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December 2015 Edition

November 2015 Edition

  • Manufacturing Day Recap 2015

    Nov 03, 2015
    Manufacturing is central to the United States economy and nowhere is that better understood than in Indiana, the nation’s most manufacturing-intensive state. October 2nd marked the 5th annual Manufacturing Day and across northern Indiana businesses, schools and communities celebrated throughout the month with educational programs and more to inspire the next generation.
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  • Familiar Faces in New Places

    Nov 03, 2015
    St. Joseph County named Bill Schalliol as the new economic development director and Christopher Smith and Matt Saltanovitz were recognized by the NWI Times’ “20 Under 40” list.
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  • Great Lakes Grand Prix Again a Grand Success

    Nov 03, 2015
    The 7th annual Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix, held on the waters of Lake Michigan and the beaches of Michigan City, IN, was once again a huge success in terms of both attendance and economic impact.
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  • The 'Four P's' of the IEDA

    Nov 03, 2015
    Note: This is the first in a series of articles by Lee Lewellen, CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA).
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  • Cleared to Expand: Area Airports Receive Funding

    Nov 03, 2015
    Griffith-Merrillville Airport in Lake County, Porter County Regional Airport in Porter County and Fort Wayne International Airport in Allen County have all received grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) towards new projects.
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  • First NIPSCO-led Pig Runs

    Nov 03, 2015
    In September, the transmission integrity team completed multiple pig runs, or cleaning and inspection of a 30-inch, 28-mile gas line. These runs are the first phase of a two-phase process to fully assess this pipeline with an in-line inspection (ILI) process.
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  • Leaders Shine at NIPSCO’s Annual Luminary Awards

    Nov 03, 2015
    NIPSCO recognized both local leaders and organizations at the 4th annual Luminary Awards at the end of September.
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  • Pence Returns from 2nd Successful Trip to Japan

    Nov 03, 2015
    From Sept. 11 to 18, Indiana Governor Mike Pence conducted his seventh trip--and his second to Japan--to promote Indiana's favorable business climate. The announcements of more than $40 million in investment and the planned creation of 91 jobs from Mitsubishi alone were among the successes of Gov. Pence’s latest mission overseas.
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  • Northwest Indiana Regional Logistics Council Releases Strategic Plan

    Nov 03, 2015
    Northwest Indiana is moving forward with designs to improve the region's transportation network and infrastructure thanks to a new strategic plan released by the Indiana Northwest Regional Logistics Council, organized by Conexus Indiana.
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  • Lower Winter Heating Bills Expected for NIPSCO Customers

    Nov 03, 2015
    Projections estimate natural gas costs down 30% compared to last year NIPSCO continues to be lowest-cost provider in Indiana
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October 2015 Edition

September 2015 Edition

August 2015 Edition

  • Northeast Indiana RDA Ready for Action

    Aug 03, 2015
    With all 11 counties on board and some 50 projects under consideration, the Northeast Indiana RDA has been priming itself as a major contender for the $42 million of matching funds available through the state's Regional Cities Initiative.
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  • Old Studebaker Factory Revived for Modern Businesses

    Aug 03, 2015
    The nearly century-old Studebaker Corp. factory in South Bend is being transformed into a hub for business, research, data and residential development. In other words, it’s being prepared to attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment.
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  • Gary/Chicago International Airport Expansion Complete

    Aug 03, 2015
    The runway expansion at the Gary/Chicago International Airport has been completed, and now area officials are hoping the 8,900-foot-long strip helps stimulate the local economy.
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  • NIPSCO’s 2015 Charity of Choice Campaign

    Aug 03, 2015
    Each year, NIPSCO runs its Charity of Choice Campaign that simultaneously encourages employees to give back to their community and creates opportunities for them to do so. This year, the company is doing more than ever to support the people they serve.
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  • Latest Data Shows Indiana Really Is "A State that Works"

    Aug 03, 2015
    Indiana bills itself as a hardworking place, and the state has the numbers to prove it; for the second month in a row, the Hoosier State saw significant decreases in unemployment even while the size of the labor force itself continues to grow.
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  • Portage Kicks Off Park Project

    Aug 03, 2015
    In early July, local and federal officials marked the next step in the Marquette Plan: a $3.2 million endeavor called the Lake Michigan Waterfront Portage Park project.
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July 2015 Edition

June 2015 Edition

  • Familiar Faces in New Places

    Jun 10, 2015
    Familiar Faces in New Places
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  • We've Got A Baby!

