Category: Economic Development

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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“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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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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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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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

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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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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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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