8:00 AM08:00

NWIBRT & CAF Business & Economic Outlook

Sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable (NWIBRT) and the Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana (CAF), the 2019 Business & Economic Outlook, is an informative program designed to provide key insights on trends influencing business and industry. The program will feature presentations from leaders in various business sectors and government agencies, and conclude with a detailed economic picture of Northwest Indiana and United States.

Co-sponsored by: Northwest Indiana Forum, Regional Development Company, Lake County Economic Alliance, Center of Workforce Innovations, LaPorte Economic Advancement Partnership

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1:30 PM13:30

IEDA Rural Economic Development Workshop

Are you willing to Think Differently about Economic Development Opportunities in Agriculture?

For too long, Hoosiers have thought of agriculture as a ‘passive’ asset, something that gets shipped elsewhere to have value added.

Food and beverage processing is a form of manufacturing that leverages a core Indiana resource, our ag production, and that can bring added value in the form of tax base and jobs to rural areas.

This workshop will unveil the Rural Economic Development Model and the first-of-their kind interactive Indiana Agriculture Asset maps that will help Indiana counties and regions leverage livestock, fruit, vegetables, grains, and hardwoods to create value-added agriculture opportunities by attracting food processing and ag-based suppliers to the state.

This workshop is designed for community, county, or regional teams of economic developers, local ag leaders, and local elected officials to engage in an interactive discussion about creating a value-added ag strategy that is consistent with the agricultural products grown in your region.

Presented by the Indiana Economic Development Association, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Corn Marketing Council/Indiana Soybean Alliance, Purdue Center for Regional Development and the Indiana Farm Bureau.

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5:30 PM17:30

Forum 2019 Legislative Reception

As the regional economic development organization and the Voice of Business, the Northwest Indiana Forum is focused on the full range of public policies at the General Assembly.

The 2019 Forum Legislative Agenda will be announced during the Legislative Reception on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. Forum members will have the opportunity to network with statewide legislators and business leaders.

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11:30 AM11:30

Regional Economic Development Plan Rollout Luncheon

The Northwest Indiana Forum, with many regional partners, embarked on a regional economic development planning process that crafted a playbook for economic development of our seven-county region.

The goal of this adventure is to have action-oriented, regional initiatives that will attract investment and talent at a more rapid pace.

We engaged TIP Strategies, Inc out of Austin and Seattle to spearhead this process. TIP's primary focus is economic and workforce development strategic planning. In addition, TIP has experience with entrepreneurship, target industry analysis and redevelopment.

The information for this strategic plan was gathered through data analysis and stakeholder meetings. Interviews and discussions were conducted with individuals representing business, municipal government, public service, and economic development in Northwest Indiana.

The consulting team also led over ten focus group discussions involving local representatives of manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, young professionals, higher education, entrepreneurs, environmental, commercial real estate, non-profits, tourism, and regional economic development partners.

We are honored to share the outcome at our luncheon on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

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