25th anniversary gala celebrates Michigan City economic development achievements

Clarence Hulse is the executive director of the Economic Development Corp. Michigan City. (Photo provided by EDCMC)

Businesses and community leaders that have made an impact on economic development in Michigan City will get their time in the spotlight.

The Economic Development Corp. Michigan City will recognize individual as well as business contributions that have helped the city grow during its 25th anniversary gala July 21. Advance ticket purchases close July 15.  

The gala and awards event opens at 5:30 p.m. at the Blue Chip Hotel & Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive, in the Stardust Event Center. Ric Federighi of WIMS Radio will be the emcee for the evening, and music will be provided by the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival.

Clarence Hulse, EDCMC executive director, said the investment awards will spotlight companies that have helped propel the economic development momentum of Michigan City through long-standing commitments as well as investments.

“We are planning an epic event as we have not had our awards in years due to the concerns of the ongoing pandemic,” Hulse said. “So, we are recognizing accomplishments from 2018 through 2021 that spotlight how our city has remained vital and strong in the wake of the challenges of the last few years.”

Honors to be presented include milestone awards that highlight businesses that have remained in the Region for between 10 years and 100 years. The investment awards recognize companies that continue to invest and provide valuable contributions to the economic development of LaPorte County.

Additional awards include projects of the year from 2018 to 2021, and phoenix awards that will be presented to companies that have reinvented a space or existing facility to spur a transformation of the area.

Special recognition awards will be presented to eight community and business leaders who have impacted the city through their individual efforts, dedication and talents through the years. These awards include leadership award for economic development and distinguished lifetime achievement award for economic development.


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