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Newton County

Economic Development Commission

We offer realistically priced land for industrial and commercial development, and a pro-business stance that encourages growth. Air and water quality are high and there are no constraints imposed on future construction by state or federal environmental agencies.

Beyond that, Newton County boasts a designated Opportunity Zone located in Kentland, Indiana.
Find out more below.

There is no better time to take advantage of the great opportunities for new and

existing businesses in Newton County.

Let's get to work, together.

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Newton County

Opportunity Zone

Kentland, IN (Census Tract: 18111100700)


Regional Goals

Newton County is located in Northwest Indiana: a thriving, bustling region located on the South Shore of Lake Michigan and within close proximity to Chicago. The region attracts more than 50 million tourists a year to its world-class amenities. Manufacturing remains strong, with everything from gummy bears to jet engine parts being made, providing jobs to many of Northwest Indiana’s residents.


Access to Higher Pay

Skilled & Professional Labor

Attracting Families

Leaders have devised a 5 year plan to attract young families to Northwest Indiana, with the aim to raise average income levels by making Chicago’s higher-paid employment opportunities easier to access. The plan is to do this by expanding the South Shore Line to Dyer.
Measures are being put in place to encourage high school graduates to go on to college or undertake job training. Ensuring local residents provide the level of expertise both existing and new companies require, to encourage businesses to remain in the region and to attract new businesses.
With the Northwest Indiana community leaders’ plans to attract young families to the region there is a growing demand for products and services, construction, restaurants, entertainment and recreational facilities. 


Newton County has convenient access to major Interstates as well as US Highways:

  • US 41 running North and South through the center of our county

  • Running East to West; US24, SR114, S R14, SR10 all with interchange access to I-65

  • It's a quick commute whether you want to travel South to Indianapolis or North to Chicago

  • We are a day's drive away from major US cities

Approximate Distance from
Newton County to Major Cities

Atlanta, GA - 700 miles

Chicago, IL - 65 miles

Cleveland, OH - 350 miles

Columbus, OH -275 miles

Detroit, MI - 275 miles

Fort Wayne, IN - 175 miles

Indianapolis, IN - 100 miles

Louisville, KY - 225 miles

Milwaukee, WI - 175 miles

Pittsburgh, PA - 400 miles

St Louis, MO - 250 miles

Area Info


County Seat

"Boldly Moving Forward"
Home to the Newton County
Opportunity Zone


34.6 People Per Sq. Mi.
"Ahh...Room to Breathe"

Cost of Living

Compared to Nat'l. Avg.
"More Bang for Your Buck"
Young Business Colleagues

Workforce Development

WorkOne Northwest Indiana

WorkOne Northwest Indiana is considered a valuable one-stop for jobseekers and employers when it comes to career and employment resources.


4117 S. 240 W., Suite. 400
Morocco, IN 47963

Newton County Purdue Extension

The Purdue University Cooperative Extension serves communities across Indiana in: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Health and Human Sciences; Economic and Community Development; 4-H Youth Development.


4117 S 240 W Suite 600
Morocco, IN 47963-0678

Check out Area Colleges and Universities on our Newton County Education Page!

Let's get to work, together.

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Newton County Economic Development Commission

4117 S 240 W., Suite 100, Morocco, IN 47963

888-663-9866 ext 2601

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