Northwest Indiana Forum
regional economic development plan
The Northwest Indiana Forum, along with many regional partners, will be embarking on a regional economic development plan that will craft a true and pragmatic play book for economic development of the seven county region. This will be in concert with municipal plans and other regional plans (i.e. 2040 plan, Marquette Plan and RDA Strategic Plan) already in existence. The goal of this adventure is to have action oriented, regional initiatives that will attract investment and talent at a more rapid pace.
This will not be a plan for the Forum, but rather will be a plan for the region as a whole. We will engage other regional groups, municipalities, higher learning institutions and the business community in the process and implementation as the success of this will require broad regional collaboration. The concept of a regional plan has been considered for years and now is the time to implement such a plan to help the region realize its potential. This is an exciting time for our region and this plan will help guide our future to new heights.
The project kicked off in March 2018 and is being shepherded by TIP Strategies. The TIP team has crafted innovative strategies for communities and regions across the US and are uniquely qualified to serve as the contractor for this work. Their team has the analytical capacity, experience, and planning expertise to assist in examining the Northwest Indiana’s position in the global economy.
They have extensive experience leading regional planning initiatives. These projects are typically guided by leadership teams from multiple jurisdictions and areas of interest. Balancing the needs of these varied interests is a pivotal aspect of developing regional strategies and is a strength of our team.
The importance of technology and innovation in creating a healthy economy. Our locations in Austin and Seattle provide our team with first-hand experience in crafting strategies that leverage technology assets.
They have extensive experience helping communities and regions diversify their industrial base by understanding their existing assets and challenges. For some, like Racine, WI, this involved transitioning away from a dependence on traditional industries.
Also viewing postsecondary education and training providers as partners in regional competitiveness. Their consulting team has experience working with communities to determine the best way to leverage their postsecondary education institutions for economic development.
We understand the factors that drive private investment. These decisions consider a range of factors, including the available workforce, the presence of well-prepared industrial sites, a climate that fosters innovation, and a quality of place that will support the retention and recruitment of talent.