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NWI Forum elects new members to board

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The Northwest Indiana Forum (Forum) elected 16 members to serve on its Board of Directors during its annual meeting Thursday at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.

The organization also highlighted its successes in 2016 while looking forward to this year and beyond.

New board members include the following: Chris Campbell, market president, Centier Bank; Stewart McMillian, president, Task Force Tips; Bill Schott, director of manufacturing, Urschel Laboratories; Mike Falk, president, Falk PLI; Michael Micka, vice-president of development, Holladay Properties; William Lowe, chancellor and professor of history, Indiana University Northwest; Tony Oss, project development manager, Larson-Danielson Construction.

Nine members were also re-elected to three-year terms: Ron Bush, Ron Bush Consulting; Andrew Fox, South Shore Freight; Erica Dombey, Regional Development Company; Jim Jorgensen, Hoeppner, Wagner, Evans; Pete Novak, Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors; Kerry Keith, SEH of Indiana; Joe Coar, Tonn and Blank Construction; Linda Woloshansky, Center of Workforce Innovations; Rex Richards, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.

In 2016 the Forum reports doing the following:

*  Responded to and developed 60 leads for attraction or business expansion/retention in Northwest Indiana. Of these, 26 were prospects that directly contacted the Forum. Of the remaining leads, 31 were from the IEDC and the other three were from economic development partners.

*  Hosted close to 200 site selector, broker, and developer meetings to show Northwest Indiana's advantage in location, logistics, business climate, value, workforce, and other metrics.

*  Kay Nelson and the Grand Calumet River Partners in Restoration were awarded the Chanute Prize by the Society of Innovators.

*  Participated in the part of the Maritime Trade Mission in Quebec. Indiana is a strong trade partner with Canada and the purpose of the trip was to expand and retain maritime opportunities.

*  Welcomed 13 new members to the Forum: RQAW, Newton County EDC, Bank of America, EnviroForensics, Paine Wetzel, Hasse Construction, In Good Company, Monosol, The Henry Brothers, Garmong Construction, Urschel Labs, Urschel Development Corporation, and Fronius.

“Looking ahead, the Forum will continue to be the voice of business in Northwest Indiana with continued lobbying efforts on behalf of our membership on international, national, state and local legislative policies that impact the region both in business and environment,” the Forum said. “The organization will also continue to work with brokers, developers, consultants and site selectors to ensure Northwest Indiana remains in the spotlight for business development. This year, the Forum will launch a new website to attract business and talent to our region while serving as another source of communication to our membership.”

“We look forward to continuing to attract, grow and develop business as well as talent that will allow Northwest Indiana to compete in a global economy,” Forum President and CEO Heather Ennis said.


Posted 1/30/2017





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