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Economic Outlook

Jeff Rea’s Blog (Episode 1502)

October 09, 2019 (Updated: 1:08 PM)
Author Jeff Rea

About Jeff

Jeff Rea is currently the President & CEO of the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce. Jeff has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in our region while working in areas such as Economic Development, Business Development, City Planning, Marketing, and Local Government. Jeff has a degree from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC and executive management continuing education work at the University of Notre Dame.

Welcome to my blog post related to our taping on our show about Research and Commercialization at Notre Dame. I sure appreciate your support of WNIT, Public Television (PBS), and our show.


If you are not familiar with the show, we hope you’ll make plans to join us each week as we bring you stories about the people, companies and communities driving economic growth in our region!


For this show we headed to campus to take a closer at Research efforts at the University of Notre Dame, talk to the experts about how those efforts have grown, and tell you more about how those efforts influence economic growth in the region.


The University of Notre Dame has worked in recent years to become a major research university. Last year they set another record for the amount of new research funding available for that work. Joining me today for the conversation were Bob Bernhard, Vice President for Research, University of Notre Dame; Tom Fuja, the Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame; and Josh Cameron, Director of the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory.

Around the country, economic development is happening primarily in those communities that have a major research university. Our community is really blessed to have Notre Dame. You’ll see as you watch the show, we have a lot to be excited about. And Notre Dame is just scratching the surface now, we expect those efforts to continue to grow in the coming years.

Finally, we talked about the LIFT Network and the opportunities for local companies to work with the University in the future. IF you want to learn more about taping into this resource, then toon in to hear all about it.

We had a terrific discussion in the studio, but we also wanted to give you a look behind the scenes on campus, so we sent my co-host George Lepeniotis out to give you that look. Look for his great story.

Your feedback is valuable, feel free to reach out anytime (jrea@sbrchamber.com)  with comments, compliments, criticisms, story ideas. I’ll do my best to get back you as soon as possible. Also, follow-us on facebook, Twitter (Jeff_Rea), or at WWW.WNIT.org/economicoutlook for all the latest info on the show. 

Enjoy the show!