    Jun 10, 2015
    We've Got A Baby!
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  • NWI Forum Serves Up Economic Development

    Jun 10, 2015
    NWI Forum Serves Up Economic Development Knowledge with Free Program Continuing to deliver on their commitment to serve their region, the NWI Forum partnered with Krieg DeVault, LLP to create and offer a two-hour introduction program for community actors from local politicians to chamber and economic development professionals.
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  • High Marks for Indiana in CEO Survey

    Jun 10, 2015
    Chief Executive magazine has released the results of its 2015 “Best and Worst States for Business” survey, and Indiana is once again ranked near the top at #6.
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  • Fort Wayne Factory Named to EPA’s Top Five "Greenest"

    Jun 10, 2015
    Some time ago, ED Impact reported on General Motors’ efforts to make its Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Fort Wayne, IN “greener.” Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just recognized that plant for its outstanding use of renewable energy, ranking it in the top five of onsite green power users across the entire United States.
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  • Two New Offerings for NWI from Purdue

    Jun 10, 2015
    Purdue University's Calumet and North Central campuses (soon combining into Purdue Northwest) are both starting initiatives to kick-start economic development in the region.
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  • Connecting Our Communities

    Jun 10, 2015
    Connecting Our Communities: Regional Cities Initiative Fully Funded It's designed to reverse the stagnation in Indiana's population growth and to encourage talented professionals to move to—and stay in—the state. It's Indiana's Regional Cities Initiative, and as of May 7, it is fully funded.
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  • Indiana Budget Passed

    Jun 10, 2015
    Indiana Budget Passed with Increased Funding and Surplus on Top When Governor Mike Pence signed the state's $31 billion biennial budget in May, he was not just approving hundreds of millions of dollars in increases; he was also helping retain nearly $2 billion in surplus funds...
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May 2015 Edition

  • Wells County Will Weld Well (And Adams Also)

    May 12, 2015
    Seeing a need for skilled welders in the area, local leaders, educators and businesses came together to create a training program to ensure the labor force will be ready to match the growing demand.
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  • Fundamental Progress at La Porte Business Parks

    May 12, 2015
    The La Porte Redevelopment Commission recently accepted a bid from Rieth-Riley Construction to continue creating opportunities at two of La Porte’s business and industrial parks.
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  • New in the News

    May 12, 2015
    The Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor, the Elkhart/Goshen metro and Wabash, Indiana are the latest communities or organizations to be recognized for what they’re doing right.
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  • Steuben County Joins the Promise Indiana Initiative

    May 12, 2015
    Steuben County has been selected as a pilot community for the Promise Indiana initiative, joining three other Northeast Indiana counties in helping to make college a reality for its students.
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  • Miami County Goes on the Offensive

    May 12, 2015
    With the Grissom Air Reserve Base singly responsible for an economic impact of $128 million in Miami County in 2014, and employing more than 2,600 workers there, economic leaders are starting a new initiative to further expand the military’s presence.
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  • Shell and Shovel Ready in Marshall County

    May 12, 2015
    A year ago, ED Impact reported on the groundbreaking for Marshall County’s first shell building, which they call the Commerce Building. It took about two and a half years from concept to completion, but that brand-new building is now available, offering 45,000 square feet of space (and expandable to 135,000 square feet if need be).
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  • Ivy Tech Expands its Dual Credit Program

    May 12, 2015
    As concerns continue over potential skills gaps in workers, Ivy Tech Community Collegeis leading the charge in ensuring that Indiana’s workforce is prepared for the demands of the many advanced businesses growing in or coming to Indiana. Recently, Ivy Tech announced it has majorly increased its dual credit agreements.
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  • Familiar Faces in New Places

    May 12, 2015
    LaGrange county gets a new director and Jasper County gets a new director of tourism...
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April 2015 Edition

  • What’s Up in Indiana Aerospace

    Apr 10, 2015
    As Indiana continues to prove itself a center of all things air, we keep you up to date with the latest news locally and statewide.
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  • North Central Students Compete to Show Their Skills

    Apr 10, 2015
    For the first time, students from the Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning (SCILL) Auto Tech program participated in the regional 2015 SkillsUSA Regional Auto Service Competition. The competition was held at the Elkhart Area Career Center and was officially part of the North Central Indiana Vocational Cooperative.
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  • White County Annual Meeting

    Apr 10, 2015
    In early March, White County Economic Development (WCED) hosted its annual luncheon. The event was record-breaking for the area with over 250 community members attending.
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  • Familiar Faces in New Places

    Apr 10, 2015
    Portage Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) Executive Director Jim Fitzer retired March 27th.
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  • Northern Indiana Companies Among Best Places to Work

    Apr 10, 2015
    The Indiana Chamber of Commerce named its list of top companies to work for in Indiana for 2015, and companies of all sizes across Northern Indiana were recognized for their dedication to their employees and their workspaces.
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  • Enterprise by Design in Steuben County

