Public Policy

 

As Northwest Indiana’s Regional Economic Development Organization and the Voice of Business Leadership, the Forum’s charge is to create/retain quality jobs and capital investment fostered by a business friendly climate, all in harmony with the environment.

The Forum takes positions on issues that its investors determine will have an effect on the development and creation of a strong globally competitive economy in Northwest Indiana. Focusing efforts on four areas; we can address the most critical issues facing business and industry and the challenges of economic development. Positions are intended to facilitate smart planning and growth, support communities with incentive options, attract companies with the potential to create and retain quality jobs, improve the quality of life and support the Forum’s mission to increased broad based wealth in Northwest Indiana. A proactive policy approach is necessary to maintain Northwest Indiana's business climate.

The four main areas of interest for the Forum:

 

 PUBLIC POLICY WHICH PROVIDES FOR A COMPETITIVE BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE.

POLICY OR LEGISLATIVE CHANGES THAT WOULD IMPROVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION. 

PUBLIC POLICY WHICH PROVIDES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT.

REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT WHICH PROVIDES FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROTECTS THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR RESIDENTS. 

 

2018 Legislative Agenda

As the regional economic development organization and the Voice of Northwest Indiana businesses representing Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Starke, Newton and Pulaski counties, it is the Forum’s mission to retain and create jobs in Northwest Indiana. The following represent our top priorities for the 2018 Legislative Session.

 

1

Infrastructure Improvements
The Forum recognizes the need to provide long term planning and funding of local and state infrastructure projects, such as roads, water and wastewater, as critical components to the success of economic development.

 

2

Protect Economic Development Incentive Tools
The Forum recognizes that economic development tools are critical to the attraction, retention and expansion to regional businesses while allowing consideration for flexible local control.

 

3

Workforce Development
The Forum Supports providing public funding for assistance to businesses for training, maintaining and upgrading the skills of their new and/or incumbent employees.

 

4

Internet based privately owned temporary housing, such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VBRO, Rent Like a Champion and other similarly situated internet business platforms.
The Forum recognizes the many concerns related to Internet based privately owned temporary housing and supports maximum local control to regulate and govern these businesses.

 

5

Continued support for the regional cities initiatives grant program.

 

The Forum’s focus on initiatives for sustainable development and the creation and retention of quality jobs is supported by many business and industrial partners in economic progress.

The Northwest Indiana Forum works closely with many regional partners including:

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC)
Regional Development Authority (RDA)
Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)
Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI)
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Indiana General Assembly
Governor’s Office
Indiana Manufacturers Association
US EPA Region V
Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)