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IUN launches Economic Development Academy

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Gary-based Indiana University Northwest recently announced the launch of a new regional economic development training program.

The Economic Development Academy is funded by a grant from NIPSCO and the NiSource Charitable Foundation. The seven-week training program starts May 21 and ends July 2. The program will address economic development approaches, using research, case studies and discussions.

“By combining the resources, strength and talent of IU Northwest, NIPSCO and many other partners, we have an unprecedented opportunity to help improve and advance the economic vitality of Northwest Indiana,” said Cynthia Roberts, dean of IU Northwest’s School of Business and Economics, in a press release. “We recognize that when we raise the bar for Northwest Indiana, we lift everyone in our Region, which is why we are especially grateful for the financial support and partnership of NIPSCO and their foundation.”

Regional economic development professionals will serve as program leaders. The leaders include:

  • Anthony Sindone and Micah Pollak – IU Northwest, economists
  • Rick Calinski – NIPSCO, director of public affairs and economic development
  • Heather Ennis – Northwest Indiana Forum, president and CEO
  • Seth Spencer – Sera Group, CEO

The program will focus on aspects of economic development. Topics will include identifying the competitive edge of a Region, developing a dynamic workforce and understanding the key role of infrastructure in supporting economic development.

“A strong economic development strategy is a key driver to create and maintain a high quality of life in all communities,” Calinski said.

Learn more about IU Northwest’s Economic Development Academy here.

IU Northwest is one of seven campuses of Indiana University. The campus has about 3,500 degree-seeking students. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s degrees and a medical doctorate program.

NIPSCO was founded over 100 years ago. The company serves about 859,000 natural gas and 483,000 electric customers across 32 counties in Indiana. NIPSCO is one of NiSource’s six utility companies.

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