Hey, Elkhart County, the spring season in 2019 is not just when flowers bloom, trees bud with new life, and nature awakens for a warm days.

Nope, the incredible growth also extends to all the projects getting off the ground throughout our wonderful cities, from the Elkhart aquatics center to Goshen Theater to Wa-Nee Vision 2020, along with the small business development that has been sparked.

To help you catch up, here’s the best of the news coverage in recent weeks:

‘Elkhart Renaissance’

In a half-hour-long episode of “Economic Outlook on WNIT, Diana Lawson of the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dan Boecher of the Hotel Elkhart development, and Kevin Milak of the Elkhart aquatics center described the effects of multiple new developments on Elkhart’s downtown.

Along with the aquatics center, expected to open in summer 2019, workers are renovating the Hotel Elkhart to serve as a boutique hotel serving visitors and business travelers, while the Stonewater apartment complex continues to rise on the banks of the Elkhart River.

Watch the episode here.

Creating a movement

South Bend Tribune columnist Marshall V. King writes of the progress Elkhart County is making in collaborating and overcoming age-old turf issues to create a movement in which residents and organizations feel empowered to work on projects of interest to them.

A diverse calendar of family-friendly and fun events is among the achievements of Elkhart County’s cities and towns with Vibrant Communities’ support.

“The work of making a place better to live is hard to measure, most often seen when people move back or some new festival, restaurant or development gets people excited about where they live. The work isn’t ever done, but as the Report to the Community shows, it’s progressing well,” King wrote.

Regional awareness

The work being done in Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Wakarusa, Middlebury and Bristol is being noticed across Indiana, with the influential Inside Indiana Business offering its own take.