Indiana Forum elected 11 members to serve on its Board of Directors during
its annual meeting held Thursday at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. The
organization also highlighted its successes in 2015, while looking forward
to this year and beyond.
New board members
include Kelly Credit, of Porter Health Care Systems, Gus Olympidis, of
Family Express, and Rex Richards, of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.
Additionally, eight members were re-elected to three year terms: Don
Babcock, of NIPSCO; Speros Batistatos, of the South Shore Convention and
Visitors Authority; Brian Boilek, of First Midwest Bank; John Diederich, of
Peoples Bank; Larry Fabina, of ArcelorMittal; Tom Keilman, of BP Americas;
Dewey Pearman, of the Construction Advancement Foundation; and Mark Tade, of
In 2015, the Forum:
* Participated with
local economic development organizations, elected officials and the state in
a variety projects helping to attract over 980 jobs to Northwest Indiana.
The Northwest Indiana Forum responded to and developed 52 leads for
attraction or business expansion/retention.
* Hosted more than
100 site selector, broker and developer meetings to show Northwest Indiana’s
advantage in location, logistics, business climate, value, workforce and
* Spearheaded plans
to get more industrial building product into the Northwest Indiana market.
The Forum convened a panel of experts during a June event which showed how
Northwest Indiana needed more shell building development to compete with the
rest of the Chicago market.
participated in the legislative effort to continue funding for the RDA.
* Played a
leadership role with the RDA, NIRPC, NICTD, One Region the Regional Cities
* Co-hosted the
first Regional Manufacturing Day event with Center of Workforce Innovations
and CIVS at the new Urschel facility in Chesterton.
* Revamped the
Northwest Indiana Forum Strategic Plan.
* Grew its
membership by six percent.
“2016 promises to
be even more exciting,” said Northwest Indiana Forum President and CEO
Heather Ennis. “One month into the New Year, the Forum has hosted members of
the Indiana General Assembly along with Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann at our
reception in Indianapolis. We’ve bought together over 40 brokers, developers
and site selectors to meet and hear Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor
Smith tout the great economic value of doing business in our state and we
have advocated at the state house for change of the urban enterprise zones
The Forum is a
private non-profit regional economic development and environmental
organization, comprised of business leaders in Northwest Indiana. For
information, contact Raeann Trakas, Director of Marketing for the Northwest
Indiana Forum, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 763-6303, ext. 181.