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County economic development alliance wants Jobs Cabinet findings pursued

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Exactly a year ago, the Porter County Jobs Cabinet presented its final report to county officials. This report presented the county with a menu of options for capital development projects and economic growth strategies that would both create jobs now and position Porter County as the leading location in Northwest Indiana for future investment and development.

On this first anniversary of that presentation, the Porter County Economic Development Alliance hosted a breakfast to discuss moving the findings forward. Representatives from the Duneland Economic Development Company, the Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation, the Portage Economic Development Corporation, and the Duneland and Valparaiso Chambers of Commerce were among the breakfast’s attendees at the Harre Union on Wednesday.

According to a statement released after the event by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, “an overview of the report was given to the group by Bill Hanna, president and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and facilitator of the Jobs Cabinet. An honest and direct conversation followed regarding future economic development and investment from an overall county perspective. All the members of the Alliance were impressed with the quality of the report and urged that the county seriously consider its recommendations.”

The Jobs Cabinet’s Roadmap for Growth outlines four areas of strategic focus for Porter County, all of which build on the county’s existing strengths: healthcare, industrial, information technology and tourism. It also outlines opportunities for encouraging growth through infrastructure improvements, land planning and acquisition, further development of the Porter County airport, and the expansion of transportation options.

A complete copy of the report can be downloaded at



Posted 12/19/2013