Regional collaboration is paramount to improving conditions that lead to a higher quality of life, economic prosperity and sustainability. Through regional collaboration, we enjoy a focused and stronger voice to advocate for the region, a broader reach for our message and concerted energies to pursue and complete projects of regional significance.
Region 3A Development & Regional Planning Commission is a small part of the collaboration in Northeast Indiana leading the region towards prosperity. Formed as a regional unit of government though Indiana Statute, Region 3A has been in existence since 1974, supporting the community and economic development needs of Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash and Whitley counties.
As a regional unit of government serving Northeast Indiana, Region 3A has assisted with many community and economic development, transportation and housing projects throughout the region. Region 3A has also served as a regional liaison to many State and federal agencies, providing an efficient single point of contact for six counties and 32 municipalities. As an agency governed by local county and municipal officials, Region 3A's exists for the sole and primary purpose of advancing Northeast Indiana.
In that role, Region 3A assists and seeks the assistance of other regional organizations engaged in small business development, entrepreneurial development, workforce development, marketing and advocacy. Effective collaboration also requires working with neighboring agencies and regions.
As has been since 1974, "Our goal is to retain and strengthen local home rule while continuing our total resources for regional challenges beyond our individual capabilities."
Region 3A has provided its member communities with a variety of professional services: Park planning, grant writing and administration, technical GIS and transportation assistance, community and economic development assistance are just to name a few. The various services performed at Region 3A are available to help make the region’s economic and community development goals a reality. In addition to specialized services, Region 3A has developed close working relationships with various local, state, and federal government agencies responsible for the oversight of the programs at all levels of government. Additionally, these government agencies are familiar with Region 3A. This working relationship is essential to the success of any state or federally assisted project. Region 3A's services have included, but are not limited to the following:
Park and Recreation Plans
Comprehensive (land use) Plans
Conservancy District Plans
Grant Writing and Administration
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) CFF, PFP, & SIP
Disaster Recovery 2 Grants (DR2)
Land and Water Conservation Fund
Industrial Development Grant Fund
Rural Development Grant (USDA)
FEMA Mitigation Grant (FMGP)
U.S. Economic Development Administration Grants (EDA)
Indiana Housing Finance Authority Grants
Tax Increment Financing Districts
Zoning and Subdivision ordinances
Economic Development Assistance
Housing Rehabilitation (OOR & DR2)
State Designated Data Center