Local business leaders, politicians celebrate regional economic success

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Tuesday marked a celebration of local business and economic success.

Nearly 1,000 business leaders from around the region gathered at Century Center for the annual Salute to Business Luncheon. The luncheon recognized and honored individuals and businesses for their accomplishments.

Business leaders say a lot of good can come out of having all of them together in the same place.

"Historically, I think key messages have come away from this and business leaders have come away fired up about making changes," South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Rea said. "So, about eight or nine years ago, when we're talking about some of our shortcomings in the community, these business leaders have rolled up their sleeves and really tried to make a difference and help advance things."

Meanwhile, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb was also on hand to speak about the Next Level Agenda and its impact on the local area.