Join us for our first program of the New Year!


Ignite the Region: Northwest Indiana’s Strategy

for Economic Transformation  



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January 16, 2019

Avalon Manor

Merrillville, IN

Registration and Networking at 11:00 am

Lunch at 11:30 am

Program at 12:00 noon - 1:00pm



Heather C. Ennis, President & CEO Northwest Indiana Forum

Heather Ennis is President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum, a privately held nonprofit organization focused on creating economic development opportunities for the seven-county region. With more than 130 members, the Forum works to create a positive business climate promoting investment and quality job creation and retention in harmony with the environment and critical components of a sustainable regional economy. Funded by membership contributions and grants, Forum membership translates into a direct investment in the region’s future.

Previously as President of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, she led an organization committed to improving the quality of life and breadth of economic opportunity within the five lakefront municipalities of Beverly Shores, Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Dune Acres, and Porter.

In addition, Ennis was the President of the Duneland Economic Development Company; a body invested in strengthening the local business environment through business attraction, retention, and expansion. More than just a community leader, she served as a catalytic voice for her constituents on a regional level as a member of the Northwest Indiana Forum Economic Development Committee, the Porter County Economic Development Alliance and the Porter County Jobs Cabinet. 

Learning Objectives

Human Resources role in Northwest Indiana’s Economic Development

  • How to ATTRACT and RETAIN top talent in Northwest Indiana
  • Which industries in the region are generating employment and how it affects the region
  • How does the business climate in NWI potentially affect HR decisions


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Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 1 Business (General)



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