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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!

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.
Our Partners for business Growth

A Business Climate For Growth.
Get the Lake County, Indiana Advantage.
Whether you are seeking a new location, planning an expansion project, or starting a new business, we are here to help you grow. Lake County, IN is minutes from Chicago and is truly one of the most business friendly environments in the country. The State of Indiana has the best business climate in the midwest and 5th nationally.

The Lake County IN Economic Alliance (LCEA) works to strengthen the economic base and quality of life in its communities by supporting the growth of business and attracting new quality investment that results in greater employment opportunities in NWI.

Based on a cooperative relationship among Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and The Northwest Indiana Forum, our goal is to create jobs by advancing economic development.

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Starting a Business in East Chicago?

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Milton Reed
Economic Development Consultant
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Richard Morrisroe
City Planner

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Ebony Williams-Stringer,

4444 Railroad Ave.
East Chicago, IN 46312

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

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