Education and Economic Impact


Education is a major player in South Bend’s economy

Knowledge is power.

And in South Bend, the knowledge industry translates into economic power – a lot of it.

Specifically, the eight institutions of higher education in and around South Bend have been making a huge economic impact, which manifests itself in a variety of ways.

All totaled, these South Bend’s post-secondary educational institutions have more than 7,045 faculty and other employees serving nearly 30,000 students, which constitute a significant economic force locally.

The local economic impact of these schools individually is remarkable as well.

For its part, the University of Notre Dame alone pumps $873 million annually into St. Joseph County, according to an economic impact study done by the university in 2007.

And then there’s the cumulative effect of building and development. The various construction projects dotting South Bend’s cityscape – some of which involve close collaboration with the City – are pumping millions of dollars into the local economy.

South Bend’s institutions of higher learning also attract a range of public and private research funding, which also fuels economic growth.

And, of course, South Bend’s institutions of higher education generate well-educated workers for the local labor force, contributing to the productivity of local businesses.

Each of these institutions builds the local economy in unique ways, too. Following are brief snapshots of the different ways South Bend’s post-secondary educational institutions boost the area’s economy.


Ivy Tech grows by leaps and bounds

Ivy Tech Community College-South Bend, one of three campuses in Ivy Tech’s North Central Region, is bursting at the seams.

“Yes indeed,” says Chancellor Virginia Calvin. “We are growing fast.”

So fast, in fact, that enrollment has doubled since it opened in 2000. Currently, about 6,000 students attend Ivy Tech-South Bend, taking advantage of a wide range of programs in applied science and engineering technology, business, health sciences and more.

To meet its state-mandated role as an “engine for workforce development,” as much space as possible on the campus has been converted into dual-purpose labs and classrooms, and courses have been added on Friday nights and Saturdays.

To handle further growth, Ivy Tech plans to expand along Sample Street. Working closely with City officials, Calvin says Ivy Tech developed a 25-year master plan that would add nine buildings and spend $270 million on the new structures by 2035.

An interview with Brown Mackie College-South Bend President Louise Stienkeoway

By Phil D’Amico, director of business growth, the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County

Louise Stienkeoway, President of Brown Mackie College – South Bend, has guided the college through enormous growth and prosperity. Literally, in the nearly two years she has been President of Brown Mackie College – South Bend, she has seen student enrollment go from 700 students to nearly 1,300 students. I recently chatted with President Stienkeoway about her experiences here in South Bend.

Apprentice Academy fills a gap

Steve Hartz was frustrated that many job applicants were unqualified and lacked even basic skills for openings at his company, Value Tool and Engineering Co. in South Bend.

Apprentice Academy is unique, Hartz says, because students do not need to have high school diplomas to enroll. They can take entry-level math and reading classes as well as courses in precision machining, industrial maintenance, phlebotomy (drawing blood), medical transcription and how to be a home health aide. They range in length from four weeks to 18 months.


It’s all elementary

By Phil D’Amico, director of business growth, the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County

Former C.E.O. of General Electric, Jack Welch, once said, “Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the organization into total confusion for a while.” Change is exactly what our educational system requires to transform a community in economic development and workforce readiness. We must find ways to better connect with our K-12 students; we also must find new ways to inspire, challenge and motivate students to want to attain success in school.

Not all kids learn the same way today as we did as students. Tony Bennett, Ph.D., superintendent of public instruction for Indiana, recently stated, “If Rip Van Winkle fell asleep in 1950, and awoke today, the only thing that would be the same would be our educational system.”

The New Technology High School is a model that can help reform our educational outcomes.


South Bend: the next great place for innovation

Why are technology companies taking an interest in South Bend as an emerging center of research and technology?


Mayor urges residents to make census count

When census forms begin arriving this month, Mayor Stephen J. Luecke urges residents to respond promptly and encourage friends and neighbors to stand up and be counted.

South Bend grew by 2.2 percent to 107,789 people in the 2000 Census – its first increase in 40 years. But Luecke says data suggests that the city may have been undercounted by as much as 2 percent, costing residents more than $18.7 million in assistance over the decade.

Population data are used to reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives, re-district each state and determine the Electoral College distribution. They are also used for drawing state and local political districts, such as Common Council districts. They directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed. Finally, census data is critical in day-to-day planning activities for both local governments and private entities, like businesses considering South Bend for relocation.

“There are just 10 questions. It takes about 10 minutes to complete. Filling out this form is essential to ensuring a brighter future for our community,” Luecke said. “We believe every person counts, and every person should be counted. Please help us get an accurate count of South Bend’s population in 2010.”

Women’s Expo, March 12-13,

Join us for the Premier Women’s Event!

Tickets: $7, or $5 with donation / children 10 and under free

The Expo for Women is just around the corner and it feels like spring is too! The Century Center will be loaded with exhibitors, activities, participants and even pets. You’ll enjoy seminars, demonstrations, dancing, music, shopping, information gathering and appointment setting.

