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Category: Economic Development
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. …Read Full Article
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 …Read Full Article
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 …Read Full Article
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 …Read Full Article
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 …Read Full Article
LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo said developer Space Center has plans for nine new buildings and the potential for 1,000 new …Read Full Article
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 …Read Full Article
The economy is coming back to life. Is the region’s workforce prepared to cash in on the opportunities?
by Shari Held
With the negative press the economy has generated over the last few years, it’s easy to overlook the positives Northwest Indiana has to offer – the Dunes, the casinos, the steel mills, a great road and rail infrastructure and power sources.
“Northwest Indiana has …Read Full Article
CROWN POINT – The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Corp. and the Starke County Economic Development Foundation have formed a partnership, said Charles Weaver, executive director of the Starke County foundation.
“We have seen several models of how to do things over the last several years, but the one that we currently all seem to be in agreement on is the concept of regionalism, and …Read Full Article
MICHIGAN CITY – Kevin Kieft has been named interim executive director of the Michigan City Economic Development Corp. He takes over for John Regetz, who resigned recently to accept a similar position in Pocatello, Idaho.
Peggy Moore, chairman of the board, thanked Regetz for his service and added, “Kevin has done a great job as our business development manager and I am sure he will …Read Full Article