There's no better measure of what's good in Northwest Indiana than the people who constantly work to make it an even better place.
Some of the "do-gooders" are well known. Some you might not have heard of. Here are some people I find worth a mention:
• Nate Williams is not a household name, but he has been a leader in Gary, pushing for a vibrant Gary-Chicago International Airport.
• Lee Botts and retired IUN profession Mark Reshkin can always be counted on to get a spotlight on environmental issues.
• During every session of the Indiana General Assembly, state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, tries to drum up state support for a teaching hospital and trauma center in Gary.
• Crown Point Mayor Dave Uran worked across the political aisle in leading development of a stunning new sports complex on the city's east side.
• Tom Collins, a Chicago developer with a home in Miller, quietly steps in to help several region charities when there is an hour of need.
I could go on and on and move from community to community. The unsolicited goodness devoted by many residents of the region would really make quite a long list.
And then there are those who seem to draw a bit of controversy but still are doing good. For instance, Speros Batistatos, CEO of the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, is shameless in promoting the region and keeps pushing for a unified tourism agency for all of Northwest Indiana. He is right.
Whatever the situation, there are many people in our community who are willing to step up and help build a better region.
As we move deeper into 2012, I urge you to take time to identify how you can help.
William Nangle is executive editor of The Times. He can be reached at The Times, 601 45th St., Munster, IN 46321 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.