From industry to education to tourism, economic recovery from the Great Recession is evident in communities across Lake and Porter counties.
The $3.8 billion expansion of the BP Whiting Refinery is symbolic of Northwest Indiana's economy. The region has suffered high unemployment and a rash of home foreclosures just like the rest of the United States. Yet its bedrock industries have remained intact and poised for growth.
"The silver lining is that, despite the downturn in the economy, you have major industrial establishments here that are the backbone of our economy," said Vince Galbiati, former CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum.
Progress and development in the region hasn't been limited to industry. Public safety and government in Northwest Indiana also witnessed innovations. Social metrics such as faith and community donations also saw a boost in an uncertain economy.