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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />April 7, 2010 <br />2 p.m. <br /> <br />70% see hopeful economic future for South Bend <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Tom Price, Assistant to the Mayor, 235-9261 or 514-2169 or <br /> <br /> Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> <br />Nearly 70 percent of South Bend residents expressed optimism about the city’s economic <br />future, according to a recent random-sample survey conducted on behalf of the City of <br />South Bend’s effort to promote economic development. <br /> <br />According to the survey, 69.5 percent of residents said they were optimistic or hopeful <br />about South Bend’s economic future. In the survey, 26 percent said they were pessimistic <br />or doubtful about the city’s economic future. <br /> <br />The hopeful viewpoint was reinforced in open-ended responses to the question, “What is <br />your opinion about South Bend’s economic future?” Nearly 47 percent responded with <br />clearly positive responses, compared with nearly 31 percent in 2009 at the height of the <br />global economic crisis. Pessimistic responses in 2010 declined to nearly 35 percent, <br />compared with more than 51 percent in 2009. <br /> <br />The survey results will be highlighted in a report to the South Bend Redevelopment <br />Commission during its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, in the County-City <br />th <br />Building’s 13-floor conference room. <br /> <br />“These results are an encouraging sign that South Bend residents see hopeful <br />opportunities on the horizon with the opening of Innovation Park at Notre Dame and the <br />preparation for Ignition Park in the former Studebaker Corridor,” said Mayor Stephen J. <br />Luecke. “It reflects greater awareness of our local economy’s transition from <br />manufacturing to more reliance on research and technological innovation.” <br /> <br />The survey also showed that a majority of South Bend residents now are aware of the <br />City’s efforts to develop Ignition Park in the former Studebaker Corridor – a jump of 16 <br />percentage points in one year. <br /> <br />