Day long summit focuses on South Bend's future and economy

By: Newscenter Sixteen
By: Newscenter Sixteen

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and members of the St. Joe County Chamber Of Commerce are holding their annual economic summit.

It’s a detailed look at South Bend and its future.

Businesses and political leaders are meeting at the Century Center to discuss organizing a new direction for South Bend and how to grow new businesses with a special focus on the downtown area.

The day-long summit is also focusing on "selling South Bend" how to build a better community with assets and utilize natural resources like the St. Joe River.

The mayor says he wants the city to thrive and go back to basics. It is a sure way to succeed but something that takes everyone's help.

“One of the things I am trying to stress is that everyone has to understand that they are economic developers in our city and creating jobs is up to all of us,” says Buttigieg. “I want everyone to walk out of here with a shared message that they're part of the team.”

The Mayor also has plans for the more than fifteen hundred abandoned homes in South Bend. He says the city wants to keep the ones that are worth salvaging and get rid of the ones beyond repair but the funding to buy those properties is still in the works.

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