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Indiana looks to catch regional cities wave

Indiana looks to catch regional cities wave

Fresh back from a tour of high-growth U.S. cities, Indiana Economic Development Corp. president Eric Doden on Wednesday told Northwest Indiana leaders something you don't hear often from Indiana officials.

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Illiana Expressway opponents plan parade, rally

Illiana Expressway opponents plan parade, rally

Groups long opposed to the Illiana Expressway are urging like-minded residents to bring tractors, trucks and horses to two parades ending with a rally at the Will County Fairgrounds on Oct. 11.

September 30, 2014 5:17 pm Related
Gary prepares for Air Force One

Gary prepares for Air Force One

GARY | Preparations are underway for what should be President Barack Obama's first landing at the Gary/Chicago International Airport while serving as president.

September 30, 2014 3:00 pm Related
Anti-Illiana Expressway parades, rally

Anti-Illiana Expressway parades, rally

Groups long opposed to the Illiana Expressway have scheduled parades and a rally on Oct. 11 to protest the building of the toll road from Indiana to Illinois.

September 30, 2014 2:27 pm

Public comment opens on Illiana Expressway

A 30-day public comment period has opened on the final environmental impact statement for the Illiana Expressway in advance of a final federal decision on the project.

September 29, 2014 2:37 pm

IEDC president to talk about cities

Indiana Economic Development Corp. President Eric Doden will talk about the Regional Cities Initiative at the Northwest Indiana Forum at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

September 29, 2014 10:59 am

Gary chamber will hear about GPTC plan

The Gary Chamber of Commerce will hear about Gary Public Transportation Corp.'s plan to expand public transit and spur economic development along Broadway at its next membership meeting Oct. 13.

September 29, 2014 10:00 am

NiSource split dampens sales rumors – for now

NiSource executives assured Wall Street on Monday of a "seamless transition" as the company splits its utility and pipeline transmission segments into separate companies, but did not rule out the eventual sale of either.

September 29, 2014 8:55 am
NiSource to spin off gas pipeline business by mid-2015

NiSource to spin off gas pipeline business by mid-2015

NiSource Inc. announced Sunday it plans to create a separate company for its burgeoning gas transportation business, while keeping NIPSCO and utilities in six other states under the NiSource umbrella.

September 28, 2014 3:45 pm

NIPRC reschedules two 2040 plan meetings

The Northwestern Indiana Planning Commission has changed the dates of two of the public meetings on its 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan.

September 24, 2014 3:00 pm

Illinois officials pitch South Suburban Airport

TINLEY PARK | Illinois officials did their best Tuesday to convince investors and others of the commitment to building a South Suburban Airport at an industry forum at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

September 23, 2014 6:00 pm
Former NWI Forum, NIPSCO chief will head energy group

Former NWI Forum, NIPSCO chief will head energy group

Former Northwest Indiana Forum CEO Mark Maassel has been appointed president of the Indiana Energy Association, the trade group for the state's investor-owned utilities.

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm
Indiana Toll Road operators declare bankruptcy

Indiana Toll Road operators declare bankruptcy

The private operators of the Indiana Toll Road declared bankruptcy Sunday on more than $6 billion in debt, leaving the fate of the 157-mile road in the hands of a federal judge and creditors.

September 22, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Visclosky announces airport grants

Porter County Regional Airport has received a key federal grant that will allow reconstruction of its main runway, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky announced Monday.

September 22, 2014 2:28 pm

Rail projects rolling at Gary airport

More railroad projects are underway at Gary/Chicago International Airport to clear the way for the main runway expansion, with the key one still on schedule for completion by November.

September 22, 2014 1:52 pm
NWI home sales decline in August

NWI home sales decline in August

Sales of existing single-family homes in Northwest Indiana declined 6.4 percent in August as compared to the year-ago month, following a strong rebound in sales in July, according to the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.

