Global pandemic aside, observers of business activity in Northwest Indiana may say the Region was void of any crisis the past year. After years of planning and discussions, the West Lake Corridor project, the first of two major rail expansion efforts in Northwest Indiana broke ground in late fall. Health care professionals used technology to improve care delivery and reduce costs. The necessity to work remotely saw employers adapt operations to adhere to social distancing rules and innovate to keep employees engaged and productive. Business growth continued as numerous company expansion plans were announced across Northwest Indiana. Proponents of growing Indiana’s agribusiness sector developed strategies to push the buy-local movement. As one trailblazing leader who announced intentions to step aside, in another arena, a local entrepreneur gained attention that could catapult her business to the national stage, while another Region native prepared to make his mark as a first-term congressman. The pandemic won’t be forgotten nor will the efforts of The Salvation Army of Lake County, which provided aid to those in need. We hope you enjoy this edition of the magazine, the first in our 30th year of operation. Thank you for reading!