Lake County IN Economic Alliance

LCEA, the economic development organization for 19 communities and unincorporated Lake County, Indiana, provides economic development services; site selection/business expansion assistance; community connections; demographics, cost comparisons and other critical information when considering relocation or expansion.


The Lake County IN Economic Alliance (LCEA) 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 result in greater employment opportunities in Northwest Indiana.

LCEA is the private non-profit, non-partisan umbrella organization supported by both public and private sector focused solely on economic development in a consolidated, coordinated, unified effort for all 19 communities and unincorporated areas of Lake County. LCEA’s key responsibilities include:

Foster County-Wide Cooperation based on each community’s desired business sectors, a win for one is a win for all.

Support Economic Development through business attraction, retention and expansion identifying developable land/existing buildings. Facilitate the economic development process start to finish including site selection, project management, community coordination, incentives, data analysis  and media relations.

Market & Promote Lake County via advertising, County/regional/state efforts, outreach, tradeshows/conferences, building and fostering relationships with consultants, companies and real estate professionals. Lake County is Positioned for Prosperity.

Achieve Effective Advocacy in supporting an attractive/improved business climate.

Facilitate/Support Infrastructure to enhance development opportunities. Public infrastructure drives private investment.

Operate a Dynamic/Sustainable Operation working with LCEA Investors, local/regional/state partners, and elected or appointed officials.

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Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Economic Forecast
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Tax Credits

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Industry
  • Workforce Incentives

Libraries and Research

  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Data
  • Lifestyle and Psychographic Data

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues
  • State Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements


  • Site Location Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Site Location

Tax Services

  • State Tax Credit Information
Primary Contact
Karen Lauerman
440 W. 84th Drive
Merrillville, IN 46410
(219) 756-4317