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2023 Power Breakfast

Power breakfast explores economic development, raises funds

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The Economic Development Corp. Michigan City is hosting a 2024 Power Breakfast on March 27.

The focal point will be a panel discussion about real estate and construction news in Michigan City.

The panel includes David Flaherty, CEO of Flaherty & Collins, South Shore station mixed-use project developer; Brian Farkas, director of Allen Edwin Homes; and Jeff Bennett, partner at McColly Bennett.

Discussion topics will include news on the 11th Street station renovations. The project was originally envisioned as a parking garage but has grown.

“The Franklin at 11th Street is poised to feature not only the station’s history and roots, but also the future of Michigan City’s growth and development,” said Clarence Hulse, executive director of the Economic Development Corp., in a press release. “David Flaherty will update us on all of the latest project happenings, including the timeline, apartment and retail offerings and beyond.”

Housing continues to be a topic for the city’s leaders and residents.

“Our additional panelists will focus on the housing market and where it is heading,” Hulse said. “Allen Edwin Homes is behind the first major subdivision that we have seen in 50 years as Woodland Ridge enters its first phase of development.”

The annual breakfast will also help raise funds for Michigan City High School students to attend manufacturing and technical trade shows in Chicago. NIPSCO is the main sponsor helping to fund the trips. The trips help expose high school students to careers in the trades and manufacturing.

The power breakfast will be from 7:30 a.m. to 10 March 27 at Uptown Social, 907 Franklin St. in Michigan City. Tickets are available here for $35.

The Economic Development Corp. Michigan City’s mission is to attract new industry and business and strengthen existing businesses. Their Business Retention and Expansion program serves as a way to understand what assistance businesses need. The organization offers services, programs and individual assistance.


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