Mike Riehle, President of Chamber Services for the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership (LEAP), is a very social person.
“My goal is to make people happy,” Riehle said. "It's been fun to wake up and come [work on] different challenges every day."
In his first three months with LEAP, he’s hardly stopped moving, putting those skills and aspirations to work on retention and expansion efforts for local businesses.
"One of the exciting things [about this job] is getting out to speak to current members of our organization," he said. That means a lot of time on the ground, taking tours and talking with owners and employees, to better understand the challenges they are facing and their successes that need celebrating.
In his experience, the most common struggle for local companies is attracting applicants to fill open positions. So, LEAP...
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In moments when you feel stuck in a not-so-great place in life, sometimes all it takes is a small leap of faith on a chance to change the course of your life forever. Lindsay Jongkind is a true testament to this, and her story is proof that no matter where we find ourselves in life, it is never too late to make a change.
Today, Jongkind is happily serving as Marketing & Membership Director for the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership (LEAP), but found herself in the marketing field almost by accident.
“This time last year I was the Membership Director at the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce,” Jongkind said. “In February, the Chamber and the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation entered into an alliance. I then found myself...
Josephine Purevich attended 24 1st birthdays for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She saw the first person walk on the moon, watched as the Berlin wall came down, and grew up during The Great Depression. She loved crocheting, playing Candyland with her great grandson, and chatting with the ladies at the senior center on Wednesday afternoons. Josephine was born on July 27, 1929 and was raised in Gary, IN, in the Tolleston and Glen Park area until 1976 when she moved to Hebron.
MICHIGAN CITY – The Salvation Army of Michigan City is expanding its role in serving those in need by offering a new case management program targeted to helping low-income families to regain self-sufficiency.
There is always an opportunity to make an impact – to change the world – by taking responsibility for making your own community a better place to live. Jessica O’Brien puts that kind of big thinking to work every day in Michigan City.
HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. -- The Purdue University Northwest women's basketball head coach Courtney Locke has announced that Charnelle Reed has been named assistant coach for the program effective June 10.
“I like hearing stories,” said Shannon Denny, Executive Committee member of the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce Lakefront Career Network (LCN). “Pretty much wherever I go, I start talking to somebody.”