Heather Ennis President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum

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Today:  We begin with "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete's stories she put in print and online, including the news that Indiana Medicaid must reimburse the federal government about $1.1 million for payments made to Medicaid patients who reportedly died but not cleared from the payment system.   Meredith also reported the news of a legal disciplinary hearing officer's report on Indiana Attorney General  Curtis Hill,  Lakeshore Public Radio's Dee Dotson talked with the founder of an organization that focuses on inspiring and empowering the next generation of entertainers -- and we revisit Sharon Jackson's conversation with an American Lung Association board member about the ALA's request to the FDA to crack down on vaping product makers who claim they are in the "quitting smoking" business.   We also revisit our conversations with immigration attorney Alfredo Estrada and Northwest Indiana Forum chief executive Heather Ennis.

WNIN Public Radio

Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday we talk to Dan Carden, who covers Lake County and state government stories for the "Times," about what he put out in print and online and to "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson.  Dan's stories were on the first days of the 2020 General Assembly session and the announcement from State Senator Eddie Melton of Gary that he was discontinuing his gubernatorial campaign.  Carole talked at length with outgoing Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on her accomplishments as she was leaving office -- and Karen's regrets on things she worked on while Mayor that she had to leave to her successor Jerome Prince.  Carole also talks about the new Lake Station Mayor, Bill Carroll, and about the Gary gun violence rally and vigil  held on Wednesday afternoon. 

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on proposed shift changes with the East Chicago Police Department, the 2020 Presidential election could stall Indiana judgeships, Brandon Smith reports Indiana lawmakers will likely file legislation in the 2020 session over proposed rules at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for Hoosiers to change the gender on their driver’s license and Chris Nolte has a conversation with the executive director of the Northwest Indiana Forum Heather Ennis. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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Today:  Another Democratic Party primary election candidate for First Congressional District is in the studio to talk about the campaign ahead in 2020.  Ryan Farrar, who ran unsuccessfully for Indiana state Senate Dist. 6 in 2018, is now in the field of candidates who are seeking the nomination for Congressman Pete Visckosky's seat.  Farrar says he's centering his campaign around the issue of campaign finance reform.  Heather Ennis with the Northwest Indiana Forum takes a look at the organization's busy 2019 and looks ahead at 2020.  The Forum is a nonprofit focusing on regional economic development, with its current initiative entitled "Ignite The Region."   And we revisit our conversation with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer about the window of opportunity to convert Roth IRAs.

Indiana Senate Democrats

On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on State Senator Karen Tallian announcing a bid to become the next Indiana Attorney General, the Indiana Teacher Pay Commission is hosting public meetings across the state, Michael Puente reports on a chemical spill in Portage and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Heather Ennis of the NWI Forum.  All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…     

NWI Forum website

Today:  Heather Ennis with the Northwest Indiana Forum is our in-studio guest to talk about the months of work that will become a complete report called "Ignite the Region -- Northwest Indiana's Strategy for Economic Transformation."  The plan focuses on five areas including business development and marketing, talent and placemaking and infrastructure.  A luncheon on Thursday at Avalon Manor will offer an update by the people who've spent the past year on this project.  St.

WFYI Public Radio

Today:   A conversation with Ken Davidson, of the "Northwest Indiana Gazette" blog, about his complaint filed in a Lake County court about decisions made by local organizations that do not, in his view, allow for more consistent public comment.  His request for judicial review focuses on the decisions made by the Regional Development Authority (RDA) and Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) boards on the South Shore Line expansion projects, and the West Lake Extension in particular.   The project is currently under review by federal transportation agencies.

Inside Indiana Business

Today:   Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talked to the President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum, Heather Ennis, about the region-wide plan that the agency is working on -- an economic develoipment "playbook," of sorts. 

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - The Northwest Indiana Forum, the seven-county economic development organization is taking part in creating a regional economic development strategic playbook.

The organization serves Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski and Starke Counties.  Heather Ennis, President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum, says the development of a regional economic development plan will work to serve all the partners in a more combined fashion.