Category: Economic Development

Business is Building

Construction industry is expecting a strong 2015.

by Phil Britt

Construction in Northwest Indiana is expected to continue to be strong in 2015, according to executives from major building companies in the area.

All have significant projects that are in various phases of completion and have strong orders on the books for 2015 and the beginning of 2016, they say, admitting that attempting to forecast …

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Posted in Business, Commercial Real Estate, Construction, Current Issue, Economic Development, Real Estate, Winter 2015 | Leave a comment

More Jobs and Improvement

Indiana should surpass the nation in GDP and income growth.

by Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D.

As 2014 wrapped up, economic growth for the first three quarters was 2.3 percent. This is close to the 2 percent growth I predicted a year earlier. Growth in the third quarter showed a marked improvement from the 1.2 percent growth over the first half of the year, which included …

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Posted in Business, Current Issue, Economic Development, Winter 2015 | Leave a comment

Who’s Coming to Town?

Meetings and conventions in Northern Indiana in 2015.

by Shari Held

2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for the tourism and event industry and Northwest Indiana is reaping its fair share of the business.

“Naturally we are thrilled to see an upturn in the tourism and event industry,” says Carolyne Wallace, director of sales, Visit South Bend Mishawaka. “Encouraged by the significant …

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Posted in Business, Current Issue, Economic Development, Regional Events, Winter 2015 | Leave a comment

Extend the South Shore Line

Thousands of jobs and new prosperity will ride into the region.

by Bill Hanna

Expanding the South Shore Line will give us the opportunity to increase connectivity to Chicago, one of the world’s largest economies. Since 1970, Lake County has experienced a decline in population and median income. In order to reverse these trends we must connect the great resources and investments already made in …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, Summer 2014, Viewpoint | Leave a comment

“Open for Business”

Businesses that had been on the sidelines are ready to expand or relocate and the region is ready.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

When Urschel Laboratories decided it needed to construct a new corporate campus with a manufacturing plant, the Valparaiso-based company embarked on an extensive search for a location. Urschel needed to find the right community, the right region and the right site to position …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, Summer 2014 | Leave a comment

Little City By the Lake

Whiting celebrates its 125th year with a long list of big plans.

by Michael Puente

The great city planner Daniel Burnham once said, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”

Burnham was referring to the big city of Chicago, but his words could easily be applied to the “Little City by the Lake,” Whiting, Indiana.

Just a couple of miles …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, Summer 2014 | Leave a comment

Clearing the Hurdles

South Bend area seeing economic-development success.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

It’s not every day that a $3 billion company like Hubbell Inc. makes a long-term commitment to Indiana. But that is exactly what happened last year when the international steel box manufacturer invested more than $3 million in a new South Bend distribution center designed around its RACO brand.

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Hubbell moved its warehouse operations last …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, News, Regional News, Spring 2014 | Leave a comment

Balancing Act

Developing new employees and the existing workforce.

by Shari Held

Chuck Knebl, communications manager for WorkOne in South Bend (Region 2), says economic conditions have improved substantially across Indiana’s Northern Tier–composed of 23 counties across three regions. For instance, the jobless rate is coming down and employment grew in several sectors during 2013.

“Indiana’s Northern Tier serves as a noteworthy compass of the labor market’s …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, News, Regional News, Spring 2014 | Leave a comment

Elkhart on the Move

Five years ago, the headlines were bleak. Now the news is good.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

Thor Industries announced in January 2013 that it would leave behind its longtime corporate headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio, and relocate key executives to Indiana. The owner of operating subsidiaries that, combined, represent the largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles in the country decided to move to Elkhart County. Just …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, News, Regional News, Winter 2014 | Leave a comment

A Green Arena

LaPorte native making plans for environmentally friendly development.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

Paul Boardman acknowledges there are some important details about the multipurpose sports and entertainment venue he is planning in Northwest Indiana that have not yet been announced. He has not revealed the site on which Duneland Arena would be located, for instance, or released a rendering to give Porter County residents a look …

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Posted in Business, Business, Construction, Economic Development, Fall 2013, Sports | Leave a comment