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Jill Ritchie Wins Volunteer of the Year Award

INDIANAPOLIS — Jill Ritchie was honored as Volunteer of theYearat the Indiana Chamber of Commerce‘s annual luncheon in Indianapolis. Jill Ritchie has called Northwest Indiana home for more than 8 years. Through her work on the Indiana Chamber board and several policy committees, as well as being an Indiana Vision 2025 regional partner, she strives to connect Northwest Indiana with broader goals …

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Concert Golf Partners Acquires Sand Creek Country Club

CHESTERTON — Concert Golf Partners has acquired Sand Creek Country Club, the premier private country club in Northwest Indiana within 40 minutes of Chicago in the affluent, growing suburb of Chesterton, Indiana on the shores of Lake Michigan. Concert Golf bought the club from the Lake Erie Land division of NiSource, a regional utility, in a transaction handled by Jeff Woolson, Managing Director of …

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Finalists Named for NWI Influential Women Awards

STARKE COUNTY — Carla Musial and Kathy Norem, members of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors, were named finalists for the 2014 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana recognition awards. Both were nominated by the Foundation for their work in Starke County.

Musial was one of five finalists for Influential Woman in the Finance category, while Norem was one of three finalists for …

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RDC Announces Accomplishments

VALPARAISO — The Regional Development Company (RDC), headquartered in Valparaiso, Ind., announced their 2014 year-end accomplishments and lender awards at their Annual Membership Meeting held at Gamba Restaurant.

The Regional Development had twenty-three loans approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration, which brought a total of $13,670,000 in U.S. Small Business Administration funding to local companies. The Regional Development Company partners with local banking institutions …

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Burns Harbor RDC Town Development Response

BURNS HARBOR — The Town of Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission (RDC) received several submissions from firms interested in facilitating development of the town beginning next year.

RDC Secretary Jeff Freeze and Economic Development Coordinator Joe Rurode opened 11 responses to its request for qualifications at the Burns Harbor Town Hall.

RDC President Greg Miller said, “The RDC believes Burns Harbor is in a unique position …

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IU Northwest Vice Chancellor Named

GARY — Indiana University Northwest announced the appointment of Alexis Montevirgen as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Montevirgen comes from the College of Alameda in Alameda, Calif., where he was Vice President of Student Services.

He will serve as the chief student affairs and enrollment management officer for the campus. In his role, Montevirgen will be responsible for envisioning, planning, managing, and …

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McColly Real Estate and Toys for Tots

The McColly Foundation and McColly companies have joined to proudly support Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. From now until December 10, 2014, new, unwrapped toys can be dropped at any of our 18 McColly Real Estate locations in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland.

The toys collected will be distributed to the children of Porter, Lake …

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RDC Awards and Annual Meeting

With seven loans and nearly $5,000,000 debenture dollars, Peoples Bank was named the Most Active Bank Partner of the Year at the Regional Development Company‘s Annual Membership meeting.

Also recognized was Paul Orner of First Merchant’s Bank as Lender of the Year with debentures totaling $2,004,000. Five lenders tied for Most Active Lender for number of loans, those lenders were: Jonathan Hildebrand, Centier Bank

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Hospital Provides Illumination on Lung Cancer Fight

Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer hosted a local observance of the national Shine A Light on Lung Cancer campaign that was attended by members of the public, hospital staff and highlighted by physicians, who spoke on how to prevent and treat the disease. Cancer survivor Gloria Fantin, of Hammond, inspired the group with her story of how she came to recognize and deal with her problem …

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Wounded Warrior Project Names Grant Recipient

WEST LAFYAETTE — The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University announced its selection as a 2014 Wounded Warrior Project grant recipient.

The WWP grant program bridges gaps in services and support for this generation of injured service members by supporting organizations that provide high-quality, high-touch, unique programming in remote or underserved regions. Through teamwork and collaboration, this $250,000 grant will enhance MFRI’s ability to …

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