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One Region's Initiatives

Regional Benchmarking & Tour

In 2017 One Region embarked on a Benchmark Research Initiative partnered with economists at Valparaiso University, Indiana University Northwest, Purdue University Northwest, and the Center for Workforce Innovations to assess places across the country with a turn around story in attracting millennials. Based on research, we selected the following regions:

  • New Jersey because of its bi-state relationship with New York City (Hoboken and Jersey City have one of the highest concentrations of millennials in the country),
  • Pittsburgh because of its history in steel manufacturing (Pittsburgh’s millennial population grew by 7% over the last five years), and
  • Denver because of its investments in infrastructure and redevelopment (Denver attracts an average of 12,000 millennials per year over the last five years).

The Research paper will be posted soon.

In 2017 we visited New Jersey with nearly 30 business and community leaders across Northwest Indiana.
Here is our itinerary .

In 2018 we will visit Pittsburgh and in 2019 we will visit Denver.

NWI Next Step

COMING Spring of 2018.

One Region will host a civic entrepreneurship strategy for young professionals in Northwest Indiana to learn more about their vision and solutions for our region.