News release from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership:
#NEIpride photo contest winners announced
(March 21, 2016) – The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, through the Millennial Leaders Alliance (MLA), announced today the winners of the #NEIpride Instagram photo contest. Northeast Indiana Millennials (roughly ages 17-29) submitted 175 photos on Instagram showcasing why they are proud to call Northeast Indiana their home during the winter season.
“The photo contest proved what everyone that lives here already knows – this is one of the best places to live in the country. It was inspiring to see the devotion our residents have to the communities within the region, and how social media was leveraged to highlight our region’s authentic spirit,” said Brett Gauger, a member of the Millennial Leaders Alliance.
The MLA picked the Top 3 photos. First place won a $50 Indiana State Park Pass, second place won a $40 gift certificate to Oak and Alley in Warsaw and third place won four tickets to the TinCaps opening game on April 9.
“Attracting and retaining talent in Northeast Indiana is essential to our Road to One Million plan to grow our population. The photo contest shows people outside the region what it’s like to live in our beautiful area and hopefully will attract them to the Fort Wayne area,” said Sonya Snellenberger, Millennial Leaders Alliance Specialist at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
The winning photo by resident Kristyn Steele revealed two men ice fishing on a frozen lake with the sun glowing behind a tree line.
“That photo was taken at Appleman Lake in Lagrange County which is just down the road from our house. It’s a place I go often to try to catch those early-morning sunrises. I find getting outside alone and trying to capture nature very relaxing and peaceful. We live in such a busy world and we are on the go all the time, it is my escape,” said Steele.
About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity through product development and effective regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. Through its combined efforts in business development and capacity building, the Partnership supports its 11 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit www.neindiana.com.
Millennial 2020 is an extension of Vision 2020 that gives Millennials an active voice and role in Vision 2020 and directly aligns with Vision 2020’s mission for Northeast Indiana of developing, attracting, and retaining talent. For more information about Millennial 2020, visit www.millennial2020.com.