As the fourth largest city in Indiana, South Bend is more than just a college town. The greater South Bend area has been attracting travelers for hundreds of years. Many of them have contributed to our history. Our tradition. Our culture. Our heritage is proud and determined but more than that—it’s spirited. As the shortest portage point between the St. Joseph River and the Kankakee River, this area was well known among native Americans, fur traders and missionaries who traveled from eastern shores to the Mississippi River and beyond. Since then, notoriety has stayed with us. Officially established in 1830, St. Joseph County was home to the Studebaker family and their iconic Studebaker Automobile Company. It was here that James Oliver developed his Chilled Plow into the most popular plow in the world. And it was a South Bend resident, Frank Herring, who first requested that a special day be set aside to honor all mothers.
We are a regional center for higher education. In addition to the University of Notre Dame, the greater South Bend area welcomes students to Bethel College, Brown Mackie College-South Bend, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University South Bend/Mishawaka. Each campus brings a rich variety of visual and performing arts, sporting events and year-round cultural activities. Enjoy big city amenities coupled with small town charm. There are great places to eat, shop and explore. South Bend/Mishawaka, Notre Dame and a whole lot more! www.exploresouthbend.org
Elkhart is the RV Capital of the World, headquarters to international corporations, and the birthplace of Alka Seltzer and innovations in electronics and band instruments. Elkhart County boasts more patents than any other Hoosier county outside the state capitol. Yet life is not too fast-paced or unbearable. We are a friendly, home-town community in the heart of Amish Country. We build things like Recreational vehicles, boats, musical instruments, precise laser devices and everything in between are made in this community. A strong network of supply industries helps support these and other industries. The low business cost, access to skilled labor and an abundance of dreams encourage the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive here.“Business climate/entrepreneurship” was the number one reason people liked living in the Elkhart community. We are very proud of our ability to get things done.
Elkhart is built around Island Park the island resembling an elk’s heart; hence, the name Elkhart. This park is located near the confluence of the beautiful St. Joseph and Elkhart rivers. Many lakes are in or around the Elkhart community and Lake Michigan beaches are only an hour away. It is no wonder residents chose “access to water activities” as one of the best things about living in Elkhart. Beautiful golf courses, parks and hiking/biking trails add to area recreational offerings. www.elkhart.org