September 22, 2014 11:45 am
NIRPC updating big transpo plan

NIRPC updating big transpo plan

Big transportation plans such as the South Shore extension and express buses on Broadway will get a fresh look in coming months as the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission updates its long-range plan.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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IFA Aug. 26 letter to Indiana Toll Road operator

IFA Aug. 26 letter to Indiana Toll Road operator

The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) on August 26 sent this letter to Indiana Toll Road Concession Co., telling the company it was in default under its Concession Agreement with the state. The letter gives the company 90 days to show it can meet its debt obligations to its lenders in complian…

September 19, 2014 8:56 pm
Toll Road company to declare bankruptcy Monday

Toll Road company to declare bankruptcy Monday

The operator of the Indiana Toll Road plans to declare bankruptcy on Monday and put its 75-year lease for the road up for sale to interested bidders.

September 19, 2014 6:20 pm Related
NIPSCO cuts back bill hikes, ups spending

NIPSCO cuts back bill hikes, ups spending

NIPSCO has significantly lowered its estimates of customer bill increases under its seven-year modernization programs in requests recently filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

September 19, 2014 5:30 pm

Study nixes teaching hospital, promotes trauma centers

A feasibility study ordered by the General Assembly throws cold water on proposals for a teaching hospital in Northwest Indiana, but ratifies local hospitals' efforts to establish trauma centers and expand medical education.

September 18, 2014 2:45 pm

Wood stove swaps will clean air

A wood stove swap program in Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties can net participants a voucher of $1,000 toward purchase of a new EPA-certified wood stove and up to $4,000 to replace an outdoor wood boiler (hydronic heater).

September 18, 2014 10:00 am

Purdue and Community Hospital team up

Purdue University Calumet is expanding its training facility for student-athletes through a partnership with The Community Hospital of Munster.

September 17, 2014 2:39 pm

Ivy Tech students will get GPTC discount

Gary Public Transportation Corp. and Ivy Tech Community College Northwest have teamed up to offer a discount program on monthly passes for students taking classes at the community college.

September 17, 2014 9:45 am
NIRPC wants comments on public participation

NIRPC wants comments on public participation

HAMMOND | A public participation plan more than two years in the making will again get an airing when the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission holds a public meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Hammond Public Library, 654 State St.

September 16, 2014 5:00 am Related
Kenosha development rush delivers benefits

Kenosha development rush delivers benefits

Bouncing basketballs, splashing water and the swoosh of blades on ice are the sounds of economic development in Kenosha County, Wis.

September 15, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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NIRPC draft public participation plan

NIRPC draft public participation plan

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is now taking public comment on its draft public participation plan. The plan is intended to allow the public to participate in the formation of transportation and other plans for the region.

September 15, 2014 1:52 pm
All hands on deck for growth in SE Wisconsin

All hands on deck for growth in SE Wisconsin

Economic development in booming Kenosha County, Wis., involves local government from the get-go, avoiding some of the ugly rifts that have typified the effort in Northwest Indiana.

September 14, 2014 10:00 pm
Wisconsin region kickstarts economy with lessons NWI could use

Wisconsin region kickstarts economy with lessons NWI could use

Economic developers in Wisconsin's Kenosha County like to boast about their region's proximity to Chicago and O'Hare airport, its major interstate expressway, and the state's business-friendly climate.

September 13, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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NIRPC to hold meetings on 2040 plan update

The public can comment on the update of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission's 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan at a series of meetings scheduled through the end of October. The first two meetings are scheduled next week in Westville and Michigan City.

September 10, 2014 12:10 pm

North Township dial-a-ride takes leap forward

People calling to schedule a trip on North Township's dial-a-ride bus service now have their calls answered 24 hours a day by live operators thanks to a new contract between the township and Prompt Ambulance.

