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Regionally Speaking, Monday, July 17, 2017

Mehr News Agency

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.

We'll revisit our conversation with Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura about his proposal before the City Council to set up a solid waste and recycling collection fee and raise the city's water and sewer fees.  All three fees are up for public review tomorrow (Tuesday) at Whiting City Hall before the City Council votes on them.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Annie Ropeik tells us about the growing number of wineries and small vineyards in the Hoosier State and how they  produce and sell their products.

And we talk with Mont Handley, the director of Purdue University Northwest's Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center in Hammond about the creation of "co-working" spaces in the center to give entrepreneurs and small businesses with a manufacturing emphasis somewhere to work, besides a table at a coffee shop or at home.

Chris Nolte produces and hosts “Regionally Speaking” aired weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. He's also the temporary local "Morning Edition" host.