The La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership (LEAP) and the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC) have officially launched the 2020-2022 Economic Development Community Investment Campaign. The three year goal of $600,000 was set.  A Kick-Off event was originally scheduled for March 19th, however, due to the COVID 19 virus, the event was cancelled.

The Campaign marks the sixth three year effort to raise funds to continue expanded and new aggressive economic development efforts through an Economic Development Program of Action. Over 90 businesses made pledges during the last Campaign. Mailings of the Investment Campaign brochures to past and new potential Investors have begun. A Campaign Team has been established and is once again being coordinated by Bob Schaefer of Community Dynamics.

This joint effort between LEAP and EDCMC illustrates a unique partnership to position both La Porte and Michigan City as locations of choice for new business investments and existing business growth. Over the past three years, both organizations have been working on economic development initiatives which include new business attraction, existing business retention and expansion, research and marketing. The funding from the business community is essential to continue these aggressive initiatives through this pivotal joint Program of Action.

Because of the past investments made, LEAP and EDCMC have been able to play key roles in ensuring successful projects, as well as, advancing the revitalizations of both cities’ downtowns. The joint program will ultimately result in enhancing the overall vitality and quality of life in the greater            La Porte and Michigan City areas.

In a joint statement LEAP Executive Director, Bert Cook and EDCMC Executive Director Clarence Hulse remarked, “We encourage businesses to become Investors at one of the levels of investment and help La Porte and Michigan City build economic success together.” The two organizations have partnered with the Unity Foundation of La Porte County which has established the Economic Development Investment Fund for the tax deductible donations.

For a copy of the Campaign Brochure and additional information contact:

Clarence Hulse, Executive Director, Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC)


Bert Cook, Executive Director, La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership (LEAP)