An Eco-Industrial Park (“EIP”) is a community of manufacturing and service businesses located together on a common property, in which businesses cooperate with each other and with the local community to reduce waste/pollution, efficiently share resources such as; information, materials, water, energy, infrastructure, natural resources, and services. The common collaborative strategies not only include by-product synergy (“waste-to-feed” exchanges), but can also take the form of wastewater cascading, shared logistics, shipping & receiving facilities, shared parking, green technology purchasing blocks, green construction practices, district and renewable energy systems, education/resource centers. This is an application of a systems approach, in which designs, and processes/activities are integrated to address multiple objectives.
Technology and Industrial Innovation
– Northeast Indiana is emerging as a global player in technology and industrial innovation. The wide range of industries include: Defense Industry and High-Tech Communications, Medical Device & Technology, Advanced Materials, Vehicle Manufacturing, Product Research &Testing, Design & Craftsmanship, and Specialty Insurance.
International Business – More than 60 foreign-owned companies, from 17 different countries with manufacturing or headquarters in the Fort Wayne region.
With access to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ #182 – importing and exporting duty exemptions and payment deferrals).
– Served by two Class I freight railroads (CSX and Norfolk Southern), served by two major interstate highways (I-69 (North/South) and I-80/90 (East/West), Fort Wayne International Airport (Allegiant Air, American, Delta and United) and utilities having excess water capacity and competitive electric/gas rates.
Logistics & E-Commerce
– A strategic distribution hub for businesses targeting the Great Lakes and Midwest. Two hours from Indianapolis, three hours from Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio.
Workforce & Talent
– The Fort Wayne region has a population of more than 780,000 with a workforce of 396,000. The workforce is predominantly nonunion and a right-to-work state.
A rich and diverse pool of talent with access to one of the largest concentrations of New Tech schools and more than a dozen colleges and universities located in the region. Almost two-thirds of the 6,569 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded by universities in the Fort Wayne region were in business, engineering, computers, math, and health.
– Indiana is frequently recognized as having one of the most business-friendly tax climates in the country. Our region currently ranks eighth in best tax environments in the United States and the best in the Midwest. By 2022, Indiana will be the second lowest corporate tax rate of any state levying the tax.