INTRODUCING THE 500 FAMILIES VISION
In the fall of 2013, the Greater Elkhart Chamber’s board of directors approved a resolution to work toward retaining & attracting more professional talent.
The Chamber’s 500 Families Initiative and “500 For The Future” highlight “livability” in our community, aiming to attract and retain professionals to live and work in the Elkhart area, strengthening the strong base of community-minded leaders. UPDATE: Since October 2013, when the initiative was announced, through March 2015 there have been 429 new professional households move into the Greater Elkhart area.
The Chamber’s 500 Families Initiative and “500 For The Future” highlight our community, asking all those who live in the Greater Elkhart area to share with others why each of us live and work and play here. Let's encourage people to set their roots and grow here, strengthening the well-established base of community-minded leaders, now - and for the future.
Every day, there are more than 21,000 people who commute into Elkhart County (8,300 from St. Joseph County, more than 1,300 from Marshall County, over 3,300 from Kosciusko County, greater than 2,900 from LaGrange County, and more than 5,300 from Michigan). Compare that to less than 7,500 who live in Elkhart County and daily drive out of county for work.
Our businesses employ thousands of Michiana residents: who could relocate to a Greater Elkhart community, and who could enjoy more of what the Greater Elkhart area has to offer, and who could contribute to an even richer community experience.
The 500 Families Vision isn't a literal target of getting 500 families to move into the area. Rather, it's an ongoing campaign to encourage those who enjoy visiting Greater Elkhart into becoming local residents who further enhance our community.