Category: Economic Development

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, Current Issue, 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

The End of the Refinery Project

The construction jobs have been welcome. What happens when they go away?

by Jacqueline von Ogden

The talk on the streets regarding the BP Whiting Refinery Modernization Project (WRMP) wrap-up ranges from gloom…to doom. The huge project has been an economic blessing at a very opportune time, providing a wealth of construction work, but all good things must end. What’s in store for Northwest Indiana …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, Summer 2013 | Leave a comment

Michiana on the Move

Local cooperation bodes well for the future.
by Shari Held

Although the economy may not have rebounded 100 percent from the recent recession, things are picking up in Michiana. There’s a new focus and a fresh, unified approach that bodes well for the future.

“We are seeing an unprecedented amount of cooperation,” says Jeff Rea, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of St. …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, Spring 2013 | Leave a comment

Gary hosts development open house

GARY – The Gary Economic Development Corp. (GEDC), the City of Gary, Accion, and the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center will host an open house to mark a new partnership and to kick off Accion and NWI SBDC’s office hours in Gary. It will Monday, Feb. 26, at Gary City Hall, 401 Broadway, at 8 a.m.

Beginning March 6, Accion and NWI SBDC …

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Tonn & Blank acquires 100 acres

MICHIGAN CITY – Approximately 100 acres of land in northwestern La Porte County is now available for continued economic development.

Michigan City-based company Tonn and Blank Construction purchased the acreage, located just south of the Michigan City Municipal Airport, in late December. Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, Indiana – along with the City of Michigan City – coordinated the sale.

The land, now …

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The Year Ahead

After a solid 2012, prepare for an eventful 2013 in the region.
by Mark Maassel

2012 was another great year and we are already building on those successes as we enter 2013. With a focus on boosting jobs and the quality of life, Northwest Indiana continues to make great strides toward our future. And the Northwest Indiana Forum and our partners are a significant part …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, Viewpoint, Winter 2013 | Leave a comment

Public-Private Interaction

How can we enhance it, and what happens if we don’t?
by Leigh Morris

I’ve been exploring the changing nature of the interaction between the public and private sectors at the community and regional levels, and I’ve come to four conclusions: Effective interaction between the public sector and the private sector has never been more important; the quality and quantity of this interaction has diminished …

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LaPorte expands industrial park

LAPORTE – A 137-acre expansion of Thomas Rose Industrial Park has been dedicated by Gov. Mitch Daniels. The new area has room for 1.2 million square feet of industrial space.

The expansion site is served by Norfolk Southern and South Shore Freight railroads.

LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo said developer Space Center has plans for nine new buildings and the potential for 1,000 new …

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Indiana ranked 5th best business state

INDIANAPOLIS – Pollina Corporate Real Estate of Park Ridge, Ill., recently completed a study assessing the economic climate in 32 states and Indiana was rated fifth best in the U.S.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said Indiana’s pro-business climate was the reason, including the passage of right-to-work legislation this past session by the General Assembly.

The study also said Indiana’s workers’ compensation program and property …

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