Members in the News: Innovations across all industries


Fec 1Members and Fellows of the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana (NWISOI) have made an immeasurable impact on the region with their innovations that span all industries. These innovations have improved education, community works, manufacturing, tourism, technology and more. Learn about some of the NWISOI Members who made the news this past month for their varied and notable works.

-Community Civility Counts: This is an organizational member of the Society that is comprised of the Gary Chamber of Commerce and The Times Media Company that works to promote civility in communities across Northwest Indiana. On April 13, the organization will hold the second annual World Civility Day which will feature eight workshops on civility issues in different aspects of society. The workshops will be held at the Indiana Welcome Center from 8:30am – 4pm.

There will be an evening awards ceremony at The Avalon in Merrillville following the workshops. The Times was honored for their part in Community Civility Counts by Editor and Publisher, a magazine that recognizes North American news publications, as one of the Top 10 Newspapers That Do It Right for 2017.

-PNW CMEC: The Purdue University Northwest Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center (PNW CMEC), a Member organization of NWISOI, was recognized by The Times for their sponsorship of The Big Sell, and entrepreneurial competition to be held on April 29. Aspiring entrepreneurs from around the region can pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts. Those that are chosen as the best will receive start-up money for the business. In addition to The Big Sell, CMEC regularly provides insight for local small businesses and training for displaced manufacturing workers. This helps to boost the local economy and improve unemployment rates.

-Speros Batistatos: Speros is president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority (SSCVA). He is also a Member of the Society of Innovators. Speros was recently elected to his first two-year term as an at-large director of the United States Travel Association. As part of his new role, Speros will attend meetings in Washington D.C., where he also hopes to speak with Indiana representatives about issues concerning the region and bring back new ideas to boost tourism in NWI.

-Indiana Dunes Tourism: Indiana Dunes Tourism is an organizational Member of NWISOI. The Times recently published an article about increased tourism in Porter County. A study was conducted and it was discovered that the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is the most visited site in the state. Visitors to the dunes also spend money at local restaurants, shops and hotels. The attraction of the dunes area has helped to boost the economy across Porter County. The study identified the increase in tourism from 2013 to 2015, after Indiana Dunes Tourism worked to create a discovery trail across Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper and Pulaski counties.

NWISOI innovators are making a difference all across the region. To learn about more local innovators, visit

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