Common Sense Leadership

Keeping your feet planted in the ground while moving a large beast is a basic skill Mike learned as a kid growing up on a dairy farm in Elkhart County. Now the owner of the family farm and an Elkhart County Commissioner, Mike applies these skills to growing a successful business and ensuring the economic vitality of our community.

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Reforming Government to Serve the People

Reduced county government expenses between 2009 and 2010 by $11 million without cutting any essential services.

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Growing Small

Small business is the fastest growing segment of our economy both nationally and locally. Mike directly supports the expansion of small business development in Elkhart County by working with the Economic Development Corporation (“EDC”) to competitively market the county’s manufacturing capabilities. Within the county, he works with the EDC to ensure local businesses develop strategic networks.

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Enhancing Technology and Infrastructure

  • Completed Johnson Street  and 6-Span bridge reconstruction – under budget and with no borrowed funds
  • New CR 17 to Cr 40 complete this fall – under budget and no borrowed funds
  • Expanded  fiber optic network options with new fiber along new CR 17.
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Securing a
Promising Future

Mike is a key facilitator of the Horizon Education Alliance joining businesses, not-for-profits and public schools to expand education opportunities and enhance training, college preparation, and technical certification for our 21st century workforce.

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“Mike provided critical leadership in organizing nine NE Indiana counties into a single voice for a meeting with Governor Daniels. I highly recommend the re-election of Mike Yoder for Elkhart County Commissioner.”
George R. Bachman, Past LaGrange County Commissioner

“Mike Yoder has been an innovative and dedicated County Commissioner. Being a businessman himself he understands how to position Elkhart County to grow and prosper in the future.”
Phil Penn

“Mike has displayed his leadership ability and down to earth commonsense in dealing with the issues facing our community”
Ken Pletcher

“Mike Yoder truly is a leader. He is able to frame complex subjects into understandable messages for business and peers. Mike is a strong representative for advancing economic development in Elkhart County.”
Dorinda Heiden-Gusss, Former President of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County

“Mike is able to see the big picture and to directly relate that vision to the immediate needs of the community.”
Jim Conner, Middlebury

“More than any other county leader, Mike Yoder has driven the education conversation forward. Mike knows the economic value of a well educated work force and is determined to make sure all Elkhart County kids graduate from high school either college or career ready. He has been persistent, creative, and found success by encouraging collaboration with ALL county school districts and business leaders.”
Brian Wiebe, Director of Horizon Education Alliance