First Fridays Downtown

From 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, downtown South Bend businesses open their doors to host entertaining events, including: live musical performances, special one-night promotions and sales, demonstrations and classes, activities and experiences for kids, adults and families. Explore downtown South Bend for one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, art galleries, studios, museums, salons, clubs, cafés, restaurants and more. Movies, concerts on the Key Bank Plaza and other entertainment is hosted by Downtown South Bend, Inc. (DTSB) each month.

Coveleski Stadium Opening Night, April 8

Spring Art Walk, May 1

Find your inner inspiration. Local artists and galleries offer a creative experience full of food, entertainment, and – of course – art!

Looking On


Luecke: South Bend will continue high-tech journey

It’s the start of a new year, and South Bend’s high-tech future is looking bright.

Although some final work remains in preparing the city’s Ignition Park, Mayor Stephen J. Luecke says the former Studebaker site will soon be ready for development.

“We’ve made terrific progress in 2009, and the two remaining buildings there will be coming down early in 2010,” he says. “I’m excited about the opportunities Ignition Park represents. We already are getting some inquiries from companies that are coming on the radar. We are beginning to become a viable option as people think about making investments, particularly as the economy is starting to improve.”


Area leaders express views on top 2010 priorities

Looking to the new year ahead, we recently talked to area leaders about what the future holds for South Bend.

Many of their observations were formed last fall when they visited Albany, N.Y., as part of a delegation sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County.

During the trip, the group noted some common traits between Albany and South Bend. Both cities are pursuing research and technology-based economic development, and are home to major universities with nanoelectronics research centers.

But the group noticed significant differences, too. IBM was a significant source of jobs and economic development in Albany before it became a major center of nanoelectronics research. Moreover, IBM was crucial in establishing Albany’s high-tech reputation, which has helped attract new businesses like chipmaker AMD’s spinoff, Global Foundries. And, as capitol of the Empire State, Albany’s economy also is driven in large part by state government jobs and projects.

So, in the context of these interesting similarities and differences between Albany and South Bend, area leaders offered the following informed views on what might lie ahead for South Bend.

New Carbon Co. thrives in South Bend

When managers at the New Carbon Co. began looking for a new home about 10 years ago, they found an ideal building in South Bend.

Better yet, they also got a tax break worth nearly $100,000 from city officials to entice them to relocate from their old location in Buchanan, Michigan just a stone’s throw north of the Indiana-Michigan border.

“It was a very good move for us,” says Rick McKeel, president and CEO of the 72-year-old company, which makes the Golden Malted brand of pancake and waffle mix widely used in hotels around the world. “We could be anywhere, but we like being in South Bend.


Jacqueline Barton, CEO, Specialized Staffing Solutions

By Phil D’Amico, director of business growth, the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County

I recently sat down with Jacqueline Barton, president of Specialized Staffing Solutions, LLC, to discuss South Bend’s prospects as a recruiting mecca for technology-based jobs and growth.

Jacqueline Barton is no stranger to managing business through tough economic times. She started Specialized Staffing Solutions in 2001 during a downturn in the economic cycle. For Jacqueline, the more challenging the situation, the more satisfying the results. Today, specialized Staffing has expanded to five locations throughout the Midwest.


South Bend on “TODAY”

South Bend’s great real estate values were touted on the NBC “TODAY” show on Jan. 5, 2010. “TODAY” show real estate contributor Barbara Corcoran featured South Bend first among 10 U.S. cities offering the best real estate values, based on the following criteria: home size and value; job growth in the area; and rising real estate prices over the past year.

Take a tour of South Bend

Want to see the great things taking shape around town in South Bend?  Take this tour, led by Mayor Stephen J. Luecke.


Quilt honors South Bend as All-America City finalist

A quilt featuring squares from South Bend and 29 other finalists in the 2009 All-America City competition will visit South Bend in early January as part of a national tour.

The quilt will be on public display for one week, Jan. 8 through Jan. 15, at the main branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main St., in downtown South Bend.

Volunteers made a quilt square highlighting iconic South Bend images for incorporation into a quilt of all 30 All-America City finalists. Although South Bend was not among the winning 10 cities selected, an 18-member delegation, supported entirely by private contributions, made a strong case for the city in an oral presentation at the 60th annual All-America City awards in Tampa, Fla.

Sponsored by the National Civic League, the All-America City award is given annually to 10 communities and, as the most prestigious municipal competition, is considered “a civic ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes.”

Mayor Luecke to present State of the City on Feb. 15

Mayor Stephen J. Luecke will deliver his 14th annual State of the City address at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the Century Center recital hall.

Presented to the South Bend Common Council, the 2010 State of the City address is open to the public and features a visual slideshow of recent and upcoming developments.

Participants will have an opportunity to tour the renovated C hall and see drawings of renovations to Century Center’s Island Park.

