A Northwest Indiana economic development agency won a national accolade for its efforts to draw more businesses to the region.
Last week, a trade publication honored the Northwest Indiana Forum for taking a regional approach to economic development.
Area Development Magazine recognized the Portage-based agency at a consultants forum on best practices in economic development in Charleston, S.C. The 60,000-circulation journal covers corporate site selection and relocation, and reaches an audience of business executives and economic development professionals.
"Having a regional approach to improve the business climate right here in Northwest Indiana is more effective than marketing separate communities, and saves everyone money," said Don Koliboski, director of economic development for the forum. "Corporate site selectors look at an area and look at state comparisons when they make location decisions. It's significant to be recognized for a regional marketing campaign."
The forum is a privately funded economic development group that's backed by more than 130 local members, mostly businesses. The agency works to increase the broad-based wealth of the region by encouraging growth, economic innovation and the retention of quality jobs.
About 200 other economic development agencies from across the country had been in the running for the recognition, but the NWI Forum was the only recipient.
"It's pretty significant that we work together toward the major goal of working toward attracting and retaining new businesses," said Karen Lauerman, director of marketing and communications for the Northwest Indiana Forum.