September 02, 2014 12:00 pm
SMALL RETAIL: Sales bump along in long recovery

SMALL RETAIL: Sales bump along in long recovery

Small retail owners are still cautious in this uneven economic recovery, even when it comes to stocking up for the busy holiday season.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
CASINOS: Legislators must take hard look at mature industry

CASINOS: Legislators must take hard look at mature industry

The fast-changing U.S. gaming market is forcing everyone to take a hard look at an industry that has helped struggling communities and fattened state tax coffers for almost two decades in Indiana.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: U.S. energy boom benefits spread far and wide

TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: U.S. energy boom benefits spread far and wide

The United States' energy boom is benefiting all sectors of the economy, helping fuel an economic recovery that is finally producing jobs at a healthy clip and bringing down unemployment.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
CONSTRUCTION: Business strong, inflation weak

CONSTRUCTION: Business strong, inflation weak

Four years of steady improvement have kept construction workers on the job and low price inflation on materials is making life a little easier for for owners and customers.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
RESTAURANTS: Concerns mount for tight-margin industry

RESTAURANTS: Concerns mount for tight-margin industry

Obamacare mandates, minimum wage proposals, hikes in food prices and high gasoline prices are all challenging restauranteurs.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
MEDIA: Business investment driving sales forward

MEDIA: Business investment driving sales forward

Businesses are feeling confident again and looking to reach more customers through radio on both the airwaves and its digital platforms.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
REAL ESTATE: Home sales steady for second straight year

REAL ESTATE: Home sales steady for second straight year

An easing of tight credit, better appraisals and an improving economy have bolstered home sales in 2013, with July sales increasing 8.5 percent as compared to the year-ago month.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
ENERGY: Summer takes it easy on energy prices

ENERGY: Summer takes it easy on energy prices

The United State's energy mix continues to change in the face of environmental regulations, the shale gas boom and market requirements.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

TRANSPORTATION: Rail moving nation into recovery

The South Shore commuter railroad appears to be turning the corner on ridership declines, with peak weekday and weekend ridership both besting last year's for several months in a row.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

Stalled airport expansion may get back in gear

Gary airport officials appear confident they may finally be close to solving the railroad riddle that has bedeviled their $174.1 million runway expansion project for years.

August 25, 2014 6:00 pm

SSCVA wins video award

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority has snagged a top distinction from the 2014 Videographer Awards.

August 22, 2014 12:29 pm

NWI home sales turn corner

Northwest Indiana single-family home sales notched their first year-over-year increase of the year in July, with an 8.5 percent increase in sales as compared to July 2013, according to the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.

August 21, 2014 3:00 pm
Hammond station crux issue in South Shore rail expansion

Hammond station crux issue in South Shore rail expansion

New maps of the proposed South Shore West Lake extension show five potential station sites along its 8-mile route, including an option for a Hammond gateway station deemed "essential" by Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.

August 20, 2014 6:00 pm Related

Gary airport gets new manager

Former Detroit City Airport director Delbert Brown has been selected as airport manager for Gary/Chicago International Airport pending approval by the airport authority next week.

August 20, 2014 1:00 pm

Northern Indiana BBB has new CEO

The Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Indiana has named Marjorie Stephens as its new Chief Executive Officer to oversee its operations across 23 counties in the northern tier of the state.

August 18, 2014 11:30 am

Modernization charges irk consumer groups

In addition to improved electric and natural gas service, NIPSCO customers will get something else out of the utility's modernization plans: higher bills.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
$3 billion in NIPSCO projects to jolt economy

$3 billion in NIPSCO projects to jolt economy

NIPSCO construction projects now revving up across northern Indiana promise to be second in scale only to the $3.8 billion BP Whiting refinery expansion completed last year.

August 09, 2014 9:00 pm Video Photos

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NWI casino revenues wilt in summer

NWI casino revenues wilt in summer

Revenues at Northwest Indiana's five casinos dropped 10.1 percent in July, marking the eighth straight month of year-over-year declines in their total take.

August 08, 2014 6:00 pm

Gary airport settles in prime tenant's lawsuit

The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority settled a lawsuit accusing previous members of favoring a real estate baron's new business over a longtime airport tenant.

August 07, 2014 11:30 pm
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