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Can We Make NWI a Healthier Place to Live?


Leigh-Morris There’s so much good about Northwest Indiana that I hesitate to focus on something that’s negative. However, it involves the health of all of us; and it’s been a problem for far too long.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Bill Donohue

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Doctor Bill Donohue, an associate veterinarian for Vale Park Animal Hospital, grew up in Crown Point, Indiana. He studied biology at Purdue University Calumet where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2001. He then continued his education in a master’s program for one year at Purdue University Calumet before he went on to Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and graduated with his doctoral degree in 2006.

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10 Fun Things to Do this Weekend in Northwest Indiana: February 24-26, 2017

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The end of February is coming near and there's plenty of opportunities to get out and have some fun this weekend! The weather is looking nice, so be sure to get out and take advantage of some great events this weekend.

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Leigh Morris: Ivy Tech Helps Northwest Indiana Achieve


Leigh-MorrisNorthwest Indiana has tremendous strengths in higher education with our four-year and graduate colleges and universities, but the four Region Ivy Tech campuses provide unique advantages.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners: Student Loans Ahead: Proceed With Caution

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For parents of high school seniors college plans are beginning to firm up around this time of year. Financial packages offered by universities are typically released in the March time frame and the reality of financing a college education will soon be apparent.

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Porter County 2017 Budget Order Issued


Vicki-UrbanikThe Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has issued Porter County’s 2017 budget order, containing the approved budgets, levies, and certified tax rates for taxing units throughout the county.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Jim Tapocsi

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When Jim Tapocsi joined the Porter County Sheriff’s Department in 1967, there were 11 men, including the sheriff. There was only one patrol car and the two men on duty flipped a coin to decide who was heading out on the road and who was staying back to man the jail.

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10 Fun Things to Do this Weekend in Northwest Indiana: February 17 - 19, 2017

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This weekend's 10 Fun Things is all about food and entertainment. For entertainment, we have theatre, concerts, and even a film festival. For food and drink we have a great wild game feast, a chili cook-off, and a brewfest!  If you missed valentine's Day with your sweetheart, use our list to plan out a great day together -- You can see all of the events happening on the Northwest Indiana Event Calendar and if you have something going on make sure we know about it with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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Porter County Assessor Shares Good News about 2017 Tax Rates for Porter County


jon-snyder-2017Recently, the Department of Local Government Finance released the 2017 tax rates for Porter County. A quick scan of these rates reveals that there is finally some good taxing news for Porter County. This news is that as a result of higher assessed values throughout the county and fiscal responsibility by local units of government, property tax rates have reduced. This is also an indicator that tax bills will go out on time which has now happened for at least 7 consecutive years.

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#1StudentNWI: Here Comes the Boone

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Student Spotlight: Michael Downham
"At the beginning of my high school career, if I would have seen myself, I would say that I was isolated and antisocial."

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Contractors and Skilled Tradesmen: Great NWI Economic Development Assets


Leigh-Morris Our capacity to meet the complex infrastructure needs of an employer—or a prospective one—is one of Northwest Indiana’s great assets. We have about 14,500 skilled tradesmen who live and work in NWI and it’s estimated that we have 700 or so commercial, industrial, institutional and public works contractors. Some are large general contractors, and they are often teamed with smaller sub-contractors that specialize in niche markets. In combination, they can deliver whatever is needed, regardless of how complex it might be. Although this capacity can clearly influence the success of our economic development efforts, we may be guilty of not recognizing it and promoting it as one of our great regional assets.

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