Regionally Speaking

Monday - Thursday, 12-1 PM
  • Hosted by Chris Nolte

Addressing the most important local issues facing the Region during a daily hour of stimulating conversation with local news-makers.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Wikipedia

On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we find out more about the major news stories of the week from the reporters who covered them.  With us in the studio is Post-Tribune reporter Javonte Anderson and by phone are his Post-Tribune colleagues Carrie Napoleon and Greg Tejeda and -- from the LaPorte Herald-Argus and Michigan City News-Dispatch -- reporter Jon Gard.  

Collings Foundation

Today:  A conversation with Hunter Chaney of the Collings Foundation, which is bringing one of its World War II-vintage aircraft exhibits back to the Porter County Regional Airport early next month.  This year, Hunter says they have a new and exciting addition to the Flying Fortresses and Liberators that are in their "living history" collection that will be coming to northwest Indiana.  The proceeds from the exhibit will support the MAAC Foundation of Valparaiso.

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Two economic development officials came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to give an update on several major projects that will improve the  city and its neighborhoods.

Milton Reed is an economic development consultant for Mayor Anthony Copeland and Marino Solario is the city's Director of Planning and Economic Development. They bring us up-to-date on things like the downtown revitalization plan, Harborwalk and new businesses opening in East Chicago.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  An update on big projects underway in East Chicago, from Milton Reed and Marino Solario.  Reed is an economic development consultant for Mayor Anthony Copeland and Solario is the city's Director of Planning and Economic Development. They bring us up-to-date on things like the downtown revitalization plan, Harborwalk and new businesses opening in East Chicago.

Purdue Research Foundation

Northwest Indiana entrepreneurs and small business owners oftentimes have to do a lot of their work at home or, perhaps, at a table in a local coffee shop.  Purdue University Northwest is creating what are called "co-working" spaces that will serve businesses that have a manufacturing emphasis.

I talked with Mont Handley of the Hammond campus' Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center about these new spaces, which will open on a "soft launch" on July 24th and officially on National Coworking Day, August 9th.   And, he says, there are plenty of spaces available.

NWI World Trade Alliance

A noted international economist will be the guest speaker at the July 23rd quarterly luncheon and program of the Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance, at Avalon Manor in Merrillville. 

Dr. Arthur Cyr is the director of the Claussen Center for World Business at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  His comments will focus on globalization.  And he joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to give us a preview of his remarks on globalization as a uniquely American concept.

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Today:  A conversation with the guest speaker at the July 23rd quarterly luncheon and program of the Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance, at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.  Noted international economist Arthur Cyr is the director of the Claussen Center for World Business at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  His comments will focus on globalization and how the United States fits into the overall picture  -- as a uniquely American concept.

Strack & VanTil

On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday:  a look at the major stories in northwest Indiana this week, explained by the reporters who covered them for their newspapers.  On the program: "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce, Bob Kasarda and Joseph Pete. 

Indiana University Northwest

Today:   Indiana University Northwest's director of the school of Public and Environmental Affairs, Asst. Dean Karl Basel, will talk about a new accelerated program that will allow students to get a Masters of Public Affairs degree much quicker than the usual time.  This new degree program begins this fall semester.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore listened in on a session at the Gary Symphony Orchestra's annual summer music camp -- an opportunity to help young people who might not be exposed to music in their public school.  He has a report for "Regionally Speaking."

The conversation about the concerns of crime spillage from Illinois into northwest Indiana continued on Tuesday on "Regionally Speaking," as Portage Police Chief Troy Williams came into the studio to talk about how his department is getting great citizen cooperation that, Chief Williams says, is leading to fewer crime reports of all types -- and addressing a shift in focus on serious issues like narcotics abuse.  Here's the conversation.

Porter County D.W.I. Task Force

Today:   We continue our conversation about the concerns of crime spillage from Illinois into northwest Indiana, as Portage Police Chief Troy Williams comes into the studio to talk about how his department is getting great citizen cooperation that is leading to fewer crime reports of all types -- and addressing a shift in focus on serious issues like narcotics abuse.

RailRangers.org

The non-profit railroad historical group American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation formed a new partnership with the South Shore Line/Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District to offer passengers on selected Saturdays an opportunity beginning next month to learn more about the communities served by the commuter train.

IU-Purdue Fort Wayne

Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday for a discussion of summertime political topics -- mainly what Governor Eric Holcomb is doing these days,  of the interest in influential State Senator Luke Kenley's position, now that he plans to retire this autumn -- and about potential candidates in two U.S. Representative primary elections which won't be held until next year.

Town of Merrillville website

Today:  A conversation with Rob Vollrath of suburban Chicago-based Leopardo Energy, a firm that is working with the city of Hammond on an ambitious 14-month-long energy conservation project that -- Rob says -- guarantees the city will save up to $26 million in energy costs over 15 years.  The project includes energy conservation measures in all city-owned buildings as well as replacing current Hammond city vehicles with more energy-efficient ones.

gohammond.com

A Chicago-based firm is working with the city of Hammond to create an extensive and ambitious, 14-month-long energy conservation project that could save the city government millions of  dollars on its future energy expenses.

