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Rethink Elkhart

Downtown Elkhart Incorporated If you’ve watched the news at all in the past 10 months, you’ve probably heard that Elkhart, Indiana is struggling a bit. Like many places in the country, Elkhart has seen job layoffs, but there’s so much more to Elkhart.

Recently, the Elkhart Centre – the 22-year-old not-for-profit downtown revitalization organization – merged with Elkhart Downtown, Inc., and the Downtown Elkhart Business Association to form the new Downtown Elkhart, Inc. Downtown Elkhart, Inc.’s mission is to “promote a positive community perception of our downtown and increasing investment in the heart of the city” (DEI).

Among the fun things to do in Elkhart are the Elkhart Riverwalk, a great place for kids to splash and play in the summer, and an ice skating rink in the winter. Elkhart is also putting $17 million dollars into the Lerner Performing Arts Center (formerly the Elco Theater).

If you’re looking for some great dining options, check out The Vine and 523 Tap & Grill. Interested in tasting some locally-brewed beer? Stop by Mad Anthony’s Brewery (more about Mad Anthony’s here). And, if nightlife is your thing, you have to go to the newly-remodeled Harrison Landing.

You can see all about these locations and more by checking out this great video about Downtown Elkhart put together by Downtown Elkhart Inc. and Elkhart-based agency, Explore Media.

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If you want to learn more about Elkhart, check out the Downtown Elkhart website, Facebook page and on the Downtowner Blog. You can also see more about MSNBC’s Elkhart Project on their blog, Twitter and Facebook

You can also check out the VisitIndiana.com Discounts section for deals and discounts in Elkhart and the rest of Indiana’s North region.

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Written by : Jeremy formerly worked for the Indiana Tourism office and managed the digital and social media initiatives for the office while he was there. He currently helps develop digital and social strategies for clients and still enjoys traveling throughout Indiana with his family. You can follow Jeremy personally via Twitter (@JeremyAWilliams) and at his Social Mediarology blog.