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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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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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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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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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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: Cynthia Reed

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Cynthia Reed’s experience with cancer goes far beyond her own battle with cervical cancer. It’s something that has touched many people in her life. Amidst all of the upheaval and emotions that come with the diagnosis and loss around her, she’s stayed positive and given back where she could.

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Top 10 Opportunities for Governor Holcomb to Support Northwest Indiana


Leigh-Morris Governor Eric Holcomb can gain recognition as the Governor who truly partnered with Northwest Indiana to capitalize on the region’s many assets and thereby enabled it to reach its potential. Governor Daniels showed the way by supporting the creation of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA).

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Valpo is Great! But We Really Could Use a ____?

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We all know how great the city of Valparaiso is when it comes to good food, great schools, diverse shopping centers, and beautiful, accessible parks.

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Area Women Organize for Historic March on Washington


Womens-March-on-Washington-2017The Women's March on Washington, D.C., will send a strong message to the new administration in Washington on its first day in office.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: Rob Henderson


mcdonalds-lpcl-survivor-seriesThe story of Rob Henderson’s battle with cancer could fill the pages of a book. The ups and downs he experienced in his fight were not bumps in the road, but mountains to be climbed. As with every obstacle that Henderson encounters, though, he met the immense challenge head on and just started climbing.

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