Mike Riehle

The new La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership has been up and running for almost three months now and we have already been experiencing exciting successes within our membership but also outstanding support from our community. We have been receiving great feedback from everyone involved on ways to enhance our
operations as well as implementing our internal vision for our entity moving forward.
An example of this support showed on March 8th as we had over 220 attendees at our annual State of the City Luncheon held at the Civic Auditorium in La Porte. Mayor Krentz touted 2018 accomplishments while bracing the audience for exciting things to come in 2019 and beyond. This event was followed by the State of the County event held on April 12th, at Purdue University Northwest, which garnering over 140 attendees. This presentation was a panel consisting of our three La Porte County Commissioners. The State of the County was an example of LEAP’s commitment to partner with other like entities across the County. We again thank the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce and the Westville Chamber of Commerce for partnering to host this wonderful event.

One of our first actions has been to take a step back to review our past successes and failures. In this process we are re-evaluating our current events, our committee structures, staff roles, membership benefits, marketing and strategic plans to mention a few. I want you all to know this process all revolves around enhancing our investor and member experience and engagement to create a great quality of place in La Porte that is second to none.
Through this process we have identified a few key areas where we need to make immediate improvement. The first item is communicating to our members a value statement and making sure each member understands what LEAP is doing for their business. Secondly, we want our new members to have a valued on-boarding process over their first year to fully acclimate them into our strategy and vision for the future. This not only builds the foundation for a good relationship but engages each member up front so they know the value of getting involved and networking with other business members within our community. Finally, reaching out to not only our existing members but other community businesses to understand their needs and to connect them to resources to help them be successful. These are a few of many initiatives we hope to accomplish moving forward.
The La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership offers members a wide range of involvement opportunities that fit every business–large and small. Our goal is to provide all of our partners the opportunities to succeed in their businesses and in turn, to help La Porte reach its full potential. All I ask is that you be informed, be involved, and be positive about momentum
we are gaining in La Porte


Mike Riehle
President of Chamber Services