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Talking Business.

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

Five years ago, Indiana began taking an important look at its future. Slow population growth had the State concerned about its future economic viability and it knew it needed to do some things different to spark growth.

Eleven regions across the United States were studi...

South by Southwest (SXSW) is going on this week in Austin, Texas. In 1987, the week-long event was launched to bring people together to meet, learn and share ideas. The event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportuniti...

More than two hundred community leaders from all corners of the region gathered last week in Mishawaka for the unveiling of the first ever regional economic development plan. The plan launch marked the culmination of more than a year of work by hundreds of volunteers s...

If you work in construction, 2017 was a busy year. If you were looking for a job, you had many options. If a new place to live was on your agenda, there were no shortage of opportunities. Visiting our area, many new dining or lodging options awaited. 2017 was busy, let...

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...

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...

Students are anxiously awaiting their final report cards. Those reports are issued several times a year and at the end of the school year to communicate a student's academic performance. On the card, a grading scale is utilized to determine the quality of a student's s...

In his book The Coming Jobs War, author Jim Clifton says “Today’s explorers migrate to the cities that are most likely to maximize innovation and entrepreneurial talents and skill. Wherever the most talented choose to migrate is where the next economic empires will ris...

More than 720,000 people call one of the five primary counties in our region home. Together those counties include close to 2,500 square miles of territory, parts of two states, and some forty seven cities and towns. Add in those neighboring counties that are part of o...

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...

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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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