Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana

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There is work to do to bring Northwest Indiana into a secure position to compete in a global economy. We must attract new investment to the area, whether through relocation of existing facilities or creation of innovative enterprises. We need to meld the advantages of our industrial history with the 1. United States Steel agricultural opportunities prevalent here. We must clean up our image of being 2. ArcelorMittal Steel divisive, politically corrupt, polluted, and backward thinking. We must address 3. Community Hospital these issues ourselves and manage them. 4. St. Margaret Mercy 6UL TPNO[ HZR ¸)\[ ^OH[ JHU 0 KV&š ;OLYL PZ UV SPTP[ [V [OL NVVK UL^Z 5. Worthington Industries prevailing in the region. We need to share it, talk about in our homes, clubs, 6. Ameristar Casino churches, and social networks. Conversation among friends can be a power7. Blue Chip Casino ful element for change. Have you ever heard success stories that begin “Some 8. Horseshoe Casino friends and I were talking recently, and then we decided to . . .â€?? Encourage 9. Valparaiso Hospital dialogue about the region, and include both positive and negative issues so 10. Methodist Hospitals that awareness grows. This will not cost you dollars, may increase your regard among neighbors and family, and may actually plant the seeds for action that * Based on number of employees can be life-changing! [U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and IndiIf you are inclined to be proactive, there are many venues for engagement. ana Department of Workforce DevelopExplore groups that are working to make positive and sustainable differences ment] in our region on issues such as racism, environmental protection, education, transportation, health care, public safety, recreation, government reform, or any other subject close to your heart. No matter your interest or desired level of involvement, each of these issues directly touches your life and has an impact on the future of your family and the economic prosperity of Northwest Indiana. Let us work together to help North^LZ[ 0UKPHUH Ă…V\YPZO

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