Luecke is expected to highlight accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to priorities for the coming year.

Chamber of Commerce: Salute to Business Luncheon

When:   Tuesday, February 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Where:  Century Center, 120 South St. Joseph St., South Bend, Ind.

Join the Chamber as it recognizes top individual and business accomplishments, honoring the W. Scott Miller Distinguished Business Leader and the ATHENA winner for helping women reach their leadership potential. The Salute will also recognize the Small Business of the Year, and the company achieving the greatest economic impact from the past year.

A celebration of business and individual success, the Salute to Business also features a keynote address delivered by Doug Keeley. One of North America’s leading communicators and a self-professed “leadership junkie,” Keeley will deliver The Mark of a Leader, a keynote that will inspire you to make your mark as a leader in the community, yet challenge you to determine what that will take.

The cost for Chamber members is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Nonmembers pay $65 per person or $520 per table of eight.

Construction moves forward at Harper Hall

Construction is under way at Harper Hall, the new home of expanded medical and cancer research initiatives at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB) and the University of Notre Dame.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place last November, and was attended by the project’s benefactor, Charles “Mike” Harper, retired chair and chief executive officer of ConAgra Foods and RJR Nabisco.

“This is a big boon that will eventually lead to hiring more lab technicians, attracting top-quality graduate students, and generating more income for the community” says Rudolph M. Navari, assistant dean and director of IUSM-SB.

Scientists from Notre Dame and Indiana University will collaborate on research in cancer biology, with an emphasis on such areas as genomics and proteomics, and breast, prostate and colon cancers.

Technology Transfer


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Tech Transfer is the key to South Bend’s new economy

When you consider things that have profoundly impacted your life, chances are “technology transfer” doesn’t come to mind.

Life-saving medicines, electronics, and even some foods on your kitchen table would still be just ideas if it weren’t for technology transfer—the process of taking discoveries from research labs and turning them into products that change our lives for the better.

“Technology transfer is the process of moving information, materials, skills, know-how, and inventions from the laboratory to the public,” says Richard Cox, director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. “At Notre Dame, we help University researchers identify market applications for their new technologies, and then protect, market, and license the rights to their new inventions to companies that will turn them into new products and services for the marketplace.”

Technology Transfer, teamwork and transformation

By Phil D’Amico, director of business growth, the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County

Teamwork is often a buzzword used in business, and many times gets overused.

However, if the city of South Bend, and our community at large, are to capitalize on the nanoelectronics and technology-based business ventures destined for our community, teamwork will be the essential ingredient for success. Economic development is a three-legged stool, with workforce development, business development, and education all coming together.

Technology transfer is the ultimate teamwork concept at work, playing a vital role in all aspects of economic development. What is technology transfer? Typically, it involves transferring scientific research discoveries from university research labs to the marketplace through licenses, patents and commercialization.

Corporate profile: Heraeus Kulzer

It has been a little more than two years ago since Heraeus Kulzer, a leading provider of aesthetic veneers and other dental products, was nearing a decision about consolidating two of its plants.

One was in Westchester County, north of New York City. The other was in South Bend at the former Bayer Dental Lab facilities, which Heraeus Kulzer purchased about 20 years ago.

Heraeus Kulzer, a division of the privately held German precious metals and materials company known as Heraeus, has local annual sales of around $100 million. It is also a major supporter of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, which provides dental services to children in the United States who are underserved.

For Christopher Holden, who has been president and CEO of Heraeus Kulzer for nearly four years, the decision to consolidate the company’s headquarters in Indiana was relatively easy.

“We have deep manufacturing roots here in South Bend,” Holden said. “And there are certain logistical advantages being near the center of the country.

Get a glimpse of the future: Ignition Park

Ignition Park is a technology park under development in South Bend. For an architectural fly-through or visit for more information.


South Bend named Indiana’s green community of the year

The City of South Bend has been named 2009 Green Community of the Year by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. South Bend, which won the large city designation as Green Community of the Year, also was designated an IACT Green Community for the second consecutive year.

“Innovation” exhibitions to feature Rickey artwork

South Bend is celebrating the creations of native son George Rickey, whose kinetic art combines art and engineering in moveable pieces of stainless steel. The works of Rickey, the son of a Singer Sewing Machine mechanical engineer, highlight the city’s heritage of innovation and its high-tech future.

Five large-scale kinetic sculptures are now on display on the “Rickey Trail” through the downtown business district and are part of the “Innovation” exhibitions, events and educational outreach programs.

Thirteen Rickey sculptures are part of a permanent exhibit at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art. In addition, the South Bend Museum of Art is showing 77 Rickey paintings, drawings and sculptures through Jan. 10.
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City of South Bend drawing winner!

Congratulations to Damien Coleman of Sprint in South Bend, who won a pair of tickets to the Notre Dame vs. Boston College football game in a drawing among visitors to the City of South Bend’s display at the annual Chamber Business Expo, held at Century Center in September.