Northwest Indiana Forum

Tony Martin, Times Media / Provided by Heather Ennis, President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum

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.

Indiana Brownfields Coalition

Today:   Kay Nelson with the Northwest Indiana Forum joins us in the studio  to talk about Wednesday's NWI Forum and NIRPC co-sponsored brownfield redevelopment education panel discussion, to be held in Portage.  Brownfields are defined as former industrial or commercial sites where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination,  Northwest Indiana has a multitude of them -- but many have great redevelopment potential, if the problems can be resolved.

MERRILLVILLE - Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch says Northwest Indiana has achieved great success and the Region is proof that the rest of the state can achieve that same success.

Crouch, who heads several state departments including the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Housing and Community Development Authority, came to Northwest Indiana on Thursday, November 30th to speak to the members of the Northwest Indiana Forum.  While here, she spoke with Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter/Show Host Sharon Jackson.

Today:    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch visited northwest Indiana recently for a speaking engagement before the Northwest Indiana Forum.  She also stopped by Lakeshore Public Radio and Sharon Jackson spoke with her about her comments on the Region.

We bring you that conversation, along with a "Lakeshore Focus" program with host Keith Kirkpatrick and his guest, Jake Messing, Director of Behavorial Health at St. Catherine's Hospital.  "Lakeshore Focus" airs on Lakeshore PBS on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.


Today:   We find out more about a recent trade mission that Northwest Indiana Forum President-CEO Heather Ennis made to Seattle, along with members of a delegation from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

IPB News

Northwest Indiana Forum CEO Heather Ennis says she and her colleagues met recently with the northwest Indiana legislative delegation in Indianapolis to promote the Forum's legislative agenda for this session. 

Ennis came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about what the Forum would like to see legislators enact this year, knowing full well that it is a budget-writing session as well. 

School Town of Munster Website

Today:   School Town of Munster Superintendent Jeff Hendrix joins us to talk about a proposed May 2 special election in his community, where residents will be asked to vote on two tax increase referenda: one that would support $48 million in school building repairs and improvements and another that would cover operating expenses in advance of anticipated revenue cuts from the state.  The last time that a school tax referendum was approved was in 2013.