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.
Maggi Spartz has been president of the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County since the foundation's inception in 1992, overseeing the growth, management and finances of the philanthropic organization. The foundation serves the social and economic needs of the 110,000 residents of the county, awarding about $1 million in grants and scholarships a year. She provided her thoughts on the Region's progress and needs.
A proposed massive new data center on the Lake Michigan lakefront could be used by companies and institutions from across the country, providing opportunity and leaving space for future growth, city leaders say.