    Apr 10, 2015
    A new center may be on the horizon for Steuben County. The Steuben County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) has been working for months on a project currently called the “Northern Indiana Lakes Country Enterprise Center.”
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  • South Bend to Chicago Aboard the Sunrise Express

    Apr 10, 2015
    In mid-March, the South Shore railroad introduced a new, weekday express train, theSunrise Express that brings greater connectivity between South Bend in the north central part of Indiana and Chicago in Illinois.
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  • Fort Wayne’s 40 Under 40

    Apr 10, 2015
    For its 6th annual Forty under 40 awards, Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly has recognized three people active in various aspects of economic development efforts among the many dedicated professionals:
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March 2015 Edition

  • Amazon Takes to the Skies

    Mar 11, 2015
    No, we’re not talking about the Amazon drone delivery service—well, not yet anyway. But Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has announced that it is partnering with another company to construct and operate a 150 megawatt wind farm. And they’ve decided that Benton County, Indiana is the perfect place to do it.
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  • Drink Breathe Learn: Indiana at the Top

    Mar 11, 2015
    A variety of publications and reviews have come out recently that all put Indiana in top spots for a variety of honors that reflect the diversity of the state, from its beer-brewing prowess to its postsecondary institutions.
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  • New Report Shows Indiana Highly Ranked

    Mar 11, 2015
    A national report from the Brookings Institution puts Indiana third out of all states for its total share of employment tied to advanced industries.
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  • Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

    Mar 11, 2015
    Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:
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  • Proposed Food Innovation Center

    Mar 11, 2015
    A proposed $5.5 million center in Wells County isn’t on the table quite yet, but it’s already managed to whet some big appetites for the food industry of the Northeast Indiana region.
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  • IN-Person Report: My Experience at Ball State's Economic Development Course

    Mar 11, 2015
    In mid-January, I was in Muncie, Indiana attending a one-week intensive course at Ball State University with just over 80 other professionals. My fellow students included mayors, county commissioners, community developers, business representatives and others from across the state—and even a number from outside of Indiana.
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  • New State Website Speaks Your Language

    Mar 11, 2015
    For a long time, Indiana has been "walking the walk" of being the state that works with a solid fiscal foundation and an undeniably strong business climate; the numbers have been speaking for themselves with record investment and growth.
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  • NIPSCO's Renewable Energy Program Renewed

    Mar 11, 2015
    The Green Power Rate pilot program, which launched in May 2012, has received approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to continue as a long-term program.
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February 2015 Edition

  • Record Year for Fort Wayne Airports

    Feb 16, 2015
    As Indiana continues to invest in and grow as an important center for the aerospace industry and related technology, more and more people seem to be accessing the “crossroads of America” by air.
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  • Zooming in on ZoomProspector

    Feb 16, 2015
    How can businesses find your available sites? Or if you’re a site selector, how do you start your search for your clients? We spoke with a representative from GIS Planning Inc. for information about their leading tool designed specifically for this purpose.
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  • Whitley County at Work

    Feb 16, 2015
    Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has long been very proactive in its support of the community it serves, and the beginning of 2015 is no different with a new shell building planned and a new class starting in its business accelerator program.
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  • Governor Pence’s State of the State Highlights

    Feb 16, 2015
    “Tonight, on the eve of our bicentennial year…the state of our State has never been stronger,” reported Indiana Governor Mike Pence on January 13th before the General Assembly to open his annual State of the State address.
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  • Familiar Faces in New Places

    Feb 16, 2015
    Kylee Shirey has joined the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership to fill the role of development director.
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December 2014 Edition

  • South Bend Breaks Ground to Fly High

    Dec 30, 2014
    On October 15th, city leaders and other officials gathered at the grounds of the former Studebaker plant in South Bend to break ground on what will become Ignition Park, a site including—to start—two multi-tenant office buildings.
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  • Euro Trip a Solid Success

    Dec 30, 2014
    Dale Buuck, vice president of business development for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, recently traveled across Europe to promote his region and his state as locations for expanding businesses abroad.
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  • Energy Academy Activated in La Porte County

    Dec 30, 2014
    Governor Pence spoke at the ribbon cutting for the state’s first-ever Energy Academy, a partnership between NIPSCO and the La Porte County Career and Technical Education Program to provide new educational pathways to students.
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  • Marshall County Announces First-Ever Strategic Plan

    Dec 30, 2014
    The Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) recently launched the county’s first-ever long range strategic plan with a strong focus on guiding new growth initiatives and diversifying the county economy.
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  • Tours "Cap" off 10 years of C.A.P. Engagement

    Dec 30, 2014
    For 10 years, NIPSCO has hosted a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) to encourage engagement and communication between NIPSCO and the communities it serves. This year, they tried something new with tours in place of off-site presentations. This is the 5th and final part of a series re-cap-ping those tours
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