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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Site Link Conference - Michigan City, IN

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AUGUST 1-3, 2018



Site Link convenes experienced site selectors and industry leaders in economic development to connect, provide insight, and share expertise to improve your community's strategic position in the noisy landscape of economic development today. 

  • Link individually with internationally recognized site selectors and move your community to the top of the list. 
  • Network with industry peers. 
  • Take away best practices to implement in your community. 
  • Learn from Site Selectors on what projects may expand to your community.

Site Link is your opportunity to network with economic development professionals in an intimate setting and fun networking environment. Learn better economic development best practices/trends and build relationships with site selectors while fishing, golfing, tour of the new National Sand Dunes, or spa treatment. This will set you and your community apart!



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Brownfields Redevelopment Discussion
8:00 AM08:00

Brownfields Redevelopment Discussion

Northwest Indiana is seeing an increasing interest in the redevelopment of brownfield properties. Spend the morning learning about site acquisition, insurance recovery, tax sales, marketing brownfield databases and much more

A great discussion for professionals in economic development, brokers, developers, site selectors, realtors and municipal planners, engineers and redevelopment staff.

Register to attend by emailing Kay Nelson at



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