Economic Development


The mission of the St. Joseph County Office of Economic Development is to coordinate with public and private agencies to create a climate for growth and to facilitate business and economic development throughout St. Joseph County.

Read the 2016 Economic Development Report
Read the 2017 Economic Development Report

Business Ventures

St. Joseph County is home to some of the most successful technology, finance, educational and health-care related entities in the World. With a highly educated and trained workforce, St. Joseph County possesses the ability to provide a workforce for any business venture.

St. Joseph County is the regional leader in commercial, industrial, educational and cultural opportunities in the Northern Central Indiana and offers everything that your company, and your workforce, could desire in order to conduct a successful business operation.

Read more about Business Incentives that are available to locate or expand your business in St. Joseph County.

Northwest Industrial Logistics Center Master Plan

The County is in the process of undertaking a major master planning effort in the northwestern sector of St. Joseph County.  The master plan will be a comprehensive document that will study all utility systems, land use and zoning, open space and recreational opportunities, and all aspects needed to facilitate development of a mega-industrial park as well as examine residential, commercial and agricultural issues. 

Read more about the Northwest Industrial Logistics Center Master Plan .

South Bend International Airport (SBN) Logistics Project

The SBN Logistics Project is a new initiative and is a partnership between the South Bend International Airport, St. Joseph County and the City of South Bend. 

Read more about the SBN Logistics Project. 

St. Joseph County Rail Information

Ideally positioned on a major eastern railroad thoroughfare, the County has three Class I railroads, two shortline railroads and two interstate passenger rail services (South Shore and Amtrak). There is ample available development land adjacent to many of these lines, as well as several existing businesses that currently utilize rail.

In an effort to better understand freight rail economic development opportunities in St. Joseph County, the County and South Bend Regional Chamber formed a rail study committee in partnership with The Antero Group to complete a high-level rail study for all of St. Joseph County.  This study and related documentation will serve as the basis of focused rail plans for five areas within the County. 

The County is also participating with the South Shore Line (NICTD) and Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties to facilitate double-tracking of a section of rail line from Michigan City to Gary.  This major system upgrade, and the proposed relocation of the rail stop at the South Bend International Airport, will reduce travel time to 90 minutes from Chicago to South Bend by 2020.

Read more about freight and passenger rail projects in St. Joseph County.