27.6

square miles

1967

year of incorporation

36,000+

population

Welcome!

Thank you for choosing to learn more about Portage, Indiana. Let the Portage Economic Development Corporation facilitate your move to our business-friendly community. Our economic development professionals will assist you with your evaluation of available sites, workforce recruitment and training, provide incentive and tax information, while respecting the confidentiality of your project.

Portage, Indiana is the perfect place for you and your business!  The State of Indiana offers a great incentive package which is well complimented by the City of Portage’s local incentives. We are minutes from Downtown Chicago and the South Shore Commuter Rail Line  runs daily from South Bend, Indiana to Chicago.

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Location

Location

Portage is anchored in opportunity primarily because of its ideal location on the beautiful southern shores of Lake Michigan. Our proximity to the lake and major transportation corridors provides advantages to industrial companies as well as other businesses looking to benefit from our booming tourism market. Here it’s easy for businesses to access everything they need to succeed. 

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Low Crime Rates

Low Crime Rates

Portage has maintained low crime rates due to the employment of 66 full-time police officers, a highly respected detective division, K9 division, and a SWAT team. In addition, Portage has a highly trained Fire Department that provides safety and security to its residents with state of the art facilities and equipment.

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Recreation & Tourism

Recreation & Tourism

In Portage, vacation starts right in our backyard with a public marina and the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk providing easy access to beautiful beaches and Lake Michigan. Just a few miles away is the Indiana Dunes, which also provides abundant opportunities for recreation, including swimming, hiking, cycling, paddling, birding, and fishing, to name a few. 

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Transportation & Infrastructure

Transportation & Infrastructure

Located in the center of Southern Lake Michigan’s Industrial corridor, Portage, Indiana provides competitive advantages to companies that move cargo by water, rail, and highway. We are situated between America’s second largest market in Chicago and other leading industrial and consumer markets in Michigan, making our community a natural production and distribution center for the Midwest.

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Quality of Life

Quality of Life

From our award-winning National Lake Shore West Beach, to our nationally-recognized Portage Township School System, Portage has it all. Portage Public Marina and the new Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk are great for fishing, boating and more. Our city is kept safe and clean, and our downtown is bustling with activity – all within a stones throw of gorgeous Lake Michigan.

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Community Growth

Community Growth

Portage has grown significantly in the 50 years that it has been a city, with a growing population of nearly 38,000 residents. Portage is a family-friendly city that is affordable. People love living, working, playing and staying here. We are a fast growing business community that enjoys the benefits of being less than an hour from Chicago.

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Education

Education

Portage has a high quality and achieving school system. Portage Township Schools were recently named an “A” rated school system by the Indiana Department of Education. Our school system is comprised of eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school with a total enrollment of approximately 7,800 students. We also provide plenty of opportunities for technical,

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Workforce

Workforce

The Portage Economic Development Corporation partners with several local and regional Workforce Development Organizations to provide specialized training and skill assessment needs for area employers. Portage, Indiana is proud of it’s award-winning education at all levels that builds a foundation of families who, from generation to generation, pass down values of hard work. No matter your industry

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Housing

Housing

Get more for your money!  Portage, Indiana offers a great location with low property taxes and is within an hour of downtown Chicago by car or train.  The Portage residential market includes all types of housing units from quality rental apartments to beautiful homes on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Living here will provide the quality

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Manufacturing 360

I'm grateful to the Portage Economic Development company and to all the people who worked on this. It's providing that opportunity for students that would not have otherwise.

Richard Weigel—Superintendent of Portage Area Schools
Richard Weigel

Portage Economic Development helped us to get tax abatements and work with us. They've been very friendly to businesses. They are working very hard to try to get us young employees.

Bill Stockwell—General Manager PSC Machining & Engineering
Bill Stockwell

The city of Portage Economic Development Corporation was a huge part of supporting our move here to Portage.

Tiffany Bley—Assistant to the CEO at Fronius
Tiffany Bley

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Help us promote business and workforce development in Portage.

Team Members

Andy Maletta
executive director
Andy Maletta
City of Portage/Portage EDC Phone: (219) 762-5425 Cell: (219) 406-3731 Email: amaletta@portage-in.com
Amy Parker
Business Development
Amy Parker
Portage EDC Phone: (219) 762-9761 Cell: (219) 742-5914 Email: aparker@portagein.org