Multiple Organizations Coming Together to Bring Business Outlook to NWI

With less than a month’s wait and nearly 200 registered already, interest is running high for the 2017 Business Outlook. The free event, presented by the Northwest Indiana Business RoundTable (NWIBRT) and the Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF), will bring local business leaders together with experts to learn more about approaching trends that could impact their industries.

Some seats are still available for people hoping to attend, but guests are advised to register soon to ensure their spot.

The Outlook will be held on November 3rd (8:00 a.m. to Noon) at the Ivy Tech location in Valparaiso (3100 Ivy Tech Drive). Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. and is completely free. Last year, more than 150 leaders from several of the region’s largest companies gathered for the event.

Other organizations working together to bring the Outlook to life include the Northwest Indiana Forum, the Lake County Indiana Economic Alliance (LCEA), the Regional Development Company (RDC), the Center of Workforce Innovations, and the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation (GLEDC).


The Northwest Indiana Business RoundTable is an independent, nonprofit council of local firms committed to the improvement of construction and maintenance projects in Northwest Indiana. Its purpose is to promote safety, quality and cost-effective solutions to challenges faced by owners, contractors and labor in the region. For more information please visit or call (219) 226-0300.


Speakers and Presenters at the 2017 Business & Economic Outlook

Ivy Tech Collaboration with the Business Community
Dr. Sue Ellspermann – President, Ivy Tech Community College

The State of Healthcare in Indiana
Zachary I. Cattell – President, Indiana Health Care Association 

The State of Steel Industry
Wendell Carter – Vice President and General Manager, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor 

Overview of Regional Development Authority Projects
Bill Hanna – Executive Director, Regional Development Authority

Outlook for Indiana’s Transportation, Infrastructure
Ty Warner – Executive Director, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

State of Manufacturing in Indiana
Brian Burton – Executive Director, Indiana Manufacturing Association

NWI & Economic Outlook
Micah Pollak – Assistant Professor of Economics, Indiana University Northwest

Agency Overview and Mission
Blair Milo – Indiana’s Secretary of Career Connections and Talent

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