IU Northwest to host May 13 webinar on the economic effects of COVID-19 on Northwest Indiana

Six panelists from a wide range of industries will discuss and answer questions from the public on regional ramifications of pandemic

Indiana University Northwest, and the Center for Economic and Education and Research (CEER) at Indiana University Northwest, will host a free webinar exploring the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open to the public, the virtual event, “COVID-19 Economic Effects on Northwest Indiana,” is scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday May 13, and will be accessible online via the Zoom video platform and Facebook Live.

Micah Pollak, associate professor of economics at IU Northwest and director of CEER, has convened six panelists from a variety of areas to discuss the wide-ranging impact of the pandemic and the state’s response on the region.

“The pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on the economy of Northwest Indiana in many ways—and across a number of industries,” said Pollak. “We all know that small businesses bear a large burden, for instance, but the impact doesn’t end there. In this discussion, we’ll hear about how the pandemic has impacted private and public industry, health care, the retail sector, and even delivery of governmental services.”

Each panelist will speak briefly on their topic, after which they will take questions from attendees.


Lisa Beck
State Representative
Indiana House District 19

Micah Pollak
Associate Professor of Economics
Indiana University Northwest

Adam Mueller
Director of Advocacy
Indiana Legal Services

Sara Adams
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Indiana University Northwest

Brian Tabor
Indiana Hospital Association

Peter Karonis
General Manager
Southlake Mall

Breanne Zolfo
Café Fresco/Community Love

To participate in the event, attendees should register online at https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0OhKyXYypLHfQXP and a Zoom connection link will be provided in advance of the event start time. Attendees who are unable to register in advance may view the event on the IU Northwest School of Business and Economics Facebook page at facebook.com/iunbiz.

For more information, contact Micah Pollak at 219-980-6913 or mpollak@iun.edu.