, the plan pinpoints additional priorities for business development. While carrying on site selection and attraction efforts, entrepreneurship should take a top role with co-working spaces, small business competition, developer space and expert support.

The heart of a city is its sense of community. Michigan City’s amenities, housing and transportation options, attractions and enjoyable atmosphere are all vital to its vitality. The plan lays out five initiatives to continue to create a place where people want to work and live today and tomorrow.

Michigan City has a story to tell. The plan looks to spotlight business successes and community assets through a storytelling campaign and branding initiative. By featuring the people and places unique to Michigan City, the plan targets current and future residents as well as visitors and tourists.

Board of Directors

Bill Hackney


Publisher – Herald-Dispatch

Seth Spencer

Vice Chair

CEO & Founder – SERA Group

steve kring board member

Steve Kring


Regional President Horizon Bank

Brenda Temple


General Manager – Blue Chip Hotel, Casino & Spa

Linda Simmons

Past Chair

Director of Marketing -Visit Michigan City La Porte

Don Babcock


Director of Economic Development & Community Relations – Purdue University Northwest

Jessica Bailey


Vice President, Human Resources Sullair – A Hitachi Group Company

Jesse Baldwin


Chief Operating Officer – Triplex Plating

Brian Coleman


Commercial Broker – Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Group

Bryant Dabney


City Council at Large – Michigan City Common Council

Barbara Eason Watkins


Superintendent – Michigan City Area Schools

Dean Mazzoni


President & CEO – Franciscan Health – Michigan City

Angie Nelson Deuitch


Mayor – City of Michigan City

Scott Newcomb


Director of Plant Operations – Sullivan-Palatek

Stephanie Oberlie


President & COO -Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company

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