Planning & Economic Development

As the City of East Chicago looks at Economic Development, we are committed to attracting businesses to grow and stabilize our economy. We hope to help assist small business gain contract opportunities with industries to grow their business.

Working together, we will continue to pursue intelligent economic development that benefits all our citizens. We look forward to working with you!


Economic and Business Development focuses on attracting developers, new business and employers to East Chicago by aggressively enhancing the City’s profile and highlighting available resources such as water, power, transportation and technology infrastructure, as well as the City’s attractive financial incentives.

We also manage local revitalization projects and redevelopment ventures while working to retain and expand existing business and generally accelerate the growth of business within the city.

Our Partners

Whether you are seeking a new location, planning an expansion project, or starting a new business, we are here to help you grow. Lake County, IN is minutes from Chicago and is truly one of the most business friendly environments in the country. The State of Indiana has the best business climate in the Midwest and 5th nationally.

Our goal is to create jobs by advancing economic development. This is done based on a cooperative relationship among:

  • Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana Economic Development Corporation
  • Lake County Indiana Economic AllianceLakeshore Chamber of Commerce
  • The Northwest Indiana Forum

Lake County Indiana Economic Alliance

The Lake County IN Economic Alliance  works to strengthen the economic base and quality of life in its communities by supporting the growth of business and attracting new quality investment that results in greater employment opportunities in Northwest Indiana.

City of East Chicago   2020 Economic Development Commission Meetings 

The Economic Development Commission will meet regularly on the 4th Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers room located at City Hall, 4525 Indianapolis Boulevard—2nd Floor, East Chicago, Indiana.

Meeting Dates

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020

*Wednesday, November 18, 2020

*Wednesday, December 16, 2020

*Economic Development Commission will meet Wednesday, November 18, 2020 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

*Economic Development Commission will meet Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in observance of Christmas Eve.

City of East Chicago   2020 Plan Commission Meetings 

The Plan Commission will meet regularly on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers Room located at City Hall, 4525 Indianapolis Boulevard-2nd Floor, East Chicago, Indiana.

Plan Commission


Plan Commission


Monday, January 6, 2020

*Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

*Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Monday, July 20, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020

*Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday, December 7, 2020

Monday, December 21, 2020


*Plan Commission will meet Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.   in observance of Martin Luther King’s Birthday.

*Plan Commission will meet, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.   in observance of Independence Holiday

*Plan Commission will meet Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.   in observance of Labor Day.