NWI Forum Foundation Hires Grants Manager

NWI Forum Foundation Hires Grants Manager

The Northwest Indiana Forum Foundation recently hired Jennifer Gadzala as Grants Manager. A newly created position will administer all grants including the recently awarded $50 million READI grant to Northwest Indiana. The $50 million dollars will be spread over 35 projects that were identified by a project selection team.

Gadzala has more than 20 years of experience administering grants with the Town of Chesterton, Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.  While at the Town of Chesterton, she led the town’s comprehensive plan, secured $1.4 million in grants and coordinated several quality of place projects including the Centennial Park restroom and caboose restoration project downtown.

At the NWI Forum Foundation, Gadzala will spend most of her time ensuring that READI grant recipients follow compliance guidelines as administered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and their consultant, Ernst & Young.

READI is expected to attract at least $2 billion of local public, private and philanthropic match funding that will propel investment in Indiana’s quality of place, quality of life and quality of opportunity.

The Northwest Indiana Forum is the regional voice for the business community and premiere source of a full package of services that promote economic development and retention of quality jobs. With more than 130 investor organizations, the Forum’s mission is to increase the broad-based wealth in Northwest Indiana through economic development. Funded by investor contributions and grants, an investment in the Northwest Indiana Forum translates to a direct investment in the 7-county region to support growth and economic innovation.

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