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GUEST COMMENTARY: Drop Rust Belt reference, use Opportunity Belt now

GUEST COMMENTARY: Drop Rust Belt reference, use Opportunity Belt now

Connected to our biggest trading partner, Canada, and to the rest of the world through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Great Lakes states are our nation’s manufacturing and agricultural powerhouse.

May 02, 2014 12:00 am
Lake County suffers state's largest population decline

Lake County suffers state's largest population decline

In terms of demographic trends, Northwest Indiana is a tale of two counties.

April 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Manufacturing a future: Region's economy has been evolving

Manufacturing a future: Region's economy has been evolving

Northwest Indiana was forged largely on steel, and its lunch-pail identity is welded to the metal made in the blaze of the mills that loom over the lakeshore. But today's new jobs are more likely to be found in suburban business parks and health care facilities.

March 22, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Manufacturing center presents 'tremendous opportunity' for region

Manufacturing center presents 'tremendous opportunity' for region

While flanked by a robotic arm, a helicopter engine and other "pretty cool stuff," President Barack Obama joked at a news conference last week that he was announcing they were building Iron Man.

March 01, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Local manufacturing surging, but overall economic growth has been slow

CHICAGO | The local manufacturing sector has been surging lately, but overall economic growth in the U.S. has been slow and anemic, according to an economist who spoke Thursday.

February 13, 2014 2:51 pm
Region's manufacturing focus accounts for slow growth, jobs deficit

Region's manufacturing focus accounts for slow growth, jobs deficit

Northwest Indiana grew at a slower pace than the state and nation last year, partly because of the heavy concentration in manufacturing.

January 19, 2014 6:00 am
Manufacturing job growth has fallen short of goal

Manufacturing job growth has fallen short of goal

The number of manufacturing jobs nationally recently surpassed 12 million for the first time since May 2009.

January 15, 2014 6:00 am
The Handbuilt City strives to rebuild Gary, house by house

The Handbuilt City strives to rebuild Gary, house by house

GARY | Vacant homes and weed-ridden lots seem to outnumber houses people still live in on some residential streets in Gary.

December 23, 2013 4:00 pm
Northwest Indiana projected to grow faster than nation

Northwest Indiana projected to grow faster than nation

Northwest Indiana should outperform the state and nation economically next year, but job growth and uncertainty remain major concerns, an economist said.

December 13, 2013 4:00 pm Photos

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NWI Index shows local economy has been growing slowly

NWI Index shows local economy has been growing slowly

Northwest Indiana's economy picked up for the ninth straight month, but posted only a slight gain in the July NWI Index.

September 07, 2013 12:00 am
Manufacturing jobs continue to pay well

Manufacturing jobs continue to pay well

Factory jobs still pay well, and have been offering new hires healthier paychecks than they could fetch in other professions.

September 04, 2013 6:00 pm
Shrinking considered as solution to urban decay

Shrinking considered as solution to urban decay

Gary’s modest skyline will get a little shorter when the former Sheraton hotel — the fourth-tallest building in the city — comes down after sitting empty for decades, whenever the drawn-out asbestos issue finally gets resolved. The 14-story building with the skywalk that never quite reached …

August 18, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Indiana gains manufacturing jobs for second straight year

Indiana gains manufacturing jobs for second straight year

Indiana added manufacturing jobs for the second straight year, but the region missed out on the gains.

August 02, 2013 5:30 pm
Foreign investment on the rise

Foreign investment on the rise

Indiana has started to see a resurgence in foreign investment, although it's still not back up to pre-recession levels, a study found.

July 05, 2013 6:15 am Photos

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RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

Views of the Philadelphia skyline from docks at the South Jersey Port Corp. in Camden, N.J., in June.

August 03, 2012 7:48 pm
RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

Kathy Soto of the North Camden neighborhood of Camden, N.J., smokes a cigarette on her front steps in June.

August 03, 2012 7:48 pm
RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

Giselle Murphy, 40, a heroin addict and prostitute, works a corner in downtown Camden, N.J., in June. Murphy, originally from Chicago, said she started using drugs when she was 15. She turned to prostitution three years ago after she became homeless.

August 03, 2012 7:48 pm
RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

From left, Edwin Roman, Jhovany Rivera, and Elie'ja Mitil play in an open fire hydrant in the North Camden neighborhood in Camden, N.J.

August 03, 2012 7:48 pm
RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

Police respond to a shooting in the East Camden neighborhood of Camden, N.J., in June.

August 03, 2012 7:48 pm
RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

RUST BELT RESURGENCE: Camden, N.J.

Camden, N.J., police question a man for stealing a cell phone in June near  a transportation terminal.

August 03, 2012 7:48 pm
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