Talking Business.

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

Jeff Rea has been named the new host of Economic Outlook on WNIT. Rea replaces long-time host Phil Damico, who recently moved from the area to become the new head of the Wayne County, IN Chamber of Commerce.

Economic Outlook is a stimulating 30-min. program that reaches...

Last week, I took a look back at some of the great successes in 2016 related to residential, hospitality and retail development. Today, I’d like to take a closer look the office, industrial, utility and healthcare industries as well as some of the key infrastructure pr...

Yesterday we celebrated one of those “holidays” that doesn’t get a lot of attention, Entrepreneurship Day. The day went along without much fanfare, most of us didn’t even know about the special day. But none of us went through the day without interacting with a good, s...

I had an opportunity last week to join the celebration of the grand opening of the River Rock Apartment Project on West Mishawaka Avenue in Mishawaka . The fifteen million dollar project includes seventy three one and two bedroom units in close proximity to downtown an...

So who is responsible for making sure today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s jobs?  Ask different people and you’ll get different answers. The truth is that responsibility doesn’t fall to any one individual or organization but instead rests in widespread communit...

Our region has made a great deal of progress working together. The political boundaries that often cause us to compete locally rather than cooperate have started to blur. Leaders have recognized that we are stronger together than we are as individuals.

The Regional Citi...

South Bend Area & Indiana Get High Marks in Recent Study

Almost daily, some new report comes from somewhere saying our area is the best at this or the worst at that. Often a ranking of cities or states leads to some good water cooler conversation about the merits of the...

Makeshift tents have been built to shield locked out workers from the rain and hot sun near the Honeywell Plant on South Bend’s west side. They have replaced the fire barrels that once stretched along lightly traveled Westmoor Street aimed at keeping protesters warm on...

Our transportation network is critical to the growth and development of the region. Over the years, community leaders have identified top transportation priorities then marshalled the resources to make those projects happen.

Construction of projects like the Indiana Tol...

I started mowing grass and shoveling snow in the neighborhood when I was very young. Shortly thereafter I began looking after neighborhood kids. I worked a regular shift at my family’s drug store. I later cleaned the meat room at a grocery store, cashiered at a retail...

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Jeff Rea

President & CEO

South Bend Regional

Chamber of Commerce


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