South Bend’s Urban Enterprise Zone is a 3.79 square-mile area targeted for physical revitalization, job creation, and improvements in social and economic conditions. The Zone was designated locally and approved by the State of Indiana, and initially designated for 10 years with a 5 year renewal period ending December 31, 2018. A second renewal of 5 years was approved with an expiration date of December 31, 2023.
The Urban Enterprise Association of South Bend Inc. (UEA) oversees the Zone and its programs that address the twofold mission of the UEA:
- Increase the number of jobs in the Zone by retention and expansion of existing businesses, and attraction and development of new businesses; and
- Improve the quality of life of zone residents, improve zone residents’ employability, and fill zone jobs with zone residents.
Members of the UEA
- Richard Herbst
- Kurt Meade
- Sanita Davis
- Linus (Lee) Slavinskas
- Marty Mechtenberg
- John Martinez