Northeast Indiana on the Dashboard
The Regional Dashboard is a tool for comparing the economic status and underlying strengths and weaknesses of the region to several other areas similar in size and per capita income. Most of the comparison communities are in the Midwest. They are divided into “Peers” – generally speaking, regions of average performance – and “Stars” – regions with significantly better income and job-growth records.
•Grand Rapids, Mich.
•Des Moines, Iowa
How northeast Indiana rates in the “Five Pillars”
The Regional Dashboard combines more than 40 demographic measures to look at how this region compares to the peers and the stars in what the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership calls its Five Pillars: 21st-century talent index, business climate index, quality of life index, entrepreneurship index and infrastructure index. In each case, the best-scoring region was rated as 100 and the worst as 0. Our region's score shows where it falls between best and worst.
21st Century Talent
•Northeast Indiana 24.77
•Northeast Indiana 66.07
•Northeast Indiana 38.79
•Northeast Indiana 69.66
Quality of Life
•Northeast Indiana 42.50
Which counties are included?
The Regional Partnership includes Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.
To learn more
For more details, see www.neindiana.com/vision, which includes a full presentation of information from the Regional Dashboard.
Compare northeast Indiana to 14 metro areas of roughly similar population and per capita income, and the results are often unflattering.
On Tuesday, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the Community Research Institute at IPFW released a new compilation of information on this region's strengths and weaknesses, relative to other regions, mainly in the Midwest. This region outpaces most of the others in the favorability of its “business climate,” and it has a good showing in “infrastructure,” too.
But when it comes to 21st-century talent, entrepreneurship and quality of life, this 10-county corner of the state doesn't lead the pack.
John Sampson, president and CEO of the Regional Partnership, said it was a dose of “tough love” for northeast Indiana. Although some of the findings deliver tough appraisals, he emphasized that these measurements of prosperity and some of the demographic conditions that appear to contribute to prosperity could help leaders improve their communities.
“This is about knowing where we stand. This is about getting the truth on the table in a very insightful way,” Sampson said.
The Dashboard, developed by Community Research Institute also measures more direct indicators of regional prosperity, including change in employment, change in per capita income, change in gross metro product, change in productivity and change in population ages 25-44.
From now through mid-July, Katy Silliman of the partnership and John Stafford, director of the Community Research Institute, will present the Regional Dashboard to community leaders and residents in meetings to be held in each of the 10 counties that are members of the partnership.