Regional Cities Initiative: Road to One Million

The Regional Cities Initiative is a public-private partnership proposed and led by Governor Mike Pence with support from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The goal of the Regional Cities Initiative is to make Indiana a magnet for talent by creating a national identity for Indiana cities. Northeast Indiana is competing for up to $42 million in state matching funds by submitting “The Road to One Million” proposal with a slate of game‐changing, quality of life projects (amenities and attractions that will attract and retain young talent).

The Road to One Million plan draws from hundreds of existing community plans, focus groups in each county, interviews with stakeholders, walking tours and planned private sector investments. The full portfolio of $1.4 billion in investments features 70 projects including phase 1 projects (years 1 and 2); longer term projects (years 3-8 implementation); and ideas for projects beyond the state’s initial 8-year timeframe.

View: Northeast Indiana Road to One Million plan

View: Executive Summary

The Road to One Million

Regional Development Authority

The Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA), currently the largest RDA in the state, consists of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. The RDA was formed June 24 to apply for matching funds available through the state’s Regional Cities Initiative, which seeks to make Indiana a magnet for talent attraction by creating a national identity for Indiana cities. Formation of the Northeast Indiana RDA, which was formed in less than 30 days, demonstrates the region’s grit and demonstration in the face of obstacles. Only the RDA may apply to the new state funded Indiana Regional City Fund (administered by the Indiana Economic Development Council) for matching grants and loans; it may also accept loans, grants, and other contributions from federal, state, and private sources. If Northeast Indiana is selected as a winning Regional City and can move quickly to implement projects, the region will be eligible for additional funds in subsequent years.

Regional Development Authority Board

The RDA is overseen by a five-member board, each appointed by consent of the executives of the member counties and municipalities. Board members must have at least five years of professional work experience in one of the following: transportation, regional economic development, business or finance, private sector, nonprofit sector, or academia.  Board members may not be elected officials or employees of a member county or municipality.  Terms last for four years, with no term limits articulated by the state.

Board Members:

  • Chairman Jeff Turner of Metal Technologies
  • Vice Chairman Bob Marshall of Campbell & Fetter Bank
  • Secretary and Treasurer Gene Donaghy of Northeastern REMC
  • Brad Bishop of OrthoWorx
  • Andrew Briggs of Bank of Geneva