Elkhart County is vibrant and attractive.

We are known for authenticity, energy and pride.



Vibrant Communities is an initiative to strengthen Elkhart County’s great communities. The movement is guided by three core beliefs:


Economic growth depends on “quality of place.”


Successful places clearly understand who they are and what they offer.


Creativity and collaboration are key to shaping our future.

The MovementThe PeopleThe Actions

1. Economic growth depends on “quality of place”

Vibrant Communities is a movement focused on the connection between economic vitality and quality of place. We champion initiatives that enhance quality of place and engage residents, businesses and community leaders to celebrate and communicate the attributes that make Elkhart County an exceptional place.

2. Successful places clearly understand who they are and what they offer

Elkhart County is a community of makers. We are known for being innovative, collaborative and authentic in creating and building our contributions to the world. 

3. Creativity and collaboration are key to shaping our future

Every person in Elkhart County contributes to our vibrant community, attracting and retaining talent, and sustaining our prosperity and well-being. We contribute to our vibrant community by giving our time and energy to what we are passionate about, by going to a play or concert, by advocating for a park or a school, and by volunteering for community activities.

Who’s Who in Vibrant Communities?

Community Champions Roundtable

Champion the value of quality of place and grow advocates for the movement

Leadership Team

Convene working groups, enable new leadership and set general direction


Find a project, a program or your passion within the Vibrant Communities movement and get involved

Task Forces

Connect project champions with resources and leadership within the movement


Enable working groups and project champion with resources and expertise

Strengthening Elkhart County’s great communities through three focused Task Forces.

Active Transportation

The active transportation task force will be focused on projects related to the different recreational opportunities in Elkhart County. Primarily, this includes efforts related to the waterways and the multi-use paths.


The housing task force will seek to coordinate their efforts with other groups organizations concerned with housing in Elkhart County – namely housing projects within the broader umbrella of the South Bend-Elkhart Region, and coordinating with the different localities within Elkhart County.


The communications task force hopes to unify the communications and marketing efforts within Elkhart County to highlight community assets and events. We hope these efforts will allow areas in Elkhart County to highlight both their unique traits as well as the broader community they contribute to.

The Vibrant Communities Action Agenda was created through a robust community engagement process that identified and prioritized projects, policies and programs for communities within the county. The action recommendations range from specific, “bricks and mortar” projects, to new or enhanced programs. They include new policies to unlock the potential of the community’s assets and deliver more attractions and amenities. The 77 recommendations emerged from the Community Conversation process conducted in 2016.