South Bend-Notre Dame partnership wins gold for municipal excellence

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South Bend, Indiana

A partnership including the City of South Bend, the University of Notre Dame, Memorial Hospital and Health System, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, the South Bend Clinic, Madison Center and neighborhood residents to revitalize the Northeast Neighborhood has been singled out for excellence by the National League of Cities.

The award recognized the City’s participation in the formation of the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO), a partnership for redevelopment efforts that:

  • Created a plan that led to the development of the $215-million Eddy Street Commons on property formerly owned by Notre Dame.
  • Supported housing development by the Northeast Neighborhood Council including the University’s Notre Dame Avenue development project.
  • Acquired and re-platted land to build 50 new low-to-moderate income and market-rate homes between Eddy Street Commons and Indiana S.R. 23.

The award also recognized:

  • The creation of Innovation Park at Notre Dame in partnership with the University, and Project Future, as part of South Bend’s dual-site, state-certified technology park. In the year since its founding, Innovation Park has been home to more than 30 clients.
  • The development and subsequent expansion of Indiana University School of Medicine at South Bend, in partnership with Notre Dame.
  • A master plan to use the former Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center site as a proposed site for a new St. Joseph’s High School.

South Bend Mayor Stephen J. Luecke accepted the award in the league’s annual Congress of Cities & Exposition in Denver today (Dec. 3). Marguerite Taylor, a member of the Robinson Community Learning Center staff and a Northeast Neighborhood resident, represented the University and the Northeast Neighborhood Council.

“This award acknowledges a wonderful partnership. For Notre Dame, it has been an honor to be a part of an initiative that has transformed the neighborhood while building enduring relationships,” says Timothy Sexton, associate vice president for public affairs and president of the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization. “The hard work of the partners, including the northeast neighborhood residents, is paying great dividends in our community.”

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance.

Contact: Timothy Sexton, 574-631-1785,