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Regional Development Authority renewal a must for 2015

Since its inception nearly 10 years ago, the Regional Development Authority has been a prolific economic development tool in Northwest Indiana, leveraging millions of dollars in local money with funds generated by the State of Indiana.

September 12, 2014 12:00 am

Lake County Economic Alliance campaign reaches halfway mark

The Lake County Economic Alliance, a newly created economic development entity formed through the collaborative efforts of the Lakeshore and Crossroads Regional chambers of commerce, announced recently that it has reached the halfway mark in its investment campaign.

August 08, 2014 12:00 am

Let's think positive about Chicago and Transit-Oriented Development

“Stillinoyed” is the phrase used in the highly visible and unpopular (in Illinois) billboards erected by the Hoosier state throughout Chicagoland to lure business from the Windy City and Illinois to Indiana.

July 11, 2014 12:00 am

HAST graduates its first class and it was worth the wait

In 2005, the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology was merely a dream of Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. as he convened a task force to explore options and measures that would potentially result in a new learning center for the city.

June 13, 2014 12:00 am

Internships - valuable work experience or hard labor with no reward?

Most students enter college with an idea of a career path in mind, but most freshmen who were convinced that this is the way they wanted to spend the rest of their lives change their minds by their sophomore year.

May 09, 2014 12:00 am

Ivy Tech promotes baby boomers with "Plus 50" initiative

Ivy Tech Community College knows the value of matching local job market needs with a trained workforce, and now they are working to prepare adults 50 and older for careers that give back to the community.

April 11, 2014 12:00 am

Healthlinc mobile clinic will bring smiles to East Chicago

HealthLinc CEO Beth Wrobel certainly knows how to bring a smile to the residents of East Chicago.

March 14, 2014 12:00 am

Chamber receives updates to Affordable Care Act for 2014

The Affordable Care Act is still in its early stages of development and for a variety of reasons will not be in full force for several years.

February 14, 2014 12:00 am

How can YOU impact Indiana’s legislative agenda this year?

YOU, yes YOU, the reader, can truly make a difference in Indiana’s 2014 state legislative agenda, but YOU must speak up or our legislators will not hear you and will not know how you feel about new legislation proposed for the coming year.

January 10, 2014 12:00 am

Foundation can turn $25K into $50K for Lake County nonprofits

We have wonderful news for Lake County’s not-for-profit organizations. The Legacy Foundation, our county’s leading philanthropic organization, in collaboration with the Knight Foundation, has a deal that you will not want to miss.

December 13, 2013 12:00 am

The choice is yours - college, vocational training or high school degree

The Great Recession that began in 2007, and theoretically ended a few years ago, has brought serious attention to the new generation of high school students who are about to make life-changing choices with respect to their education.

October 11, 2013 12:00 am

Employers will get health care break -- for now

With all of the anxiety created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and its fast-approaching Oct. 1 enrollment date, The White House has unexpectedly announced a one-year delay for all employers to provide health insurance to their employees.

September 13, 2013 12:00 am

Lakeshore Business Expo to highlight Affordable Care Act

The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Sept. 26 will highlight the new federal Affordable Care Act with a distinguished panel of legislators, hospital administrators, CPA’s and health insurance consultants weighing in.

August 09, 2013 12:00 am

Summer is the time for Lake County to shine

Three weeks have passed since the beginning of the summer solstice June 21, and with our summer well under way, it is now time to shine in Lake County.

July 12, 2013 12:00 am

Plant a Community Garden and there "grows" the neighborhood

A recent article in The Times dealt with the high number of old, abandoned homes that exist in Lake County, and the efforts of local mayors to eliminate these structures.

June 14, 2013 12:00 am

Hire-a-Vet today and secure a dependable, hardworking employee

I was reminded recently that May is Military Appreciation Month, and therefore an opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation for the sacrifices and successes of our men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

May 31, 2013 12:00 am

Chambers collaborate to highlight rail investments in NWI

The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, together with Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce, will host the Northern Indiana Rail Conference – Junction 2013 on April 19 at Dynasty Banquet Center, 4125 Calumet Ave., Hammond.

April 12, 2013 12:00 am

Community philanthropy - giving back in hard times

The severe recession of 2007-08 did not bring charitable giving to a screeching halt, but it did play havoc with the endowments of community foundations everywhere.

March 08, 2013 12:00 am

Lakeshore and Crossroads chambers collaborate on economic development

The two largest Chambers of Commerce in Lake County, Lakeshore and Crossroads Regional - representing more than 1,200 businesses - announced a new economic development alliance Jan. 24 designed to assist the communities of East Chicago, Hammond, Crown Point, and Merrillville in business rete…

February 08, 2013 12:00 am

Adios to the historic Nine-Span Bridge

What is 75 years old, more than 2,000 feet in length, comprised of nine spans (and thousands of tons) of high grade steel, and connects two major cities in Lake County?

