It’s officially spring now, the time of year when we all begin to think about spring cleaning. Those two words will either make you clap or cringe, but the truth is, home organization has become a trend in recent years. With resources like Pinterest and the wildly popular book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, more and more people are choosing to simplify and rid their spaces of stuff.
St. Patrick’s Day is a happy holiday, known for its parades and green rivers and friends cheers-ing with mugs of green beer. While the latter gets much of the attention in our culture, St. Patrick’s Day is also a fun day for families. I talked with some local moms about ways in which they make the Irish holiday a family affair.
I never was able to “escape” Northwest Indiana, no matter how hard I tried.
The 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.
Recently, 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.
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.
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).
One major focus of my campaign for City Council was openness with the public at-large. I believe that being accessible to your constituents is key to succeeding in any elected position. When the public is your boss, it is important to be in contact with them on a daily basis.