About

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 exists for the sole and primary purpose of advancing Northeast Indiana.

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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. Plus, these government agencies are familiar with Region 3A. This working relationship is essential to the success of any state or federally assisted project.

Our Team

Matt Brinkman

Executive Director

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Matt began his work with Region 3A in 2014. He has experience in sales and banking. Throughout his banking career he was involved with many real estate projects and is utilizing that experience in his role helping people throughout the region with their real estate needs. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in economics. He resides in Allen County.

Dave Gee

Director of Technical Services

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In 2004, Dave joined Region 3A. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design. As the Director of Technical Services, Dave is responsible for Transportation Planning, and is the program manager of the Brownfield Coalition Assessment grant. Technical Services also provides support to the Northeast Indiana Housing Partnership, Inc. as the construction supervisor of Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation housing. In his role at Region 3A, Dave enjoys the challenge of taking a project from the idea stage, contributing his expertise, and seeing the finished project take shape.

David Schaefer

Technical Services Planner

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Dave began working with Region 3A in 2009. In his role, Dave works on traffic count studies, reports and analysis for INDOT, FEMA, and the Region 3A member counties. Dave also provides support with data and GIS mapping. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Supervisory Management from IPFW. He is happily married with three grown children and four active grandchildren.

Sandra Tamez

Community Development Planner

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Sandra joined Region 3A in 2014. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Purdue University-Fort Wayne. Previously Sandra has worked as a Human Resource Coordinator, Office Manager and Sales Manager. She and her husband are happily married, have two sons and reside in DeKalb County.

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