Talking Business.

with Jeff Rea, President & CEO,
South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Indiana General Assembly reacted to protests from voters over rising property tax bills and in 2008 placed property tax caps into law. The caps limit tax bills to one percent of the assessed value of homes, two percent for farms and rental properties and three perc...

Last week, the South Bend Community School Corporation released its Focus 2018 Plan which includes new grade configurations, new bell times for all levels, and the closing and repurposing of several schools. I’m hoping the community rallies around this plan and support...

My daughter and I were talking homework last week. She’s tackling high school chemistry which brought back memories of the periodic table and chemical formulas. I liked the subject, you can say it was in my genes, I have a family full of pharmacists who all mastered it...

The regions we are competing with are thinking big. They are making key decisions to position themselves to beat us. They want to attract the talent we are seeking to attract. They want the companies we believe would be a good fit here. And they wouldn’t mind stealing...

Last week I had an opportunity to visit Capitol Hill for an inside look at what’s happening in Washington, DC. I try to go out at least annually to connect with our legislators and their staffs to visit about the issues important to businesses here in our region. This...

It’s only been a few days since Hurricane Irma passed through Florida and residents and businesses are only beginning the process of sorting through the aftermath and contemplating what’s next. It may take years to rebuild and rebound.

Twenty-five years ago, I had an op...

The busiest business in town might just be the sign companies printing the “Help Wanted” or “Now Hiring” signs. It might be easier to tally the number of businesses that don’t have one of those signs than the number of businesses that do.

Generally, our economy is at fu...

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the 2017 home football opener as the Irish get set to take on Temple on September 2. There is a lot of excitement surrounding this season as the University gets set to unveil the completed Campus Crossroads project.

Students, facul...

I had the opportunity to be in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month with more than 1,000 Chamber of Commerce Professionals from all over the world. Those leaders had gathered to share best practices and unique programs as well as lessons on how they were tackling th...

If you were one of the forty-four million people traveling over the 4th of July Holiday, you might have noticed a slight increase in your gas price. If you bought that gas in Indiana, a $.10 increase per gallon in tax went into effect on July 1 because of action by the...

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Jeff Rea

President & CEO

South Bend Regional

Chamber of Commerce


Welcome to my blog! I know  you are busy and have information coming at you from all angles. Thanks for taking some time to see what I have to share.

In this blog, I'll work to keep you up to date with key business issues, with a large focus on what is happening in North Central Indiana and Southwest Lower Michigan.

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