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Seven-County Call for Innovators

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

But instead of releasing a general call as it did in previous years, it chose to hold news conferences in each of the seven counties in Northwest Indiana.

According to Don Babcock, director of economic development at NIPSCO and a board governor with the society, the 7-County Call was aimed at taking a deep dive into finding the “hidden innovators” of the region.

“Innovation is the foundation of our economy and we need to encourage more innovation in every sector,” Babcock said in a press release. “There are innovators out there who are below the radar that are making important contributions to our region, state and world. We want to find them!”  

The Society of Innovators, located out of the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center at Ivy Tech Community College, is geared toward celebrating, stimulating and inspiring innovation across the generations.

For Lake County, the focus was on the transformation of Whiting’s lakefront and downtown; for Newton County it was on the region's importance as a Midwest agricultural destination; for Jasper County it was on the county's economic development; and for Starke County it was on a new spearmint variety grown there that had both food preservative benefits and enhanced and preserved cognitive retention abilities in older adults. 

The 7-County Call was sponsored by Ivy Tech and NIPSCO.

John Davies, Managing Director of the Society of Innovators, said this effort was intended to demonstrate that the Society of Innovators serves all seven counties.

“Innovators improve our quality of life and strengthen our economy,” he said. “We are excited about this new effort to reach further and deeper into discovering how innovation impacts the region.”