STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives supported State Rep. Dave Heine's (R-Fort Wayne) legislation on Tuesday that would establish a Northeast Indiana Strategic Development Commission to drive local economic growth.
If passed into law, Heine said this commission would represent 11 Northeast Indiana counties with the goal of attracting talent and skilling-up Hoosiers to meet the needs of area businesses by distributing grants, loans and other forms of financial assistance.
"This commission could help Northeast Indiana develop existing businesses, attract new employers and skill up jobseekers," Heine said. "This economic development would be a big win for our state because if our area is growing, then Indiana is growing."
According to Heine, the commission would consist of nine voting and two non-voting members from the development area, with no more than three from one county. He said each county must be represented by at least one member.
Indiana's governor would appoint four members, the Indiana General Assembly would designate a representative from each caucus, with the final pick coming from the Mayors and Commissioners Caucus of Northeast Indiana. According to Heine, the chief executive officer of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and president of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana would serve as the two non-voting members.
State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) represents House
District 85, which includes a portion of Allen County.
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CAPTION: State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) explains to the Indiana House of Representatives how his legislation would drive local economic growth by establishing a Northeast Indiana Strategic Development Commission Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at the House Chamber in Indiana Government Center South in Indianapolis. The bill passed out of the House and will now be considered by the Indiana Senate.