At its annual
meeting on Jan. 23, the Northwest Indiana Forum elected 14 members to serve
on its Managing Board of Directors.
New board members
include Sean Dardeau, Porter Health Care Systems; Gil Rynberk, Wintrust
Commercial Bank; Anne Van Keppel, Berglund Construction; and Matt Vessely,
1st Source Bank.
Ten other members
were re-elected to three-year terms: Bill Baker, of Urschel Laboratories
Inc.; Dan Botich, Short Elliott Henderson (SEH); Anthony Contrucci, Centier
Bank; Joe Coar, Tonn & Blank Construction; Greg Dougherty, South Shore
Freight; Jim Jorgensen, Hoeppner, Wagner, Evans; Stewart McMillan, Task
Force Tips; Pete Novak, Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors;
Rex Richards, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce/VEDC; and Linda Woloshansky,
Center of Workforce Innovations.
the Indiana Economic Development Corpora-tion (IEDC) and local economic
development organizations, elected officials, and the state in a variety
projects, helping to attract over $218 million in new investment and create
new 1,366 jobs with an average wage of $22.28 per hour to Northwest Indiana.
The Northwest Indiana Forum is currently working on 42 leads for attraction
or business expansion/retention in Northwest Indiana.
-- Celebrated year
one of the Ignite the Region--Northwest Indiana’s Strategy for Economic
Transfor-mation. Of the plan’s 112 initiatives, 70 percent are currently in
implementation with 22 percent completed.
-- Made over 24
trips, reaching over 400 site selectors, brokers, developers, and businesses
to promote Northwest Indiana’s advantage in location, logistics, business
climate, value and workforce.
-- Hosted 19 events
for Forum members, regional business leaders, and elected officials.
Northwest Indiana on numerous regional, state, national, and international
boards and commissions.
This year the Forum
plans to build on the marketing campaign “The Middle of Everywhere,” with
new marketing folders and targeted marketing materials.