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Maassel leaving Northwest Indiana Forum for trade group

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Mark Maassel is resigning as president and CEO of Northwest Indiana Forum, to serve as vice-president of the Indiana Energy Association, an energy trade group.

“While we are sad to see Mark leave the Forum, the Board, members and staff wish him the best in his new position, NIF Chair Jill Ritchie said in a statement released today. “We are forever grateful for his leadership and commitment to the organization and to Northwest Indiana. While some may say we are losing a leader, Northwest Indiana has a friend who can carry the positive message about our region throughout our state.”

NIF will conduct business as usual in the interim while developing a process to fill the executive position, the statement said. “The organizational mission and vision remains the same: to act as the regional voice for the business community and a catalyst for initiatives which promote economic development and create and retain quality jobs.”

“I have been and continue to be excited by the work of the Forum and the progress we have made,” Maassel said. “However in the time I have served, my passion for the gas and electric utility has not waned. Though I will truly miss the dedicated group of business leaders, partners and staff here in Northwest Indiana, the unique opportunity presented itself and I look forward to tackling the various issues affecting the utility industry today.”

NIF “will continue to attract businesses to relocate or expand existing operations in Northwest Indiana, actively promote the region with attendance at more than 25 events and share the many strong reasons why it makes sense for businesses to be in Northwest Indiana,” the statement said.

NIF is also focusing on several environmental issues, including the closure of locks in Illinois--and resulting negative impacts from increased flooding--and pollution in Lake Michigan, the statement said.

Remaining plans for 2013 include hosting the president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and over 25 nationally known site selectors in Chicago and emceeing a meeting of all the key environmental leaders in Indiana government.



Posted 9/19/2013