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Welcome to the City of East Chicago’s Planning & Economic Development Department.

As the City of East Chicago looks at Economic Development, we are committed to attracting businesses to grow and stabilize our economy. We hope to help assist small business gain contract opportunities with industries to grow their business.
Working together, we will continue to pursue intelligent economic development that benefits all our citizens.
We look forward to working with you!

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Mission Statement

Economic and Business Development focuses on attracting developers, new business and employers to East Chicago by aggressively enhancing the City’s profile and highlighting available resources such as: water, power, transportation and technology infrastructure, as well as the City’s attractive financial incentives.

Manage local revitalization projects and redevelopment ventures while working to retain and expand existing business and generally accelerate the growth of business within the city.
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The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is the State of Indiana's lead economic development agency. The IEDC was officially established in February 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce. In order to respond quickly to the needs of businesses, the IEDC operates like a business.

Led by Indiana Secretary of Commerce and IEDC Chief Executive Officer Daniel J. Hasler, the IEDC is organized as a public private partnership governed by a 12-member board. The IEDC Board of Directors is chaired by Governor Mitch Daniels and reflects the geographic and economic diversity of Indiana. The IEDC focuses its efforts on growing and retaining businesses in Indiana and attracting new business to the State.

The IEDC is focused exclusively on economic development and has incorporated all state entities with economic development responsibilities into its organizational structure. With its new structure and improved toolkit resulting from a successful legislative effort undertaken by the Governor and the Indiana General Assembly, the IEDC leverages Indiana's central location, pro-business environment, low tax rate, and skilled workforce to attract and support new business investment, create new jobs, and keep Indiana competitive in the 21st Century economy.

Richard Morrisroe
City Planner

Milton Reed
Economic Development Consultant

Nelson Vargas,

Ebony Williams-Stringer,

4444 Railroad Ave.
East Chicago, IN 46312

Office Hours: Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.