Planning & Economic Development

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!


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.

We also 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

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.

Our goal is to create jobs by advancing economic development. This is done based on a cooperative relationship among:

  • Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana Economic Development Corporation
  • Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
  • The Northwest Indiana Forum