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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Everett Gasper

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Everett Gasper’s story is a hard one to write. He is a decorated World War II veteran, proud of his service, yet troubled by sacrifice. It is difficult to put into words all that this humble hero has seen and done in the adventure of his life.

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Leigh Morris: Ivy Tech Helps Northwest Indiana Achieve


Leigh-MorrisNorthwest Indiana has tremendous strengths in higher education with our four-year and graduate colleges and universities, but the four Region Ivy Tech campuses provide unique advantages.

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Porter County 2017 Budget Order Issued


Vicki-UrbanikThe Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has issued Porter County’s 2017 budget order, containing the approved budgets, levies, and certified tax rates for taxing units throughout the county.

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Leroy Vega

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When Leroy Vega decided to hang up the shoes and not wrestle anymore, he knew he made the right decision. He started a family, started his own business, everything was going well.

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10 Fun Things to Do this Weekend in Northwest Indiana: February 17 - 19, 2017

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This weekend's 10 Fun Things is all about food and entertainment. For entertainment, we have theatre, concerts, and even a film festival. For food and drink we have a great wild game feast, a chili cook-off, and a brewfest!  If you missed valentine's Day with your sweetheart, use our list to plan out a great day together -- You can see all of the events happening on the Northwest Indiana Event Calendar and if you have something going on make sure we know about it with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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Porter County Assessor Shares Good News about 2017 Tax Rates for Porter County


jon-snyder-2017Recently, the Department of Local Government Finance released the 2017 tax rates for Porter County. A quick scan of these rates reveals that there is finally some good taxing news for Porter County. This news is that as a result of higher assessed values throughout the county and fiscal responsibility by local units of government, property tax rates have reduced. This is also an indicator that tax bills will go out on time which has now happened for at least 7 consecutive years.

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Contractors and Skilled Tradesmen: Great NWI Economic Development Assets


Leigh-Morris Our capacity to meet the complex infrastructure needs of an employer—or a prospective one—is one of Northwest Indiana’s great assets. We have about 14,500 skilled tradesmen who live and work in NWI and it’s estimated that we have 700 or so commercial, industrial, institutional and public works contractors. Some are large general contractors, and they are often teamed with smaller sub-contractors that specialize in niche markets. In combination, they can deliver whatever is needed, regardless of how complex it might be. Although this capacity can clearly influence the success of our economic development efforts, we may be guilty of not recognizing it and promoting it as one of our great regional assets.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: Cynthia Reed

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Cynthia Reed’s experience with cancer goes far beyond her own battle with cervical cancer. It’s something that has touched many people in her life. Amidst all of the upheaval and emotions that come with the diagnosis and loss around her, she’s stayed positive and given back where she could.

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10 Fun Things to Do this Weekend in Northwest Indiana: February 10 - 12, 2017

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Valentine's Day is next week, but why not kick off the festivities early and take your sweetheart out to one of the great events we have featured this week! We have plenty of great date night activities like concerts, plays, and more!  -- You can see all of the events happening on the Northwest Indiana Event Calendar and if you have something going on make sure we know about it with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Rebecca Duncan

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Rebecca Duncan learned at an early age about the creative and holistic method behind the art of music. She spent her adolescence and early adulthood searching for more knowledge. Now, she shares what she has learned with her elementary school students.

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Top 10 Opportunities for Governor Holcomb to Support Northwest Indiana


Leigh-Morris Governor Eric Holcomb can gain recognition as the Governor who truly partnered with Northwest Indiana to capitalize on the region’s many assets and thereby enabled it to reach its potential. Governor Daniels showed the way by supporting the creation of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA).

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