January 11, 2013 12:00 am

Remember to give thanks to our military

Recent scenes of military Moms and Dads returning home and surprising their children with a visit to their schools during the holidays, or of soldiers totally surprised to see and hear the hundreds of people along a parade route cheering their return, remind us of the daily sacrifice our U.S…

December 14, 2012 12:00 am

How many Hoosiers does it take to get to Mars?

Having graduated from Indiana University's School of Business a couple of decades ago, give or take one or two, one might find this title to be a little perplexing, given my business background.

November 09, 2012 12:00 am

Chambers come together to support Buy Local campaign

Inspired by Times Publisher Bill Masterson and his One Region initiative, 17 local chambers of commerce have collaborated on a campaign to encourage shoppers in Northwest Indiana to think, and Buy Local instead of hitting the internet to do their shopping.

October 12, 2012 12:00 am

Federal Reserve Bank chair to address Lakesore Business Expo

The eighth annual Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will be held Sept. 26 with Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Chair Charles L. Evans delivering the keynote address to the Lakeshore business community.

September 14, 2012 12:00 am

Habitat for Humanity is alive and well in East Chicago

As East Chicago continues its recent surge in building new, affordable town homes in the Harbor District, Mayor Anthony Copeland seeks ways of increasing the city’s inventory of new, single family homes through a variety of incentives for new home owners in his city.

August 10, 2012 12:00 am

"Cooperation" and "collaboration" are welcome buzz words in 'da region

Mayor Tom McDermott Jr., of Hammond, stood side by side with his counterpart, Mayor Joe Stahura, of Whiting, May 30 to dedicate not only the latest grand Regional Development Authority project — a beautiful walk-bridge that connects both communities — but to also show how regionalism has cre…

June 08, 2012 12:00 am

Celebrate Small Business Week and save a neighbor

At one time or another, we have all seen a sign at a local diner that read “ Eat at Joe’s,” but it really had an impact the time we came across a sign in a local diner that read “Eat at Joe’s ... PLEASE!”

May 11, 2012 12:00 am

Marquette Greenway Plan alive and well, thanks to Pete & the RDA

"Make no little plans, for they fail to stir the hearts of men — Make big plans, aim high in hope and work," said Daniel Burnham, famous architect and urban planner responsible for creating master plans for Chicago and Washington, D.C.

April 13, 2012 12:00 am

A funny thing happened on the way to the library...

What started out as a story on our wonderful Hammond native, Jean Shepherd, turned out to be a discovery (at least for me) of how connected our lives can be when we start putting the pieces together. It turns out to be a small world indeed.

March 09, 2012 12:00 am

Indiana Society of Chicago owes its start to George Ade

The Indiana Society of Chicago has met in Chicago once a year for 105 years, and is an organization comprised of politicians and business professionals who are either Indiana-based or affiliated with Indiana schools, companies or institutions.

February 10, 2012 12:00 am

Plan now for new summer youth jobs program

The summer of 2012 shows promise for America's youth seeking employment, as the White House recently announced its Summer Jobs + program.

January 13, 2012 12:00 am

'Sixth Sense' solution could save 28K postal jobs

Cutting 28,000 jobs in the U.S. Postal Service in today's economy is ludicrous, and such talk shows a true lack of imagination and initiative on the part of the postmaster general's office.

December 09, 2011 12:00 am

Shop Small on Nov. 26 to help local merchants

Size does matter, and for this reason alone we are asking you to "Shop Small" on Nov. 26, the second annual "Small Business Saturday."

November 11, 2011 12:00 am

The Cline Avenue Bridge -- to be or not to be ...

With demolition bids for the Cline Avenue Bridge slated to be opened by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) on Nov. 30, the Cline Avenue Bridge saga continues, and we, the residents of Northwest Indiana, now have three options before us.

October 20, 2011 12:00 am

White House Business Council visits Lakeshore

In mid-May the Lakeshore Chamber received a call from the White House Business Council requesting the chamber arrange a business roundtable with local business leaders.

June 10, 2011 12:00 am

Charlie Trotter, Ivy Tech, ACC and me

What do Charlie Trotter, Ivy Tech's Culinary School, and the Hammond Area Career Center's Culinary Arts Program have in common you ask?? Me!

May 13, 2011 12:00 am

A tale of two chancellors: Bergland and Cohen

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness." - Charles Dickens

April 08, 2011 12:00 am

Learn consumer protection techniques at March 30 luncheon

Consumer Protection Month is a national (and international) initiative to raise public awareness of the dangers of fraud while educating the public on how to recognize and report it.

March 11, 2011 12:00 am

Housing - is it the right time to buy?

It may be the best time to buy a house in more than four years.

February 11, 2011 12:00 am

How will health care reform impact you?

On March 23, President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill into law.

January 14, 2011 12:00 am

Education is the key for NWI's future workforce

A recent study by the National Skills Coalition estimates that by 2016, more than 487,000 middle-skill job openings will be available in Indiana, requiring more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree.

December 10, 2010 12:00 am
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