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The economy of the future will take more than just innovation, creativity and technological advancement.
It requires ingenious collaborative research, a business-friendly entrepreneurial environment, and strong-city-university partnerships, all in an affordable, culturally rich community.
It’s all here in South Bend.
For starters, the City of South Bend has wisely invested in its future. It has cleared abandoned buildings in the former Studebaker automobile manufacturing complex, making way for Ignition Park, a new destination for tech businesses, like Data Realty, LLC, to thrive and grow. The City also has supported the development of Innovation Park at Notre Dame, which facilitates the commercialization of all forms of research. Together, Innovation Park at Notre Dame and Ignition Park comprise Indiana's first two-site State-Certified Technology Park.
The City’s investment in its tech future can also be illustrated by its commitment of $50 million to support the commercialization of research emanating from the Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND). Based at Notre Dame, MIND is one of four national research consortia striving to develop nanoscale computing devices that will replace the current chip architecture. Another advantage that contributes to South Bend’s emerging tech-based economy is the St. Joe Valley Metronet – a lightning-fast network of dark fiber optic cable that gives businesses affordable connectivity on par with that found in major cities like Chicago or New York.
It’s no surprise that the national media, including the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, and the Fox Business Network, have come to South Bend to covering the tech transformation under way.
But South Bend has been receiving national recognition for other reasons as well.
In 2011, it was named an All-America City by the National Civic League, and in 2010 the National League of Cities (NLC) presented South Bend with a Gold Award for Municipal Excellence. In 2010, South Bend also was named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, and the NBC “Today” show ranked South Bend No. 1 in the nation for its outstanding real estate and neighborhoods.
And the best is yet to come.
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