The social and economic turmoil that started with the response to COVID-19 has been widespread in Elkhart County.

What does this mean for our vibrant cities and towns as businesses reopen and we gather again in public spaces? It’s an ongoing process to understand some of the repercussions, on our small businesses, our neighborhoods, and who we are as a community.

There have been success stories as residents and organizations took charge to help care for those in need and to lift up our spirits to keep going.

We think now is the time for Elkhart County to come together to share our insights from a wide diversity of Elkhart County’s residents, leaders and community champions. Vibrant Communities Conversations are the first steps in that process of forming a community-based, resident-driven response, and we want you to be involved!

Two public listening sessions took place in June 2020, and focused sessions also took place with niche groups.

A report on these public input sessions is forthcoming.


  • Cynthia Murphy says:

    I look forward to the robust discussion on ways to keep our community safe!

  • Laura Coyne says:

    Elkhart County is uniquely vulnerable to Covid spread through factory line design. Can we integrate virus prevention in LEAN education? It’s a start! Second, encourage industry transparency in case counts in our hospital and factory settings. There is so much to talk about here… and opportunities.

  • Anna Davies says:

    Amusement Park

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