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Talking Business.

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

I’ve sat through a lot of zoning hearings during my career including several in recent weeks. I’ve seen them change over the years and each time I get more concerned about the tone, tenor, and emotionally charged debate that can dominate the discussions.

Signs of protes...

Harry Chapin was a great American singer-songwriter-story teller probably best known for his hit single “Cat’s in the Cradle.” I remember being introduced to Harry in 1970’s at the Joyce ACC on Notre Dame’s campus. I was so inspired by his stories that I rushed out and...

The Indiana General assembly has more than 1,000 bills that have been filed this session. We’re early in their process of consideration, many discussions, debates, hearings and votes will happen between now and the conclusion of the session in late April.

The experts ar...

The Town of Osceola dominated the headlines this past week as it wrestled with the best way to provide fire protection to its citizens. The Town has struggled to respond to emergency service calls and the Penn Township Fire Department has stepped forward to fill that n...

The debate is underway at the Indiana General Assembly about 2017 priorities. It’s a budget year, so there is a long line of worthy endeavors hoping they find a spot in the biennial budget. Legislators are left with the task of prioritizing the State spending and ensur...

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...

The Indiana Regional Cities Initiative was designed to help communities across Indiana come together to transform their regions into nationally-recognized destinations to live, work and play. Our region was one of three regions selected and 2016 will be remembered as a...

In Indiana, a recent focus on building the necessary infrastructure and creating the right business climate has positioned Indiana to be a leader in job creation in the Midwest and across the country.

But business and policy leaders recognize that without the people to...

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...

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Jeff Rea

President & CEO

South Bend Regional

Chamber of Commerce


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