Elkhart's Quest: Rebuilding A Midwest Economy One year ago, Elkhart, Ind., had the highest unemployment rate in the country — nearly 20 percent. President Obama has visited the town twice to jump-start his economic stimulus programs. From building electric cars and musical instruments to creating a destination resort, Elkhart has some dreams of its own.
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Elkhart's Quest: Rebuilding A Midwest Economy

Developer Leroy Troyer wants to bring attractions like the Subtropical Swimming Paradise of Elveden Forest in Suffolk, England (above), to Elkhart, Ind. Courtesy of Center Parcs hide caption

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An employee cleans sections of a trumpet at Conn-Selmers' Vincent Bach division in Elkhart, Ind. The company produces a well-known brand of trumpets and trombones. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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The assembly of the Think City car could employ up to 415 new workers in the coming years at the once abandoned Phillips Industries plant. Courtesy of Think hide caption

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