The Northwest Indiana Forum and its allies have been pursuing a multi-pronged approach to igniting economic development across the Region, including developing a young professionals digital ambassador program, opening an impact lab for startup companies at Purdue University Northwest, and calling existing businesses to see if they need help with hiring or expansion.
Northwest Indiana, a low-cost, business-friendly corner of greater Chicagoland, has proven its resiliency time and again. With the advantages of a central location that’s within a one-day drive of 80 percent of the U.S. population, a skilled workforce and a wealth of infrastructure, Northwest Indiana has adapted over and over to changing market demands
Brownfields – pieces of land with actual or potential industrial contamination – were the subject of an April 25 workshop that aired a variety of approaches and potential solutions to making those properties – ranging in size from former gas stations to sprawling industrial sites – useful again.
What's the Northwest Indiana you want to see in the future?
What industries should the Region court to diversify the economy? Should it focus more on revitalizing downtowns, redeveloping brownfield sites or both? Is it important to improve the perception of Northwest Indiana by outsiders or its own residents?
The Northwest Indiana Forum is launching a new marketing campaign touting the Region with the slogan "Welcome to the middle of everywhere" and is launching a sweeping five-year economic development plan for the seven-county Region.