Among the many surprises that 2020 brought, it was local business, acts of kindness, new developments, life-changing innovations, and workers of all kinds coming together to create projects to better the community that gave those of us in Northwest Indiana a lot to be thankful for. The chaos of 2020 allowed us to publish hundreds of articles, giving our supporters a virtual reminder that we are here to spread the good, even when the world tries to do otherwise.
In no particular order, here are the top 10 business articles from NWI.Life in 2020:
Given the pandemic, the idea of test driving a vehicle may seem a bit uncomfortable for those looking to buy a car for the holidays. Luckily, we can help! To aid you in your search, we have driven and tested some of the best vehicles Northwest Indiana has to offer from the most reputable dealers around.
Numerous political officials from Indiana and beyond gathered in-person and virtually for the signing of the Full Funding Grant Agreement for the West Lake expansion of the South Shore Rail Line this morning. The grant agreement was signed virtually by FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams and in-person by Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transporation Joe McGinnis after remarks were made by Governor Eric Holcomb and other federal partners. With all signatures now in place, work can officially begin on the Double Track project of the South Shore Rail Line.
For 20 years the Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) in Valparaiso has been working to provide demand-driven workforce solutions, helping to sustain and grow the economy while creating a better future for their clients. CWI serves as staff to the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board and provides oversight of nine WorkOne centers. Each center provides no-cost career and employment assistance for job seekers, employers, and young adults.
The Double Track NWI Project, a Region-wide initiative spanning from Gary to Michigan City, recently received federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The allocation of $50.6 million dollars from the FTA’s Federal Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program will see the expansion of the South Shore Line, providing Region residents with double the amount of public transportation options.
By the end of 2028, NIPSCO is planning to retire all of their coal-fired power generation in an initiative called Your Energy, Your Future. By incorporating clean and renewable energy sources, they are estimating a 90% reduction in carbon emissions, economic benefits around Northern Indiana, and over $4 billion in cost savings for their customers.
Over the last few months, Strack & Van Til needed to weather a massive increase in demand, complex supply chains, and keeping their customers safe during the global pandemic. During those unprecedented times, they turned to women such as Laura Wassong and Lisa Milla.
When George and Harriet Korellis founded Korellis Roofing out of their garage back in 1960, they never could have imagined their small family business would grow to be one of the largest roofing companies in Indiana. This year, Korellis Roofing, Inc. celebrates 60 years in business, as their son Pete Korellis continues to run the company he’s worked for all his life.
Northwest Indiana’s industrial history has played a major role in its development. Without the booming steel mills, shipping channels, and refineries, the Region might never have become as bustling as it is now. At the same time, that history has left some scars on the land and cityscapes. With the help of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) and other agencies and communities working together, some of these scars are fading and blossoming into new and better spaces.
As Northwest Indiana’s leading feature news provider, GreatNews.Life is pleased to publish the Leadership Life Series – an ongoing series of insightful video presentations featuring the state’s industry leaders in business, not-for-profit sectors, elected offices, and community advocacy.
Whether you are a developer, tenant, investor, or property owner, Latitude Commercial is committed to providing you with superior services that bring your real estate goals within reach. To co-founder and president Aaron McDermott, the heart of success in real estate lies in the all-important client relationship, establishing a level of trust, and confidence in knowing they are providing clients with the right person for the job.