WHAT IF? WE cultivated local businesses to thrive

Local and independent businesses are what make Elkhart shine. For decades, we have seen businesses evolve from entrepreneurships to multi-national corporations. From industry to industry, we’ve had risk-takers who thrive on originality, innovation and gritty hard work to climb from the garage to fortune. It is in our DNA and we have proven that anyone can do it.

All of our original and even traditional retail, commercial and industrial leadership needs to be honed to develop new centers of industry excellence. We must grow in multiple industries to thrive and we have the land and real estate capacity to support mega growth. Our best bet is to support local businesses and their lead to take charge. Rather than investing in Wall Street, we should be investing in Main Street developments. Outside investors and corporations have a role for sure. However, they also have their place in helping our ingenuity to expand to the national level when they are ready.

  • What if we mapped all the retail, commercial and industrial space available for new development and provided ways for local businesses to repurpose these spaces in affordable ways?

  • What if we businesses that are ready for the next level are identified and supported by local investor groups and organizations interested in cultivating new innovations in Elkhart?

  • Do we know what businesses are ready for growth and are we sure we are doing everything we can to keep them here?


Your business idea happens to be a great one and we find space, investors, talent and customers to help you grow from the basement to Main Street - or from Main Street to an commercial or industrial park.


Elkhart Health, Fitness, & Aquatics Center

Opening July 2019, this 170,000 square foot facility, owned by the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and Beacon Health System, will include a world-class aquatics competition center, Beacon Health and Fitness, and the Commons community gathering space.

Investment: $70 million

LeX 530

Bathed in light, LEX 530 is a new, urban event center in the newly revitalized River District on the east bank of the Elkhart River in downtown Elkhart. The bright, eclectic center, has an modern vibe and can accommodate up to 250 people for corporate events, not-for-profit galas, weddings, bridal and baby showers, or private parties are all perfectly suited for LEX 530.

Hotel Elkhart

The Hotel Elkhart was built in 1923 and was once known as "Northern Indiana's Finest Hotel." It later served as an apartment building. The renovation project will return the building into a 93-room boutique hotel with a regionally-branded cafe, taproom/bar, and a breakout meeting space. The Athenian Ballroom on the 9th floor will also be completely renovated with a rooftop deck. Standing in the 500 block of S. Main Street, this former hotel plans to get back to its roots.