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Elkhart looks to Europe for New Enterprises

March 22, 2010

NPR recently ran a series of stories on Elkhart, Indiana, which had become famous for having the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. in 2009.  However, these stories highlight how Elkhart is attempting to transform its economy from heavy reliance on the RV industry, and two of the stories had strong European components, showing the importance of Europe to Indiana.  As previously blogged, a Norwegian company is setting up shop in Elkhart to build electric cars.  Another idea to transform Elkhart’s economy is an idea to build large indoor tropical paradises where people can come and escape from winter without having to leave the Midwest.  Leroy Troyer, a local developer in Elkhart is the driving force behind this idea, and he was actually inspired by a friend from the Netherlands.  Since then, Mr. Troyer has gone to the Netherlands to meet with managers from these glass enclosed resorts.  If Mr. Troyer is successful, then a popular European holiday retreat idea will be coming to Indiana.

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