I talked with Rob Vollrath with Leopardo Energy about this project, announced by Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. about two months ago.  He says Leopardo is guaranteeing, in their contract with the city, that their proposal could produce up to $26 million in energy savings over 15 years. 

Free Beacon website

On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday -- a look at some of the major stories of the week in northwest Indiana, from the reporters who researched, wrote and posted them online and in print.  Our guests this week are Dan Carden and Ed Bierschenk with the Times of Northwest Indiana, Carole Carlson of the Post-Tribune and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore.

Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly

The first six months of the Trump administration in Washington is bringing a sense of optimism, nationwide, among the country's small businesses and we wondered if northwest Indiana small businesses are sharing in any of that optimism.  We asked Lorri Feldt of the northwest Indiana Indiana Small Business Development Center and economics professor Micah Pollak of Indiana University Northwest to talk about it, on Wednesday's "Regionally Speaking" program.

NWI Small Business Center

Today:  a conversation with Lorri Feldt of the Indiana Small Business Development Center in northwest Indiana and Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak about the optimism of small businesses in the early months of the new administration in Washington, and if northwest Indiana small businesses are expressing any optimistic views.

Purdue University Institute for Civic Communication

The final forum held by the West Lafayette-based Purdue Institute for Civic Communication focused on how little public schools devote its curriculum to civic education and, in turn, how little Americans really know about their country's system of government.

Purdue Univ. News Service

Today: A conversation with Ambassador Carolyn Curiel, executive director of the Purdue University Institute for Civic Communication, on the institute's final forum held in Washington, D.C.  It focused on how little Americans are taught about civics in our schools and, in turn, how little they really know about the subject. The Institute's funding comes to an end this year. 

Today:  This Reporters' Roundtable covers a number of issues brought up in the northwest Indiana and state media outlets this week.  On the program are reporters Javonte Anderson, Carrie Napoleon and Carole Carlson with the Post-Tribune and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore. "Inside Indiana Business" Asst. Managing Editor Andy Ober joins us for a look at some major Hoosier business stories as well.

NPR

The Lake Area United Way's "United for Families Network" is opening an opportunity for adults who are high school dropouts or who didn't complete their high school studies to get Core 40 diplomas -- the same diplomas that they would've earned had they stayed in school. 

The new Excel Center, supported by Goodwill in northwest Indiana, is patterned after a successful center in South Bend. 

Lake Area United way

Today:  Lisa Daugherty, President and CEO of Lake Area United Way, Guy Fisher of Goodwill's operations in northwest Indiana and Cindy Cavanaugh, the Director for the new Excel Center in Hammond are in the studio to talk about the United Way's "United for Families Network" and how the new Excel Center, supported by Goodwill, will give adults who are high school dropouts or who didn't complete their high school studies the opportunity to get Core 40 diplomas.  The new center in Hammond is patterned after a successful one in South Bend.

Indiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Today:    Tom Pappas of the city of Portage veterans committee returns to the studio for an update on local and area veterans issues including the Veterans Experience Program, a special initiative sought by the new director of the Jesse Brown VA Hospital in Chicago.  It's an effort to improve services for northwest Indiana veterans who come to the Crown Point outpatient clinic and for rural veterans who are assisted elsewhere.

city of Whiting website

Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about his City Council's review of a move to establish fees for solid waste and recycling collection at homes, multi-unit housing and businesses... as well as higher water and sewer fees. The City Council is planning public hearings on the requests in mid-July. 

Stahura says Whiting may be the last city, or one of the last Indiana cities to offer free trash and recycling collection to its residents and businesses.

GNIAR

Today:   The president of the Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association, Dave Miller, joins us to talk about a recent visit to Capitol Hill to meet with Indiana's congressional delegation about needed housing finance reforms.  Miller feels that some reforms could be enacted before the end of the year.

Beth Mosher of the Chicagoland AAA will bring us the Independence Day travel forecast -- on the highways, on the rails and in the skies.  She says more Americans than ever are expected to travel during the July 4th holiday.

Brandon Smith, IPBS News

Today:  It's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, where we ask reporters from northwest Indiana media to talk about their stories of recent days.  This week we have Bob Kasarda, Joseph Pete and Dan Carden with the Times of Northwest Indiana, Jon Gard of the LaPorte Herald Argus and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore.

The welton Wire

Today: We find out more about Thursday afternoon's 10th Annual Diversity Business Job Fair and Symposium, to be held at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.  The event is free and open to the public.  The event coordinator is "Times" classified ad manager Roxanne Olejnik. 

Star Plaza Theatre

Speros Batistatos, President and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to offer his thoughts on the final closing and demolition next year of the Star Plaza Theatre. 

The theatre's owner, Merrillville-based White Lodging, announced last week that the facility as well as the Twin Towers office complex on the site at U.S. 30 and I-65 would be torn down to make way for future development.  Speros was with us when the initial announcement was made last year for closing and demolition -- a decision that was later delayed.

Star Plaza Theatre

Today: a conversation with Speros Batistatos, President and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, on some summertime "stay-cation" ideas  -- making short trips to places here in northwest Indiana -- and his thoughts on the decision to close and demolish the Star Plaza Theatre after its final performances in December. 

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