Indiana Welcomes Its Next Generation

All across Indiana, young professionals are taking over—and in some cases, making over—their communities, often with the help of locals who are ready for the next generation. Some hot spots:

“What’s Next?” college recruiting tours are aimed at jump-starting local workforce. Over one weekend in March 2018, the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce bused in 50 college students from throughout the region with the goal of attracting them to the Elkhart/Goshen area as new workers after college, offering interviews with local employers during the day and socializing at night, all at no cost. Thanks to the first weekend success, future events are planned for 2018-2019.

 South Bend
EnFocus, a Notre Dame-connected nonprofit, recruits recent college grads for one-year fellowship positions. The Fellows manage a team of interns and help businesses and organizations develop and roll out new products and services or enhance business operations.

 Northwest Indiana
Chicago is a fun city, but what if you could take advantage of all the area offers (sports, Lake Michigan, museums, restaurants and nightlife) without the high price tag? That’s what the Move to Indiana website ( wants to know, and offers lots of reasons the grass could be greener in neighboring Hoosier communities.

A website that focuses on quality of life data has ranked Carmel as the best place to live in the United States.‘s 2018 Best Places to Live list gave Carmel an A+ grade for its schools, jobs, housing, health and fitness, and family life. Fishers was the second highest ranked Indiana community on the list, at no. 17. Zionsville ranked as the 3rd best Indiana community in which to live.

A business marketing website ranks Indianapolis 15th in its ranking of the top cities in the U.S. for entrepreneurs and startup businesses. The list from ranks the cities based on criteria including average change in employment for startups during their initial five years.

Young Professionals Alliance engages, develops, connects, and empowers young professionals to actively shape the future of Southwest Indiana, offering opportunities to meet new people, connect with like-minded peers outside the office, develop and enhance skills, and make a lasting impact.

 Fort Wayne
Northeast Indiana’s Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) provides leadership development, volunteer and networking opportunities for millennials. The ELA serves as an advisory council to the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, which works to increase business investment and support a strong workforce in 11 northeast Indiana counties.

An annual survey of 300 chief executive officers ranks Indiana as the top state in the Midwest for doing business. Chief Executive magazine says Indiana also ranks fifth overall for the third consecutive year on the 2018 “Best States For Doing Business” list.

A 2018 annual report from the Virginia-based American Legislative Exchange Council ranks Indiana’s economic outlook among the best in the country.