In a decade, Northwest Indiana could have a lakefront lined with a high-rises, a convention center and a restaurant with sweeping views.
The Calumet Region could have improved transportation infrastructure, more advanced manufacturing, top-notch job training programs and a highly skilled workforce.
Such visions were laid out Thursday by community leaders at “NWI by 2024: The Imperative for Innovation over the Next 10 Years” at The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation on the Purdue University Calumet campus. Ivy Tech’s Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center and the The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana staged the annual luncheon in order to encourage Northwest Indiana leaders to embrace more innovation.
“We chose not to look back over the past decade, but to look ahead to making our region a region of innovation,” said O’Merrial Butchee, director of the Ivy Tech’s innovation center.
Eight speakers discussed how to build a culture of innovation in Northwest Indiana over the next 10 years.