Category: Viewpoint

Time to Support Public Schools

It’s not good business to cause financial hardship for schools.

If economic development is in any way related to the quality of public education, then business leaders must demand a shift in public education policy that places public schools as the top priority. The ability of any community to attract new economic development is dependent upon having a skilled and available work force. Only a …

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Posted in Business, Education, Fall 2014, Viewpoint | 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

The Region’s Priorities

Summit brings leaders together to reach public-policy consensus.

On October 3, the One Region organization sponsored a session attended by 70 leaders from throughout the region. The event was designed to tap the wisdom of the participants concerning the public-policy choices we face as an extended community. The assembly included representatives from the business community, education, social service organizations, elected officials and the media. I …

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Posted in Fall 2013, News / Views / Promotions, Viewpoint | Leave a comment

Daring to Dream

Bring diverse communities together to build a brighter future.

When NIPSCO’s Eddie Melton stepped to the podium at Strongbow’s Inn, he had no small task.

He was asked along with others to answer this question: “How does a diverse region learn to work together to build a great region in a global economy?

He was among a number of regional speakers at a Dare to …

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Posted in Spring 2013, Viewpoint | Leave a comment

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

Don’t Go It Alone

Business success depends on collective wisdom.

A few years ago, I received a phone call from a small-business banker. He explained how a client of his recently acquired the business he worked at for 10 years. His client, who we will call Joe, has since depleted a bank loan, maxed out his personal credit cards, and just left the banker’s office after asking to borrow …

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Posted in Viewpoint, Winter 2012 | Leave a comment

Busy Year for the Forum

Bringing jobs and investment to Northwest Indiana.

2011 has been an exciting year for Northwest Indiana and the Northwest Indiana Forum. We continue to market and promote the region, build and foster key relationships, and work to bring quality, higher-paying jobs and capital investment to the region while protecting and respecting the environment.

In its primary economic-development role, the Forum worked with our partners to …

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A New Mindset

Living up to our region’s incredible potential.

“We have met the enemy and he is us” is a quote from the old comic strip, Pogo.
As we strive to integrate sustainable development in Northwest Indiana, the perception of us as “Region Rats” impedes the initiative.

The 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall caused an economic ripple that was felt in Northwest Indiana. It exposed Eastern …

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Buy American

And while you’re at it, Buy Northwest Indiana.

Brian McShane

Brian McShane

The recent Great Recession has revealed the strong impact the global economy has on the United States, and more specifically our region’s economy. Within the past five years, many companies within the office-products industry have increased their private-label brand items that are primarily manufactured outside the United States. National chains such as Staples, Office Max, …

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Meeting Small Business Challenges

By Marianne Markowitz

Throughout my travels in Indiana and the Midwest, I see the challenges that small businesses face — finding ways and resources to meet the day-to-day operations.
I can assure you that many of these challenges are being met thanks to the small business provisions in the Jobs Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama into law last September. These provisions will …

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