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Who We Are


Northwest Indiana will be the first choice in suburban Chicago for new and current residents, businesses and access to jobs. With diverse opportunities in all areas, Northwest Indiana will be the leading area for economic growth in Indiana. We will be the best example in the nation for balancing growth with preservation, and exciting and trendy urban and lakefront communities with tranquil rural areas. Northwest Indiana will be an example of what Hoosiers can be when given global opportunity.



The RDA will set high goals and a bold and intrepid vision in order to stimulate a significant economic rebirth in Northwest Indiana.


The RDA will seek to undertake projects with state and federal agencies; it will support public-private partnerships in the furtherance of its vision. The RDA will collaborate with agencies and individuals to help assure that development attends to the needs of our environment and social equity without regard to political affiliation, race, or social status.


Transparency will instill public confidence. The RDA will project differentiation and in so doing help to gain, maintain, and expand the support of public officials and the community at large.


The RDA will seek to work with individuals and government agencies without regard to political affiliation. Our vision for northwest Indiana will be inclusive and capable of being embraced by all.


Efficiency will direct the RDA to secure existing resources and preserve finances for the creation of private sector jobs. The RDA will require applicants to implement “best practices” in order to qualify for funding.


Accountability will increase prudent allocation of the RDAs resources and enhance public confidence. The RDA decision making process shall maximize the calibration of its investment and efforts at creation of desirable jobs.

Social Equity

This will allow us to conduct our business both internally and externally and direct the use of our resources in ways that respect the diversity of our region.

The RDA has accepted jurisdiction of State Board of Ethics
(pursuant to Executive Order 05-12).

View the RDA's Enabling Statute (Updated June 2021).