NWISOI Members made headlines in 2016

Several Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana Members’ many accomplishments made 2016 headlines. Here are just a couple:


The Mascot Hall of Fame is planning to open its doors in Whiting in early 2018. A groundbreaking celebration took place in October at Whiting’s Oil City Stadium at the intersection of 119th and Front Streets. The online Mascot Hall of Fame was founded by David Raymond, who was the original Philadelphia Phillies’ Phanatic mascot. Al Spajer, Executive Director of the soon-to-be constructed Mascot Hall of Fame is excited to see the team’s dream become a reality. Turnouts of 50,000 visitors annually are expected once the Hall of Fame officially opens.


The Northwest Indiana region is showing promising signs of attracting more visitors, as well as enticing more businesses and residential prospects to move to the area. Many will remember when the Lincoln Funeral Train stopped in Hammond in the fall of 2015. That four-day exhibition drew more than 8,000 visitors, many from Illinois. Creators of the Lincoln Funeral Train, which is a replica of the train car that carried the remains of President Abraham Lincoln after he was assassinated, are seeking a permanent home for the exhibit. The town of Griffith, which is located within miles of the original funeral train’s route, currently has a pending bid in place. Although many cities and towns throughout the country are competing for the same honor, Griffith Town Council President Rick Ryfa rightfully asked the question “Why not here?”


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