Board Of Economists
Gaming companies are taking a close look at the loyalty promoted by their brick-and-mortar casinos, while seeing how the advent of online gaming can also benefit those operations.
The banking sector remains strong despite in dip in mortgage activity and a wave of consolidations, a Northwest Indiana banker said.
The end of the $3.8 billion BP Whiting Refinery expansion project has cut total construction work hours in the region, but a blossoming of commercial work and other types is filling in the gaps.
Locally, consumer spending saw a slight increase in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Higher education is going through a push-and-pull with attendance and funding.
Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said grocery stores have been doing well, but depend on a healthy economy.
Gas prices fell to their lowest monthly average last year in November, and are expected to continue to decline.
Small retailers are beginning to feel like it's 2013 all over again, as well as the year before that and the year before that.
Builders are again constructing new homes in Northwest Indiana and buyers are coming back, driven by many of the same forces propelling the existing-home market forward.
Local media companies continue to look for more ways to engage their audience, with 2014 revenue forecasts providing some comfort there will be opportunities for expansion.
South Shore ridership declined slightly in 2013, but increases in peak ridership in each of the three last months of the year have the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District hopeful for a better 2014.
Manufacturing has been doing fairly well, and should see continued strength going into 2014, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.
After months of decline, consumer confidence and spending is on the rise nationally and locally.
Although off to a slow start in 2014, the retail industry is expecting to see a strong first six months.
There are three buckets of money coming out of Lake County's new income tax, and one will lead to deep property tax cuts for many residents.
With shovel-ready sites and expansion of some existing businesses, Porter County is poised for increased development in the coming months.
In agriculture, trends are key. Farmers keep an eye on them to make informed decisions about what to plant, how to plant it, how much to spend and other factors, Porter County farmer Tim Stoner said.
One of the biggest challenges facing the local world of entertainment is discounting.
Uncertainty continues to haunt the restaurant industry, which finds itself facing the sweeping changes mandated by Obamacare and following carefully the national debate on the minimum wage.
Investors had reason to celebrate, as last year U.S. stocks posted their best year since 1997.
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